Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

3:16

                                       March 16, 2014....3:16

 

“"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (Joh 3:16 NKJV)

 

 

 

For God SO LOVED the world....

God’s loving nature

 

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

·       God doesn’t just love us, he LOVES us...he SO loves us. His love for us is not bounded by man’s conditions and “hoops”. He made a failsafe way for us to cross over from the shackles of this world into a freedom we could never know on our own.

 

·       SO loving indicates a great price paid for something. The Bible teaches us about a “pearl of great price” ...it is so great that we literally give up everything to possess it. This is in essence what God did...he relinquished the very best that he had, his son, to allow us to possess something we could never purchase...a future with Him.

 

·       SO loving is not simply an immobile statement, but an example for mobilization in our own lives. It is a call to us not to live the status quo, but do something that requires SO loving. It is the trumpet blast that tells us to live beyond ourselves.  

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

That HE GAVE His only begotten Son....

God’s giving nature

 

Psalms 145:6-12

 

“6  Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. 7  They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. 8  The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. 9  The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. 10 ¶  All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You. 11  They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power, 12  To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.” (Ps 145:6-12 NKJV)

 

 

·       Sacrificial giving is hard for humans. Although we are made in the image and likeness of God, the god of this world, Satan is selfish and draws inward rather than giving outward. The war in heaven was not a struggle for power, but a purging of greed and self-importance. Satan’s sin was not insubordination, it was pride.

·       Although God is the greatest power and the greatest force in the entire universe, domination is not His goal. Instead, His goodness is expended in the act of giving. He continues to give life. He continues to give gifts. He continues to give grace to all who seeks his presence and received from his hand with a thankful heart.

·       We were made in His image and likeness as givers. We were intended to live nonlinear lives...not continually feeding ourselves, but feeding into others. We were intended for distributional lives. A linear life is you providing for yourself. Nonlinear distributional is God feeding into you and you giving out of your abundance. This makes God your source...and not yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

That WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

God’s saving nature

2 Peter 3:1-9

 

“1 ¶  Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2  that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3 ¶  knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4  and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." 5  For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6  by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7  But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 ¶  But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 ¶  The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2Pe 3:1-9 NKJV)

 

 

 

·     Ozzie Osborne was once quoted as saying, “of all of the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most”. While this is a humorous sentiment...I believe that of all the things mankind has lost in the 20th and into the 21st century...I believe that the most tragic loss has been that of faith. Society has taken a radical and grievous turn toward faithlessness that is, in the natural, alarming. A people of God are a people of faith. Lose faith...the loss of belief in God is right behind.

·     Strengthening our faith requires becoming that threefold cord, not easily broken. It requires our belief in and study of God’s Word. It involves our own proactive lives found in the witness of our testimony, and it necessitates us to be in fellowship and live in a garden environment and not become a potted plant.

·     Your car runs on unleaded. Your refrigerator stays cold because of Freon. Your heater works because of Natural Gas or electrical power. Your Life as a believer is solely reliant upon faith. Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God. Belief in Him activates and propagates the miraculous in your life.

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