Creflo Dollar: The Root to a Closed Spirit

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Forgive and forget? Never! That’s how many people feel when it comes to dealing with pain and hurt from the past. As a result, they shut the pain out of their lives by shutting people out, particularly those who have hurt them. But what they don’t realize is that while they are closing the door on people, they are also closing their spirit to God and His blessings for their lives.

The root cause of a closed spirit is unforgiveness. You may be experiencing challenges in this area without being fully aware. Please realize, however, that feelings of neglect, abuse, fear, selfishness and pride can all make you feel as though you can’t or shouldn’t forgive others. But your unforgiveness is actually hurting you more than it is hurting anyone else. Your efforts to build a wall and protect yourself may turn into anger, resentment and bitterness, and these negative emotions will rob you of true joy, leaving you feeling “dis-eased” in your soul and body.

Unforgiveness is a blessing-blocker. It keeps you from receiving the blessings that God has in store for you and prevents you from carrying out His will. Unforgiveness also grieves the Holy Spirit because when you have negative thoughts and emotions in your heart it prevents Him from helping you. The Holy Spirit is your Helper, but He can’t be a blessing to you as long as you continue to hold on to unforgiveness.

When you choose not to forgive someone, it also has serious consequences in eternity. Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” God makes it perfectly clear: If you don’t forgive your brothers or sisters, He can’t forgive you! Think about that for a moment. Imagine how it would feel to arrive at the gates of heaven, only to have God tell you that He can’t forgive you and let you into heaven because of your failure to forgive others. Are you willing to let your unforgiveness toward someone rob you of your place in heaven? Everyone—including you—needs to be forgiven for something. That’s why Jesus died on the cross—to offer total forgiveness for all sin. If Jesus can forgive you for what you have done, then surely you can show forgiveness too.

The Bible tells us that love takes no account of the evil done to it (1 Corinthians 13:5). Make up your mind today to walk in love with all people, even those who have hurt you. Nothing is worth the price of losing your place in heaven or missing your blessings. If you’ve already forgiven, make sure you also forget the offense. And if hurt, resentment and bitterness have caused you to build walls around your heart to block out pain, tear down those walls with the power of forgiveness. By knocking down those walls, you can experience supernatural increase in your relationship with God and with others. You will open your spirit to receive everything that God wants to bless you with!

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Dr. 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: Living Large

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Having an insatiable desire for money or material items is just as ungodly as not being able to control yourself where improper sexual desires are concerned. That’s because lust isn’t limited to fornication, adultery and sexual perversion; it can be present in any area of your life where there is an unquenchable desire for something. When you fail to discipline yourself where your spending is concerned, you can open the door to lust just as you can in any other area.

Whatever you meditate on will dictate your actions. If you constantly give your attention to material items you want to purchase, it will create a desire in you to acquire those items by any means necessary, even if you must spend money you don’t have. It’s not wrong to desire things, but it becomes a problem when getting things begins to dictate your priorities and spending habits.

Making impulsive purchases that you really don’t need or spending money that belongs to God are signs that you may be dealing with lust in the area of spending. Building the kingdom of God and sowing into your local church should be your first priorities. When you take care of God’s business, He will take care of your needs and desires. God says that you rob Him when you spend the tithe and fail to give offerings. A lack of control where your money is concerned will prompt you to do these things. If you let your desire for instant gratification take precedence over the Word of God, it will put you in a position for the enemy to come in and devour your finances (Malachi 3:8-11).

First Corinthians 9:25 says, “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things….” That includes your spending habits. Renewing your mind is the key to experiencing victory over uncontrolled spending. When you renew your mind, you are able to prove what the perfect will of God is, which includes walking in self-control in every area of your life (Romans 12:1-2).

In order to take back the reins over your finances, you’re going to have to establish boundaries. But before you do that, ask yourself why you feel that you just have to have certain items. Is it because you are trying to maintain a certain image? Are you trying to prove something to your friends? Or are you buying things in an attempt to fill an emotional void in your life? Once you identify the root issue to the way you think, find a scripture that applies to your situation. Then confess that scripture daily so that it becomes rooted in your heart and mind, causing your actions to change.

The next step is to set up boundaries and stay within your guidelines. Think of money management in these terms: give, pay bills, save and use what is left for personal expenditures. You must get your priorities in order. When you know you owe money to creditors, don’t spend it on a high-priced item that you can’t afford. And don’t use God’s money for personal purchases when you haven’t paid your tithes and given your offerings.

Reckless spending, debt and financial bondage are not God’s will. He wants you to experience the good life and have more than enough in your bank account. He wants to bless you, but His ability to do that goes hand in hand with your level of stewardship over the resources you already have. Fill your heart with the Word of God and begin declaring your deliverance. Set your boundaries, stick to them and watch God turn your situation around!

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Creflo Dollar: Hearing Your Way to Success

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When S. Truett Cathy opened up the first Chick–fil–A restaurant at an Atlanta, Georgia mall in 1967, he became a pioneer in the fast–food industry, being the first to market the boneless chicken sandwich. However, it wasn’t just savvy marketing strategies that brought Cathy and the Chick–fil–A team to the top. It was his commitment to God by closing his restaurants on Sundays, one of the busiest days of the week in the restaurant industry. In time, Chick–fil–A became one of the largest fast–food chicken restaurant companies in America in spite of its shortened business hours.

If you are like most people, you want to have guaranteed success in life. However, achieving success is a process that requires a great deal of faith to walk in uncharted territory. Just like S. Truett Cathy, God has a plan of ultimate success for your life—if you choose to honor Him and listen to His Word.

When was the last time you allowed God to speak to you about His plans for your success? God is always speaking through His Word and through our circumstances, but sometimes we just don’t take the time to hear the voice that’s behind the Word. What do I mean by that? Behind every sermon you hear and every scripture you read, there is a voice from God that will reveal mysteries and revelation about the path that you should take in life.

Revelation knowledge strengthens you; it equips you and empowers you to have success. It comes freely when you make a decision to seek God wholeheartedly. Something extraordinary happens when revelation invades your life. When Simon got the revelation that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus said to him “…Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17). Simon received the blessing from God because he had revelation in his life.

Growing up, I never really wanted to be a pastor because I had a negative image of preachers. But over time, as I began learning and understanding what it meant to have faith in God, He revealed His vision for me to begin World Changers Ministries. It seemed like a huge task, one that required me to do something out of the ordinary and to step out on faith. As a result, I saw my life transform out of average and into the supernatural power of God.

No one has to remain in the same place if they’ll make a decision to seek God. By praying in the Spirit and reading God’s Word on a daily basis, you allow Him to reveal to you the secrets to obtaining your victory.

Begin to seek the will of God and let Him lead and guide your life. Forget about your career objectives and start seeking God’s kingdom objectives instead. Remember, your breakthrough comes when you hear the voice and obey it. Then there will be nothing that can stop your life from moving into great success.

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Creflo Dollar: Being A Champion

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Have you ever embarked on something you believed you were supposed to do but then stopped once you experienced a little opposition? Giving up may seem like the easiest route to take when difficulties arise, but perseverance will lead to a great victory if you stay focused on your goal. You can be a champion in the midst of challenges.

I recall watching two of the biggest college football rivals, the University of California and Stanford University, play in what is known only as The Big Game in 1982. With four seconds left on the clock in the final quarter of the game and Stanford leading 20—19 over California, it looked like California didn’t have a chance to win. Everyone thought that Stanford had won the game, including their own band, which began to come out on the field to celebrate even though the game hadn’t been officially called by the referees. Yet, the California Golden Bears persevered by plowing through tackle after tackle and then through the opponents’ marching band to score the winning touchdown! If California had allowed the obstacles and marching band to get in the way of reaching their goal, they would never have won the game 25—20 or performed one of the greatest plays in all of sports history.

What obstacles are you allowing to hinder you from pursuing your goals? Better yet, what goals have you set? When a new year begins, most people set goals such as losing weight, starting a business or spending more time with family. Within a few weeks, however, they cave in and quit. But when you have God and the knowledge of the Word inside of you, nothing is impossible for you to accomplish.

It’s time for you to step out of your comfort zone and set goals that you have been too afraid to pursue. Do you want to start your own business, further your education, or get out of debt? After you have thought of a few goals that you want to obtain, write them down. Habakkuk 2:2–3 (AMP) says, “…Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come….”

Once your goals are written out, set a timeline of when you want to reach them, such as one month, three months, six months or a year. Celebrate small steps. For example, if your goal is to lose a certain amount of weight or pay off one of your debts by a particular date and you reach your goal, do something nice for yourself. Don’t worry if you don’t reach a certain goal by the specified time. Just reevaluate the goal, the steps you are taking to reach it, and then set a new target date. Place your list of goals in a place where you’ll be able to see it every day like on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror so you’ll have a constant reminder. Then go after these goals diligently.

The most important tool in obtaining your victory is having confidence in God and in yourself. Think about the football players for the University of California. They could have given up when there were only four seconds left in the game, but they had confidence in themselves that they could win the game, and they did. Now think of how much more you can accomplish knowing that God is on your side!

No matter how things appear, don’t allow circumstances or situations to move you from trusting in God (Psalm 16:8). Your confidence in Him will bring you great reward (Hebrews 10:35) and with diligence, patience and a can–do attitude, you too can be a champion in life!

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Creflo Dollar: Break Free From Depression

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I recently counseled a well–spoken, educated young woman who was once an active, enthusiastic volunteer in the church. She used to be able to light up a room with her vibrant outlook on life, but she was now indecisive, suffered anxiety attacks and had distanced herself from her friends. The vibrant woman I knew had withdrawn from everything that had given her joy. She was depressed.

Depression occurs when external pressures invade your heart and weigh it down with hopelessness. It can affect all of your relationships, but depression is especially damaging to your relationship with God. When you are depressed, you place more attention on your circumstances than you do on God’s Word, and that hinders your ability to hear clearly from Him.

To break free from depression, you must actively work at it. You can’t just put your head in the sand and ignore what you’re going through, and you can’t wish your pain away, either. Depression begins with your thoughts, so it must be defeated in your mind. First, you have to change the way you think. You must believe that God loves you and wants you to enjoy life. Then you can draw closer to God through His Word.

If you are battling depression, the following steps can help you break free:

  1. Fill your heart with the Word. You may not always be in control of your circumstances, but you can control what’s in your heart. Plant God’s Word and His promises in your heart (John 14:1; Proverbs 4:20—23). Depression can’t take root in a heart that is firmly established in the Word.
  2. Speak to your problems, not about them. The more you talk about your problems, the bigger they seem. When you meditate on the Word and believe in your heart that the Word is true, you can speak positive, faith—filled words that can change your situation (Mark 11:23).
  3. Ask God to supply what is missing in your life. Don’t be afraid to ask God for what you need. Take pleasure in spending time with Him, and He will give you what you desire (Psalm 37:4; John 16:24).
  4. Give God praise and thanksgiving. Praise lifts feelings of depression. When you praise God and thank Him for what He has already done for you—especially when you are in the middle of a difficult situation—He will ease your burdens and reward your attitude of gratitude.

God has a great future prepared for you. No matter what you may be going through, He is your way out. If you need support, seek guidance from therapists, pastors, friends or other Believers who will encourage and uplift you. Ultimately, when you draw close to God by filling your heart with His Word, depression will lose its hold on you.

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Creflo Dollar: Keep The Faith

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Evidence is defined as “something that indicates” or “an outward sign.” In a court of law, the evidence you present to a judge can mean the difference between prison and freedom, or in some cases, life and death. In the kingdom of God, the evidence you present to your heavenly Father will determine whether or not you receive from Him the things you desire. When it comes to proving to God that you are ready to receive all that He has predestined for you, faith is the most compelling evidence you can present to Him.

The term faith is sometimes used as if it means “belief” or “hope.” But faith is really much more than either of these words suggest. According to Hebrews 11:1, “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In other words, faith is knowing that the things you hope for are available to you, even when you don’t see any outward signs that they exist. Believers often sincerely “hope” that God will help them—they even pray for hours—but nothing happens without faith. If you don’t understand faith, you won’t know how to operate in God’s system.

Imagine that you need money to pay your car note. You’ve tried several options, but they’ve all failed. Now you’re desperate and you need God to “work a miracle” on your behalf. What are your options? You could cry, feel sorry for yourself and say, “I’m a good person. Why doesn’t God just help me?” If you take this approach, God will see you crying and sympathize with you, but His Word says, “Without faith it is impossible to please him…” (Hebrews 11:6), so your emotional expression is unlikely to change anything.

To get God to act on your behalf, you could choose to pray a traditional “religious” prayer: “Lord, You work in mysterious ways. Please stop by my house, God. Please! Please, Father. Please don’t pass me by….” This is the way many people pray, but this type of prayer doesn’t express faith. It has the form of a prayer, but it lacks the power to produce results. James 1:6 (AMP) says that we must ask in faith without wavering or doubting.

As a Believer, you have the right to receive answers to every one of your prayers. But the key to getting answers is faith. Whenever you pray or call upon God to help you, you must present evidence of your faith. For example, if you want God to show you how to get your car note paid, you have to petition Him correctly: “Father, your Word says that You will supply all of my needs according to Your riches in heaven. I ask you, Father, to show me how to pay my car note. I surrender this problem to you, and I know that it is already resolved. I thank You, Father, for answering my prayer.” A faith–filled prayer that is firmly rooted in God’s Word will get answers!

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, so build your faith by spending time reading and studying the Word. God’s Word (His book of promises) is the evidence you must present to receive the answers you need. His Word is your confession. It is the thing you say to Him in prayer, thereby increasing your faith. Pick up your Bible and find scriptures to match the things you’re petitioning God for. Using His Word assures your response.

When you know what the Word says about the things you are entitled to receive, you can pray for those things and receive the answers you need. You never have to beg, plead or bargain with God to have Him answer your prayers. He is moved by your faith in His Word. Show God your faith, and He will show you His love by pouring out His blessings in your life and fulfilling all of the promises He made in His Word.

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