Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Pride, Humility and Other uncomfortable subjects




                Pride, Humility, and

         Other uncomfortable subjects

                          Hosting The Presence

                                 October 27, 2013

 The Painting above of Narcissus tells the story of self admiration. God made us with a single purpose in mind...that being to freely worship him and to ever lift up his beauty and majesty. The free will was not about choosing ourselves, but about our freedom to choose Him. Man has made this life all about himself. In all too many cases, we heap good things upon ourselves and give God the leftovers. If we were to put everything in perspective, we would see that the only way we even possess this thing called life is through the mercy and the goodness of Jehovah God. He is the giver of life. The following sermon outline should be considered as we are pursuers of God. Jesus lived his earthly life with but one accomplish the will of the Father and return to sit at His right hand. God is dealing with His church over our love affair with the flesh. Whether we listen and respond determines the direction of our heart and our true affections. Bon apetit, mon Chere!


Psalms 34:8-22 NKJV


Oh, taste and see that the Lord  is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord , you His saints! There  is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord . Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord  are on the righteous, And His ears are  open to their cry. The face of the Lord  is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The  righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord  is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. The Lord  redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.


The Word of God tells us in James chapter 4, verse 6 that God “resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The saga of our lives is a succession of good decisions and bad ones. It is the mantra of victories and failures. If we learn from both, our road produces fruit, if we do not...we almost certainly continue to go around some mountains over and over.



Today, I would like to discuss the presence of God in relation to our receptivity and not our deservingness. While we cannot bribe God to a habitation among us, there are certain atmospheric conditions that make it unlikely that a manifestation of His power will be seen.




Some of us took a class here several months ago called “Shifting Atmospheres”. If you did not attend those classes, let me give you the cliffs notes. God does not respond to behavior, he responds to hunger. Hunger creates an atmosphere for him to dwell in. His Holy Spirit will take a back seat to nothing and no one. As He is exalted in a place, His Spirit is drawn to that environment. This message is to all of us who want his presence...and are willing to be part of an atmospheric shift that will beckon to Him.




Forgetting where you come from is an almost sure recipe for a trip back there. Pride inarguably goes before a fall.



Proverbs 16:17-19 NKJV


The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.



Moses trip through the desert set the standard for messed up travel planning. Through their complaining, bickering, doubt, and unbelief, they managed to stretch an 11 day trip into a 40 year plight.


Pride roots to every inequity contained in the human it lust, greed,  murder, hatred....pride says, “I’m more important”.



When humility roots in our lives, we gain a priority not known in the human economy. It does not make sense, and therefore you WILL see resistance as you put away human pride and adopt a life of brokenness and humility.





Humility is not just putting yourself in someone else's’s actually rolling up your sleeves and helping them get out.



Luke 10:30-36 NKJV


Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’  So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”


This is a question I find myself reflecting upon more and more. If you died tomorrow...WHAT would you be remembered for?  Now while you would be with Jesus in glory, it really wouldn’t matter too much anymore...but it is a sobering question for the here and now.  It affects the generations that follow. It affects those you impacted with your life...and most of all...It was part of creating an atmosphere.



The word Samaritan is just the resident of a certain region of the Middle East.  In itself means no more than saying, “The Texan”. But because of this man’s single act of selfless kindness and unfettered humility, The Word SAMARITAN to this day dictates a picture of generosity, philanthropy, and kindness.  So, I will ask again...How will they remember “The Louisianan”.



This man from Samaria did not do anything supernatural...but he changed a culture by putting down his pride...cancelling his socio-economic and political agendas...and picking up a humility that caused him to go over and above his moral obligation to help this man.






Pride is the fine art of painting one’s self into a corner using the brush of arrogance and the colors of ignorance.



Acts 9:1-9 NKJV


Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.



A religious spirit will make us do funny things. Because of a pharisaical spirit, we attach pet doctrines and legalities to ourselves that really amount to little more than opinion.

How do you think all of these denominations were born? Jesus established one church...It was man who decided to enter into vain arguments and opinionated doctrines...and as each one ran amuck, the church splintered over, and over, and over again.



Saul was a pioneer religious devil. He was a well-trained Pharisee with an enormous future amid his like and kind. Pride had eaten him had made him arrogant, and the drive to feel like he was doing God a service by ridding the world of these followers of Jesus drove him like a team of horses pulling a wagon. He was burdened down by his religion, but Jesus saw the pain and torment this man was putting his saints through and intervened.



God struck him down and took his physical vision that his spiritual eyes might be opened. When we are broken of our pride by the presence of the Holy Spirit operating in us, we become like Paul...helpless to see what was, but in a place of receiving a new sight that we might see into the Spirit realm.


When pride is replaced by a humble heart, God draws near to us...His presence inhabits this new atmosphere and power flows from our very lives.





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