Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Truth, Whole Truth, Nothing But

 

 

     Truth, Whole Truth, Nothing but

                                     August 11, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

I John 2:24-25 NKJV

 

Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

 

I have a working theory that the reason so few people recognize the truth is because so few of us actually hear the truth anymore.

 

Mainstream media has become what it once feared most. It has become inundated with inaccuracies, slants, and tendencies to distort fact. This is a term that we were taught in Communications courses in college as “yellow journalism”.

 

The desire to tickle ears has become more important to many of today’s churches than its desire to disseminate truth because of its ability to “pack the house.”

 

Jesus told us that we would know the truth and the truth, the honest message, the revelation of His Word to us would set us free...

 

 

The Essential Truth

 

John 1:1-5 NKJV

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

 

There are now so many versions of the truth that we have actually become selective to the truth to which we would like to be exposed.

 

During the cold war of the 50s through the 70s, many nations ran their governments based upon propaganda campaigning. It was a way to selectively control the masses by sharing not the truth, but a “version” of the truth.

 

 

Biblically, man has evolved himself past believing the essential truths upon which the kingdom of God is established.

 

The essential truths are those that tell us, in no uncertain terms that we are who we are because of a divine order that establishes God as who He is. If man, in any way rocks that order...it throws everything else out of kilter.

 

Essential truth...God was there in the Beginning

Essential truth....So was the Son

Essential truth....So was the Spirit of God.

 

 

 

 

 

The Gospel Truth

 

I John 3:7-9 NKJV

 

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

 

Christmas, Xmas, Winter festival, Kwanza? We major on minors. Once we subtract ourselves from Gospel truths we are not far from error.

 

Satan is not a genius, simply a master manipulator. He knows that if he can cause us to focus upon everything else except the fact that Jesus came with a mission to crush Satan and his plans to destroy man and take him to hell, he has had a good day.

 

Focusing upon the simplicity of the message that Jesus did not come to attain the position of “religious relic Hall of fame”, but came to ransom man from death by surrendering his life on a cross that God’s plan might be fulfilled to raise him again on the third day and build a bride for man to God that no one can ever tear down.

 

 

 

 

The Revealed Truth

 

Revelation 19:11-16 NKJV

 

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND Lord OF LORDS.

 

Here is one of the biggest lies making the circuit today: This is it...this life is all we get. Do it all...if it feels good, do it....there is nothing after this....grab all the gusto....you only go around once in life.

 

Question: Why is it that so many advertising dollars are spent upon sending the urgent message that you NEED what they have...you NEED it now...and you NEED it no matter what you have to do to get it?

 

This life sells us the here and now mentality over and over, day after day. If we look at the revealed truth, we see that there is strong wind of change that is about to cover the earth. And that wind of change scares the secular world to death....so much that they don’t want to talk about it.

 

What would happen if we ever heard a car commercial say, “Pray about it...and if The Lord gives you a word.....check out the all new Lexus S series today.”

 

Jesus may not come back for a long time...so, “why not settle back with an ice cold bud light.”

 

Judgment is still a long way off, you’ve got plenty of time to plan the vacation of your dreams to exciting Las Vegas!

 

Trust me....the world doesn’t want to talk about it.

 

ESSENTIAL TRUTH....Not being told what to believe, but knowing our spiritual heritage so we understand what we believe.

 

GOSPEL TRUTH....knowing our spiritual heritage and the gravity of the price paid for our freedom from hell and death.

 

REVELATION TRUTH... Understanding the lateness of the hour and walking circumspectly before God, sharing in love the message of the Cross and the holy heritage that was purchased for all mankind through the blood of Jesus.

 

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