Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Consider The Source

           Consider the Source

                                           April 26, 2015

 

 

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NKJV

 

 

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:1-5 NKJV)

 

The purest of water supplies are not determined by the point of use, but at the source of the water’s journey. A well that is 100 feet in depth is not nearly as pure as water coming from a well that is 1000 plus feet. That water comes from an aquifer that is untouched by anything. It is water that flows through underground rivers miles beneath the earth’s surface unexposed to any contaminants. Our relationship with the God of all is much like that wellspring that produces pure water. We can generate nothing pure through our human effort, but once under the influence of the fount of the Holy Ghost, the contaminants of this world cannot influence it because it comes from a source unfettered by human hands.

Today, I want to pose a question to you, and that is, “from where do you minister life to your friends, your families, to those whom you share your faith. If it is life ministered out of the frustration of the carnal mind, fruit that remains may be a rare commodity. If it is from the wellspring of the Holy Ghost, you will see a life rise up out of your planting and bountiful crops of spiritual harvest will overtake you in due season.

Here in 1 Corinthians 2, Paul emphatically states that it is not by mere human effort upon which he depends to minister life, but one greater and deeper than he...the Holy Spirit. We must ever consider the source when consuming spiritual food that we might be drinking not from empty religion or philosophy...not the condemnation of religion, but the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It is only in this condition that we see elements of our Christian walk that begin to change and effect not just ourselves, but those all around us.

 

 

 

Power Prayer

 

James 5:14-18

 

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:14-18 NKJV)

 

Supernatural prayer is prayer that is results oriented. Here in James it tells us that the effective and fervent prayer will see results. Prayer that is Holy Ghost initiated has the element of faith plugged into it that sees the sick healed....the lost saved....and the bound up delivered. As we traverse the earth, we see prayer that is a powerhouse from the heavenlies and we also see prayer that is simply a kind gesture.

When we are praying for someone who is sick unto death, or someone else who may be dealing with sickness or the possession or oppression of devils, there must be more than prayer that is nothing more than a courtesy. When our lives are troubled, we need miraculous power. Prayer that is powerful comes from those who are anointed by the Holy Spirit and prayed in a level of faith only attainable through the gifts of the Holy Ghost.

 

 

Power Praise and Worship

 

 

Acts 16:25-34

 

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. (Acts 16:25-34 NKJV)

 

One of the areas believers are most deceived in is the importance of powerful praise and worship. This is largely to the fault of a contemporary church that has reduced praise and worship to just another genre of music rather than a valid offering to God at the alter of sacrifice. Coming to God in worship is not simply blessing the Lord as he watches his little children sing. While that is a cute religious picture, there is a powerhouse of anointing that happens whenever worshippers get together, even in small numbers, and begin to hammer on heaven’s back door.

In this passage of scripture from Acts 16, we see that even in the midst of bondage, oppression, judgment, fear, depression, and every other evil thing we can imagine there is hope in the middle of the night. Every time God hears a worshipper pouring his heart out to him in worship, jail doors shear off at the hinges...spiritually deaf ears and blind eyes fly open as they see the love and goodness of God in the land of the living! God opens the doors to healing, deliverance, repentances, and every other life controlling thing fashioned in hell. And it falls harmless to the ground under the power of heavenly worship. I would not preach a message in a place where the atmosphere had not already been watered with Holy Spirit inundated Praise and Worship. Religion has sold us the lie that it is the expendable part of the service...the introductory music...the take it or leave it part of church. In fact, it is where your miracle is being birthed.

 

Power Prophetic and Presence

 

Acts 3:17-23

 

 

 

“Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ (Acts 3:17-23 NKJV)

 

 

Wherever you find the power of God...you will also find two things: One, the prophetic is flowing...and two....the Presence of God is there. God has and does move through prophecy. It did not end with the Old Testament. The office of the prophet is alive and well. The voice of the prophet is used today to hail and introduce moves of God across the earth. He sends and He speaks the oracles of God into the lives of believers everywhere. The prophet is needed to bring life to desolate situations. He utters words to those whose hope is failing. He broadcasts warning to those who have run askew of God’s will. He calls and beckons us to the presence of God.

Likewise, God’s presence is the epicenter of miracles. It is where God shows up in a situation. As the Holy Spirit of God flows through a congregation, regardless of size, we experience His conviction and His wisdom pour over us like a waterfall as He reasserts his truths that His mercies are new every morning!  A church without His prophetic and without His presence is simply a social gathering...void of His signs and wonders.

 

 

 

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