Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

JUST ONE WITH A FIRE


             Just one with a fire

                                  Wednesday October 8, 2014

 

 

Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV                                       

 

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There  is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

The god of this world, satan , loves to perpetrate the king of all lies from the chief of all liars. And here’s the lie..... “what difference do I make”. If the enemy camp can cause a viral spread of that one lie, the work of God can be essentially halted in a church, a community, a town or city, a nation, or even the world. God took one....spread it to three...expanded it to twelve...released it to 70 and then 120...and then a world was ignited.

 

Here in Ephesians 4, Paul expounds on several key elements as the Holy Spirit guides him in the things of God. Walking worthy, unity and oneness of spirit and heart all join in unison to prove that there is no such thing as an unimportant “one” in the kingdom of God.  He caps off this passage by putting God’s signature boldly upon this work of corporate importance authored by many, many “ones”.

 

We can live a life of excuses. We can write our own powerless ending to our lives by ignoring the one that was so carefully and meticulously authored by the creator of the universe. OR...we can release our will to the kingdom of God the Father and become comfortable in His will as “Just One with a Fire.”

 

 

Just a guy named Agabus

 

 

 

 

Acts 11:27-30 NKJV

 

And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

 

By historic account, it is accepted that Agabus was most likely one of the 70 that Jesus sent out at the beginning of his evangelistic ministry.  If you remember, this was the pivotal point that Jesus rejoiced and danced before His father at the revelation that humanity “got it”.  He had assembled a team that saw the power they could walk in if they simply went forth and trusted the hand of the Lord.

 

Here in Acts 11, we see that Agabus has grown in the Lord and this has resulted in him realizing the divine call on his life as a prophet... No one has really heard of Agabus. Agabus is not given a book reflecting his ministry in the Bible. Actually, the commentaries on Agabus even today are few and far between. Still, God gave Agabus an important and more importantly, a very valid ministry in service to the Father.

 

Because of Agabus, God revealed to the early Christians of a “worldwide” famine that would be the scourge of the land...relief was sent to brethren was sent thus averting catastrophic results.

 

 

 

 

God's plan includes you....

 

Acts 21:1-11 NKJV

 

Now it came to pass, that when we had departed from them and set sail, running a straight course we came to Cos, the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her cargo. And finding disciples, we stayed there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem. When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we  were out of the city. And we knelt down on the shore and prayed. When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home. And when we had finished our voyage from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day. On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied. And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ”

 

Now many would believe that Agabus’ work was done....well done Agabus...good work....attaboy!  But nothing could be further from the truth.

God is never “through” with you. We may give up on ourselves, but you will not live to see a day where God gives up on you. His Word is true...his purposes are not questionable. His reasons are not searchable.

 

Here we are in Acts chapter 21 and not only is Agabus still around, he is still a prophet. He is still hearing the voice of God.... But now, he has four virgin “prophet” daughters. And he shows up to warn Paul of an impending arrest in Jerusalem. Does Paul heed the warning? No. Does it happen? Yes. Does it stop the word of God ...not a bit.

 

 

God is not as interested in your ability as in your availability. He never calls the qualified, he qualifies the called. We see over and over in scripture that performance is not nearly as close to God’s heart as obedience.  Agabus is not a spiritual rock star. He is not mentioned nearly as much as names like Paul, and Peter, John and David. Still, his part was so vital that the strength of his character bound a book of the bible together in two places.

 

 

 

We are assigned to the supernatural.

 

II Peter 1:2-4 NKJV

 

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that  is in the world through lust.

 

The supernatural presence of God is not inert and static...it is dynamic. His presence is looking for willing vessels through which to move. Over the period of the time...God has used, man, clouds, fire, skeletal anatomy, water, cloth, shadows, and things we don’t even understand. What is your excuse?

He will pick some guy named Agabus and plug him into two very vital places in the Book of Acts...what makes you think he will not take your life and insert it directly into the situation of people whose lives need to make a hard left about now? How can you deny that God has included you in his plan of eternity and will relent in his work through you?

 

Agabus was not a scholar of scripture. He was not a high powered political figure. He did not have notoriety or fame on his side. He did not win the lottery nor was he interviewed by a panel of experts for the job as prophet. He was just a vessel. He was just a guy named Agabus....He was just one with a fire.

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