Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

GET A GRIP

            Get a grip...

                     July 26, 2015

 


Proverbs 3:5-10


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.”
 Steadfastness is the proof of faith. James one tells us about being driven and tossed by the wind. It further calls double mindedness as making one “unstable in all his ways”. One of the things we are seeing in this present time is the manifestation of “trust issues”. We deceive and are deceived so much that we now struggle with the task of trusting. I for one was born on the tail end of an era that now no longer exists. It was the time when we were as good as our word. We did business with a handshake. A person was as good as their word.

As Godlessness encompassed the earth like a snare, so did the subject of trust. Being able to trust or the lack of it is rapidly returning civilization to the Stone Age. Our business relationships mean nothing....our personal relationships mean nothing...our governments’ words mean nothing...our commitment to God became lip service and we renamed it prayer. God saw this time in His infinite ability and put into place a way of escape.

It is called “Trust in the Lord”, and it places all other trusts in subordination. When we trust in the Lord, we do not have to concern ourselves with the fickle nature of man. We do not have to try sorting out fact and fiction in mortality...we only need to trust in the Lord. As mankind flat spins into however this whole thing will play out, trust will become more and more elusive in the earth. This is the point and principal of “trust in the Lord.” It is not simply a cliché hyper spiritual phrase, or a colloquialism intended to win ourselves favor among fallen man. It is the operating system of the firm believer in Jesus. When we trust in the Lord, we release man from all responsibility to perform; for it is trust in Jesus that is the only thing that really matters.

 

 





Singleness of Heart

Jeremiah 32:37-40

 


“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.”
 

Man has a definite loyalty problem. I have always gotten a kick out of the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Besides being a day memorialized by a famous gangland massacre, it is largely a free day for the greeting card and guilt-gift industry. Of all of the thousands of the clever “be mine” valentines I gave and received throughout my primary education years, I don’t think that one ever even considered becoming mine in reality. I always thought it odd that we “gave away our hearts” to massive amounts of people at one time. This would make you either A. insincere B. confused or C. manipulative.

God does not “do” Valentine’s Day. Instead, his heart is continually toward us. He loved us first. This is not some meaningless chant to Him. It is his commitment, his dedication toward us. He expects the same in return from us because we are His creation. It is part of a larger scheme. He is our God...we are His people. Kind of cool, don’t ’you think?

Singleness of heart means that we do not give it away to the world. We do not live for everything else out there and we live for him that he puts everything else out there at our feet for us to do his good pleasure. Singleness of heart causes us to truly walk in our dominion. When it’s you against the world, you are at the world’s mercy. When it’s God and you against the world, you are a king’s child...a son...who walks in the garden of his father; everything at your disposal.

 


Singleness of God

I Timothy 2:1-7


“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”
 
This is a biggie. Man has once again amassed for himself idols. They are not graven images that look like birds and animals...they are even more sinister. They have come in the likeness of power on the earth making them twice evil. Firstly, they exalt themselves against the personage of God. And secondly, they mock the Holy Spirit by suggesting that they possess power. I am talking about worldliness. Worldliness has past destroying the earth; it has now infected the church. It has caused the work of God to become the business of faith. It has made the worship of our God into a competitive business. This has taken the focus and concentration off of glorifying God and onto the performance of man.

We must never replace God in our worship. We must never work in the Lord to our message, but He must always be the message. We must not point to ourselves as the way to Jesus, but point to Jesus as messengers and never anything more. All that we do and all that we say must forever be the hailing of the one true God.




Singleness of mind


I Corinthians 2:12-16


“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
 We live in an age of tremendous confusion. There is confusion in our civilizations, confusion in our sexuality, and confusion in our sense of what is right and what is wrong. There is a horrendous confusion regarding our God, His innate reality and the responsibility we have toward Him. It is starkly obvious when a person is not walking in the mind of Christ. Everything is their life is without resolution. All that they amass...all that they learn and ingest...all of the knowledge that they quest after is unsettled, unresolved, disconnected. Without the mind of Christ we are but drifts of sand blown about on a beach of shifting trade winds.

The mind of Christ is not simply some non-descript abstract concept, but the concrete foundation that makes sense of our lives here on earth. Without his loving wisdom running our worlds it’s no wonder people feel they are no longer happy with their gender or their sexuality. It’s no wonder marriages are ticking time bombs for a divorce court. It’s no wonder our cities are like murderous war zones.

1 Corinthians two explains it a plain as broad daylight when it says “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” We must have singleness of mind and it must be the mind of Christ. Walking this life without Christ in control is the absolute definition of insanity. It’s the personification of the old adage being “out of your mind”.

When we think like the Savior, life is on our minds...when we think like the Savior...blessing is on our lips...when we think like the Savior, hope is always on the horizon.

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