Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church







                                 December 8, 2013




1 John 5:1-5 NKJV


Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?


Notice the word “whatever” there. It tells us that God is no respecter of persons or any of his creation for that matter....whatever God touches...changes. 


Distance relationship with The Lord is like belonging to a have membership, but involvement is up to you. Jesus paid your dues for membership, but plugging in is a personal choice.



Being an overcomer is the act of believing God first and trusting His will and His goodness to provide the deliverance by His grace.




Many people never overcome their trial they simply outlive it.


I John 4:4-6 NKJV


You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.



Anything you go through in life has a finite characteristic. It contains a beginning and an end. There are only two things in God’s kingdom that are eternal...that is God himself and the immortality of the soul.


The power that any trial possesses is only the power that we give it to control us.  If we trust in God’s love and grace...His best for our life...we have already given a death sentence to our trial.


The point at which we surrender our trial to God is the place where we become an overcomer. The characteristic of the trial may exist, but the trial itself has been judged and cursed.  When we continue to live within our trial, it becomes our master and we simply endure it throughout its lifespan.




The difference between overcoming and outliving is located between the ears and behind the eyes.


I John 2:15-17 NKJV


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.


“The choice to rejoice” is how I refer to placing issues in our lives into the hands of God. It is the good old Ephesians 6, “having done all to stand, stand therefore.”


Love for the world weakens our stance toward spiritual attack.  If we do the will of God, which is to unquestioningly trust him, we become impervious to the effects of any trial upon our lives making us overcomers. Again, this is a choice we first make up in our minds and submit to God through our spirits. Submission to the Holy Spirit is everything here.


Our connection and affection toward the world decides the realm in which we will live. Because of God’s gracious gift of a free will, it makes us free to love him, but it also makes us subject to the weight of our choices.




You overcome way before you



I John 2:24-27 NKJV


Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 


The whole purpose of The Father sending the Holy Spirit was empowerment. This is why secessionist theology is so absolutely unacceptable. God did not send the Holy Spirit as an ornamental religious artifact, but as a powerhouse for the believer. It is through the Holy Spirit that we become overcomers.


Your victory has occurred in the spirit realm long before it manifests in the flesh. EXAMPLE: Isaiah 53:5 tells us that by the stripes on Jesus back, we were healed of all of our diseases. Those words became true in Isaiah, they were manifest in the Gospels...and they live through our faith. The moment we begin to stand and receive those truths into our lives we have overcome.


We tend to equate overcoming with realization or manifestation in the natural. God has His sovereignty in all of this...once we embrace our victory over something in the spiritual realm; it then is on a timetable with the Father that He may be glorified in all things. We have become an overcomer...simply awaiting the fruit of our trust in Him.



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