Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

UNCOMMON FAITH

              Uncommon Faith 

                                 June 8, 2014

 

 

 


Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it. ” When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick. (Luke 7:1-10 NKJV)

 

Understanding authority, releasing control according to wisdom...and trusting fully the Word of truth....these are the things that can cause our faith to go from simply a sterile claim...to a powerful principal that can move mountains and change the course of our lives.

 

Faith has become a word like love...it is used and over used, but to see fruit emerge from it, one must put feet to what is otherwise an idle claim.

 

Many of us have faith for the expected in life. Truth...if you work hard you will succeed. Truth...if you concentrate on something you can overcome most obstacles...and Truth ...if you stay the course, you will reach your goals.

 

Common faith is a relatively easy principal...but earth moving, disease shattering, grave defying faith is from another vein completely...that being the arena of UNCOMMON FAITH. 

 

 


Faith is the messenger that tells God "You get it" 

 

Mark 11:22-24

 

 

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:22-24 NKJV)

 

 

The faith that moves mountains is not a faith that is in any way connected to what we can accomplish. Too many times, we condition our faith according to what we can “partner” with God to do.

When Jesus spoke of the faith that would move mountains and cast them into the sea...he gave one prerequisite and one only.....HAVE FAITH IN GOD. He did not give an itemized list of conditions which must first be met in order to see God move...he not only suggested, he made firm statement that these things would happen when we have faith in God.

 

 

The one condition, if you would call it that made in this passage was that we NOT doubt in our heart. The result was that God would move on our behalf and answer our prayers. This is based solely off of God’s ability and not of ourselves. Our one assigned task is to only believe that He is able.


 

 

Uncommon faith is the filter that shuts out worldly logic

 

John 14:27

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 NKJV)

 

Entering the realm of uncommon faith takes us to the edge of what we know as reality. Existentialists have a problem with this kind of faith because it requires us to separate ourselves entirely from what we know and understand and takes us into the courts of a supreme God and places us in the position as spectator rather than theater participants.  

 

When we venture into uncommon faith, we realize in total this peace that passes all understanding because we are operating in a realm that was not reasoned for ourselves, but handed to us as a gift from an amazing God who acts on our behalf, simply based upon our simple childlike faith.

 

When Jesus uttered these words “Peace I leave you, My Peace I give you”, he  authorized us to step over into something mankind had never before known. We were all of a sudden thrust not into hyper-faith....a conjured up self-help version of  religion....it was something much deeper that caused us to bury our reason underneath the fertile soil of God’s peace...where anything can happen and will...just by believing. This is why he could reassure us by telling us not to let our hearts be troubled nor let it be afraid.  In God’s place of uncommon faith...there is nothing to fear.

 

 

 

 


If it's unheard of...it's uncommon.
If it's uncommon... It's God's realm. 

 

 

Matthew 6:31-33

 

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV)

 

 

It can never be said that we serve a common God. A god that is common is predictable. A god that is common has been “figured out”.  This is one of my litmus tests for false gods. If his whole mystique is based upon history, and nothing new is on the books...he is a false god.

 

On the other hand, The God of Israel has mercies that are new every morning. He has defeated every foe. He has conquered every horizon. He is life and that more abundantly. He healed in the bible...and he still heals today. He provided to multitude on the hillside...and he provides to his children today. He hung the stars for Abraham...and He hangs the stars still.

 

Dare to enter the uncommon realm of faith. It is a place where there are no limitations on your dreams. There is no need he cannot meet. There is no disease he cannot heal. There is no thing he cannot provide.  Uncommon faith is home to the unheard of. It is the birthplace of wild dreams and expectations that only God can deliver. It is a place where your thoughts and plans are put upon the shelf...where your abilities are given way to seeking Him first ....that all of these things....the dreams...the desires God has placed within you may become a reality.

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