Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church


          Ships got to sail

                                     January 25,2015



Psalm 107:23-25



Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, They see the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders. He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it. He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings. (Psalms 107:23-35 NKJV)


Adventures require the boldness to launch out upon unfamiliar waters. Any adventure that has a set expected path...and a set destination is not an adventure...what you have is a carnival ride. God is the creator of the universe, not the ringmaster of a circus. When he gave you a life, he intended for you to live it. Living your life according to God’s Word is to seek His face to know His will for this finite span of time we call our lives. The distractions of this world will cause us to crane our necks looking at every insignificant thing BUT his best for our lives.

There is a word that I would like to call to your attention today...and that word is “entrepreneur”. God did not call us to ride carnival rides. He has called us to trust him with our lives and risk what we know in this life and trust our time in the hands of the Creator that we may see great things from God’s perspective. The entrepreneurial spirit does not simply pull from business principals; it also operates on a plane of risk. God is not risky to our spirit...He is however treacherous to our flesh. Every time a ship leaves port...there is a destination that awaits it on the other side of the water. In days of old, there were no navigation instruments that allowed mariners to see weather and hazards ahead. They simply went off instincts and knowing how God’s world behaved. Everything else was risk. The real risk was not in the adventure...the real risk was leaving port. Birds got to got to swim....ships got to sail.



Failure to Launch


Ecclesiastes 11:1-6


Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do not know what evil will be on the earth. If the clouds are full of rain, They empty themselves upon the earth; And if a tree falls to the south or the north, In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good. (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 NKJV)



Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night. When the clouds are full of water, it rains. When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls. Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work. Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life.


Just as you’ll never understand the mystery of life forming in a pregnant woman, So you’ll never understand the mystery at work in all that God does. Go to work in the morning and stick to it until evening without watching the clock. You never know from moment to moment how your work will turn out in the end. (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 MSG)


In 2015, will you be faith filled enough to trust God with everything? The blessing you see in the distant port depends upon how readily you are to cast your bread upon the waters...regardless of what you see...or what you know. God honors faith...he does not even recognize cowardice. Allowing God to move you in areas of giving, risk taking where God is calling you is shown throughout scripture to be where the truly abundant blessings lie.

Many wonder why their blessings are stifled...others feel like giving does not work for them. It’s not the giving that is the problem, it is the doubt associated with giving amiss. Giving grudgingly or with a wrong spirit is almost a sure way to see nothing come back. Walk to the edge of the sea and throw a handful of coins into the swelling waves....what happens? They disappear. The surf of the sea will not bring them will only further pull them out into the deep. What will cause them to return is the God who controls the waves. Anything sown in faith returns in like kind multiplied.

Here in Ecclesiastes, the preacher tells us not to try to understand how it works...because just as we really don’t understand how a baby is made inside its mother...neither will we ever understand this on our own just works.




Jesus take the wheel


Joshua 5:13-15


And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “ Are You for us or for our adversaries?” So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Then the Commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5:13-15 NKJV)


The last person Joshua expected to encounter on this particular day was the captain of the hosts...the Son of God. Hundreds of years before He would visit earth as a man. Throughout the Bible, there are pivotal moments where we understand that man is not in control, but the very Spirit of God is running the navigation systems. Thank God He does!!! Here is the underlying miracle that takes place...when we launch out into the deep...Jesus is there from that point on. We launch...he steers. The real faith comes, again as I said earlier, in the decision to launch. Will this be a year where God takes you to destinations that you never imagined? Will 2015 be the year that you finally agree to let Jesus have that sickness in your body? Is this the year you give him your finances and obediently give and trust His provision rather than your math? Is this the season for blessings that have no other explanation than the Captain of the Hosts has taken the helm of your life and has set a course for your destiny???

Notice what Joshua...the great bold leader of Israel who stepped into Moses mantle and received the Word of the Lord saying that EVERY place upon which the sole of his foot would tread have been given to him....this is JOSHUA for crying out loud....he has fallen upon His face in the presence of the Anointed one. That’s called recognition of your source.




Destinations and destiny


Romans 8:26-39



So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God's will. [Ps. 139:1, 2.] We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being]. What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?] [Ps. 118:6.] He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us? Who shall ever separate us from Christ's love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. [Ps. 44:22.] Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:26-39 AMP)




Impatience is the downfall of so many of us. All too frequently, people quit one day too early. Much of that deception comes from the inability to differentiate between a destination and a destiny. One of the things that I have so enjoyed in my life is travelling. I don’t believe that there is anything more exhilarating than the call of a highway adventure. My favorites are the ones where it can take two or three days to get to where you are going. To every trip, there is a final destination...but there are other destinations that occur in the process of getting there. You may drive from New Orleans to San Antonio one day....San Antonio to Phoenix the next day...and perhaps make it in to California at the end of day three. These smaller destinations...or goals...are achieved on the way to the final destination of Los Angeles.

God does the very same thing in our lives. He will take us to various plateaus on the way to the thing that he has established for us. It is our entire destiny, but there are destinations we reach every step of the way.  The process goes like this...we launch...that’s where faith puts us out to sea. We feel the rolls and swells of the waves and the is then that we turn the wheel over to Jesus. With Jesus as our captain, we trust His navigation and His wisdom for our lives until we reach the destiny he has for us. Faith...Trust...confidence. The ship is sound. The helm is secure....and the course is true. We only need hang on.

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