Posts Tagged ‘Prosperous’

1 Timothy 1:5

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Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith.

Real love and real purpose is what most people in the world are looking for. People want genuineness. The word love is said often without purpose and sincerity. Just because you’re Christian does not mean that you are full of love. I have heard many people say I love you, yet I don’t see it in their actions. Why? Because the love they speak is not of purpose.

Purpose in the Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is defined as that which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; the end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan, measure or exertion. Intention.

Let me define purpose this way. Purpose is something that a person sets out to fulfill. It is intentional and it comes at great price.

Love is not just something we say but something that we intentionally do. Love is not to be thrown around like words. Love is an action not a feeling. Feelings are temporal and love is not. Real love has a real purpose. Real love is the demonstration of Jesus on the cross for your sins and for your life in eternity. Real love is when you can forgive regardless of what someone has done to you. Real love is not talked about, it’s given with no strings attached. Real love is not about you but about the one who is love. 1 John 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP) He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. God loves you and His love came with real purpose. God’s purpose was and is that all humans would be saved. His love for humankind is so great that He willingly gave us Jesus His only Son. That is real love!

Real love comes at a great price. Real love says, “If you hurt me I will still love you.” Real love says, “I forgive and I choose to forget your sin against me.” How is that possible? Scripture says in Hebrews 8:12 (KJV) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. God, being merciful, is forgiving and not remembering your sin. This is not just mercy but real love with real purpose. God’s purpose for you is to love like Him.

For you to love like God, you will need to know God. How do you do that? Talk to God like you would talk to your friends. Give God your time. For you to love sincerely you will need to purpose in your heart to truly forgive.

Scripture Study: 1 Timothy 1:3-6

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Philippians 3:14

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14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

I have been working with this theme called the “Past” for a about a week or so. The reason why I am discussing this issue is, I have heard many people talk about their past and find that they don’t just talk about it they live there. It’s impossible to move forward if the person keeps going backwards. My friend who is one of the Elders in our church said this statement to me on the golf course about 4 years ago… “If the golf ball goes forward it means that you have positive yardage which is forward progress, every inch counts.”  I laughed when I heard that statement because as simple as it is, most people make it difficult. It does not matter the distance, so long as it is moving forward. Forward progress is positive yardage and it is about moving to a desired destination.

A person like myself, who likes to play golf is always looking for distance and consistency. I really enjoy playing golf even when my forward progress ends up in the woods or a sand trap. Why? Because I know that I am moving ahead. The game of golf is meant to be relaxing but most who play golf get frustrated because they don’t hit the ball like some of the professionals. Let me say this to you… They are called professionals because they spend time on their sport. They practice long hours and spend a lot of time making adjustments. Why? So they can improve. This should be the action of the Christian Believer. They should continually practice on moving forward in the things of God instead of settling for last years miracles and anointing.

Let’s transfer this over to the Christian believers life. Just because you have a problem or something creeps up does not mean that you quit. I watch so-called Christians quit and give up when they get attacked in their health or finances or marriage..ETC. This is not forward progress. Paul talks about pressing toward the goal. Just like a golfer who is looking to get the golf ball into the cup (hole), he makes every stride to pick the right club for the distance that he is at. His desire is to get the golf ball into the hole without taking a bogey (penalty) on his scorecard. As a Christian you should be pressing toward the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ. You should be looking on how to move forward and to make progress.

In my life as a Christian I have had ups and downs but I have not quit and I don’t plan on quitting ever. My plan is to have positive yardage in the Lord, in His Word, in prayer, in my marriage, in my parenting and in Pastoring. I sometimes look back but only to see where I came from. I am not the same as I was yesterday and I don’t have plans to try to make up for yesterday. I am pressing ahead! Do the same! You can move ahead and you will have positive yardage.
Stay constant and be consistent.

Scripture Study: Philippians 3:14-21

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Ephesians 4:7

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Yet grace (God’s unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and bounteous] gift.

Jesus’ grace was unmeasurable. Jesus had power without measure. This grace given to you and I is without measure. Grace is of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues. (BLB) Blue Letter Bible.

Because this grace is unmeasurable it means that it is extended to anyone. It is not restrictive. God’s grace for you came from His love for you. If God did not love you it would be impossible to give you unmeasurable grace. If God didn’t love you there would be no way for you to be saved. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus as the saving grace. The measure of Christ’s gift was His death on the cross. It was the greatest sacrifice. It was unmeasurable because it was meant for all humans. However we can’t use this grace to sin willfully. Grace is the gift of bountifulness, acceptance, unmerited favor, liberality, blessings bestowed upon. You can’t earn grace. Grace can not be worked for. Grace is an extension of God’s love for you and for the world. That is why accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is your choice. Grace is given and it causes favor upon your life. Favor is opening of doors that man can not open and man can not close.

Jesus had favor everywhere He went. I literally started to tell everyone that I have favor. I announce the favor of God on my life. I proclaim God’s grace is sufficient for me and my family. I rejoice over the fact that I am blessed and highly favored. What this does for me is, it reminds me of who I am and whose I am. I am God’s child. I am a son of God. You’re a child of God! That means you are a carrier of grace, the unmerited favor. Because of this grace in your life you are also to extend this to everyone else. Regardless of what someone has said to you or done to you, you must extend grace. After all God extends grace to you when you act crazy or stupid. I am not calling anyone stupid but you can act that way.

Grace is given through the love of God. That is how grace operates. So should you extend grace to someone? Be sweet like Jesus and extend grace. Grace is what will win someone to the Lord. Favor is a by-product of grace. It opens doors, it brings blessings, it sets people free and it loves unconditionally. The grace factor is God’s heart for dying man.

Scripture Study: Ephesians 4:1-7

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Ezekiel 33:30-33

King James Version (KJV)

30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.

31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

With the way everything is going in our world today, the believer needs to stop playing church. As I have said before it is time to stop playing. People have become so used to the feel good sermon that Pastors are more inclined to tickle the people’s ears and hearts. Church! God is not playing! The heart of the matter is that God is doing great things in the Earth and many believers are missing it. Why? Because they want to hear what they want to hear.

Believers it’s time to stop playing and only hearing what you want to hear. Covetousness can and will destroy a person’s heart. I want the people to be encouraged! However not at the cost of going to hell. I want people to be blessed but not at the cost of losing their soul. I want people to succeed but not at the stake of earning the worlds way.

God is pouring out in our Nation and in the World. He is looking for Worshipers to arise. The heart of truth is that the believer needs to step up and step out. The believer needs to listen and obey God. The believer needs to not talk truth but live it.

What is your part? Stop playing church, stop acting, start being real, step up to what you believe, make Jesus known in your family and in your community. Don’t just be a hearer of the Word, be a doer. In the book of James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Many say they are doing something but in reality they are just talk. Be a doer, not just a hearer otherwise you will deceive yourself.

God is looking for doers and ones who will push ahead. You might mess up but if you do, don’t let it keep you down. Stay focused on Him! Keep your face forward and don’t look back. God is speaking are you listening?

Scripture Study: Romans 3:20-26

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Galatians 5:9

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A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church].

Interesting what Apostle Paul is talking about here. He basically said the same thing Jesus said in Matthew 16:6 Amplified Bible Jesus said to them, Be careful and on your guard against the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees and Sadducees.Why did Paul and Jesus say this? What did they know that we need to know. They understood the concerns of false teaching, prophecy and laws.

The church today needs to be cautious of these things. It does not mean that the Pastor will be the one doing it. There are people who will come into a church and say a few things yet they are wolves wearing sheep’s clothing. I say to you be cautious of who you are listening to and who you’re keeping company with. Why? Because they could be the one who is polluting you with their version of doctrine.

Here is a crude analogy of the Believer…The believer is like a filled donut. The filled donut could look good and smell good but they could have nothing but rot on the inside. There is nothing like a Raspberry filled donut. Sugar on the outside and sweet filled jam on the inside. However if the donut has been sitting in the display cabinet for two weeks it might look good on the outside but what is on the inside could be fermented. Taking a first bite could taste good because you might not have gotten to the center of the jam. Once into the center of the jam you noticed something seems a little off. If you continue you could end up getting sick. You will be known by the filling on the inside of you. You will be known by the doctrine you speak and who you keep company with. You will be known by your belief system. Why? Because you will promote what you want and how you want things to be.

Believers who are fermented usually ferment others. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Amplified Bible (AMP) 33 Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. It is very important who you hang out with.

Do you want to be blessed? Do you want the blessings on you? Then fill yourself with the Word of God daily. Pray throughout your day. Sing praise and worship songs. Bless the Lord with all you have. Do this daily. Why? Because you will fill yourself up with that sweet savor that God is looking for. How does this happen? God’s Word is powerful and mighty. If you spend time with Him, He will not corrupt you or let you down. God will encourage you throughout your day and you will most certainly walk in the blessing. Stay focused on the Word of God and you will not be tempted to participate with fermented things. Stay in the Word of God and you will see what is right and what is wrong. You will be able to discern the leaven in people. This is not an excuse to remove yourself but an opportunity to teach someone. Some will not be teachable but some will. Be ready in season and out of season.

Scripture Study: Galatians 5:1-6

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1 Corinthians 13:6

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6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness. Righteousness is right and truth. Love always rejoices at truth. Walking out love in your life will cause righteousness to come to the forefront.

People have asked me, how do I walk out righteousness? When you walk out love, you perform all actions of righteousness. When someone has accused you of something that you did not do and you walk in love towards them, the righteousness of God will cause you to supersede the accusation. Why? Because only the right and truth will prevail.

We as the church need to rejoice at the truth. The truth has made you free. Rejoice today! Why? Because Jesus who is the lover of our soul has made us free from sin and death. He has made you and I righteous by His blood. The Church needs to rejoice more! The Church needs to realize the righteousness that we have in Christ Jesus. We are redeemed from the curse of the law! We should rejoice because Jesus paid so that we can be righteous in Him.

Jesus said He would die, rise again, go to heaven and then come back for you and I. He told the truth and now all of us are waiting on a risen Savior to come back for us. We can rejoice because Jesus is just and truth.

Scripture Study: James 5:1-9

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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