Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Hosting God's Presence! You are the TEMPLE of the HOLY SPIRIT!

 The Reason church is becoming more and more all about man is because man has discovered that without God's power, he has no alternative but to do a song and dance...for many of us that has become our church service. We need fog and lights and slick presentation and "coolness" because we cannot have the 2 Chronicles 5 presence of God in our temples without cost. That cost is abandoning the world and embracing God's presence. The church worldwide is about to see a revival of such a magnitude that God will literally commandere church services and arrest the flesh with such power that disease will be instantaneously healed, depression will immediately be replaced by the Joy of the Lord, and people will drop to their knees in repentance and adoration of the God of creation. Idols will have no power and performance will fall pale in the sight of God's Glory.

For the next six weeks, we will be basing our teachings, workshops, and fellowships surrounding Bill Johnson's curriculum "40 Days of Hosting the Presence." Workbooks and videos are available and there's alway room for one more!

The following notes are from my first message this past Sunday (9/22/13). If you are one of our friends out of state or abroad, we encourage you to get the book "Hosting the Presence" by Bill Johnson either from the Bethel Redding, CA (ibethel.org) website or on Amazon.com. God Bless You as we together prepare for a soon coming amazing move of God!

 

Pastor Larry

               Hosting God’s Presence

                       ...For Starters

                             September 22, 2013

 

 

John 15:14-17 NKJV

 

You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you, that you love one another.

 

God did not call us to a “Stepford” relationship with him. We were not fashioned for robotic obedience, but for fellowship. That was the whole purpose of the free will thing.

 

Scripture tells us that the Spirit jealously yearns to commune with us.(James 4:5) The whole earth strives and struggles to keep us earthbound. It is when we surrender our wills to the will of heaven that we see realms in our lives begin to change.

 

God’s desire is not for a distant King/subject relationship, but for a Father/Son-Daughter relationship that is not simply surface level, but deep unto the bestowing of lasting fruit that flows in, out and throughout our lives...

 

Resetting the system

 

Romans 12:1-2 NKJV

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which  is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

Just like some of the digital devices of today, many of us have seen our relationship with God become stuck in one position and in need of refreshing to obtain usable status once again. This “jam up” is the result of religious thinking, rebellion, traditions of man, arrogance, or any one of countless human pitfalls that can result in our inability to receive properly from God.

 

 

Resetting the system requires that we allow ourselves to be unplugged from our own ways by heaven and reconnected to God via a renewal of our minds through the refreshing of the Holy Spirit. I find it humorous that computer technicians have adopted the phrase “to refresh” whenever a computer module becomes jammed or stuck. They tell you to disconnect it from its power source and “refresh” the system. In our case, it is to disconnect ourselves from whatever it is that is contaminating our relationship with God and reconnect with Him at a higher level via the transforming of God’s Holy Spirit.

 

 

Once this “refreshing” has occurred, we process things differently...we see differently...we gaze into the heavenlies and see His ways, His provision, His heart....and we leave the earthly things in  its shadow, having become strangely dim.

 

 

Changing the Atmosphere

 

Luke 2:41-50 NKJV

 

His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it;  but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”  But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

 

 

Once a reset has been accomplished in our lives, we begin to seek more, seek deeper, seek presence rather than simple response. In an old atmosphere, we judge whether our prayer has been answered according to God’s response. If we get what we want, God heard our prayer...If not...we cop an attitude. Changing the atmosphere requires the utilization of our renewed mind combined with a trust in God that no longer focuses upon a reward system and changes over to a “seeking the giver rather than the gift” mode.

 

Here in Luke chapter 2, we see Mary and Joseph undergoing an atmospheric change in their relationship with Jesus. Up until now, the past 12 years had been all about raising a child of promise. Now, they begin to see the promise fulfilled and they are all of a sudden thrust into a stand down position while Jesus “goes about his Father’s business”.  Sometimes, our preconceived notions overshadow what really is. Mary and Joseph were alarmed at an adolescent Jesus who has gone missing...What they encountered was frustration and fear over a missing child....what reality dealt was the Will of God.

 

 

We can strive over the menial and end our quest in frustration and failure, or place our trust in God and accept that His will does not look or act or even remotely resemble our ideas of what God’s atmosphere looks like. God’s atmosphere is not a matter of us changing anything...but of us surrendering ourselves to its inevitability in our lives.

 

 

Creating an Habitation

 

Exodus 19:3-6 NKJV

 

And Moses went up to God, and the Lord  called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how  I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is  Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” 

 

For many years here at Joy Fellowship Church, we have had recurring words regarding “Habitation of God”. I am not talking about once or twice, but dozens and dozens of words. These words have always regarded us “creating this habitation” where God does not come for a visitation, but settles in our midst for habitation. The reason habitation is so important, is that God is no longer seasonally welcome as long as he doesn’t get in the way, but He has been invited in a way that says....come on, Lord...interrupt us!

 

 

This is an area where you have the controls. It is totally and entirely up to you. Hosting the presence of God is not something we do for a couple of weeks and then it’s over...it is a long haul commitment. God is not an overbearing “Mother in Law”. He will not stay where He is not welcome. He will not hang out where his input is not desired. But to those of us who will refresh the system, change our atmosphere, and create that habitation in our lives by casting off our own expectations and welcome his, you are about to witness the miraculous.

 

 

In 2005, eight years ago, we as a church began to ready ourselves for the unknown. In the beginning of that year, I began to receive words that rocked my world. They disturbed my normal operation of life. I became troubled by these words and at the same time excited by them. In late August of that same year...I was convinced that what we had been prepared for was a biblical level catastrophe called Hurricane Katrina....it wasn’t until after the devastation that I began to see God’s plan unfold and become a miracle realm that would propel our ministry into places I thought I would never see. That went on for six years. I am convinced that I have only seen the tip of the iceberg. God has so much more....If we will only Host His amazing power....welcome His Glory...Host His Presence.

 

 

 

 

 

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