Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

THE EYES OF FAITH

        The eyes of faith...

                              February 22, 2015

 

 

 

Hebrews 11:1-6 NKJV

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:1-6 NKJV)

 

In the “got to have it now” generation, there is little to no place left for faith. Faith is the place of things unseen. It is the domain of the unexperienced experiential. It is the real realm of the yet unreal. But the realm of Faith exists in the God-o-sphere of the universe making it the most real of all dimensions. In 1979, a young Korean pastor wrote a world splitting book that opened the subject of faith and brought it to unheard of levels; yet all he did was apply the principals we just read here in Hebrews 11.

No matter what you say or believe about faith...the simple “deal with it” facts are that “FAITH IS”.   While Hebrews seems like a prose poet’s jabberwocky to the unbeliever, it is THE lifeline to God from where all goodness and mercies flow. Seeing the unseen, possessing the untouchable, knowing the unknown are all part of having and seeing through “THE EYES OF FAITH”.

 

 

 

A revelation of giving

 

Luke 16:10-12 NKJV

 

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? (Luke 16:10-12 NKJV)

 

Giving does not make sense to the world. The world is all about getting. Even if you are giving, you are getting. Understanding the Father’s heart concerning giving is only visible through the eyes of faith. Giving extends past the wallet or the storehouse and ventures into the depths and intentions of the heart.

 

2 Corinthians 9:7 says in the amplified translations ,”7 Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].

 

Here in Luke 16, we learn that in order to be truly faith-filled, we must adopt a God-trait of not making our giving about what we are getting. Releasing our personal interests in something allows us to truly be trustworthy and faithful in the small things that we might also receive blessings that launch us toward greater things.

 

 

 

A vision for life rather than a dread of death

 

Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV

 

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV)

 

 

A child of God is not to be consumed with self-preservation of the flesh. Being a good steward over your physical being is part of the responsibilities of this life, but it is not nearly as important as caring for the health of our spirits. I believe it grieves God to see the level of consumption that most of his human creations place upon comforting the flesh. People choose churches based upon creature comfort rather than whether the presence of God is flowing and dwelling in that place. Question: Would you rather eat a fine steak on a paper plate? Or would you rather have junk food served on fine china? The answer to that question tells you where on the “flesh-o-meter” you are regarding serving your physical need rather than feeding your spirit man.

 

The example of Able’s perfect sacrifice tells you that even through physical death, he was touching God’s heart. God’s realm does not recognize physical death. It is God’s desire for us to live and prosper in this realm, but not at the cost of losing our souls. Cain’s sacrifice was tainted because he kept the best for himself. Able’s was perfect because he offered His best to God. And you can fool man...but God knows what is your best.

 

 

A supernatural understanding of God's personality

 

Matthew 25:20-21 NKJV

 

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ (Matthew 25:20-21 NKJV)

 

One of the gross blunders of religious cavalcade-ism is making God too “distanced” from man. One might describe the situation as he is an out of town boss who only comes through once in a while to check on us. The realities are that God is everywhere...he is completely “cosmic”, and he is in our grill 24/7.  He loves us....He is....and HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILLIGENTLY SEEK HIM!

One of the best loved tongue and cheek remarks of the forgettable 80s revolved around the old “Publisher’s Clearing House” promotions. People from every walk in life knew what it meant if you “had a visit from Ed McMahon”. It meant that you had won the millions given away yearly by this magazine subscription scam. Now that was our idea of a reward. Unfortunately, many of us saw good ol’ Ed McMahon as our rewarder...he exemplified one who would make us rich beyond our wildest imaginations. But in truth, God...seen best in the faith realm...IS....and once we apprehend the concept that HE IS.....then and only then can we grasp that HE IS A REWARDER. Even at the end of Revelations, it tells us that Jesus appears and something is in his hand...its a REWARD.

 

God’s reward is given to those who diligently seek Him....seek His Face. We should desire His reward above all others...for it is the only reward that was not the sweat equity of man....but fashioned out of the goodness of a God who comes to us only through the gift of faith.



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