Confidence: The Missing Substance of Faith

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When it comes to living the faith life, the issue of confidence cannot be ignored. Many times, people try to walk by faith, but they just don’t have the confidence to back up what they say they believe. Confidence is the missing substance of faith, meaning that without it, faith won’t be able to operate properly. In addition, patience must be employed while waiting for the manifestation of God’s promises. With both of these forces working together, faith will always get results.

Faith is the law of God’s kingdom, so as Christians we cannot get anything to work if we don’t have faith. But confidence is like the match that ignites the faith fuse. It is something that is developed as we spend more time with God, just like we develop confidence in certain people because we spend so much time with them that we know their character. By constantly fellowshipping with the Lord, meditating on His Word, and putting ourselves in remembrance of what He has already done, we develop ultimate trust and confidence in Him. The more confident we become, the more our faith will be activated.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, confidence is defined as, “reliance or trust; a trusting relationship; a feeling of self-assurance.” When we have confidence in God, we firmly rely on Him and trust that His Word will indeed come to pass. Confidence leaves no room for doubt.

Hebrews 10:35 says, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.” In other words, we must not allow our confidence to dwindle, because there is a great reward attached to remaining steadfast in our trust in God. Faith is a practical expression of our confidence in God. When we are confident that what God has said will come to pass, we will be bolder when it comes to stepping out on faith. When God tells us to do something, we won’t hesitate.

In addition to confidence, we must employ patience as part of the process to receiving the end of our faith. Biblical patience does not mean “putting up with” something. Patience is the act of maintaining confidence in God’s Word during trials and affliction. When patience completes the job, we have the result we desire, and we end up being complete, wanting nothing (James 1:4).

Everyone has experienced times when their circumstances seemed to worsen and it was as if the hard times dragged on and on with no end in sight. It is during times like these that the temptation to quit and give up on God is most prominent. However, we should never allow pressure to cause us to give up, or doubt God’s Word. If we are willing to stand forever, we won’t be standing very long.

Being a faithful churchgoer is not enough to see the promises of the Bible come alive in your life, and neither is simply reciting the Scriptures all the time. We must not only repeat what the Word says, but we must believe that what it says is coming to pass in our lives as we speak it. Belief in God’s Word demonstrates our confidence, and it is confidence that ignites our faith. Hebrews 3:6 also tells us to hold on to our confidence as members of the household of faith.

We will have plenty of opportunities to exercise our confidence in God’s Word, particularly during these times in which we live. There may be financial challenges, issues with our health, employment issues, or things going on in our relationships. Whatever the situation may be, the key is to find the solution in the Bible and to begin releasing our faith in what God has said, knowing that if we have confidence in Him, everything we believe will surely come to pass. He will never fail us, and He honors the confidence of the Christian who trusts in Him completely.

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Creflo Dollar Think Right; Speak Right

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Have you noticed people seem to get irritated when you speak positive words about your life? I have. People look at me funny at times; but I choose not to focus on that. I’m working on something!
When others get aggravated by your faith talk, chances are they don’t think the same, or wouldn’t dare speak that way. I always say, no Word, no faith. As a matter of fact, negative thinking and speaking seems to be the norm according to the world. To nonbelievers, thinking and speaking faith seems abnormal.
Across the spectrum people have different ways of thinking. Some people may hear you say, I’m so blessed and God always gives me victory!, and not understand why you’re speaking faith—filled words. Honestly, I can understand why someone might have a hard time comprehending how a person can literally change their lives with their words. However, if you continue speaking faith—filled words, they’ll understand, especially once they see the results in your life.
Change starts with your thinking and speaking. These are fundamental steps that will ultimately change your life. For example, if you’re going through a financial challenge, find a scripture to meditate on and speak it to build your faith. You can say, Lord I thank you that you always cause me to triumph in Christ. I thank you Father that I already have the victory in this situation. Wealth and riches are continually in my house!
When I was a therapist working in a clinic helping people, I also used to think negatively. I became so depressed that one day I found myself sitting in my garage trying to figure out how to commit suicide and still go to Heaven! That’s when I realized I had to change my negative mindset. I started reading and studying the Word, and over a period of time, my mind was made new. Since then, I’ve come a long way as a result of right thinking!
Oral Roberts said he uses his faith like a carpenter uses his tools, and I thought, how do you do that? This is how! You take a scripture from the Bible, for instance 3 John 1:2, and think about it over and over. Say it out loud: I will prosper as my soul prospers. Think about the meaning and significance of it. This type of meditation produces the right kind of thinking. Use the scripture in your everyday speech, then you’ll notice your faith building. It releases your faith into the spiritual realm. When unwavering faith enters the spiritual atmosphere, God is pleased and Heaven stands at attention. The angels are ready to carry out the orders you’ve spoken according to God’s Word. Before you know it, the scripture you’re saying will be evident in your life.
It doesn’t matter what people think or say about you. You’re working on something! And one day, they may begin to follow your example, because they’ll begin to notice that you always have what you say!

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Creflo Dollar Invest in Your Imagination

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All human progress was born out of the imagination. Progress came because of someone’s ability to see things differently from the way they were. The only way humans can see the past or the future—unaided—is through their imagination. Without imagination, man would be completely limited.
I’m sharing this information about the imagination because I want you to understand how meditating on God’s promises and using your imagination can lead to great success in life. When you meditate on the Word—which is spiritual—that Word is digested in your spirit. And when you imagine a thing, something is taking place in your heart. Your mind and your heart are working in concert to create images. They’re connected by the bridge called the imagination.
I did this years ago when I was a 24-year old young preacher. We were trying to obtain the building on our current property that we now call “The Chapel.” When the building went up for sale, nothing in the natural favored us being able to purchase it. We were a young, small church, and we didn’t have enough money. So when it went up for sale, I got a picture of the building and put it on our refrigerator and around the house. I would prayer over that picture, look at that building, meditate on scriptures, and then close my eyes. I did that over and over again until one day, when I closed my eyes, I could vividly see the building—the windows, the colors and vertical shapes of the windows, the steeple, the sides of the building, and so on. Then one day I saw myself opening the door to the building! Uh-huh, look out now! Now, I’m carrying the image around on the inside of me and waiting on the Holy Spirit to show me what to do. Nothing can be restrained from you when you have an image on the inside of you! (Genesis 11:6). To make a long story short, we ended up doing owner financing, we got in the building with a $2,000 a month note, and soon paid that thing off!

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Do you fully comprehend the awesome, perfect love that God has for you? The Bible tells us that while we were yet dead in sins and trespasses, Christ died for us. “But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us” (Romans 5:8, AMP). Christ died for us because of His perfect love for us.

The New Testament is not about how much you love God but how much He loves you. In the new covenant of grace, God did not intend to burden us with a bunch of rules and regulations, where everyone is judging everyone else. The new covenant is all about having an intimate, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.

I think that’s what the Church is missing today. We come to church to get biblical principles to live by, but we don’t see Jesus. I love principles, and I thank God for principles. But principles aren’t going to do you any good if you don’t start at first base. How can you live by principles and not understand the primary, most rooted issue of life—which is understanding the love that God has for you? What do you think will happen when a bunch of Christians start depending on the overflow of love that God has for them? We’ll take this world and turn it “right side” up for the kingdom of God!

In Hebrews 8:10 God says, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” God has written the law of love on the heart of every born-again person. When God writes this love on your heart, and in your mind, the first thing that happens is that you fall deeply in love with Jesus. When you fall in love with Jesus, that love is going to overflow into all of your relationships. This is how God equips us to fulfill John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

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Creflo Dollar Pornography: The Fear of Real Intimacy in Action

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If you drive down most busy city streets in metropolitan areas across the country, there is one thing you are sure to see—the flashing lights of adult entertainment establishments. There is no shortage of sexually explicit material available to the general public at any given time. Whether it is the neighborhood strip club, the pornography shop that sells hardcore movies and magazines, or XXX rated web sites on the Internet, pornography has become commonplace in our society. In fact, it is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow in response to the lustful demands of the public. Pornographers, and the people involved in the sex industry, push the lie that says this type of entertainment is harmless fun. However, in reality, it is far from harmless. Truthfully, pornography is merely an attempt to create the illusion of intimacy, while falling terribly short of that goal. It is actually born out of a fear of real intimacy with others, and ultimately leads to emotional isolation and despair.
How does a person become hooked on pornography and what role does fear play in that process? In order to understand this better, we must first look at the heart of mankind and how a person’s carnal desires, which are based in selfishness, are what the enemy uses to draw him or her addictive behavior. Jeremiah 17:9 says something very interesting, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” When he talks about the “heart” here, he is referring to our unrenewed spirit, which is ruled by carnality, along with the unrenewed mind, also known as the “flesh.” Before we were born again, we possessed this unrenewed spirit. As a result, we were subject to the lusts and appetites that were a part of our carnal nature. However, when we made Jesus the Lord of our lives, our spirits were recreated and reconnected to the life of God, making us free from sin.

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Creflo Dollar The First Begotten Son

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When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you became born again. That simply means that your spirit was transformed from a state of spiritual death to life in a split second of time. But have you ever considered that Jesus went through the exact same thing? Often, in the midst of our religious views of Him, we forget that He was actually the first person to ever become born again. That’s right. He suffered what He did on the cross so that He could become the prototype for the new creation. He was the first begotten son of Almighty God.

In order to understand the new creation experience, it is essential to realize why this whole thing had to happen. When Adam committed high treason in the Garden of Eden by turning his authority over to Satan, death, sin and the curse entered the earth. Adam’s connection to God was immediately severed, and Satan became his god instead. Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” There was nothing anyone could do or not do to be a sinner; the only qualification was to be born.

God knew that Adam would sin. Therefore, from the beginning, He established a plan to restore mankind back to perfect fellowship with Him. He sent Jesus to the earth to accomplish the task. Jesus’ birth had to be a supernatural one because if He were born of a woman and a man, He wouldn’t be able to be a spotless sacrifice; every person born of a woman was already spiritually dead. So God supernaturally impregnated the Virgin Mary so that Jesus could have what I call “blood type G,” or God’s blood type.

There’s a reason why Jesus is your big Brother—He was the first man to ever be born again, or spiritually recreated from death to life. He set the precedent for you and me. When Jesus died on the cross and descended into the depths of hell to pay the price for your sins, He died both physically and spiritually (Romans 10:7). In those agonizing moments, Jesus became sin, and His heavenly Father turned His back on His Son (Matthew 27:46).

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Creflo Dollar There Remains a Rest

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Creflo Dollar God designated the Promised Land for the children of Israel. It was a land that flowed with milk and honey, and had everything they wanted and needed in abundance. However, they received a bad report from the spies that searched the land. They reported sightings of giants and doubted that the Israelites could defeat the giants. Only two of the spies believed that the Israelites should possess the land despite the fact that it was inhabited by giants (Numbers 13:1-33, Numbers 14:6-9). Unfortunately, the Israelites believed the negative report, and began to murmur and complain rather than believe in God. Numbers 14:2 states, “And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 

The children of Israel refused to believe God although He had done many miracles to free them from slavery in Egypt. In God’s eyes, unbelief is evil and it provokes His anger. Numbers 14:11 states, “And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?” The children of Israel died in the wilderness. God did not allow them to enter the Promised Land—His rest (verse 16). God swore that they would not enter into His rest even though that rest had been prepared from the foundation of the world.

Today, there remains a rest for us to enter into. We can receive God’s best for our lives—everything He has prepared for those who believe in Him. Hebrews 4:1, AMP, states, “Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still holds and is offered [today], let us be afraid [to distrust it], lest any of you should think he has come too late and has come short of [reaching] it.” We should not follow the example of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness (Hebrews 13:15-19). We do not have to allow negative circumstances to cause us to harden our hearts against God.

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Creflo Dollar There Remains a Rest

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God designated the Promised Land for the children of Israel. It was a land that flowed with milk and honey, and had everything they wanted and needed in abundance. However, they received a bad report from the spies that searched the land. They reported sightings of giants and doubted that the Israelites could defeat the giants. Only two of the spies believed that the Israelites should possess the land despite the fact that it was inhabited by giants (Numbers 13:1-33, Numbers 14:6-9). Unfortunately, the Israelites believed the negative report, and began to murmur and complain rather than believe in God. Numbers 14:2 states, “And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 

The children of Israel refused to believe God although He had done many miracles to free them from slavery in Egypt. In God’s eyes, unbelief is evil and it provokes His anger. Numbers 14:11 states, “And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?” The children of Israel died in the wilderness. God did not allow them to enter the Promised Land—His rest (verse 16). God swore that they would not enter into His rest even though that rest had been prepared from the foundation of the world.

Today, there remains a rest for us to enter into. We can receive God’s best for our lives—everything He has prepared for those who believe in Him. Hebrews 4:1, AMP, states, “Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still holds and is offered [today], let us be afraid [to distrust it], lest any of you should think he has come too late and has come short of [reaching] it.” We should not follow the example of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness (Hebrews 13:15-19). We do not have to allow negative circumstances to cause us to harden our hearts against God.

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Creflo Dollar Believe and Receive God’s Love

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During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He received confirmation of the Father’s love. Matthew 3:16, 17 states,“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” God wants us to experience His love and be deeply rooted and established in it (Ephesians 3:14-17). When we acknowledge His love for us as individuals, we have the fullness of Him (Ephesians 3:18, 19). Our confidence in God’s love opens the door for blessings beyond what we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
There are some messages that I just weep over because God continues to show me another degree of His love. Miraculous things happen for people who really grasp the reality of His unconditional love. I believe this is the master key for constant victory in our lives.
We have victory through our union with the Holy Spirit. When we became born again, our spirits were sealed with the Holy Spirit, and He poured the love of God into our hearts (Romans 5:5). Our divine teacher shows us more and more about how much God loves us, strengthening our spirits with that love. He is ever reminding us of God’s love for us, and because of His love, we can properly love others.

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