Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

ONLY A CLOUD

                   Only a Cloud

                        May 11, 2014
    

I Kings 18:41-46 NKJV

 

 

Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there  is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “ There  is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your  chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

 

You gotta love a prophet! He’s the guy that walks in to your life and upsets every applecart to show you an apple orchard off in the distance.

 

A true prophet:

Brings warning not judgment

Puts themselves in harm’s way to deliver a message.

Is confident not in themselves, but in the God who sent them

Doesn’t miss.

 

Prophets never propose the obvious; they always draw attention to God in the seemingly insignificant.

 

Elijah did not bring a word of Judgment to Ahab, he simply stated what God was about to do. God delivers the prophetic into our lives every day through seemingly innocuous situations and unsuspected sources. We need to pay attention to the little things that God does in our lives, even when they don’t line up with what we deem to be significant.

 

 

 

 

Cloud about the size of a man's hand.

 

Luke 16:9-12 NKJV

 

“And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.  He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.  Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?

 

The hand size clouds in our lives are the things that God puts into our trust for the simple purpose of testing our faithfulness.  It may be financial, it may be stewardship over someone he has placed for us to shepherd or it can be as simple as a resource...a gift or talent...that is yours to develop for the  Lord’s glory.

 

 

Being trustworthy, as shown here in Luke 16 is a big deal to God. Jesus teaches us here that we may be in the situation of being entrusted over unrighteous mammon...or even laboring in the vineyard of another. The level of faithfulness we display on the part of something not connected to us but nonetheless entrusted to us is a gauge of how we will be entrusted with more.

 

 

The ability to see potential in the seemingly small and insignificant things is tested every day in our lives by putting those things before us to steward or be faithful with and then allowing them to grow from that hand sized cloud somewhere else to the place where it grows and becomes the resource for spiritual rain in our own lives.

 

 

 

 

 

It's not what you’re looking for but it’s a beginning.

 

 

Galatians 6:7-10 NKJV

 

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

 

Many people never see the fruit in their lives manifest because of what I call the “holdin’ out for a management position” syndrome.  They simply envision themselves as “too good” or  “their time is too valuable” to stoop to meet others’ needs. These are people who think everyone is supposed to stop what they are doing and tend to their needs, but they would never put themselves in a similar position.

 

Sowing to your flesh will always reap corruption....think about it....out of the corruptible will yield the corrupt. Spiritual seeds planted yield the spiritual...the eternal...the incorrupt. In order to see life...something that grows...we must always be sowing into something that gives life....the incorruptible.

 

 

The ONE reservation shown to us here in Galatians 6 is regarding wearying over doing good.  This should tell us something very important.  It should reinforce to you that in this process of sowing to the incorruptible, you will receive opposition. There will be frustrations. There will be times of strife...and speaking to this, Galatians 6 tells us that to see the harvest from our works of sowing to the incorruptible,  we cannot and must not lose heart.

 

 

 

 

Small Beginnings

 

Zechariah 4:9-10 NKJV

 

“The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord , Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”

 

Never let anyone dump on your small beginning. Remember that the prophet Elijah had to deal with his servant coming back with negative reports six times...and only on the seventh there was just a small cloud rising out of the sea. It takes time for moisture to rise up from the atmosphere and grow to the place where it becomes black and heavy with rain....but God does it every day.

 

What may seem insignificant to others is the beginning of your rainstorm of the miraculous. You may have offended the religious pharisaic mindset, but keep trudging...you’ve got a word from God and a servant’s heart...keep checking the sky....keep looking for any sign from God and then hold on to it and act upon it and watch God grow it to cloudburst proportion.

 

Remember that great buildings and highways begin with a simple plumb bob in the hands of a faithful man. 

Let God be your navigator

Never be afraid to serve or be above serving

The Holy Spirit will always and evermore be your true north.

Look for any signs that confirm God’s Word in your life and attach your actions to God’s Word.

Remember, your miracle may be in the distance...just because it’s the size of your hand doesn’t mean it isn’t huge when it comes close. I can hold a 100 story office building between my thumb and forefinger from five miles away...but I am dwarfed by it standing at its base.

Listen for God’s voice, Look for His signs, Speak only His Word over your life.

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