Heaven Bound

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Is God real? What about Satan? Is Heaven a literal place of existence? What about Hell? Everyday millions of people ponder these same questions. Struggling to gain truth of this matter is a reality for Believers and unbelievers alike. Millions of people believe life ends at death. They’ve concluded that death means sleeping and existing in a state of nothingness. However, the reality according to God’s Word is the grave is not the end!

As humans, we’re born into this physical world. We’re educated in this physical world, and therefore we only understand the things of this world. However, physical training does not equip us with the ability to comprehend spiritual things like the reality of life after death.

In order to understand this complex topic we must explore and understand the anatomy of man. Man is a spirit being—he doesn’t have a spirit, he is a spirit. He possesses a soul, where his emotions and intellect reside; and he lives in a physical body.

Because we live in a physical world, we’ve been trained to believe the physical body we see is our entire existence, but that’s untrue. The spirit of man is eternal—it lives forever. When we die, our spirit and soul separates from our physical body. Once that happens, we separate from the physical world, and are immediately born into the spirit world, where our spirit and soul will live forever.

Heaven, Hell, angels, and demons exist in the spirit realm, and when we depart from this physical realm and enter the spiritual realm, we will see the reality of this truth. The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. However this is only true for the person who is born again. For the person who is not born again, being absent from the body is to be present in Hell.

So what happens to the person who refuses to accept this truth, and dies having been bewitched by the world into thinking that Heaven and Hell aren’t real? The harsh reality of their self—made reservation to Hell will quickly set in, and the truth they’ve heard and rejected will torment them for eternity. Don’t let this happen to you!

I urge you to decide to make Jesus the Lord of your life now! Don’t allow another day to pass without knowing with certainty that you’re Heaven bound. Now is the acceptable time. You can be born again right now, wherever you are, by realizing and admitting that you are a sinner. Repent and ask God to forgive your sins; change your heart, your mind, and your direction. Then, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Once you complete these simple steps you’re saved and on your way to Heaven. Get connected to a Bible—based church, and allow the power of God to transform your life. You’ll be glad you did!

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Do All Religions Lead to God?

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Christianity, Scientology, Buddhism, Hinduism, Calvinism, Mormonism, Islam, what’s the difference? With great sensitivity, I embark on answering the age—old question many have pondered for centuries—Do all religions lead to God? As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, most of the world already knows my stance on this subject. Yet in this article my aim is not to bombard you with my personal thoughts, but rather give you information to consider if you or someone you know is struggling for a conclusion on this matter.

Rick Warren, a pastor and best—selling Christian author, offers an interesting interpretation to this highly debated inquiry. In response to the question, Do all religions lead to God, Warren answers: “Can I go into a phone booth and dial any phone number and get home? No, there’s only one number that’ll get me home. I could be sincere, but I could be sincerely wrong. The truth is, all roads don’t lead to Rome and all roads and all religions don’t lead to God” (secretsofsuccess.com/quest/questions3.html).

What a powerful statement! For those of you who need a reason to believe the Word, this statement will most certainly give you one. Although somewhat simplistic, Warren’s statement accurately supports the factuality of there being a solitary way to connect with God.

So how does one decide what’s the way to God? Should he or she research what religion has the best philosophies, or compare each religion to see which one makes the most sense? While some of my more theologically—inclined colleagues might applaud you for such efforts, I believe such research will subject you to the reasonings of men, and ultimately lead you away from the truth.

You connect with God by faith, not reasoning, which is why many people find it hard to understand me or accept my style of teaching. I don’t reason with the Bible, I just believe it. No one else in history, besides Jesus, died an agonizing death so I could be spared from Hell’s fire. Mohammad, Buddha, or the Dalai Lama did not give their life for me, so why should I follow them?

The one thing I want you to get out of this article is an understanding that Heaven is real, and so is Hell; when we die, we’re going to one or the other. So it’s time to stop the endless debates, and listen to Jesus—the only One who has died, went to Hell, and came back to tell about it! If you’re reading this article, I urge you to open your heart and let Jesus in. He’ll give you answers you’ve desired. Receive Him today, and allow Him to prove Himself to you; not because He has to, but because He loves you.

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Creflo Dollar: Kids and the Web

Kids and the Web - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesWe’re vastly approaching a crucial era where everyone, especially our future doctors, lawyers, and CEO’s must become computer literate. Failure to do so could cost them opportunities and diminish their capacity to fulfill their future professional aspirations. Although modern technology, such as the Internet, expands their ability to increase in knowledge, it also intensifies their propensity to become victims of computer—sex crimes. Because of the growing online community of children, the Internet has literally become a haven for predators seeking children for criminal purposes. Nevertheless, you can drastically minimize your children’s potential risks by taking responsibility for their online usage.

The Internet has become a common part of almost every child’s environment. Whether at home, school, or the public library, an excess of 77 million children are online every day (Internet Crimes Against Children, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crimes). Therefore, it’s imperative to educate yourself and your children about the risk factors. Since children are naturally curious, making certain they recognize and understand the potential dangers of the Web dramatically increases their safety (A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety, FBI). You cannot afford to be silent. Talk to your children about the great resource the Internet can be, as well as the dangers they may encounter online. Ensure they’re aware that online sex offenders can be any age or gender, and target boys and girls of all ages.

SafeKids.com recommends establishing a family contract for online safety, which includes a detailed list of pledges children and parents agree to abide by when using the Web. They recommend signing the contract and posting it near the computer.

As parents, be aware of, and recognize the warning signs for your child being at risk online. According to the aforementioned FBI study, your child may be at risk if he or she spends large amounts of time on the Internet, especially at night. If you notice your child becoming withdrawn, turning off the monitor off quickly, or changing the monitor’s screen when you enter the room, it may be time to investigate their online activity. Don’t be afraid to express your suspicions. Review your child’s computer and Web sites visited, making them aware of why you’re doing so.

The best method of protection is prevention. As we aspire to raise a generation of computer—literate scholars, it’s important that we use wisdom to assist children in reaching their intended destination safely.

I love you and encourage you to take this article to heart. Research and educate yourself on the best ways to protect the gifts God has given you—your children. I pray God’s wisdom and peace leads, guides, and directs you in everything you do.

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Creflo Dollar: Changing, Growing, Becoming!

Changing, Growing, Becoming! - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesI came across a quote today that profoundly impacted me. The quote, from Charles Dubois, epitomizes the life of a Christian. It says, “The most important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” Wow! I can’t think of a better quote that precisely and insightfully captures the true calling of Christianity.

Are you willing to sacrifice what you are now, in order to become what God has called you to be? If you’re a Christian, this is a question you need to honestly ask yourself. If your answer is no, you’ll remain stagnant in your current state—never experiencing the result of change or the beauty of growth.

For a born—again Christian, change is a necessary and perpetual facet of life. In order to become everything God has called us to be, not only do we have to embrace change, we have to learn to love it. God makes masterpieces on the canvas of our lives; and everyday we have the opportunity to work with Him in creating a work of art. By the leading of His Spirit, we must be willing to make the necessary adjustments so God can continue the work He started in us.

Do you know what happens to a person who becomes so complacent in their current existence they refuse to change? They never grow, and in extreme cases, they live their entire life with unfulfilled greatness. Don’t let that be your story!

Jesus was a great example of what it means to sacrifice what we are, for what we can become. He embodied change, and allowed His entire life to be a sacrifice. As a result, He now sits at the right hand of the Father. Notice, however, what He ultimately achieved began with His willingness to lay down all for God’s will.

Just think, if Jesus hadn’t willingly sacrificed His life, you and I would not have unrestricted access to the Father. I don’t know about you, but the sacrifice Jesus made motivates me to sacrifice what I am, so I can grow and become what God has destined me to be.

Do you really want to grow into the person God’s called you to be? Because if you do, then change is the order of business! Don’t be consumed with what you are right now; submit your life to God as a sacrifice, and focus on what you will become.

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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 skilful 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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The Kingdom of God System: A Higher Way of Living by Dr. Creflo Dollar

The Kingdom of God System: A Higher Way of Living - Creflo DollarDid you know you can live a stress-free life in the midst of economic hardship, financial crises, and shortage? As amazing as it may sound, you can thrive and prosper in the midst of hard times. It just depends on the system in which you are operating. Those who belong to God have a higher way of life available to them because of their covenant with God. When you know your rights and the promises of God outlined in His Word, you will have absolutely no fear in the midst of chaos.

Make no mistake about it, the world’s system is failing. What is the world’s system? It is Satan’s way of doing things. Based on selfishness and fear, the world’s system is the opposite of God’s Kingdom. For example, when you need money, the world system tells you to go borrow or use credit to meet your needs. Its goal is to get you in financial bondage, not freedom. On the other hand, the Kingdom of God system is based on seedtime and harvest. When you have a financial need, you sow a seed and reap a harvest. God’s way of providing for His people has no strings attached.

Another example of the difference between these two systems is in the area of healing. The world’s way says when something is wrong physically to flood your body with medicine. While there is nothing wrong with getting the necessary treatment from a doctor when you need it, God’s way of doing things brings lasting healing. His wisdom, healing scriptures, and specific instructions to you regarding your health are better medicine than any doctor can provide.

God’s Kingdom is your safety net in the midst of turbulence. He has a promise for every situation you may face in this world. Job 5:22 says, “At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the Earth.” What a promise! That means when lack and shortage seem to loom all around you, you will be the one having the last laugh! Psalm 91 is also full of promises that guarantee protection from danger and destruction on every level.

The key to operating in God’s system is seedtime and harvest. You do not have to worry where your next meal is coming from or how your bills are going to be paid when you know your God. Your job, in God’s system, is to seek His way of doing things, which means sowing seed. When you focus your efforts on being a seed-sower, everything else will be added to you. There is nothing too hard for God, and as long as you have seed in the ground and are living your life in obedience to His Word, you have a harvest of abundance coming your way! When the world is freaking out, wondering what will happen next, you will be safely positioned in the secret place of the Most High God!

Developing a Kingdom mindset is going to take getting in the Word and renewing your mind. All our lives we have been trained to operate according to the world’s system; we must unlearn those old ways and habits and receive a new “download.” God’s thoughts are higher than the world’s and so are His plans for your life. You have a right to total life prosperity, in good times and bad. All you have to do is receive it by faith and learn to operate in God’s Kingdom.

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Creflo Dollar: You’re Such a Know-It-All!

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Making major life decisions is sometimes a difficult task. Questions like, Which job should I take? Is this the person I should marry? Should I buy this house? or Should I join this ministry? often trouble people who are searching for direction in life. Fortunately, God wants you to know the answers to all of these questions and any others you may have. In other words, God wants you to know it all!

Before Jesus died on the cross, He promised His disciples that He would send them a Helper. The Holy Spirit was the Teacher and Friend who came to lead them and guide them into all truth (John 16:13). The good news is that the Holy Spirit is still here for Believers today!

The mark of a true Believer is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. You must have real fellowship with Him in order to have your prayers answered. You may not know which way to go in your situation, but the Holy Spirit knows. And because of your relationship with Him, He is willing to share what He knows with you. In fact, 1 John 2:20 says, “…ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all things.”

To develop an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit and receive His guidance and direction, you must meet a few key requirements:

  1. You must be born again. Before the Holy Spirit can lead you, you must invite Jesus Christ into your heart and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. When you do this, God recognizes you as one of His children, and He speaks to you and blesses you.
  2. You must develop a spirit of meekness. Meekness is the strength to exercise humility and self-control even while you’re suffering an injustice. When you walk in meekness, God will show you what to do in every situation.
  3. You must have faith. Faith is having confidence in God and His Word. In order to be led by the Holy Spirit, you must first believe wholeheartedly that His words have power, and that acting on His words will change your circumstances.
  4. You must fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Don’t be afraid to talk to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him questions and seek His help. He is a Friend who wants to reveal information that will make you successful.
  5. You must learn to be quiet. Many people have so much drama, stress and worry in their own spirits that it becomes difficult for them to hear the Holy Spirit. But the Bible encourages you to cast all of your cares on Jesus (1 Peter 5:7). When challenges arise, you must learn to say, “You know what? I cast that care away. There’s nothing I can do about it, so I’ll give it over to Jesus and let Him handle it.” By giving your worries and concerns to Jesus, you quiet your spirit. And when your spirit is quiet, you’re better able to hear God when He speaks to you.
  6. You must walk in love. If you want direction from God, you must learn to walk in love. Walking in love means living without malice and anger. When you walk in love and keep God’s commandments, you demonstrate that you love Him. And He wants nothing more than to talk to those who love Him.

Together, these principles will put you in position to receive direction from the Holy Spirit, Who wants to make a difference in your life. Acknowledge His presence and His power, and you’ll discover that, through Him, you know everything you need to know to make good decisions and live the way God wants you to live!

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Creflo Dollar: Becoming Blessing Minded

Becoming Blessing Minded - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesThere are so many awesome benefits that come with accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Savior, from healing to financial increase. However, the one that heads up the list and is actually the source of every promise you could ever receive from God is the blessing. Many times, when we talk about the blessing, we focus on the tangible material items that make our lives comfortable, such as houses and cars. But the blessing is much more than that. It is actually an empowerment to prosper and have success in every area of our lives. When the blessing is in operation, nothing can stop you or hold you back from obtaining everything God has promised you. Ephesians 1:3 says that if we are a part of the Kingdom of God, through our acceptance of Jesus Christ, we have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing available. That means we have wisdom and power that enables us to do and accomplish anything. Spiritual blessings also include things like healing, increase, and spiritual gifts that God can impart in our lives to be a blessing to others.

When we are blessed, we are empowered to excel. If we go back to the book of Genesis and look at the account of the creation story, we discover that, when God created mankind, He equipped Adam and Eve with this very blessing. Genesis 1:27, 28 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” God endowed the first man and woman with the ability to absolutely dominate the earth realm. That power was the blessing! Unfortunately, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and ate of the forbidden fruit, they lost their spiritual connection to the Father and, consequently, the blessing. But the good news is that, through Jesus, the power of the blessing has been restored! Galatians 3:13, 14 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” The “promise” mentioned here in this scripture is the blessing! It is the empowerment God originally bestowed on Adam and Eve, and then a man called Abraham. Jesus came through the lineage of Abraham, and through His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, each of us now has access to the blessing when we receive Him by faith.

When the blessing is on your life, you have success no matter where you are. Joseph was a prime example of this. When he was thrown in prison for being falsely accused of raping his master’s wife, God showed him favor with the prison staff! In time, he became the overseer of the entire facility (Genesis 39:1-23). So how do we activate the blessing in our lives? By speaking the Word of God! God’s Word is blessed, and when we begin to understand the power of our words and align them with what the Bible says, we turn on the power of the blessing. It will begin working for us, in us, and around us when we use our mouths to declare the Word with boldness, and in faith. The more we speak the Word, the more our minds will be renewed to the reality that we are blessed. Developing a blessing consciousness involves paying more attention to the empowerment God has equipped us with than we do the circumstances and situations going on around us. When you know you have been blessed, your confidence in the blessing will propel you to victory, all the time!

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Creflo Dollar Trust God, Not Money

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Of all the life lessons we can learn from the Bible, some people find that the most uncomfortable ones relate to money. The world worships money to such a degree that it is elevated to the status of an idol, and entire industries have been built around it. Money is nothing more than pieces of paper and metals, yet many people base their entire lives around it. Regardless of the currency or denomination, when we trust it more than God, it can fail us.

The devil has tricked many people into thinking that they can get rich through their own efforts, and the “get your hands off my money” mindset is prevalent. The Scriptures teach us that money is simply a tool to help others, and hoarding it is against God’s will. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”(Matthew 6:19-21). Looking at the business dealings of some of the large corporations, big businesses and mega banks today, it seems like this lesson has been largely forgotten.

The treasures the Bible speaks of are the blessings that money can’t buy, such as peace, joy, salvation, victory over sin, eternal life, abundance, and prosperity. When most people think of the word “prosperity,” they think of it in the narrow financial sense. God’s kind of prosperity not only includes financial blessings, but also success in every other area of life. He brings a supernatural peace that settles over our homes, our marriages, our children, and our relationships with others. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”(Philippians 4:7, NKJV).

Money is mentioned numerous times in the Bible because God knows that we’re so attached to it, the devil will use it as a tool to try and trip us up in our Christian walk. When we trust God enough to obey His Word, we find that something happens in our hearts and we experience a change in our attitude about money. Jesus told the story of the rich young ruler who trusted money more than God. (Mark 10:17-22). His earthly wealth blinded him to the eternal riches in heaven.

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Creflo Dollar: Led by the Spirit

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Remember as a child when you made a bad decision that later led to a guilty conscience? We’ve all been there and have had our own experiences—it’s part of growing up. As children, most of us were instilled with values that taught us to do our best and be honest and respectful. The world calls that internal moral compass our conscience, but when we study the Bible, we learn that it’s really the Holy Spirit at work.

When we ignore that little voice inside of us, we usually make a mistake or do something we later regret. The conscience that speaks to us loud and clear about what’s right and wrong is actually the voice of God! The Scriptures tell us what role He should play in our decision-making process. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV).

Growing up, our parents did their best to teach us godly values, warning us not to follow the crowd or do something just because everyone else was doing it. Maybe it was the party that all the popular kids, along with some unsavory characters, were attending, or the temptation to experiment with something we knew we shouldn’t.

Some of us may have snuck out and done it anyway, and were racked with guilt later. That was the Holy Spirit in us, pointing out our mistake, just like parents do with their children. “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.’ If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?” (Hebrews 12:5-7, NKJV). This is the type of correction that leads kids to “’fess up” to their parents and admit what they did.

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