Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

CONTROL FREAK

            Control Freak

                                July 20, 2014

 

 

Jeremiah 32:16-22 NKJV

 

“Now when I had delivered the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord , saying: ‘Ah, Lord God ! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is  the Lord of hosts. You  are  great in counsel and mighty in work, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings. You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, to this day, and in Israel and among other men; and You have made Yourself a name, as it is this day. You have brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and with great terror; You have given them this land, of which You swore to their fathers to give them— “a land flowing with milk and honey.”

 

”In the end...God wins anyway.”  That is the sole single statement that ended my desire to consistently and constantly control everything. If you wanted a definition of exactly what that statement is...it could be summed up in one single word... “Surrender”.

 

It does not matter how much you kick and scream....it makes no difference to what degree you protest and connive and manipulate...God holds both the measuring stick and the hourglass and he makes the final call.

 

 

Resistance to God’s will is simply disobedience reduced to the level of stream of consciousness. In order to receive from God’s hand, one must first be willing to open his own. The hardness of heart that God described in the children of Israel is back now with a vengeance and man has brought disobedience and hard heartedness to an all new level...that of “opinionated self-righteous entitlement”.  We live in the generation of the “Control Freak”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never esteem your opinion at the cost of your spiritual sensitivity.

 

John 15:5-8 NKJV

 

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

 

Jesus established a ground floor relational concept here in John chapter 15. Understanding the concept of   vine and branches is as vital as grasping the concept of circulatory system and the health of the body. No circulation...no life.

We have sloughed off and considered “redneck” the precept of “abiding in the vine”. It is, however, one of the most important red-line concepts in the entire Bible. We now have people out there trying to survive as Christians, attempting to be their own vines and wonder why they are withered and dying.

 

Being part of the Vine is being accountable. Being accountable means relinquishing your opinion and conviction in favor of being a disciple rather than rebellious. Fruit comes from the branches that abide and receive nourishment from the vine. Death comes to branches that are cut...or cut themselves off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release your will to God and see your spirit set free

 

Luke 22:39-46 NKJV

 

Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”  Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

 

One of the most prolific lessons learned from the Gospel was seeing the Father relationship Jesus has with God. In the garden, Jesus prayers were not a laundry list of complaints, but the heart cry for the will of the Father in His life. This prayer was not a prayer of desperation, but a prayer of release of control to the Father that “HIS” will be done.

 

Interestingly, Jesus made a concrete suggestion to the disciples who came with him to the garden....he told them... “Pray that you may not enter into temptation”. Jesus knew the stronghold of Satan in that hour. He knew that faithlessness and evil speaking were just a thought away from each of them. His warning was to pray that they would reject self-accommodating ideas and draw near to God. We live in times where those decisions are daily struggles once again.

 

Jesus did not garner the strength to undergo the next days of his life from good positive thoughts and self-confidence.  He was empowered to do the Father’s will by releasing his own into the hands of The Father.

 

 

 

 

 

Find your identity, security, and affirmation in God's Word

 

Psalms 139:7-12 NKJV

 

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are  there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

 

One of the most liberating life changes I have made is to understand that as long as I am in the will of God, nothing can succeed against me.  Weapons can be formed against me, but they will not prosper. (Isaiah 54:17) Confusion in identity, sexuality, mental distress, emotional turmoil, can almost all be rooted back...even psychologically...to abandonment. People with abandonment issues often times use their lives to shock, impress, call attention to themselves...in an effort to discover who they are. God’s way was never to find your identity in yourself...but to find identity and belonging in the arms of the Father.

 

Releasing control to God places the burden upon Him...and His burden is light. Giving over the pressures of this present life is taking the responsibility of your tangled mess of a life off of other people and wearing it like a yoke and giving your yoke to God....His yoke is easy. I came to the understanding that God will....not may....WILL take care of me. I say it all the time. People still hear me say it every day around here... “GOD WILL DO SOMETHING”.

 

Irresponsibility in your life is a twofold event. It begins by not having faith in God and it is exacerbated by doing nothing of yourself to change the situation. God operates on a system of seed sowing and harvesting. He gives you seed all throughout your life...and according to those seeds, a harvest is around the corner. Releasing control of those seeds and being faithful is the release of control that brings about amazing changes in your life...when God is in control; He is the bringer of all good things to your life.

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