Creflo Dollar: Get God Involved

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Get God Involved - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

Have you ever heard someone say, “Everything is going to be okay because God is in control?” Religious clichés such as this one sound great, but aren’t necessarily true if you don’t know the formula for getting God involved in certain situations. While God is sovereign, He needs the body of Christ to release His power through their words in order to change circumstances. By releasing the hand of God through prayer, you give Him liberty to start rearranging things.

Your authority as a Believer is in your mouth. God has always used His Word to bring about change in the earth. In 2 Chronicles 7:14,15 (The Amplified Bible) He says, “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.” The nation of Israel needed healing. There were issues that needed to be dealt with, but God needed the people to call on Him.

Verse 15 says that God’s ears are attentive to the prayers that are offered to Him. When you seek God in prayer and invite Him into your situation, He will go to work on your behalf to do what needs to be done. Whether it relates to government, those in authority, current events that affect people on a global scale or your personal situation, you have the right to employ God’s supernatural power.

Please understand that God wants to get involved! He is not some impersonal being who may or may not answer prayer depending on how He feels. No, He is eager to help! But you have to do your part. In Isaiah 45:11 He says, “…Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.” Many people have never read that scripture before, and never knew they could actually command God to do anything. But when it concerns His children, or the “work of His hands,” He instructs us to command Him.

To command God simply means to commission, or assign Him to a particular situation. For example, you may have a family member who is suffering from a disease, or the enemy may be trying to attack you in some other area of your life such as your finances or your marriage. As a Christian, you have authority over Satan through the name and the blood of Jesus. You also have the right to commission God to release Himself into whatever situation you are facing right now.

As you meditate on these truths, your confidence in your authority will begin to increase and you’ll find yourself refusing to tolerate any kind of harassment from the devil. You don’t have to tolerate any situation with which he tries to oppress you. Instead of getting frustrated, release God’s hand into the situation in faith and watch things turn around.

The same is true when it comes to issues that are occurring on an international level. Jesus said that in the Last Days, wars and rumors of wars would abound, natural disasters would increase and trouble would be on the rise. The good news is that the body of Christ doesn’t have to sit back and become subject to any of these things. Pray, seek God and release His hand over your city, state and country; over your schools and over every issue that doesn’t line up with the Word of God. As Believers begin using their God–given authority to bring about change in the earth, the world will have no choice but to acknowledge God and turn to Him.

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Dr. Creflo Dollar: The Wonder Years

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The Wonder Years - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Dr. Creflo Dollar

Jesus’ ministry—the most dynamic and revolutionary outreach ever known to humanity—spanned a total of three and a half years. What caused His ministry to be extraordinarily life–changing in such a short span of time? Some say it was because He was God incarnate. However, Jesus did not come to earth functioning as God. He was born and lived His life on this planet as a man who operated in the power of God (Philippians 2:6–8, AMP).

Luke 3:21–22 says that after Jesus’ baptism, “…the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” In essence God was saying to Jesus, “I know You are a man, but now I am empowering You to act as My Son.” Had Jesus already been functioning as God, there would not have been a need for the Holy Spirit to come on Him. God had to anoint Jesus in His humanity.

For 30 years, Jesus grew into the knowledge of the written Word. Once the process was complete, He received power from heaven—the power to perform signs and wonders. Prior to this, He had not performed any miracles. Ironically, Jesus’ first miracle wasn’t walking on water or feeding thousands of people; instead, it was the “small thing” of turning water into wine at a wedding celebration (John 2:1–11).

Other miracles soon followed. Matthew 4:23 says, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” The Gospel of Mark mentions miracles of healing performed in the lives of lepers, epileptics and those possessed by demons (Mark 5:1–20; Mark 5:21–42). Jesus also raised people from the dead. As a matter of fact, one of the most memorable miracles is the one performed in Bethany when He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:17–44). Four days had passed since Lazarus’ death; however, when the burden–removing, yoke–destroying power of God showed up, the grave couldn’t hold him!

If you are born again, the same anointing on Jesus’ life is available to you. You have the power to cast out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead (John 14:12). However, to operate as He did, you must do the same things Jesus did when He was on earth.

Jesus’ “wonder years” can be attributed to two things: the anointing on His life and His commitment to spending time in the presence of God. If you do not spend time with God and His Word, you will never see signs and wonders take place in your life. Jesus said, “…I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things” (John 8:28). When did the Father teach Him? When He spent time in the Father’s presence.

Jesus’ life is evidence of what happens when a person is continually connected to God’s presence. Jesus is your example. By following Him, you will begin to experience your own “wonder years!”

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Creflo Dollar: Confidence In Prayer

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Confidence In Prayer - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

Are you tired of praying and not getting results in your prayer life? If so, you probably need to examine your confidence level in this area. A lack of confidence in prayer simply comes from not knowing God’s Word. Too many Christians pray emotional, fear–based prayers, hoping that they get through to God. However, He does not respond to emotionalism; He responds to His Word. To pray apart from the Word of God won’t get results. But when you have confidence in the Word and say to God what He has already spoken, your life will change forever.

It is critical for you to first find out what God has said in the Bible about your situation in order to effectively pray about it. For example, if you need healing, instead of begging God to heal you, begin to confess 1 Peter 2:24 which declares that you have already been healed by the stripes of Jesus. If it is financial prosperity that you need to become a reality in your life, find scriptures on wealth and declare them in faith. Your first step in prayer is to discover the promises of God in the Bible. Then you can release your faith by saying them in your prayer time.

Jesus walked in the most powerful ministry ever known to man because He practiced the presence of God and had a strong prayer life. The scripture says that He often took time away from other people to pray and spend time with the Father (Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:18). This was one of the keys to His ability to perform miracles and do other great works. He had total confidence in His Father because He spent time with Him in prayer. He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that He could never fail because of His confidence in God’s Word.

Just like Jesus, your prayer life must be activated by faith, which is a practical expression of your confidence in God and His Word; and your confidence comes by spending time in meditating on the scriptures. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Simply repeating the scriptures is not enough. The key to success in your prayer life is meditation.

To meditate the Word is to ponder, mutter or consider it in your mind until you have gotten revelation out of it. When you discover the deeper meaning behind a scripture, and God speaks to you personally about it, you have the ammunition you need to take that scripture with you in your prayer time and boldly release your faith when you confess it.

As Believers, we are to follow Jesus’ example. His life is evidence of what happens when a person is continually connected to God’s presence and lives a life of meditation. When you do, your confidence will be bolstered and you will begin to experience supernatural results every time you pray.

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Creflo Dollar: Knowing Who You Are

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Knowing Who You Are - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

It is amazing to watch the development of a child’s relationship with his parents. At an early age, the child mimics his parents’ every move. He says the same things his parents say and does the same things his parents do. In other words, he becomes a mini version of his parents. But as he grows older, things may begin to change. Outside influences such as television, popular music and pressure from his friends can alter his way of thinking.

Conflicts arise when a child begins to distance himself from his parents’ values and way of thinking. Sometimes, a child’s thinking can move so far out of alignment with his parents’ that it’s difficult to imagine that he and his parents are related. This is true with many Christians today. They proudly wear the title of Christian, but their thinking doesn’t line up with the Word. Nothing that they say or do bears any resemblance to their heavenly Father.

As a born–again Believer, you should look exactly like God. You should think, speak and act like Him. In fact, you should be so much like your Father that people can’t tell you apart! When you act and speak like God, you are walking in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit is not about adopting insincere gestures of piousness, such as jerking while you pray or refusing to work on the Sabbath. Rather, walking in the Spirit is an act of faith that begins with the Word. It is walking in the righteousness of God and walking in holiness. Walking in the Spirit is aligning your thinking with God and what He says in His Word.

In order to agree with God’s Word, you must first know His Word. Contrary to what you may have learned in the past, the Bible is not a book of restrictions designed to hinder your pursuit of happiness. Instead, it is a manual for transformation. You don’t read the scriptures just to learn what not to do; you read the Bible to transform your thinking so that it lines up with God’s thinking.

To determine whether or not you are walking in the Spirit, examine your thoughts. Basically, your thoughts are a reflection of what you know. The question is, what do you know? Do you know what the world says, or do you know what the Word says? When it comes to your finances, for example, do you know what the world says about making money, or do you know what God says—that He has given you the power to obtain wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18)? When it comes to your health, are you convinced of a doctor’s diagnosis of sickness, or are you confident that by Jesus’ stripes you have already been healed (Isaiah 53:5)? What do you know?

When you walk in the Spirit, you can defeat any fleshy thought that enters your mind (Galatians 5:16). As you continue to read the Word and adopt God’s thoughts as your own, you’ll begin to resemble your heavenly Father—you’ll be a mini version of God!

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No Self-Condemnation: God Knows Your Heart

 

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Are you quick to forgive someone who has wronged you and move forward without ever revisiting the experience? If you can easily look past another’s faults and shortcomings, surely you can do the same for yourself. Often when we have missed the mark, we forget that the same forgiveness that we afford others is available to us as well. God wants to forgive you the same way He would any other person who earnestly seeks his face. He doesn’t want you to condemn yourself and revisit the situation, the act, the mistake or sin, ever again.

Regardless of the sin, when you sincerely repent in your heart and turn away from those things that displease God, He is faithful to forgive you. He has already promised you forgiveness because of the blood of Jesus Christ. If you believe you are forgiven, don’t carry around the guilt of your past mistakes. That’s self-condemnation and God has set you free from it.

The key to maintaining your freedom from condemnation is understanding the righteousness of God. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior by faith, you are made righteous and are in right-standing with the Father (Romans 3:22). This simply means that you have a right to come boldly to God’s throne of grace and receive forgiveness of your sins, get answers to your prayers and experience freedom from sin.

When you know that you are righteous in God’s eyes through the blood of Jesus, you will begin to see yourself differently. You will no longer carry around a sin-consciousness; instead, you will walk with your head up, knowing that God is looking at you through His Son Jesus. This is by no means an excuse to continue to sin. It is the way out of sin and the guilt and condemnation that comes with it.

The way Jesus pardoned the woman in the Bible who was caught in the act of adultery, and was publicly persecuted (John 8:1-11), is an example of the power of God’s forgiveness. Jesus released her from her sin and told her to turn from her sinful lifestyle. He didn’t condemn her, but loved her instead. Like that woman, you have access to God’s love and forgiveness when you confess your sin and turn away from it. He loves you enough to say, “No matter what you’ve done, you’ve come to Me, I know your heart and I forgive you. Now, let’s not talk about this again.”

If you’ve missed the mark, don’t punish yourself with self-condemnation, which is from the enemy. Worrying and becoming frustrated with yourself are negative behaviors that don’t reflect the thoughts of God. He doesn’t want you to live this way. Once you’ve received forgiveness, there’s no need to worry about what others may say about you. God’s love brings restoration.

Rest assured that God desires each and every one of His children to have peace of mind, a pure heart and freedom from condemnation. The wisdom found in His Word will help you gain the confidence you need to keep moving forward when you make mistakes.

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Using Wisdom with Words

Words have the potential to hurt. Whether consciously or not, we all at one time have hurt or offended someone with our words. Whether at your workplace, conversations between close friends or simple exchanges with the cashier at the grocery store, each interaction has the potential to make or break a person’s spirit. As Christians, we have the responsibility to speak with wisdom and understand the value of our words.

God cares about everyone, and it is important to be mindful of what we say to others. Walking in love and considering another person’s feelings before speaking are vital to the spiritual growth and maturity of a Christian. You can avoid offending others when you use wisdom with your words and operate in love at all times.

Even if the interaction seems insignificant, it can still have an impact on another person. Whether you are a husband who is not using discretion when verbally expressing distaste for the dinner your wife prepared, or you are a manager brushing past a coworker while giving a thoughtless greeting. Everyone we come in contact with is a potential recipient of the negative or positive emotions we possess at that given time.

It is important to check your motives and think before you speak. Are the words you speak coming from a heart of love, or one of selfishness? Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” No matter what it is you are attempting to communicate, getting your point across starts with choosing your words wisely. Your words have the potential to either give life or cause something to die in another person, so use wisdom. Moreover, be certain that you speak without malice and without intending to invoke anger or negative emotions in another person. In essence, positive and effective communication with those you come in contact starts with you!

Allowing your emotions to rule your verbal responses is the ticket to provoking offense in others. Anger and frustration is not an excuse for speaking negatively to someone. Especially when you know that your words could hurt the other person. The Bible says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19). If you are in a tense or frustrating situation, take a moment to listen before responding. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep your emotions in check.

When you have the love of God and His Word on the inside of you, it will show through in your attitude and behavior toward others, particularly in your words. Meditate on the Word so that when you face challenging situations with others, you can rely on the Spirit of God to guide your speaking and help you with your choice of words. That way, you have every opportunity to exemplify the kind of responses and love walk that please Him.

I encourage you to communicate in love and watch the change it will make in your relationships! You’re not without assistance. God is there to help you master your words and make the most of your conversations with others.

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Repeat Offenders: Breaking the Sin Cycle

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While it is true that every human being is born into sin because of Adam’s treason in the Garden of Eden, once a person becomes born again, sin doesn’t have to rule his or her life. Christians have a choice to either obey the Word of God or yield to the temptations of the enemy. By accepting Jesus as Lord and personal Savior, we are translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into God’s kingdom. To remain in bondage to sin would be like sitting in a jail cell with an opened door. When we realize that sin is a choice and use the Word as a weapon against the enemy, we can break the sin cycle forever.

There will be many temptations in life. You may feel vulnerable at times, but one of the greatest benefits of salvation is the fact that through Christ, you are saved from sin and its eternal effects. Sin is a curse, a hindrance to God’s blessings and the very obstacle that adds to and often causes the difficulties of life. Rather than subscribing to the belief that you “just can’t help it,” accept that you can! Whether or not you sin is based on the daily, conscious decisions that you make to obey or disobey God and His Word.

While it is possible to live a virtually sin-free life by focusing on the Word and practicing the presence of God, there will be times when you miss the mark. The temptation to sin does not magically disappear when you accept Jesus. Believers of all spiritual levels still have to deal with the temptations and suggestions of the devil and make a choice. You have authority over Satan, and when you are born again, you have a responsibility to uphold the Word of God. In doing so, you prove the Word and the promises of God to be true and you can defeat the enemy when he comes to tempt you.

Strive at all times to live in a way that is pleasing to God. He holds you accountable for your actions. Jesus said, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin [would be blameless]; but now they have no excuse for their sin” (John 15:22, The Amplified Bible). Once you know the truth, sin becomes a matter of personal choice. You demonstrate your faith and respect for God by exercising your willingness to choose His way of doing things over your own.

God is a loving Father and He has made provision to forgive you of every sin or mistake. First John 1:9 says that if you confess your sin, He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. If you are born again, you can be forgiven as often as you ask. Yes, at times you will make decisions that fall short of the standards God has set in His Word but don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead, exercise your right to be free from sin through repentance and forgiveness, and immediately begin renewing your mind so that you can make the right choices. Remember, no one just “falls” into sin without first thinking about it.

Being honest and admitting your shortcomings are the first steps on the road to freedom from the sin that binds you. God can’t do anything for you if you are in denial about behavior that opposes His Word. If you gossip, lie or are involved in other forms of sin, admit that you have a problem and ask God to help you. Get in the Word of God and renew your mind in the area in which you have challenges. Confess your sin and move on. “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Romans 10:10, The New International Version).

The Word is your divine resource to combat sin. It is the source of answers to all of life’s problems; there is nothing that you face that the Word does not cover. Life is a test. The enemy will use sin to try and distract you from God’s plan, but you can break the sin cycle today. When you know who you are in Christ Jesus, and use the Word as your weapon against him, you will be spiritually prepared for any attack.

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