Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Living the Walk...Walking the Life

       Living the walk...walking the life

                                    June 6, 2015

 

 

Matthew 4:18-22


And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-22 NKJV)

Jesus loves you...and He has a plan for your life. How many times have we heard that cliché statement made in the course of witnessing on the streets or in churches. The truth is that Jesus’ plans are the plans of the Father...and the plans of the Father are global. Even though he knows every hair on every head, His plans are for mankind. Jeremiah 29 tells us that his plans for us are to give us life and hope. The plan already in full swing, the challenge for us is to launch out into the deep and receive it into our lives.

Jesus is all about net breaking blessing. There was never a situation in the entire Bible where he left the scene poorer than before he showed up. And that’s how he wants to manifest himself in our lives.

This time we all share on earth is not some kind of contest for points and rewards...it is a life we encounter before God that we may faithfully walk it all of our days and move on to the great reward; eternity. Christianity is not a decision of good over evil... it is the realization of the love of an amazing God. The challenge is not in proving our worth to God...it is in living the walk and walking the life.


Knowledge comes from learning but wisdom emerges from living.

 


Ecclesiastes 7:11-12

Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And profitable to those who see the sun. For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. (
Ecclesiastes 7:11-12 NKJV)

As a society, we are a people that place great emphasis upon intellect. Our doctors, Lawyers, Philosophers, Economists, and Political Scientists are revered on the covers of our magazines and hailed as heroes in this life. Yet in each of these groups, as intense as they may be in their specific field of specialty...you will find those who fall dreadfully short in things such as morals and ethical character. An educated decision is sometimes not enough. Without wisdom, intellect can get you killed.

Walking with Jesus is growing in wisdom. When we are young, we think we have the answers or at least know someone who does. Twenty years down the road we begin to see things differently. Experience, if listened to will lead one to wisdom. Experience, if ignored will lead one to more experience. Ecclesiastes here tells us that the greatest knowledge we can have in this life is that one that leads us to wisdom. Scripture tells us in Proverbs that Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Isn’t it amazing that the agnostic/atheistic mindset is so ready to impose sentence upon themselves that is considered by God to be the greatest condemnation man can put upon himself. Intellect can teach you how to make a living. Wisdom can teach you how to stay alive.


Training your ears to hear the Lord in times of adversity bring about revelation that lives on in generations after you.

 

John 8:47
He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (John 8:47 NKJV)

In the 80s, we began hearing Bible expositors teach on what they called “generational sin”. Now this is nothing new, it was simply a new terminology for what the Bible calls the “sins of the fathers”. One of the things that this “Decision for Christ” brings about in our lives is the severing of past alliances with generations previous to us. Walking with Jesus in this life is walking free. He whom the son sets free is FREE INDEED. This is because our ties with familiar spirits are broken by the Love of God and we are made free by the spirit of adoption.

If I had been captured by an enemy and incarcerated in another city, you would probably not have a whole lot of faith in the letters I sent you telling you that I was coming to rescue you from the jail you were in. I have problems of my own...how could I possibly help you? In order to see others set free, we must first be free ourselves. Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God. We cannot possibly expect to be liberators unless we first are liberated. Our hearing is so important to walking this life, because much of what we see will try to break us down and shake our faith. When we hear God’s Word and receive it into our spirit, we reinforce the goodness of God in our lives and build our spirit man up. 


Jesus continually says he who has ears to hear...let him hear. I have never found a scripture where he emphasized for those who have mouths to speak...let him talk.

 

James 1:19-20

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (
James 1:19-20 NKJV)


"If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear."

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

 

Proverbs 10:19 says, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.”  I read a statement recently that said, “a wise man said nothing”. That is such a short statement, but one that is so indicting in the age of social media. Walking the life is all about time management. We are placed on this earth with a finite clock. There are a set number of seconds given to us that tick down to absolute zero. Our lives are each only for a season. We can make these lives count...or we can spend them in futility.

When we love and serve the Lord, nothing screams louder than what we do for God. What we say we will do can benefit little until those around us see the fruit of what God is doing in our lives. Walking the life is all about proving out through our lives that the goodness of God flows through us. Jesus did not curse the tree because of anger, he pronounced judgment upon it because it was fruitless although its appearance boasted of fruit. You are here for a purpose. You are the presentation before the Lord and the world that will bring others to a “taste and see” moment. You may be the closest someone out there will come to Jesus in their entire life. It is our responsibility to reflect the Goodness of the Lord in the Land of the Living.






 

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