Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church


          God’s Transforming Power

                                       August 9, 2015



“The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."” (Zep 3:17 NKJV)



Of all of the things that God does in our life, his transformation is among the greatest. Everyone has their own experiences, but I personally have seen with my eyes murderers become humbled vessels in the hand of the Lord. I have seen drug addicts and alcoholics reformed. I have seen those who had given up on themselves lifted up and converted into powerhouses for God. t simply, there is no limitation to what God can do within the confines of a surrendered life.

He can take the most broken of things and transform them into something that does not even remotely resemble its former image. Our God is a transforming God. He is the God that made everything from nothing. He is the God who took a stutterer and changed him into a mighty leader. He turned water into wine...death into life...night into day....and he does it in the great and in the small.

I ask that for the next moments of your time, that you remove the blinders of this natural realm in which we live and peer into the eyes of the God who can change your situation. I ask that you allow Him to come in and examine and rummage through what we consider to be a junkyard filled with our failures and the assembled wreckage of our lifetime. I ask that you open your heart to God’s greatest role in your life....that of His transforming power.






When your mind changes your results change...

Philippians 4:8 NKJV

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Romans 12:2 speaks to us of the renewing of our minds. There is nothing on this earth that poses such a deadly threat to our future as the human mindset. It can become fixed upon a place that can literally anchor us in sickness, in poverty, in negativity about who we are and how God sees us. The things we allow our minds to dwell upon are the things that we will become if we do not gain control of these rogue thoughts.

Ever heard of the old adage “getting up on the wrong side of the bed”? It is more than a wrong adage, it has a spiritual basis and it can literally affect an entire season of your life. It involves how we perceive our lives from the very early point in the day. Someone will say something and you immediately retort, “I’m having a bad day”. Now who in the world determined that? Did the department of bad days drop by and give you a citation for one bad day? Or was it a mindset that you locked in before seeking God to see what he had to say about it?

Our minds have dwelling points. We can begin to dwell on all of the negative things that our world has presented to our minds or we can go through our list of God’s “whatevers”...true, noble, just, pure, and so on. Have you noticed that the first one God’s word begins with there is “true”? That is not an accident. Satan’s plan to derail our minds early in the game is to begin by getting us to believe a lie. When we allow God’s transforming power to change our minds, the results just naturally follow His pattern of goodness.

When your heart changes your life changes...

Proverbs 23:6-7 NKJV

“Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.”
The heart of the believer is his operations epicenter. Your heart can jumpstart every other area of your life. This is why God touches the heart of an unbeliever to lead him to Christ rather than going after his mind. As we mentioned earlier, an unchanged mind can be a disaster on just the daily tasks we are faced with. Imagine if that thing controlled our eternal disposition. Here in proverbs we are directed toward the dangers of allowing our heart’s desires to be pointed toward earthly things. It uses the example of a miser, but this is honestly the world’s system. Watching the recent GOP debates on YouTube, it occurred to me that I was looking at 12 men who were all vying for the same job. While the words that came from their lips were noble and concerned and sincere, I wondered how many of them would be left were the moderator to tell them that the job was without salary, they would have to live in a 1200 square foot three bedroom two bath home...that there would be no jet, only airfare in coach. No security, no retirement, no glamor, no glory...only four years of hard closely examined work for which they were held 100 per cent accountable? I could see them dropping their stones and walking away one by one life the men ready to stone the woman at the well.

Lt. Colonel James Doolittle, One of the heroes of the World War II Pacific Theater, said “there’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer”. When your heart is right, your motives are right...when your motives are right your life changes. You become at peace with yourself. Greed drives this world. There is no peace in greed. There never will nor can there ever be. As you think in your are you. Your life is made up of the elements of the environment in which you immerse yourself. When God is given dominion over your heart, he changes motive; he redirects your passions. Greed may sit you down at his table and say “Eat and enjoy!” but his heart is not with you. He is only interested in what he can obtain from his baiting you to his table. A changed life requires a changed heart...and good news....God is in the heart changing business.



When your spirit changes your destiny changes...

Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV

“that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

The heart and the mind are connected to one more element; that being the spirit. God is deeply concerned with the condition and the origin of the spirit in which we live out our time here. Because of our free wills, God must be invited into our hearts...we must ask him to change the way we think, but His Holy Spirit is what changes our eternal destiny. Once we make the Holy Spirit ours, once we embrace him into our hearts and minds...once this transformation is complete by putting off the old man and renew our spirit’s by putting on the new man contained within the Holy Spirit, do we see a dimensional change in our future.

Attachment to this world seems to have become almost an obsession. Everything we do seems to be consumed with just making it day to day or becoming secure according to the world’s definition. Insurance companies tout words like security and safety. Banks talk about future and planning...but while good financial planning in this life is the responsible thing to do, how many of us consider the eternal ramifications of the footprint left on this earth by each of our lives. God’s destiny is eternal. It outlives our mortality. It gives us true purpose. It is the hope of not just the next generation, but every generation until Jesus returns and the fruits are harvested in eternity. When God changes our spirit...When His Holy Spirit takes control....there is nothing we cannot do.




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