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Ephesians 1:7

King James Version (KJV)

 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

The shed blood of Jesus gave the world a bloody blessing. Because of His blood being shed for the world, we are able to ask and accept Jesus into our hearts. It was the blood of Jesus that allows you and I to approach the throne of God. It allows us to talk with God face to face. It is the blood that CLEANSED ALL WHO CALL UPON THE NAME OF JESUS. There is no other god that can do this. There is no other man who can do this. There is no other way to Heaven except through Jesus. There is no other way to receive the forgiveness of sins except through the blood of Jesus.

The spilled blood of Jesus causes the blessing of healing to take place. The spilled blood of Jesus redeems your soul. The sanctification that all people need, comes by the blood of Jesus. The only way to heaven is through Jesus. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus. There is only one way! For some it might seem gross. I am not trying to gross anyone out, but, I want you to look at your blessing. Your blessing, (Jesus) came as a bloody blessing. His blood is made available to ALL. This is why John 3:16 works, because it was given to the world not just the Jews. There is no one who is disqualified, unless you choose not to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. All people sin but Jesus’ blood covers the multitude of sin. His blood has cleansing power, it saves, redeems, sanctifies, restores, makes whole, covers and makes new!

In the old testament the only way to make atonement for sin was to offer animals as a blood sacrifice. This blood sacrifice was poured over the mercy-seat. Jesus’ blood was poured over the mercy-seat for you and I. Yes, how exciting is that? Jesus made a way for you and I to be free from sin and to receive the blessing of the Lord. His blood allows us to be partakers of the covenant of Abraham. His blood allows us to be engrafted in to the family. His blood causes adoption to take place immediately. His blood gives us heavenly rights. His blood keeps satan back. His blood is your blessing! Remember nothing can work for you as much as the blood of Jesus. Walk in your bloody blessing!

Scripture Study: 1:1-12

Be Blessed!

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Psalm 18:32 (King James Version)

32It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

 

It is God who gives us strength to go forward. The definition of the word persevere is to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

Some years ago I was hurting really bad. I felt like I was not accomplishing anything in my life. I did not have a job and I was getting really depressed about not providing for my family. I felt like a loser and failure. I felt as if my world was crashing all around me. I did not want to read my bible or even praise. Of course I would go to church and put on the smiles but inside I felt like a loser. One day I went out to a job interview and the company gave me the job, as long as I got my selling license. I went down to the D.M.V. and I asked for a selling license and they told me what I needed and after everything I did they told me I had to pay $97.00 for my license. I did not have any money at the time, “so how was I going to get this job?” I decided at that very moment to give up! I decided that I was not going to persevere. I was very negative! I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was upset and I began to cry. I called out on the Lord and told Him everything that He was doing wrong. I told Him that He did not understand and I yelled out “how are You going to fix my problem?”

I decided to drive to my Dad and Mom’s house and as I was on my way there when I heard a still small voice tell me to read the book of Mark. So, I got out my bible and sat on my Dad and Mom’s couch and I  began to read the book of Mark. I started to see all that Jesus went through. Jesus persevered through the agony of His people’s accusations, the denial of a friend, spitting, punching, a man named Pontius Pilate, the scourging, the nails, the cross and even death. I began to cry out and I found myself looking to Jesus to ask for forgiveness. I had to ask for forgiveness of refusing persevering. I was sad for acting foolishly. I was sad for telling God that He did not know what I was going through. I needed God to just love me. I needed to be hugged and loved on. I sat on the couch for about 4 hours and I just cried and all of a sudden I heard the Lord start speaking to me and telling me that He loved me and that everything was going to be alright. He told me I needed to persevere and to stop giving up! I had an awesome time with the Lord. It was just me and God. I felt loved and I felt encouraged. I decided that I was not going to quit or give up, but, I was going to persevere. God gave me the strength to push ahead!

You know God wants you to persevere through it all. The only way you can do this is to count on the Lord for your strength. It is however, your responsibility to persevere in spite of the difficulties ahead. I would say that if you are going through something right now, look to God for strength. Don’t give up! There are too many Christians giving up today! They feel as if they can not hang on. Well, without the Word of God in your heart and in your mouth you will not be able to hold on. With the Word of God in your heart and in your mouth you will be able to meet all circumstances. Why? Because the Lord your God has equipped you with His Word and has given you His Son to teach you how to speak, say and persevere. God has given you strength to persevere. Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. Stop trying to do it all yourself and ask God for help. Lean on God’s arms and not on your friends and family. Stop looking at everyone else’s miracles and blessings and go and get your’s.  Just around the corner is your miracle. Just around the corner you are about to come out of your situation. So don’t stop now! Keep pushing ahead!

Walking in the blessing,


Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center

 

Psalm 118:5-6 (King James Version)

5I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. 6The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

 

We most certainly serve an awesome God. We serve God who is mighty. With God on your side you do not have to worry about what man can do to you. I like this these scriptures because they remind me of who is bigger than man and who can fulfill my needs. These scriptures speak to me that, not only do I not have to worry but my God shall set me in a large place. A place where I do not have to feel boxed in or boxed up.

Have you ever felt like you were boxed in by a situation? Have you asked yourself, “how am I going to get out of all this?” Are you tired of feeling boxed in and stressed out?

Call upon the Lord in your distress and He will answer you. After He answers you He is going to set you in a large place so that you will not feel boxed in… God is on your side! God wants the best for you. Man on the other hand is out to try to get you. Well let’s remember not every human is out to get you. The one who is really out to get you is the devil. He wants to destroy you and the Word of God in you.

Get your Word and your Word knowledge up. Up your intake of the Word of God and watch what God can and will do. We do not have to fear! God has not given us a spirit of fear. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 6Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Church it is time the gift of God be stirred up in you. It is time for you to stop looking to man and looking at man but that you start looking up to God. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

So what can man do to you? What can God do for you? You make the choice…

 

Be Blessed,

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center

Isaiah 58:6

6[Rather] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke?(B)

So you have been fasting since the beginning of the New Year… What has God spoken to you? What is different about you already? Fasting is done to get closer to God, hear more clearly, be loosed of the bondages of wickedness, let the oppressed go free, and breaking every enslaving yoke. Fasting is a time to rid yourself of toxins. I am not speaking about natural but spiritual toxins. Fasting does help get rid of the physical toxins as well. We fill our lives with so many spiritual toxins that we become a slave of these things. All year long we tend to add more and more junk. Well it’s time to stop being a spiritual hoarder and let go of things that bind you.The only way we can do this is by reading our Bible and Praying more.

During a fast it’s not about how long you can last without food and how much weight you can drop. It is a personal time with the Lord and finding yourself hungry for Him and His Word. During a fast you could find yourself more emotional and asking for forgiveness to all kinds of people. I believe the Lord shows us these things because these are the things that hold us back from going further into His Glory. During a fast I find myself more emotional when I read and pray. I don’t necessarily understand it, but, I do believe it is because I feel the tender heart of God.

During a fast I usually read a specific book and I use it as a personal devotion. I am currently reading a book called “The Power of a Praying Life.” Stormie Omartian is the Author of this book. I am currently on the 5th chapter and I have been quite encouraged. In this chapter she is talking about taking God at His Word. When we fast and pray we really need to make sure that we are taking God at His Word. When I am fasting God’s Word really comes alive in my spirit. Even though I have read the entire Bible, I find myself encouraged greatly. God shows me new things! Sometimes it’s even a scripture I might know really well and He will show me new things about it.

During this fast I am finding myself at a great hunger. My anticipation of His Word is very high and I am expectant to see Him at work in myself and you all. I know this year that God is going to do something great. I am believing for true demonstration and power. I am believing for more people to come to Christ. I am believing God to cause my extended family members to come to Christ. I am believing that our churches will be filled with many new believers and I am believing for God’s Glory to be shown about. I am believing for the Church to rise up and take a stand this year. I am believing for the impossible things that the world says cannot happen. I am fasting and praying for a true revival in the Church. I don’t want last years anointing and wine. I am preparing my life to receive a new anointing and new wine. (I am not talking about wine you drink.) I believe God’s Word and I am getting myself prepared to receive a blessing. Are you ready for a blessing? Are you anticipating the move of God? Are you reading your Word and praying and seeking God’s Face and turning from wickedness?


I am ready for the Church to wake up and be baptized in Holy Ghost and Fire! Come Lord Jesus Come!

Blessings,

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center

Revelations 8:4

And the smoke of the incense, [which came] with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

 

God is looking for some on fire Christians. Sure there is a lot of Christians out there that are doing work for the Lord but come on… A lot of them are just boring, doing everyday things that we see that is common to the world. We need to see the Christians of old, like Paul the Apostle and Peter and James and John. We need to see men/women that are on fire for God. We need to see the church smoking hot and on fire for God.

How many of you want to see God do miraculous things? Well, we all would like to see more demonstration of power and authority but, many Christians are not praying and reading their Word everyday. Many are afraid to step out of their comfort zone. Many are afraid to even say they are a Christian. If we are going to see demonstration and power then the church needs to invite the Holy Spirit to do as He pleases. The Holy Spirit can only say and do those things He hears from the Father. Jesus said He being the Holy Spirit can not speak of Himself. John 16:13 13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

I am not afraid and I am expecting great and new things. As it says in the above scripture, the smoke of the incense which came with the prayer of the saints… Where there is smoke you better believe that there is going to be a fire. When we pray, our prayers should be like a sweet smell of incense. Our rooms or wherever you pray should smell wonderful. Why? Because we are offering prayer unto God our Father. We are praising and worshiping Him. Like that commercial about febreeze where someone is smelling their couch and drapes and even other people… We too need to be a sweet aroma. People when they come near you should ask you if you have been at a camp-out, because you smell like a camp-out fire. Our prayers need to be drenched in a sweet incense. Our prayer closets need to be filled with a holy smoke.

You have been given the Holy Spirit to help you and show you things to come. So we should see a fire in all of us. John the Baptist in chapter 3 of the book of Matthew, says there is One who is coming to baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire. The Holy Ghost is ready and willing and able to work with you. Are you ready to get a fire started?

 

In His Grip,

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center

John 15:5

 

I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

Limitation – a condition of limited ability; a defect or failing.

 

We as Christians have been told that we are limited. The world and the devil have been telling us that we will never be able to rise above our circumstances and limitations. Christians you are only limited by yourself and the words you speak out of your mouth. When I was a child I used to play a lot of baseball. I was hitting the ball at about 2 1/2 years old. I had great hand and eye coordination. My Dad used to tell me that I could do anything if I would just put my mind to it. When I was little I used to believe what my Dad said. As I began growing up and making new friends I started to listen to them and they always told me that I had limitations. At a young age of about 10 I started to believe everyone else. I started to believe that I was limited. I believed that there were things that I could never do. I not only listened to my friends but I started to speak like that about myself. After about 11 years of this learned behavior, I had some really difficult times. I was finding myself depressed and disgusted about everything. Here I was 21 years old and I was feeling like a total failure. I felt as if I would never accomplish anything. I was limited by my own mind and the words of my mouth.

After that melt down I decided that things were going to be different. I was going to read my Bible more and I was going to pray more. My wife and I ended up in a great church that started to boost my morale and the Pastor was teaching me that I did not have to be limited. I had Jesus who is my source and with Him I could do anything. It’s amazing how my Dad told me that I could do anything. Yet after a few years I learned how the world spoke and I spoke negatively about myself. Then I happened to look at scripture and I heard my Heavenly Father tell me that I could do anything. Since then I have done lot’s of great things. I am no longer limited by this world or by what people say about me.

Today you might be thinking “how will this work for me?” How can I keep going on? How can I do the things that God wants me to do? You can do it because with Jesus on your side you have the winning team. You are a winner!

If you have been fasting and you’re having a hard time then look at your words and see if they are negative or positive. After all you are ruled by the words of your mouth. Have you limited your belief that you can finish this fast? Fasting is not just about giving up food. Fasting is about getting closer to God. Stop limiting yourself with God. God loves you and He wants you to succeed in all you do.

Here is a little excerpt from the book I am reading called “The Power of a Praying Life” by Stormie Omartian. “Jesus enables you to do what you could not do without Him.” Stop trying to do everything on your own and stop trying to do it the worlds way. Look to God and ask Him how He would do it. God will show you and teach you. After all, we are LFL (learning for Life).

Without Jesus we are definitely not going to be able to do anything. We will not accomplish the big things in this life. With Jesus we can do all things. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.

So you can finish this “fast” and you can be successful through this “fast.” You can do anything and everything as long as you have the Lord Jesus in you and on your side.

 

Blessed to be a blessing,

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center

Titus 2:11-12

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”

As we start a new year we begin to look at things we must do and things we want to do. We are back to work after a long weekend and our whole new year has started. The things of 2010 are now 3 days behind us. What are we expecting this new year? What have you talked to God about this year? What do you want to change about yourself this year?

Many people make new years resolutions and after about 3 weeks they have already failed in everything they have decided they wanted to do. New years resolutions are worldly based on the flesh and the desires of the flesh. If you want to see a change in your life then do live according to the Word of God which will fulfill everything and the Word of God will not fail.

As we start our month fasting before the Lord, I am reminded about the things that God requires of us as Christians. God wants us to live soberly, righteously and godly. As we fast we tend to give up a lot of things that bring us enjoyment and we make fasting a terrible thing. Fasting is an awesome time between you and God. It is a time where you take yourself and set yourself apart from the worldly things. It is a time for you to get closer to the Father and open your heart and mind to His love, peace, joy, strength, faith…ETC. Fasting is a time to hunger for more of the Lord and His presence. Fasting is a time to set yourself apart for His Glory. Just because you go without food or food types does not mean that you have to be miserable. Find peace and joy during this time. What a blessing it is to fast and hunger for the Lord.

Take this bit of encouragement… I have seen people healed of whatever ailed them, marriages become reconciled, lost family members come to Christ and a  whole lot of other blessings. One of the greatest things I have seen when people are fasting is the Glory of God on each face. This is a good reason to live soberly, righteously, and godly. All three of these things cause the Glory of God to be displayed on the earth.

Philippians 3:13-14

13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Make it a start today by forgetting those areas of your life you messed up on. Forget about what happened in 2010 and press forward to the things ahead. To make a change in your life, one must be willing to change. If you have never fasted before then make a change and be willing to stay the course! Fasting is an integral part of being a Christian. We can see Jesus did it, Moses did it, Daniel did it and many others. There are many great benefits to your physical body when you fast. There is one crucial part to fasting. Fasting requires prayer time and reading your Bible. If you fast without both of these… All you’re doing is a diet.

You can do this and I know God will bless you. How many of you want to be blessed? Who among you are willing to go for 21 days and see what God can do? How many are up for the challenge? How many are ready to see God bless your life abundantly? God is waiting for your time and He wants to get close to you. Are you ready?

 

Living the Blessed Life,

 

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center