Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Life Happpens

                     Life Happens

                                            September 7, 2013

 

A word in due season is a word for all seasons. God shows us day by day, Glory to Glory...how we should unfold this gift called life. Some account it to drudgery, others inhale it like an intoxicating perfume. What is the difference? I, personally, believe it is a matter of which God we serve. If our God be this world and its deceptions, then we find what temporary pain killers it offers and move on to the next garbage can. If it is the God of Creation...then we find a fulfillement and a remedy for anything life can dish out. It is where we are able to live in the Philippians 4:8 realm.

 

 


Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV

 

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

We concern ourselves with the extraction of the deep things of God from scripture, but sometimes we forget that the greatest lessons our Lord taught us are right before our eyes.

 

So far, 2013 has been for me a bittersweet year. I have said the word goodbye once too many times in eight short months. To some the goodbye has been attributable to miles...while my goodbye to others has been across dimensions.

 

Today, I would like to focus upon one of those plainly practical applications that God has so clearly spelled out for us in His Word.

 

 

Live every day as if it’s your last.

 

Luke 9:23-25 NKJV

 

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

 

Some things are important...and some things are imperative. God has framed for us the difference between important and imperative in a most definitive way. We scurry for the good life....we hustle and strive for something that we have been told that is important...and in the midst of that chase...we surrender what is most important.

 

 

Living for God is the purpose...It is the primary thing. It is not about living according to religious ritual, but when your life is given over to the pursuit of God, your values become altogether in balance...life makes sense.

 

 

Jesus was quite clear in scripture that if we live our life in pursuit of our own goals....our life will be shallow and ineffective. But if we give our lives over to God’s purposes...His will...his mission for us...He infuses our lives with richness and fullness of Joy. And that makes for a life that has worth.

 

This is why some can live thirty years and change the world....others can live 100 years and never even change themselves.

 

 

 

Plan every day as if it’s your first.

 

James 4:13-17 NKJV

 

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will  happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

 

Winston Churchill once said, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail”.  Planning is an awesome thing. The Huge buildings in our major cities are done according to a plan...Governments are successfully run by careful planning...and our lives can mature and become fruitful with planning. Planning is good, the problem is most planning is done without the Spirit of God and it shows.

 

Here in James 4, we are reminded that all of the best planning for our lives does not amount to anything substantial if we forget that our lives are simply a vapor. If God is not included in our plans...we are destined to fall to disappointment and failure.

 

 

You see, plans fail...the greatest of plans can come to nothing. It is when we include the Spirit of the living God into our hopes and dreams that they become the extension of a master plan that cannot and will not fail.

 

Many of us in our middle ages have or had parents that lived through the great depression of 1929. I heard my father describe, in horror, the people on the streets begging for food. There was no work, no money, no opportunity....only great swells of poverty and desperation. We ask ourselves...in America?....Really? Yes...you see even the greatest plans laid by the greatest minds can fail.

 

When we plan each day as it were our first...we have the daily new opportunity to include God in those plans, that even if we make a wrong choice...he is there to guide us.

 

 

 

Love every day as if you can save each one in a jar.

 

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.

 

I have adopted a new habit. I consciously try, every day, to just look at my wife and thank God for her and the gift she is to me as much as humanly possible. I have reached some kind of plateau in my life that simply says stop and smell the roses. 

 

Leslie is a woman of many gifts and talents...one of them is making things that smell good....soaps, fragrances, creams.....and I am learning about the methodology of these things more and more every day. I have learned that certain emotions, feelings, moods can be triggered by certain scents.

 

Philippians 4:8 lays out what I call “The Great Eight”.....these are the fragrances of life.....TRUTH, NOBILITY, JUSTICE, PURITY, LOVLINESS, GOOD REPORTANCE, VIRTUE, PRAISEWORTHINESS....all of them are the smells of life. When we find these we want to bottle them for inclusion in our own existence.

 

Your Name is like honey on my lips...your Spirit like water to my soul, your Word is a lamp unto my feet...Jesus I love you!

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