Dr. Creflo Dollar: Raise Your Expectation

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I often tell my congregation, “Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles.” In order to receive from the Lord, we must expect Him to show up and show out in our lives. Without a fervent sense of expectancy, all we are doing is taking part in religious exercises that have no power behind them. It is time for Believers to start expecting God to do some great and mighty things in our lives.

Many Christians pray, read their Bibles, go to church, and serve in various capacities in ministry, but when it comes to the promises of God leaping off the pages of the Bible and manifesting in their lives, their faith levels are really low. They say they believe but they really do not, nor do they really expect God to come through on His Word. This is not the way Christians should live.

God wants us to release our faith for everything we need and desire. He wants you to expand your capacity to receive by believing Him for BIG things! When you read a scripture from His Word, and receive it in your heart, without doubt, you should absolutely expect it to come to pass. There should be no question in your mind that what God said is exactly what He will do.

I like the example of the man at the Gate called Beautiful, in the book of Acts. Acts 3:2-5 recounts the scene:

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.”

This man received his healing because he expected to get something from Peter and John. He had his neck outstretched and his faith engaged. As a result, he was able to leap to his feet.

I wonder how many Christians could have already experienced the manifestation of the things they are believing from the Word, if only they would walk in unwavering expectation. There are no limits to what God can do, and if you can believe for what seems impossible, He will do it.

Expectation also means dreaming big. Do not limit God because of what your past experiences have been, or based on what others may say. Sometimes you will have to get “out of the box” so to speak, in order to receive bigger and better things from God. If you can find it in the Word of God, and you have the faith for it, you will possess it. You are not waiting on God; He is waiting on you! Walk in expectation and watch your dreams become a reality.

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Regain Your Losses: God’s Recovery Plan – by Creflo Dollar

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A question on the minds of many people is: When will the present economy turn around? Many also wonder whether we are anywhere near normal economic activity. God only knows for certain.

However, all of us are aware of the results of the economic downturn, such as families affected by foreclosure. People have lost cars. Children have been displaced from schools due to parents having to relocate. Millions have suffered job losses. Due to financial disaster, too many can identify with Psalm 142:4 (AMP), which says, “Look on the right hand [the point of attack] and see; for there is no man who knows me [to appear for me]. Refuge has failed me and I have no way to flee; no man cares for my life or my welfare.”

No, the answer is not in one man, human that is, but thanks be to God that the world has available to it a Savior, one who sits high but looks low. The Bible says about Jesus in Hebrews 4:15 (MSG) that, “He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” And help He does offer. I call it God’s recovery plan.

First of all, to approach God for any kind of help, one must recognize that He truly exists and is a rewarder of those who sincerely seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). And how can we seek Him? We do this through prayer and by declaring His Word, reminding God of what He’s already said.

God honors His Word, and in it, He promises us that a payday is on the way. Jeremiah 51:56 describes Him as the God of recompense, a rewarder—the Great Compensator. Now this can be good or bad, depending upon how you are living. Every action, whether positive or negative, will be rewarded.

Speaking of good and bad, Proverbs 12:14 tells us it is all in the power of the tongue. We must not allow our mouths to put us in, or keep us in, poverty by speaking negative words. Say only what you would like to manifest in your life. If you don’t want it to happen, then don’t say it—not even jokingly.

Another requirement for receiving an economic turnaround from God is to live uprightly before Him. This means, whether you are at home, at the mall, or wherever you are—at all times—your lifestyle should agree with His Word.

In order to receive financial reward from God, there must be financial seed sown. Plain and simple. You want a harvest of corn? What do you plant? Corn seed. You desire, or better yet, need money? What do you plant or sow or give? Money seed! Ask of the Lord, and He will direct you concerning giving.

God will guide you in all your decision making, if you ask Him. We have the example of Moses. He was destined to rule Egypt. However, after consulting with God, Moses decided to follow the Lord instead. As a result, God richly compensated Moses for his choice.

It is possible to live in this world and not experience the consequences of it. Some have suffered harshly from making poor choices, only to have the recession amplify the bad results. However, God loves you. He is willing to repay your losses with abundance and ensure that whatever the enemy has stolen be repaid in full. Your part is to call upon His name, pray, and apply faith pressure through His Word, all of which will move the hand of God on your behalf!

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Creflo Dollar: Love Never Fails

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With all the spiritual principles to learn and execute as Christians, there is one that we must never lose sight of. In fact, it must be our principle goal in life as Believers. It is the law of love, and it is a command from God. Walking in love is not a religious cliché; it is a lifestyle that must be cultivated. It is so important because it is what shows the world what God is really all about. Without love, we can do nothing.

First Corinthians 13 provides the guidelines for walking in love because it explains what love is and what it is not. When we can understand these principles and judge our behavior by the standard of God’s love according to the Word, we can begin to operate in the power God desires for our lives. Many times, we bring our own definitions of love to the table, which are usually based on our emotions. However, in order to truly walk in the biblical type of love, we must follow the Word’s outline.

The Apostle Paul begins the chapter by discussing some of the things that Christians use to gauge the success of their relationship with God. Verses 1-3 talk about speaking in tongues, prophesying, understanding the things of God, having a lot of biblical knowledge, having strong faith, and giving to the poor. While all these things are important and we may identify with them as Believers, none of them supersede walking in love. There are people who give to the poor and prophesy, but when it comes to their dealings with others, they can be as mean as a rattlesnake!

Verses 4-8 describe the characteristics of love—things we should be striving to exemplify in our relationships with others:

Love endures long and is patient and kind: love is never envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong] (The Amplified Bible).

What an impressive set of qualities! I am sure we can all think of times where we have failed to walk in love where our treatment of others is concerned. Sometimes our words and actions may be motivated out of jealousy and pride. As Christians, we can easily become “puffed up” and arrogant when we feel we have reached a certain spiritual level. Unfortunately, everything we do that is the opposite of love can be felt by others, and it can push them away from God. After all, if those in the body of Christ aren’t walking in love, who will be the true example?

In order to become better “lovers,” we must make an honest assessment of our lives. Have we allowed the responses of the flesh to dictate how we treat others? Has the enemy deceived us about what is really important? There is no doubt that we will be faced with situations and people that may push our buttons, or try to move us from our love walk, but we must purpose in our hearts to make the 1 Corinthians model of love our ultimate goal in life. From our marriages to our dealings with co-workers, family, and friends, we must always consider the love of God when interacting with others. If it doesn’t line up with God’s way of doing things, it must be rejected.

Renewing our minds to walk in love is a process. We all have our flesh to contend with and overcome. Before we came to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, many of us were used to responding to people and situations a certain way. The flesh, or way of thinking that opposes God’s Word, is always looking for an opportunity to express itself. It wants to fly off the handle, cuss folks out, and be selfish. However, those are the times when we must choose God’s way as an act of our will. If we miss the mark, we should at least have the ability to discern where we got out of love and get back on track by repenting and asking the Lord to forgive us.

The more we practice the principles outlined in 1 Corinthians 13, the more love will become “first-nature.” As we continue to renew our minds and walk in love on purpose, we will find ourselves being used mightily by God. There is no situation that cannot be overcome with the love of God. It never fails.

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Creflo Dollar: Your Thoughts Determine Your Life

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Have you ever known someone who had a poverty mentality? You can usually tell by the words he or she speaks. It is an attitude that never expects anything above and beyond its current reality. People with a poverty mind-set are content and satisfied with lack and insufficiency, even when it is clearly destroying their lives. Their surroundings, attitude, words, and decisions reflect a way of thinking that does not trust God for provision. As a result, they continue to experience poverty in many areas of their lives.

Poverty involves lack, and it is not limited to the financial realm. Anytime we are lacking something in an area of our lives, poverty is present. A person can be poor where his or her relationships are concerned, or even mentally and emotionally. If people are lacking good health, they are poor where their physical condition is concerned. You see, poverty is designed to affect and infect all aspects of the human experience, which is why the enemy wants to keep people in the dark about what God has made available to them through His Word.

Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge.” What we don’t know can hurt us, which is why we must read the Bible and obtain knowledge from God’s Word that can be applied to our everyday lives. As it pertains to lack and poverty, God has a lot to say. He wants us to live an abundant life that lacks nothing! Not sure abundance is really His will or not? Take a look at what the Bible has to say.

In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The abundant life, which covers the spirit, soul, and body (or physical realm) is the reason why Jesus came to the earth! He wants us to be whole in our finances, health, relationships, and emotions. For us to be a part of God’s kingdom and be in lack means there is something we don’t understand or are not executing from God’s Word. Since poverty is a curse, and a curse doesn’t come without a cause, we must examine our lives for sin and determine whether we are renewing our minds with the Word of God in specific areas.

When lack and poverty govern the way we think, our outer circumstances will reflect that inward state of being, and we will make choices that only push us further into poverty. Third John 2 says that as our spirit and soul are prospering, our physical condition will prosper as well. The key to a life of prosperity is to develop an inner image of it, which only comes by way of the Word of God. When we take the Word and meditate on it constantly, it becomes rooted in our spirits, and the result is a changed mind-set. When the Word is the absolute governing force in our lives, the abundant life will be seen in our outward circumstances. There will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we are living the blessed life.

God’s desire for us to prosper and not be in lack is not just so we can live the good life. He wants us to be so filled and overflowing with abundant life that we have a surplus of blessings to bestow upon others. Whether it is financial and material resources, wisdom, love, healing, or deliverance, we can impact others more effectively when our lives are free from poverty.

Take some time to examine your life and locate areas where poverty has gotten a foothold. Change your thinking by renewing your mind with God’s Word. As your thinking changes, your feelings, decisions, and actions will follow suit. As your soul prospers, so will your life!

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Creflo Dollar: Believing with the Heart

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Do you know what it means to believe with the heart? Many Christians are not seeing their faith produce anything because they are more consumed with what their five senses are telling them than they are with believing the Word of God, even in the face of contradictory circumstances. Real, Bible-based believing is based on an absolute, unwavering stance on the Word. Faith is released when we believe with the heart, which means believing with the spirit.

A key to knowing how to release our faith properly is to understand the tri-part nature of man. Man is a spirit, who possesses a soul, and lives in a physical body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). You don’t have a spirit, you are a spirit. Your soul, which includes your mind, will, and emotions, is attached to your spirit. When a person accepts Jesus as his Lord and personal Savior, the “spirit man” becomes recreated and infused with the life of God, which is called zoë. At the point of death, the spirit and soul leave the physical body and return to either God or Satan, depending on whether the person is born again or not. The spirit of a man is the place where faith resides.

To believe with the heart means to believe from the spirit rather than with the physical senses. This is the kind of faith that gets results in the kingdom of God. Many times, people have a mental awareness or acknowledgment of what God has promised, but the promise has not gotten down in their hearts. As a result, they do not see consistent results in their lives.

In order to believe from the heart, the Word must be deeply rooted in the spirit. This is the only way we can lay hold of the type of faith that our minds cannot intellectually obtain. When the Word becomes infused in our spirits, we are able to believe apart from what our physical senses tell us. In order to get to this level of faith, we must constantly meditate on the Word of God until it becomes a part of us.

Faith must be in two places in order for it to produce manifestation in a Christian’s life. Romans 10:8 says, “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith which we preach.” The two places it must be is in our mouths and in our hearts. By constantly speaking the Word and making faith confessions of the Scriptures, we keep the Word in our mouths. Every time we hear ourselves saying it, our spirits become full of it as well. The combination of the Word being in our hearts and our mouths creates a faith explosion that will eventually be seen in the form of actual, tangible, physical results in the natural realm.

Our spirits were designed to believe the Word of God, and our physical senses were designed to believe what we perceive in the natural world. We should never try to govern our faith life by what we see, hear, smell, touch, and taste because spiritual things cannot be perceived through natural means. Even in the face of what appears to be lack, sickness, or a hopeless situation, believing with the heart means making the decision to stand on the Word and believe God’s promises.

Second Corinthians 4:18 is a strong supporting scripture that explains what heart-deep faith is all about: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Christians walk by faith and not by sight because the unseen spiritual realm is the realm from which all seen things originate. This means it is actually more real than the physical realm. By allowing the Word of God to be our final authority rather than our senses, we position ourselves to receive from God.

If your faith is weak, it’s time to get on a Bible regimen that involves continually feeding on the Word. The more you meditate on the Word, speak it, and act on it, the more your faith will grow. And it won’t be long before you find yourself walking in the fullness of God’s promises.

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Creflo Dollar: Raise Your Expectation

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I often tell my congregation, “Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles.” In order to receive from the Lord, we must expect Him to show up and show out in our lives. Without a fervent sense of expectancy, all we are doing is taking part in religious exercises that have no power behind them. It is time for Believers to start expecting God to do some great and mighty things in our lives.

Many Christians pray, read their Bibles, go to church, and serve in various capacities in ministry, but when it comes to the promises of God leaping off the pages of the Bible and manifesting in their lives, their faith levels are really low. They say they believe but they really do not, nor do they really expect God to come through on His Word. This is not the way Christians should live.

God wants us to release our faith for everything we need and desire. He wants you to expand your capacity to receive by believing Him for BIG things! When you read a scripture from His Word, and receive it in your heart, without doubt, you should absolutely expect it to come to pass. There should be no question in your mind that what God said is exactly what He will do.

I like the example of the man at the Gate called Beautiful, in the book of Acts. Acts 3:2-5 recounts the scene:

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.”

This man received his healing because he expected to get something from Peter and John. He had his neck outstretched and his faith engaged. As a result, he was able to leap to his feet.

I wonder how many Christians could have already experienced the manifestation of the things they are believing from the Word, if only they would walk in unwavering expectation. There are no limits to what God can do, and if you can believe for what seems impossible, He will do it.

Expectation also means dreaming big. Do not limit God because of what your past experiences have been, or based on what others may say. Sometimes you will have to get “out of the box” so to speak, in order to receive bigger and better things from God. If you can find it in the Word of God, and you have the faith for it, you will possess it. You are not waiting on God; He is waiting on you! Walk in expectation and watch your dreams become a reality.

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Creflo Dollar: Obey and Be Blessed

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Some people think that they can get away with disobeying God. They think that if nobody knows about it, then no harm can be done. They also reason that because God is merciful, He won’t hold their disobedience against them. But what these people fail to realize is that their own hearts will start to condemn them. And once that happens, although they may speak faith—filled words when they pray, they will be filled with doubts and fears that will prevent their prayers from being answered.

Obedience, on the other hand, is the key to receiving answers to your prayers. When you are obedient to God and His Word, you become bold in your prayer life and faith walk. That boldness gives you confidence that people who are trying to get away with sin don’t have. Your confidence allows you to go before God without fear, guilt or condemnation and receive answers to your prayers.

First John 3:21–22 says, “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” Your obedience is pleasing to God, and when you please Him, He gives you your heart’s desire. But learning to hear from God and making a commitment to instantly obey Him requires work on your part.

You must spend time reading and studying the Word. When you do, you will begin to clearly discern the voice behind the Word. God will speak directly to you concerning your situation and will give you specific instructions to follow. When He tells you to do something, do it (James 1:22). Your confidence will grow each time you obey Him, and as you confidently approach Him and make your requests known to Him in prayer, He will answer you.

Hearing and then obeying God also positions you for shalom, or wholeness in every area of your life. In 2 Kings 5:1–14, Naaman, a captain in the Syrian army who suffered from leprosy, went to the prophet Elisha for healing. Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman, commanding him to dip himself seven times in the Jordan River. Naaman, irritated at the simplicity of the instructions, became disgruntled. But his servants convinced Him to obey the prophet. Once Naaman did as he was told, he was cured of leprosy. Although he initially questioned the instructions that he was given, Naaman eventually did what he was told and received his blessing. Just think how much sooner he could have been healed if he had immediately obeyed the man of God!

Your obedience connects you to God’s blessings. Don’t allow disobedience to cost you the confidence that is rightfully yours in Jesus. It will rob you of faith and fill you with fear. By living a life of obedience, you can avoid being consumed with doubts about the effectiveness of the Word of God. Instead of wondering if the Word is going to work for you, you will be confident that it will. And you can go boldly before God in prayer, knowing that He will bless you by answering each prayer.

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Creflo Dollar: The Voice Behind the Word

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Although God has promised triumph for every Believer, it is not uncommon to experience moments when your faith is under attack. During these times, you probably wonder if you’ll ever receive real answers to your prayers, and you might ask yourself, How can I tap into the hidden wisdom of God that will bring about my breakthrough? The secret is to find God’s voice behind His Word.

To find God’s voice, you must actively communicate with Him. If you want to hear from God, you must talk to Him in prayer. When you are born again and have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, you can communicate with God by praying in tongues. By praying in tongues, you speak the very mysteries that could unlock the answers to your situation!

Speaking in tongues, or praying in the Holy Spirit, is not just babbling. It is an intimate form of communication with God. First Corinthians 2:7 says, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory….” According to 1 Corinthians 14:2, when you speak in tongues you are speaking directly to God in a language meant just for Him! Each time you pray in the spirit, hidden wisdom is revealed and you allow the Holy Spirit to show you things that are hidden from everyone else—even the devil.

There is something to be said about people who spend time praying in tongues. They are speaking truth and wisdom straight from God. Although you may not have understanding at the time, God will reveal the answers to you when the time is right. You might be driving your car or ironing your clothes one day, for example, and the Holy Spirit will give you the revelation you need.

You can experience great success in your life when you clearly hear the voice of God. Most people can read the Bible and gain some understanding of it, but when you are able to hear God’s voice behind a scripture or sermon and allow the Holy Spirit to interpret it for your situation, you will experience real breakthrough.

Anytime you need help, pray in tongues. You’ll put yourself one step closer to resolving your situation. But don’t wait until you’re in trouble; always seek God’s guidance. If you spend an hour a day praying in tongues, you’ll see God bring forth hidden wisdom and timely answers for the questions in your life. God has the solution to everything that concerns you. He knows the secret to getting out of debt, getting healed of cancer, getting delivered from drug addiction and so much more. God wants to share these secrets with you, and when you spend time with Him in prayer, you open the door for Him to speak a word that will help you. Listen to the voice of God behind His Word and experience breakthrough in every area of your life!

When you learn to hear God’s voice, He’ll give you the insight you need to strengthen your relationship with Him.

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Creflo Dollar: Yield to Love

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Love and selfishness are the two greatest forces in life. A person chooses to walk in one or the other every day. What many people call love really isn’t love at all. Real love—which is agape love or the God kind of love—is unconditional, limitless, selfless and is not based on emotions. It is extremely tolerant.

Unfortunately, most people operate in selfishness. They live in human, emotional love, which has limits, is conditional, requires pre-qualification and has to be loved before it can love. Selfishness is the root of all sin, which is based in fear. As a result, our society is experiencing a tremendous amount of lawlessness, perversion and sin.

Families are being destroyed because people are engaging in human, emotional love rather than taking the time to learn about and develop in agape love. Selfishness in the home can creep up in so many subtle ways, particularly between a husband and wife. If you are married, here’s a newsflash—it’s not all about you! Everything in life should not focus around you and your needs, but rather the needs of your spouse. It is important to find balance and compromise within relationships in order to maintain peace in the home. You can kick selfishness out of your home. How? Yield to love.

Jesus gave two commandments that are the foundational principles for every commandment in the Bible: “…love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind… love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:7,39). When you keep the law of love, you fulfill all of the laws written in the Bible. Have you made the decision to walk in love so that you will fulfill Jesus’ commandment and allow God’s spiritual principles to work in your life? Or have you chosen to operate in your own way of doing things?

Things don’t just happen. Life is a series of decisions that ultimately determine your future. One very important decision every person should make is to be an expression of God’s love on the earth.

There are two laws that govern life: the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, which is love; and the law of sin and death, which is selfishness (Romans 8:2). Like curtains on a curtain rod, your deliverance, answered prayers, healing and faith all hang on the rod of love.

If you are not walking in God’s agape love, then you are limiting what God can do in your life. I encourage you to take the love test by reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. After reading this portion of Scripture, you will know to what extent you have—or have not—yielded your life to love.

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Creflo Dollar: When Is It Okay to Be Angry?

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If you are like most people, you experience moments when you get angry or frustrated about the circumstances of life. Long lines at the grocery store, high gas prices, traffic, bad cell phone reception and disrespect from others are all things that can drive you over the edge if they happen at the wrong time.

I remember one afternoon my wife, Taffi, and I went to the movies. As we were sitting in the theater, I opened my cell phone to see what time it was. Suddenly I felt a hard, sharp tap on my shoulder. I turned around and it was the man sitting behind me, who demanded that I put away my cell phone because the light from the display screen was distracting him from the movie. It wasn’t so much the fact that he asked me to put away my cell phone, it was the way he hit me on my shoulder. I got so angry and I wanted to tell him a thing or two! But I had to remember to walk in love, which caused me to think about the issue of anger.

Usually when someone talks about anger or getting angry, it is talked about in a negative way. When you were growing up, you were probably told that it was a bad thing to get angry. You may have heard scriptures like “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil” (Psalm 37:8), or Ephesians 4:26 which says, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath….” My encounter with the man at the movie theater is an example of how anger can easily move a person out of the will of God. I could have reacted out of anger, but instead I chose to calm my anger and respond to him in love.

Every human being is at some point challenged with feelings of anger. However, can anger ever move you in a direction toward righteousness? Would God ever condone it? Does He ever get angry? I believe the answer to these questions is yes, and that there are times that He does.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word anger as “a strong emotion or belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong.” There is a difference between appropriate and inappropriate anger, and the Bible says that there were some people whose anger was indeed appropriate. When Moses went to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God, the Israelites began having a party and worshipping other gods. By the time Moses came down from the mountain and saw all the chaos, he became so angry that he smashed the tablets into pieces because of their lawlessness. In Mark 11, Jesus became angry when He saw the moneychangers buying and selling in the temple, so He turned over their tables and drove them out.

Any time anger moves you into selfishness and out of the love of God, it is always inappropriate anger. But if you are a Believer, there are things that should anger you. Sin, poverty, lawlessness, debt, injustice and lack of faith are just some of the things that anger God, and they should anger you too. Righteous anger is always designed to motivate you to do something about sin and unrighteousness.

The reason you may not have experienced victory over the enemy in some areas could be because you have had a mild irritation over what he is doing in your life, rather than a form of anger that prompts you to do something to change the situation. When you get angry enough about debt, you’ll do something about it. When you get angry enough about sickness, you’ll do something about it. But as long as you tolerate it, you will stay in bondage.

With so much going on in the world today, there are plenty of justifiable reasons for Believers to be angry. When you allow your anger to move you toward positive action for God, then real change will come about in your life and you will truly leave a mark in the lives of others that cannot be erased.

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