Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

I'm Not Worried

                  I'm not worried

                                     April 5, 2015

 

 

Romans 8:5-11

 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:5-11 NKJV)

 

 

dead


\ˈded\adjective

: no longer alive or living : no longer having life

: not able to feel or move

: very tired

Full Definition

1

:deprived of life :no longer alive 

2

(1)  :having the appearance of death :deathly <in a dead faint> (2):lacking power to move, feel, or respond :numb

b  :very tired 

(1)  :incapable of being stirred emotionally or intellectually :unresponsive <dead to pity> (2):grown cold :extinguished <deadcoals>

 

plural  dead

1

:one that is dead —usually used collectively 

2

:the state of being dead <raised him from the dead — Colossians 2:12(Revised Standard Version)>

 

life


\ˈlīf\noun

: the ability to grow, change, etc., that separates plants and animals from things like water or rocks

: the period of time when a person is alive

: the experience of being alive

 

Jesus came to crush death. Previous to his glorious resurrection, all man knew was death. Because of his shortfall of a pure grace that could save him, it was impossible for him to know and embrace a life that would not flee him like the wind down a mountain. When Jesus rose from the grave, he purchased for us our freedom from death in its every form. The grave is no longer our final stop, nor can this life be a hangman’s noose to us.

 

In Christ, our lives become abundant, fertile, productive, hope-filled, and overflowing in His love. We are no longer subject to spiritual gravity, but are set free to fly as believers and again given dominion over this life that was lost in the Garden. What was lost in a paradise was purchased again on a hilltop.

But our lives were not redeemed that we might hoard them and hold them close to our chest, but that we might give them away as a testimony to Jesus’ unending love and power that we be an example to every living thing that God is greater! Whatever you face in this life, God is greater....we can stand and look into our reflection and say... “I’m Not Worried”.

 

I'm not worried about my dead situation 

 

Matthew 6:25-26 NKJV

 

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26 NKJV)

 

In Matthew 6 Jesus repeatedly impresses upon us the importance of understanding the principal of NOT worrying. We can find so much to concern ourselves about in this life. In fact, worry has become the marketing tool of choice in our generation. We no longer do things simply for enjoyment...most times we do things to beat someone else to the punch...to prove something to someone else or ourselves...we do them in preventive measure rather than because we were led of the spirit.

                                                                                                          

Life has become some kind of race, rather than a fellowship of God’s creation. You can only have a salad if the lettuce and the tomatoes are getting along. In this life, we have been conditioned that everyone is an individual....we stand alone...and because of that, we have become competitive...not children of God, but children of the corn.

 

Here in this passage of scripture, Jesus was telling us in no veiled language that we need to cool our jets. We have placed way too much importance upon winning the race rather than running it.

 

 

Dead relationships of friends and family

 

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. (Philippians 4:8 NKJV)

 

God raising Jesus from the dead should prove to us one thing...once and for all. We should be convinced that nothing is beyond the reach of God. If you are here this morning with a resurrection spirit in your heart, then you should also know that what you thought you ruined or destroyed is made new in the hands of God. The guards who retrieved Jesus body from the cross made sure he was dead...just like our hurtful words or actions have killed relationships with friend and family.  God is the life giver. What we kill...Jesus can resurrect.

 

So what do we do? We employ the “whatevers” until He moves in the situation.  When someone is sick, we take them to the hospital, but we do not treat them...that is for the doctor to do. We are asked to “wait” in the waiting room. Well, I have what I call the “Whating” room....its where we practice the whatevers . We do not dwell upon solving the problem...we turn the problem over to the specialist and we dwell upon the hope instilled in us by God through Jesus Christ.

 

As we focus upon the good things...the positive things...as our heart changes, God is working on our behalf to restore those things that we have torn down with our own hands. Begin today to walk in Jesus resurrection power and know the wonder of his ability to rebuild the love between us that we thought we destroyed forever.

 

Dead dreams

 

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV

 

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV)

 

 This one is my favorite....If Satan cannot kill you...he will certainly have a field day going after your dreams. If he cannot destroy you, the he will make you miserable. He will make you miserable IF you allow him. Here in Deuteronomy 30, God directs Moses to choose a path of life. Notice here, there are two ways in which you can go. Our free will also allow us the latitude to choose death if we so wish. God’s desire for us is to always choose life. As the engrafted sons of Israel, we, too, enjoy this freedom of choice always with the provision that it is God’s desire that we choose His life. 

 

It seems so ridiculous that most of us, at some point in our lives have chosen death only to discover its bitter taste. It is those choices in which we marinate failure and season our lives with the devastation of bad choices strewn throughout our years. With the bitter pill of failure comes the narcotic fog of depression, discouragement, and despair. Jesus resurrection brought the light of day to our souls, but he also brought joy and hope and promise to our lives here on earth.

 

The tomb is a dark place. You are there alone. Two years ago, I lived one of the hardest moments of my life when I watched as workers sealed the earthly remains of my mother into a crypt next to my father who had been there for 37 years prior to her passing away. I remember thinking about being alone...truly alone...for the first time in the history of your existence. When we are conceived, we are nurtured inside our mother’s body. When we are born, we are surrounded by friends and family. When we die...just our bodies remain...and it is alone...for the very first time.  Our dreams are that way. A deceased dream is sealed in the dark of our hopelessness and memorialized by feelings of failure. But Jesus changed all of that. And on that day....The stone was rolled back and hope was restored to our souls...and to our lives.

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