Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church


               His Good Pleasure

  ...maintaining and growing in God.


                                   May 4, 2014


Philippians 2:12-16 NKJV


Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.


So much stir has been made in the church in recent years over purpose. Books and seminars and curriculums have been orchestrated at great expense and time dedicated to finding something that was clearly and succinctly laid out at the end of Matthew 28.


Which said...


“16 ¶  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17  When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19  "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.” (Mt 28:16-20 NKJV)



The Great Commission was not a random ordination, but a blanket empowerment...that we all...whoever calls upon the name of the Lord...would life a life filled with God’s mercy and grace.....lived for God’s good pleasure.




Appointed by man? Or anointed by God...


Romans 8:28-30 NKJV


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to  be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.


Destiny is a word we should hang out with more. Understanding that we were born a success by the blood of Jesus far outweighs the search for our own happiness. Once we can relate to a heavenly heritage, the dynamic of “Who” we are begins to take focus.


There are many appointments given man upon the earth. These are the rewards of humanity.  One who studies long and hard can become a doctor, a lawyer, or any one of numerous professions. The callings of earth are many and most times they are to accomplish a sense of recognition....identity. When we are anointed by God...the recognitions of life may not be there, but the accolades of heaven are there.


The things of God are the only things that will remain in the end. This is why Jesus taught not to put our treasures in the things that moth and rust will destroy, but to seek our treasures in heavenly places. Seek the anointing of God...and not the appointment or recognition of man.




Earthly praise or heavenly celebration...


Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV


Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.



Sometimes the world can be a lonely place even with many people around. There are indeed many situations in life that, in the natural, we walk through alone. No one else can be responsible for your relationship with God. It is a personal thing.


Not every situation in life comes with elements of appreciation, value, recognition, reward, satisfaction....and this is why we must make the decision to stay true to the call of God upon our lives rather than allow ourselves to be weighed by worldly standard.



Had Jesus pursued the cross based upon appreciation or the thankfulness of man, his sense of “purpose” would not have been very full. He did what he did to PLEASE the Father.  In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus clearly displayed that he was not a fan of what was about to happen...but his heart was....not my will....BUT YOURS be done.  Our purpose is heavenly. Our direction is heavenly. Our call is heavenly.





Setting your direction into stone...



I John 2:24, 26-27 NKJV


Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. These things I have written to you concerning those who try  to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.



Simply put...most of us deal with trust issues. This does not come from God letting us down...but man doing what he does best...change direction, give up, take the quick easy path. God is very clear in his Word that not every path will be easy, but it will be true.


His anointing was given to us to empower us upon a road we travel. Contained within the anointing of God are such elements as character, truth, integrity, dedication, commitment. His direction in our lives may not always be filled with heralding and approval by man, but will be shrouded  by peace and honor and true life. 

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