Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

RISE TO THE TOP

              Rise to the top

                                     January 4, 2015

 

 

Isaiah 10:24-27

 

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: “O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.” And the LORD of hosts will stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt. It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil. (Isaiah 10:24-27 NKJV)

 

The term anointing here speaks of the condition of fatness. If you stretch a rubber band to its breaking point, it snaps. There is no arguing that everything earthbound has a tolerance level. Nothing is impervious to time and the elements. Our text here in Isaiah 10 tells us not to fret in the presence of our opponents. God will raise up an eternal standard that will not allow the earthly foe to prosper. In this case, God speaks to Isaiah regarding Israel’s conflict with the Assyrians. He tells them that ultimately, in the end, it will be the fatness of His presence that destroys the bondage of slavery.

Similarly, we can look at two common items found in the earthly realms and watch their behaviors. One is cream...it naturally rises to the surface and separates itself from the rest of the milk. The other is the property of oil. By its own nature, it cannot mix with water or any other liquid and also rises to the top of anything in which it is immersed.

 

God’s word repeatedly tells us that we are in the world we are not of it. Just as there is cream in the milk...just as there are oil deposits in the earth. There are laws of God in place that cause each to rise to the top just as the people of God are not called to mingle with the commonality of this world, but to be ever on a trek to rise above. We as believers are not called to remain in the suspension of this life, but to rise above it taking others with us.

 

 

 

 

Why Cream Rises

 

Isaiah 60:1-5

 

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. (Isaiah 60:1-5 NKJV)

 

If you have ever had the privilege to sample milk from an unfettered dairy farm environment, you know that there can be as much as three inches of cream that forms at the top of fresh milk. This process is natural and occurs because of the five elements that make up milk, fat is the lightest and thus it travels to the top becoming the catalyst for other things such as butter.

 

Our lives are just like that milk. Under normal processes of life, we separate if you will. We become lighter than what the consistency of the world has to offer. Thusly, we rise to the top. In the dairy business this is called separation, in Christianity; we refer to it as sanctification. Through the process of homogenization, dairies are able to chemically break down these fat particles and distribute them equally throughout the milk causing the cream factor to dissipate. We see the same effect in our faith as a result of compromise.

 

Isaiah 10 here tells us to arise....Cumi! Come alive....float to the surface...for our light has come.  The Bible calls us salt and light in the New Testament.  Living this life in victory means that we not succumb to homogenization through becoming like the world, but to rise to the surface...become the cream.

 

Never become homogenized 

 

Matthew 5:13-16

 

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV)

 

The temptation of this life is to have some form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof. (2 Tim 3:5) There are many out there selling a religious spin...a feel good message for sin riddled world. Our challenge is not to focus on these people wasting the time we have, but to live out loud the Gospel, not compromising His Holiness, but in humility, pursuing His presence that we might be found worthy in His Grace. Salt is salty....light is bright. We must ask ourselves honestly, are we flavorful and illuminating.

 

Just as that cream that rises to the top of the milk, there does no doubt of its richness, its flavor, and its genuineness. There is nothing on earth like cream. Phonies are easily identified, and chemical attempts at duplication are less than exacting. There is NO mistaking real cream. And to a lost and dying world...there is NO mistaking the power of God working in you. Cream always rises to the top...it is not diluted by the milk below it.

 

 

                                                                               

Stay light....rise to every occasion 

 

Job 29:4-10

 

Just as I was in the days of my prime, When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent; When the Almighty was yet with me, When my children were around me; When my steps were bathed with cream, And the rock poured out rivers of oil for me! “When I went out to the gate by the city, When I took my seat in the open square, The young men saw me and hid, And the aged arose and stood; The princes refrained from talking, And put their hand on their mouth; The voice of nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth. (Job 29:4-10 NKJV)


Here in the Book of Job, we see Job now giving dissertation on the God he has known. He is not a God of judgmental rhetoric. Job describes the friendly counsel he once knew smiling upon his life. He reflected upon a time when God bathed his path with cream and brought oil forth from the rocks for his pleasure. This is the God who he knew...and the God he still knows.

 

We are ever in a challenge with life to remain trusting to our God even in times of diversity. Even when we are tested by the pitfalls of this world, we must always know the God who bathes us in cream and soaks us with oil. When we are going through our trials are the time when we are to reflect upon the Goodness that God is and how the fatness of His presence will snap the shackles and bonds that try to capture us.

 

When we take our just blood bought place in God’s kingdom, we can fully understand that our place is to rise to the top like the cream in milk. We can appreciate that like oil, we cannot be penetrated by the stale waters of life. We can know with confidence that we were created to be the catalyst for a purpose far greater than ourselves. And we can rest in the knowledge that when we are walking in this reality, no one will ever mistake us as a fabricated imitation.  

 

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