Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

THE MAIN THING

                 The Main thing   

                                     October 5, 2014

 

 

 

 

 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5

 

 

“1 ¶  And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2  For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3  I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4  And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5  that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1Co 2:1-5 NKJV)

 

 

We must never, ever, forget what this is all about. God has invested the wealth of heaven into our redemption. We make it about comfort and pleasure. I always refer back to the meat and potatoes of our Gospels in John 3:16. I lies in the one concept that “God so loved the world that he gave”.  The fact that it was His son, Jesus is of paramount importance, but we must never forget that the sole act of God the Father that set all of this into motion is that He GAVE.

 

We call ourselves Christians, believers, the faithful, all of the monikers that try in some way to express who we are in the scope of our religion. But the things we must always ascribe to become more of are God lovers; Jesus followers; Holy Ghost drinkers; faith sharers. God’s presence in our life demands more than simply pew warmers. We are to have our faces set like flint. We are to ever keep the main thing...THE MAIN THING.

 

 

 

 

The hour is late...later than it was yesterday

 

Matthew 24:36-44 NKJV

 

 

 

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,  but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,  and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

 

 

 

Of all of the things that God has given us in this present life, our time is the most valuable of those gifts.  Psalm 31:15 says, “My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.”

Living each and every day in fullness, appreciating this precious gift is an honor to the Lord. Days spent in regret and bickering are not just unproductive in the static sense, they are spiritual waste and only accomplish negative things.

 

God’s desire for us is to lead lives that honor this gift of time in which he will come into others’ lives through us.  Every minute, every second of this life is an opportunity to pour out the love of Christ somewhere in this world.  The scripture even tells us that he came to make us “lights” in this world. He came to establish us as a standard. The most valuable talent, the greatest concert pianist, without the gift of time to display it, is a tragic loss.

 

Herein is the horror in abortion. It does not simply kill what is...it also kills what could be. So many of us who have lived long lives have spent them in remorse and regret....concentration on what we don’t have.  God has given you your life...the greatest gift of all...and with it time to make a difference in this world, not by what you do in this life, but how you do it.

 

 

 

God's windows of heaven are open to those who understand blessing. His gates are open...right up to the moment they close. 

 

 

Luke 16:10-13 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? “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

 

Stewardship is a dirty word in some circles of Christianity. They always root it back to money or wealth. While our physical prosperity is a part of that equation, true stewardship is gauged by the overall picture of our lives. How we treat our opportunities is as important as how we live our lives.  You have heard it said that our lives are a reflection of the choices we have made, and truer words have never been spoken.  You do not have to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to make good choices. Things like integrity and honesty are beyond a dollar value.

 

God places into our lives opportunities for good stewardship everywhere. He gives us families to love, enjoy, and appreciate. He blesses us with friendships, relationships, and encounters that are placed in our lives to steward and nurture, not to always be a nodding “yes man”, but to caringly share the truth in love. He places talents and crafts...abilities and intellectual gifting’s that are not to be placed under a bushel, but shared from the mountaintops.

 

The surest way to circumvent the blessings of God in our lives is through poor stewardship of what has been placed in our lives. Our scripture here tells us that life itself is constructed as such with a values system that tells us if we cannot be trusted in little things...unrighteous mammon...worldly things, that the important eternal things may not be put in our direction. The things of this world are surely passing away, but God’s Word will not pass away. (Matt. 24:35)

 

 

 

 God prospers his children. Satan nickel and dimes them to death...

 

 

Haggai 1:3-9 NKJV

 

 

Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “ Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD. “ You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. (Haggai 1:3-9 NKJV)

 

 

Our adventure through this life as a Christian is like running through an obstacle course. Things will continually fall into our paths to try and stumble us. The mistake so many of us make is that when something falls into our path that stumbles or trips us, we blame the item that stumbled us rather than what made it fall in the first place. This world is NOT God’s kingdom.  It is the kingdom of the prince of darkness. Principalities and powers run this show. The assigned task we have been given is to call down God’s kingdom to operate on earth as it is in heaven. This is the power that overcomes disease. This is the power that conquers sin and death. This is the power that sets a thousand demons to flight. What separates the church from that power is again, “choices”.

I did some math this week...

168 hrs in a week

10,080 minutes in a week

604,800 seconds in a week

 

90 minutes in an average church service

 

There are 10,080 minutes in a week, so that translates into 0.0625 of a Sunday, or even worse only 0.00892857142 of a week with God. VERY small numbers.   

 

But Satan will tell us that we can only Give God less than one half of one percent per week in corporate worship.

 

Time use on an average work day for employed persons ages 25 to 54 with children

 

                                                                            Hours

 

Working               and work-related activities 8.7        

Sleeping                                                               7.7

Leisure and sports                                             2.5

Other                                                                  1.7

Caring for others                               1.3

Eating and drinking                                          1.0

Household activities                                           1.1

 

Total                                                                   24.0

 

 You’ve been nickel and dimed.

 

 

God knew we would have a bag....he knew it would contain the wealth of our lives.....what he didn’t want was the holes...because everything in our bag is lost from the holes.  “Choices” are the moths that chews the holes in our bag.  Solomon was the richest man who ever lived....he was not wealthy from his craft or his industry...he was wealthy from the blessing of God....He put the temple first. .....any questions?

 

Solomon kept the main thing..... the main thing

 

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