Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Things Never Heard in Heaven..

 

 

 

 

 

    Things never heard in heaven

                                January 5, 2014

 

 

 

 

I Corinthians 2:7-11 NKJV

 

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

 

Doubt is negative faith. Doubt, like fear...is products of hell. They tear down and destroy the work that God is doing in us.

 

It is God’s will to bring us to new levels every day. These movements are done in series of faith moves that God will take us through in his peace...doubt creates the environment of resistance to God’s growth.

 

 

1 Corinthians 2 tells us that the things that God has for us are revealed to us ONLY in and through His spirit working in us. Man is incapable of knowing anything about God in the simplicity of his flesh.  Hence Agnosticism, Atheism, Egoisms, and other such behaviors are a direct result of a life that is void of the spirit of God and the fruit is a godless and finite world view.

 

 

 

 

What if?

HEAVEN IS NOT A PLACE OF UNCERTAINTY

 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

 

We are so inundated with the pontificating of man that we, ourselves are taught to think in postulates. If you have noticed...nowhere in the Bible does God make promises that involve “ifs” save places where it is not a possibility issue but a condition of our making. i.e. 2Chronicles 7:14...”If my people”.

 

God never says “what if” in your life...He always says...”I will”.

 

“What if”, is the response of faithlessness...is it is the mantra of failure. Once we renew our minds to know that God is for us and not against us, we will set ourselves to understand just HOW much God WILL DO in our lives.

 

 

I can't.

Heaven is not a place of impossibility

 

 

 

Philippians 4:12-13 NKJV

 

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

Here in Philippians, Paul was expounding to the church in Philippi that man was not his source. He was confirming to them that with Christ as the center of his life, no matter what the external conditions presented, there was a wealth inside of him that transcended his worldly situation.

 

This is how Christianity has traversed the ages. We have gone from the knowledge that God is our provision to a place where we not only judge ourselves, but we judge others according to their degree of success monetarily, physical assets, and social stature. According to Paul...these things have nothing to do with our degree of success. Our success lay in our ability to be content wherever we are according to the riches that we store up spiritually.

 

Money is a worldly essential...and it helps things move in this present realm. But money cannot come close to the value of seeing a life touched by the Holy Spirit. It cannot compare with watching Jesus heal, restore, and transform a life. Paul understood that no matter where his flesh lay, the power of God was unaffected.

 

 

 

How much?

Heaven is not a place of lack.

 

Psalms 50:7-15 NKJV

 

“Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices Or your burnt offerings, Which  are continually before Me. I will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

 

There is an old adage that says “if you have to ask “how much”, you can’t afford it”. And that is such a true statement. Mankind has a poverty mentality. We think so much smaller than God’s ability to provide.

 

One of the reasons we have such a finite view of how much we have is because we have a finite ability of how much we can possess. Once we come to the rationale that none of this is ours, but is the property of the God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and that we are the heirs to such magnitude, we all of a sudden have now increased our capacity to own through relationship rather than hoard through greed.

 

 

Our arms are indeed too short to box with God. He has the ability to not only own all of the wealth of  creation, he has the capacity to manage it.

 

Maybe so.

God is NOT namby pamby.


Matthew 5:33-37 NKJV

 

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;  nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.  But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

 

While I am not a huge fan of doing jury duty...I love to watch people take the oath before taking the stand as a witness. They place their right hands on a Bible and recite “I do solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God”.  And then you watch the proceedings continue with legal half-truths and out and out perjury. Truth is becoming scarce. Oaths, covenants, and faithfulness are giving way to convenient truth, self-preservation, and “creative storytelling”.  This is why God instructs us to watch our oaths...He knows our abilities...and our inabilities.

 

Thank God, he does not put us in the column of uncertainty. He is a positive God with a yes and a no. His truths are absolute and his love is unfailing. He keeps us without shadow of doubt. His statutes are absolute and his decisions are without prejudice. Our duty to him is not to meet him with our empty promises but to receive him with his fullness of grace.

 

We expect God to be honest with us but at the same time, we play games with him. Sin is sin friends....lying is lying.....the tithe is the tithe....faithfulness is faithfulness...God is ALWAYS faithful. We have a simple task...let our yes be yes...our no be no.....because according to these scriptures...anything past that is from hell.

 

 

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