Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

LORD SEND ME!

          Lord send me

     How to Get things Done for Jesus

                              September 1, 2013

 

Many years ago, a Word went forth in a service here at Joy Fellowship Church telling us that we would, as a church, never be a cruise ship...but a coast guard cutter. I bitterly wept never even knowing the true gravity of that statement. As I traversed the years, I have seen them come and seen them go. Some of those we have discipled have turned their backs and returned to the vomit of the world. Some of those who discipled me have called it "quits" and settled for Gad rather than cross the river into promise. It is through the mercy of God that we daily walk this road with Jesus. It is humbling to see the fragility with with the human condition continues into the day of reckoning. I preached this word last weekend at Joy...ever mindful that we must ever fill our lungs with air and proclaim always, "Lord Send Me!",

 

 

 

Isaiah 6:1-10 NKJV

 

“1 ¶  In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3  And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" 4  And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 ¶  So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." 6  Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7  And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." 8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." 9 ¶  And He said, "Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10  "Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed."” (Isa 6:1-10 NKJV)

 

The Body of Christ is not simply some slick religious marketing concept...It is God’s design for the church

 

The Church was fashioned to be a living organism the parts and pieces that all work jointly and never separately.

 

The Church functions in agreement, but unfortunately has become dysfunctional and filled with argument.

 

Our heart should be the heart of Isaiah that does not self-seek, but looks outside ourselves and says “Lord Send Me.”

 

 

 

 

 

Mission

 

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

 

And He Himself gave some to  be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

 

Most mistake the call and purpose of the five-fold ministry. It is not to establish religious royalty, but to raise up Godly leaders who walk in integrity and accept the call to service.

 

God presents missions, both local and foreign, to the church that those who are matured, no longer controlled by foolishness and selfishness can become the hands and feet of God on the earth. These people not only sense the necessity for the work, they also feel the urgency of God in their assignment.

 

A mission also possesses the characteristic that it understands the dynamic structure of the Body of Christ and knows that it is not an island, but a co-dependent part of an organism.

 

 

 

Commission

 

Matthew 28:16-20 NKJV

 

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

 

Accepting an oath of office is both the recognition of a need and the assumption of responsibility to fulfill the plan as it is laid out. Jesus laid before the eleven remaining disciples plateaus of responsibility leading up to meeting him at the place where the master plan would be laid out.

 

After Jesus death, most of the discussion among the disciples was not the continuance of the passionate mission that Jesus shared during his 3 and one half years of ministry, but whether to continue on at all.

 

They needed a “Commissioning” that would not simply direct them, but empower them. Unless you understand empowerment, you are clueless to comprehending “Commissioning.

 

 

Jesus walked on the scene, positioned himself to them as the recipient of “ALL AUTHORITY....at this point, he is now prepared, not to pass down...but to EMPOWER these men to do a job that they were and are NOT qualified for....but have been empowered to do. 

 

Qualification has become the earthly standard of authority....but EMPOWERMENT is the heavenly weight and standard of authority

 

 

 

 

Submission

 

 

Romans 16:17-20 NKJV

 

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 

 

Submission is a HIGHLY misunderstood concept in today’s society. It is a word filled with wisdom and authority. It is a word that embodies safety, covering, and accountability...but that rebellion and disobedience have turned into a “dirty word”.

 

 

 

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (Jas 4:7 NKJV)

 

“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."” (1Pe 5:5 NKJV)

 

SUBMIT

G5293

ὑποτάσσω

hupotassō

hoop-ot-as'-so

From G5259 and G5021; to subordinate; reflexively to obey: - be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto.

 

Submission to authority does several things.... It fashions accountability into a useable entity in our life.  It becomes an example for others seeking a life of order and righteousness to follow. It keeps you out of  kinds of prisons, spiritual physical, and mental, . It places a generational blessing upon your heirs. It places rebellion at the foot of the cross. 

 

Most of all...it is the heart of Jesus, who  submitted to the will of the Father that all men might be made free.

 

 

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