As you all know, the beginning of the year always begin with resolutions.
We get to the spring season and we say, “What resolution?”
The 2014 surprise?
Oh. That’s right.
Many will resolve to lose weight but how many of you are ready to lose sin?
Losing weight is probably at the top of most people’s list, but never do we hear about laying aside every weight and the sin that easily besets us.
Rarely do we hear about a resolution to be holy, righteous, sanctified, consecrated, dedicated, and on fire for God.
It seems like we look to do everything else but be more for God than last year.
Just like natural resolutions fizzle away into procrastination, postponement, or completely annulled, spiritual resolutions take a back seat as well. Perhaps, much worse, but don’t beat yourself up about it. As long as we are alive, we have a chance to rebound and forge ahead into new territory, so be encouraged.
As time progress, satan has found a way to devise schemes, methods, and strategies to lure us back into the bad habits of sexual sins that most of us climbed out of by God’s power and grace. We soon forget the tender mercies of the Lord relating to our bondage to Secret and Overt Sexual Sins.
However, there are those that remember how God delivered us and set us free.
Especially for you brothers.
Some of you are going to surprise God.
Some of you will walk away from SSA, same sex attraction, becoming ex-gays and ex-homosexuals.
Some of you will surprise God and walk away from adulterous relationships.
Some of you will turn from fornication.
Some of you will stop your bisexual ways.
Some of you will turn from porn and masturbation.
Some of you will say with your mouth in sincerity of heart that enough is enough and become a 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 person.
Some pastors, bishops, and preachers will stop being the hypocrite. Music ministers, praise and worship singers will walk out of gay affirming churches to be affirmed and loved by God.
Some will turn from perversion and walk in righteousness and true holiness.
When the Lord Jesus was approached by the centurion, something unusual happened. The centurion had a servant that was sick. This centurion so depended upon his servant that he couldn’t do without him.
The centurion sought Jesus out.
When he found Jesus, he stated a fact of faith. “Just speak the Word and my servant will be healed.”
The centurion understood the power of words and the power behind the Words of Jesus.
There is a difference.
Humans have limited power behind our words but the Lord has absolute power behind His Words. Our words attract power and on a limited basis, releases power. Remember, we have delegated power (see Matthew 28:18-19a).
If the centurion had absolute power behind his word like the Lord Jesus, he would have commanded his servant to be healed himself, but He went to the only One that had power behind His Word.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was marveled. The word “marveled” means “to wonder or admire.”
The Lord Jesus admired the centurion’s faith and said….“I have not found so great faith, no, not even in Israel.”
The Lord is always seeking for faith in the earth, however, when it came to the children of Israel, there was none to be found.
Reliance, belief, trust, complete confidence.
When it comes to walking away forever from Secret Sexual Sins, you must rely, believe, trust, and have complete confidence in the keeping power of God. The key to this measure of great faith is unquestioned obedience to the Word of God. Remember, the centurion understood how faith worked.
The centurion understood that Jesus had absolute authority from the Father to act against the disease and He was anointed with Absolute Power to enforce His authority to act.
Just like a police office is sworn in to uphold the law and carries his or her authority from the county, state, or federal government to act, and when necessary, he or she possess natural power to enforce the law.
The centurion knew how Jesus operated when he heard or observed His ministry. That when the Lord speaks a Word, it must happen. Then behind the Word is the Holy Spirit who takes that Word and makes it good.
You see, it’s about how serious you are with your words that determines whether or not you want it to happen.
Many of us have said that we would never watch porn anymore.
That we would never masturbate anymore.
Millions of brothers and sisters.
Some of us have kept that promise, only to be overwhelmed with substitute porn.
Magazine stands, Internet icons of women in sexy swimsuits, the news on TV with club wearing clothing that weather women or women anchors wear, church women wearing the clothing of harlots, clothing fit for the red carpet. Tight, high thigh showing, low cleavage church women wear these club dresses, not for fashion, but to passively hunt for lust filled men.
Matthew 5:27-30 is still in effect. Just because you gave up porn, our eyes and minds still need to be guarded.
Many of us have said that we would not lustfully watch men and women, or both, whether it be TV, movies, Internet or out in the street. We’ve resolved not to do it again. All of a sudden, we find ourselves slipping.
What can we do to really attack these areas?
We must do what Job did, in Job 31:1. Make a “covenant with our eyes.”
We must “Renew our minds, and ‘…be renewed in the spirit of our minds.”
We must “Cast down imaginations (reasonings) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
We must be “sober…vigilant…and resist him (the devil) steadfast in the faith.”
We must “…humble ourselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.”
Song of Solomon 2:15 says….
“Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.”
If we would surprise the Lord and catch the little foxes….
It’s always in the small ways that big things manifest.
The principle works for the good of the Word as well as the bad for the devil.
Jesus said in Mark 4:26-29….
“And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.
For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Paul said in Galatians 6:7-8….
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
If we would surprise the Lord and catch the demonic seed before it is planted in our hearts, we can save ourselves this year, and the year after, and forever more.
Proverbs 4:23 says……
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
This is the year where you will catch the little foxes that spoil the vine, for your vines have tender grapes. This is the year where you will keep your heart with all diligence, for out of your heart springs the issues or flowing(s) of life.
The surprise is not looking for God to do something because He did His part by sending the Lord Jesus to die for our sins so that we could be free from the power and guilt of sin.
The surprise is for God.
Let’s surpass and exceed His expectations.
He is waiting to be surprised.
Let’s surprise Him that we choose to do the Word and overcoming every single time.