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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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Creflo Dollar learn To Withstand Pressure

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Developing the fruit of the Spirit should be one of the primary goals of every Christian who desires to walk in God’s power. Contrary to traditional teaching, however, the fruit of the Spirit is love. In the same way that an apple is composed of seeds, a stem, core and skin, the fruit of love is comprised of joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22, 23).

The fruit of the Spirit, or love, was deposited in your spirit man when you became born again. It is your responsibility to cultivate that seedling so your love can be perfected and fear can be cast out of your life.

Longsuffering is the part of the fruit of the Spirit that enables Believers to obtain the promises of the Word of God. Longsuffering is “patient endurance.” “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself. Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise”  (Hebrews 6:12-15).

Abraham obtained the promise of God—his son, Isaac—after he had patiently endured. Likewise, as you diligently obey what God tells you to do in spite of your circumstances, you will see longsuffering develop in your life. Abraham waited 25 years to receive the promise of God. Are you willing to wait that long?

Hebrews 10:36 says, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Longsuffering is an important quality to have if you want to see the promises of God manifest in your life. Do not give up, cave in or quit when you do not see the answers to your prayers right away. Know that if God said it, He will do it. In the meantime, make the most of the opportunity to develop your love by cultivating patient endurance, or longsuffering.

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Creflo Dollar Your Words Have Power!

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Words are seeds. In fact, whatever is in a seed must produce after its own kind. For example, an apple seed will produce apples. This principle is especially true where words are concerned. Words are a powerful force. Yet that force can be positive or negative. A situation can worsen when you speak negatively about it. By the same token, when you speak positive words, your circumstances will change for the better. This is because words are like the rudder of a ship. Once spoken, words begin to steer your life in a specific direction.

If you possess any doubt about how powerful words are, think about this for a moment: God created the heavens and the earth with words. Why is this significant? Because you are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), which means you are a ‘speaking spirit.’ You possess creative power and just like God, you create your world with your words!

My question to you is, what have you created with your words? The Bible tells us when a man guards his mouth and keeps his tongue, he keeps himself from trouble (Proverbs 21:23, Amplified Bible). Is your life full of trouble or strife? If so, it could be that idle words have played a powerful role, whether consciously or subconsciously. Idle words are words spoken but not believed. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 that, “… men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.” The fact that you will one day give an account for every idle word should motivate you to choose your words wisely!

A further demonstration of how powerful words are can be found in Proverbs 18:21, which tells us life and death are in the power of the tongue. Think about it. If your words have the power to shape circumstances, and you constantly speak death, you will eventually destroy your life. For example, examine your speech where your health is concerned. Do you speak faith—filled words of life over your physical body? Or do you say things like, “I will probably die of cancer. After all, it runs in my family.”?

This sort of speech turns on the death cycle and connects you to the very thing you do not want to happen. If you want to experience health or success in any area of your life, you must make the decision to turn on the life cycle, by searching the scriptures and declaring what the Word says about you. God’s Word produces life (Joshua 1:8)!

I have come to realize that nothing is more important than the words we speak. Therefore, we must never underestimate the power of our words, either through ignorance or neglect. Words are seeds, and good or bad, they will bring forth a harvest. Your words have creative power, so begin today to only speak words that produce life!

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Creflo Dollar The Blueprint for a Changed Life!

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Do you believe you will have what you say? If so, what words are you allowing to come out of your mouth? For instance, how do you talk when you are in non–religious settings, around people who are not Christians? Do you evaluate your words, or do you just “shoot the breeze,” so you will not appear too “deep” to others?

I want you to take stock of your words, because whether you realize it or not, your life is the sum total of all the words you have spoken. Your words set the very tone for your life. In fact, so powerful are your words, that you can literally talk your way into victory or defeat.

Some of you may say, “It is not that serious. I have spoken a lot of things that have never come to pass.” But as I like to say, if you have been spared negative or tragic situations, it is because of the grace and mercy of God, and the power of intercession! Somewhere, God has somebody praying for you!

The reason your words carry so much weight is because you are created in the image and likeness of God Himself. Your words have creative power, just like God’s words. When you speak forth words you actually release a spiritual force like dynamite! That is how serious this thing is! If you have spoken negative words in the past, you can change the course of your life right now by speaking positive words.

Psalm 45:1 states “… my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer” (New International Version). This means when you speak words, you are writing them on your heart; and whatever is conceived in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth and manifest in your life.

Why am I hammering this point home so hard? Because the only way to change your life is to change the way you think and speak. Your mouth should be used as an instrument for life, not death. For blessing, not cursing.

To begin this process, take inventory of your words. How do you speak every day? Listen to yourself. If you constantly use perverse or negative words, repent. Make a course–correction by allowing faith in God’s Word to impact your speech. How do you develop faith in His Word? By confessing it, every single day. Also, make the decision to root out any sin that may be present in your life. Remember, you can say all the right things, but secret sin in your life will separate you from God. Be quick to forgive and quick to repent.

One of the reasons Jesus was so powerful when He walked the Earth, was because He only spoke faith–filled words. As a result, He experienced immediate manifestation when He spoke. This is why powerful, positive words are the blueprint for a changed life! Take heed to these practical truths and before long, you will be enjoying life and seeing good days!

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