Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church


  Here's mud in your eye

                                 April 27, 2014



John 9:1-7

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. (John 9:1-7 NKJV)

We are all born blind....there is no shadow of difference among men. We are all blind from the condition of our fallen nature.

One of the things that keeps us from reaching the lost in the numbers we need to be achieving is our inability to renew our minds to take the parameters off of God and see the unorthodox nature of his infinite ability.

This is why we need Revival. It is why we need the Holy Spirit’s continual revelation into our lives. He changes our set points to not only accept the vast abilities of the Father....He causes us to expect to see his miracles.


Never underestimate the power of our over achiever God.


Hebrews 11:1-3 NKJV)


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 NKJV)


Most of the difficulties we have moving on with God are faith related. Since heaven does not operate on a tactile plane, we tend to “get stuck” in neutral looking for solutions in the natural that God can “employ” to our advantage.


When we release our faith, we no longer operate within the confines of this world. Instead, we now pull from the vast resources of God’s creative nature.


When God framed the worlds, He did not first make a stop at Lowe’s or Home Depot to gather the materials to do the job. He did not first have to invent power tools.....he LITERALLY spoke creation into existence. That concept is hard for us to fathom because of where we live....but it is actually our economy.  It is hard for us to think unorthodox, because our God IS unorthodox by earthly standard.


Give Jesus a place to work and give God the time to get you in alignment with His plan. 


Acts 3:1-10

Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:1-10 NKJV)


Anyone who does piecemeal work or special projects knows the importance of having a proper “workspace”.  It has the value of being able to lay out the project to get an overview of what is involved.  In spiritual terms, God does what I call “setups”.  He sets up situations where he can plug us in and work through us.


Here, Peter and John pass a man on the way to Temple. This man was no stranger to them...or anyone else headed for temple for that matter. He was laid there, most probably by family, every day. He was the family profit center. He laid at the gate looking pitiful. He was there to make money, but Heaven had a different plan.  It was a God setup.


Peter and John passed him every day until it was time....not our time...God’s time. In that time, God seized the opportunity to shine the light of his unorthodox revelation before every religious eye that passed the beautiful gate daily.  God WILL exploit the natural to achieve the SUPERNATURAL.


Rid yourself of earthbound thinking.


Colossians 3:1-4 



If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV)


Most of our difficulties in seeing the supernatural is our unsanctified romance with the earthly domain.  We are a race of fixers, with the problem being that most of us do not know how to fix anything.  In truth, we generally end up exacerbating a situation with our effort.

Receiving a new mind....renewing your spirit....not simply suggests, but requires us to rid ourselves of earthbound thinking. A good first step is to take the limitation off of God in our head...and that comes through prayer.  A relationship cannot grow if there is no communication.


Colossians 3 tells us that it all begins with realizing our death in the spiritual has already occurred with our salvation. Our physical bodies continue to writhe about trying to recapture an earthly connection, but with a renewed is just a matter of time until our bodies become subservient to the mind of Christ....taking every thought captive...becoming a vessel for God’s use and His glory....and seeing his miracles flow through us.

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