Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church


           Stirred not Shaken

                                  September 28, 2014





Isaiah 64:1-9 NKJV





Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence— As fire burns brushwood, As fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence! When You did awesome things for  which we did not look, You came down, The mountains shook at Your presence. For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned— In these ways we continue; And we need to be saved. But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. And there  is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities. But now, O Lord , You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. Do not be furious, O Lord , Nor remember iniquity forever; Indeed, please look—we all are Your people!


The quest to become immovable as a believer is one that has followed mankind throughout the course of history. Becoming a disciple of Christ that can trust the Master through every situation is showing itself harder and harder to find. As man invests himself more and more in intellect and human philosophies, he finds his difficulty level in trusting God an ever increasing problem. 


God sees us through the sacrifice of Jesus. His blood-colored glasses have ever covered us in mercy and grace.  We no longer have a God whom we fear, but a loving Father who desires to take us in and save us from ourselves. We watch as mankind denigrates what we call civilization and ask where God is in this hour, but we only need look at this passage of scripture to see that these feelings are old and worn...and man has struggled with inner conflict to see God move for multiplied centuries.


The important thing we must focus upon in this hour is to be steadfast and immovable, not through our own satisfaction, but in trusting the Word and promise of the Lord. When we cease to desire being painted with our religion and instead stained by His love and stirred by His spirit dwelling inside us, we can then move forward to see God do the amazing in us all.



Becoming visible



Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV


For you were once darkness, but now  you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.  For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”


A very simple concept is to look at the moon and know that it does not shine on its own. It is simply a reflection of its source of light, the sun. The sun is an amazing star that never fails to give us warmth and light. We are far enough away from it to survive its great heat, yet close enough to it to enjoy its many benefits. The even more amazing facts are that it is simply one of an infinite amount of stars that hang in a universe made by the Father of lights. We enjoy the moon at night only because we can see it as it reflects the light of its true source, the sun.


Man has for all time striven to find and give himself worth. To give himself value, he has used the intellect God has given him and come up with things that in the scope of creation are infantile concepts to a mighty creator. Like the moon, we only have our value when we reflect our true source. Isaiah 60 reminds us “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.” (Isa 60:1 NKJV)  Just as the moon has no light of its own, neither can we muster up anything to our credit. It is only what we reflect of our God through the price paid by His only Son.


We can only be complete and effective in this life as we reflect the goodness and love of The Father. Benevolence is simply man’s attempt at being the good in the world. While those efforts are noble and kind, we must remember Peter’s words as he healed the lame man by the gate called beautiful in the Book of Acts, “Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."” (Ac 3:6 NKJV)  Becoming visible as believers means we must reflect the love and power of the Savior.









A hearer and a doer




James 1:22-25 NKJV


But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in  it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.


For much too long, we have dismissed this scripture using “the works mentality” as our excuse. It is however crucial to our walks with God that we not simply voice our faith, but also put it into action in each of our lives.  Works mentality is when you are basing your goodness and worth according to what you do. Being a doer of the Work is when what is inside you comes pouring out as fruitfulness.


One of the things that fear does best is to paralyze. If you remember after the 9/11 attacks upon this country, our national leadership’s encouragement was to not let this cause us to change our plans. People were hiding in their houses, they were becoming overwrought with anxiety...they were reacting with terror. In short, they were doing exactly what the evil hearted who perpetrated this heinous act set out to accomplish.  If you succumb to symptoms, you will lose the war to fear.  If you are controlled by your emotions, you will accomplish nothing but making your woes your king.  If you settle for giving in to your physical state, you are surrendering your life to circumstance. A hearer quotes words....a doer makes them happen.


Earlier we talked about the moon simply reflecting the light of the sun.  Likewise, if we look to ourselves in a mirror we only see the image of the created. If we look into the perfect law of liberty found in Jesus Christ....we see not a reflection of our selves...but a reflection of the true Light of life.











Stir up the gift




II Timothy 1:3-7 NKJV


I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my  forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.


So we can roll through this life like James Bond....Shaken and not stirred...or we can put on Christ...stir ourselves up in the most Holy Faith....and see ourselves not shaken, but stirred up for every good work.   There is plenty out there to shake shake our faith.  If we remain immobilized by our fears, we will simply see this life pass us by changing nothing for no one.  If we lay aside our ability and our agenda...we see ourselves accomplish great things as well as achieving a testimony that says our lives counted for something great.


Here in second Timothy, we do not see Paul giving his young disciple a pep talk. Pep talks are cheap. Pep talks are the fabric and fiber of cheap formula religion. No, Paul was imploring Timothy to stir up a precious gift that had already resided inside of his mother and grandmother. He was, with agonizing urgency, reminding Timothy not to squander the Holy Heritage given him at such great cost. He reminded Timothy that God had not given him a spirit called “fear”... “surrender”.... “cowardice”. But through the laying on of Paul’s hands...the young man could walk in Power, Love and a sound mind.

He could walk this life stirred and not shaken .

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