Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

The Prescription of God's Presence

 

 

 

 

 

      The Prescription of God's Presence

                                 November 10, 2013

 

 

Exodus 33:7-14 NKJV

 

Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the  Lord  talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. Then Moses said to the Lord , “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is  Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with  you, and I will give you rest.”

 

So....why all of the stir over God’s presence?

Because once we have reached the end of our collective rope, is when God throws you the beginnings of his.

 

Man has been doing the same thing for twenty one centuries and expecting a different outcome...that is the definition of insanity.

 

If we want God to be the dominant force in our lives, we must invite him into our world in an unusual way. Too many of us want God to take care of our problems, but want none of what it requires to sustain the relationship. He is here for us, if we will recognize who he is and what he is capable of, we set the stage for amazing things to happen in our midst.

 

Quite honestly, we have done and tried everything man has to offer and what we have to show are two things....religious technology and backslidden people.

 

The presence of God comes and through relationship fills the missing pieces of our world. (He was never supposed to be written out of the plan.)

 

 

 

What religion has ruined, His Presence can restore

 

Acts 7:44-50 NKJV

 

“Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen, which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David, who found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built Him a house. “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: ‘Heaven  is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the Lord , Or what is the place of My rest? Has My hand not made all these things?’

 

Man has been at bat now for over 2000 years. God gave us, not simply hints...but the exact path to himself and we have ignored it and done our own thing.

 

When we put aside our agenda driven religion and pursue his presence, something happens that cannot occur in any church service or any bible study.  God begins to meet his people on a plane not made with human hands. 

 

This has been the issue in total since the fall of Rome. The church has never truly evolved, but continues to split and decimate over and over and over again.

 

Instead of congruity of the Gospel message, we have an ever widening chasm of erroneous teaching that is leading multiplied millions to hell.

 

The presence of God is the great equalizer. His teachings are sound because the teacher is the Holy Spirit. His services are productive because the Holy Spirit is the officiator.

 

 

 

 

What man has divided, His Presence can bring into unity

 

John 17:20-23 NKJV

 

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;  that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

 

 

Leading people to Christ is becoming more and more of a refined art rather than the result of a life lived for God. Truthfully, we should not have to roll out our sales pitch and bend and flex Jesus into a fashion that will impress our unbeliever friends.....think about it.

 

Eddie (Brother in Law) and I purchased the same tablet a couple of years back and both of us had horrible results with our purchases. So mine just quit working a couple of months ago and I investigated all of the options out there. I ended up with the latest Kindle Fire....THE cheapest tablet on the market of its kind. Eddie saw mine and asked me about it. I told him I absolutely love it! I never loaned mine to him...I did not have to hard sell him...I didn’t have to give him a demonstration.....I shared my personal experience...and he bought one, too. THAT IS HOW SIMPLE WITNESSING SHOULD BE!

 

When God’s presence enters the arena, people get touched, lives get changed, people get healed and restored....when people see this in your life, they will want it for theirs. God never told us to go and SELL the Gospel...he simply told us to preach it....you know, TESTIFY!

 

 

What Sin has separated, His Presence can rebirth

 

Romans 8:31-39 NKJV

 

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can  be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It  is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It  is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

Man is a funny creature.  A huge catalog of music and writings and painted art is dedicated to relationships. Country has its “done somebody wrong songs” Contemporary has its love songs, and Rock has its “baby I’m your man” songs... Art gives us everything from Renoir’s “Promenade” to  Van Gough’s “Siesta”...we seem to be able to do fine with begging for our earthly love, but man has long had a problem with approaching the God who loves us so freely.

 

God’s presence brings with himself the realization of a love so deep that it is unending and insuperable.  His love knows no boundaries. His love can never be turned away from us.

 

When Jesus purchased for us a new life in Himself, he restored the broken relationship from the fall of man and replaced it with a God who is ever reaching out to us....who wants to have connectivity to us that most of Christianity seems to think does not exist.

 

God is not a “keep your distance” God....         quite the contrary, He is an open arms God....a loving God....a good mood God....a boundless love God.

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