Learn To Withstand Pressure

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

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

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

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

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

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Creflo Dollar: Your Words Have Power!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Blueprint for a Changed Life!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Creflo Dollar: Counseling Anyone?

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Are you and your spouse on the verge of divorce? If so, counseling may be the best option for you at this point. In most cases, counseling is usually the couple’s last resort. However, it may be the most effective option to choose. In fact, counseling can be very effective if both people approach the sessions with an open heart and a determination to honor wedding vows.

If you and your spouse want to go to counseling, I recommend you find a good, credible Christian counselor. However, you must keep in mind that counseling is never a quick fix for marital problems. Actually, things may get more troublesome as you openly address issues that are causing problems in your marriage. But don’t let that scare you. Remaining calm and open-minded will help you to overcome the challenges you may face during counseling. Your counselor will act as a facilitator, assisting you and your spouse in discussions with each other.

Just stay focused on saving your marriage and, most importantly, learn how to show your spouse unconditional love during the process. Don’t allow your emotions to rule, causing you to possibly say or do things you will regret.

In addition, you may consider taking a trip to a Christian bookstore or your local library to find books to help you understand your spouse’s needs. It is always a good idea to honestly evaluate your marriage periodically to clear up any underlying, unresolved issues.

Additionally, it is extremely important that you effectively communicate with each other. Here are two communication strategies you can practice at home:

Mirroring: This strategy involves one partner speaking while the other is listening attentively. When the speaker has finished, his or her partner (the receiver) repeats exactly what was said, and then asks, “Did I get everything you said?” If not, the exercise is repeated. This forces the receiver to listen to the speaker rather than trying to think of a response and missing what is being said. Once the receiver has successfully repeated the speaker, the roles are reversed.
Use a script: If one or both of you find it difficult to speak your mind clearly, it is a good idea to write your thoughts on paper and then recite them aloud to your spouse. This script will help you focus on the issue and clearly relay what is on your mind.

Periodically, during counseling or conversation at home, ask each other these questions:

How are we doing?

How is our communication?

What areas need improvement?

How am I improving in the area of meeting your needs?

Have I been insensitive recently?

These are all practical ways you can demonstrate your decision to operate in unconditional love with your spouse. By making an honest effort, you are making it your business to love your spouse the way God intended you to.

However, if you are considering separation or divorce for more critical reasons, such as physical abuse, verbal threats, or sexual abuse, contact your local domestic violence shelter for free counseling and other emergency services. You do not have to remain in a life-threatening situation, hoping things will get better. Instead, find a safe place to stay and use your time there to think things through. Be sure to seek professional guidance when making plans to remain safe.

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Creflo Dollar: How to choose the Right Mate

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About two years ago, I started a teaching series on relationships. One Sunday during the series, I asked all the single people in our congregation to stand. I was shocked to see that most of the congregation stood up! I thought to myself, Why are so many of them still single? Why aren’t more of these men and women making a connection? These questions prompted me to teach on the subject of choosing a mate.

Enjoy these helpful steps that will help you choose the right “special someone.”

BE INFORMED

During the dating process is the time to find out all the information you need to make an informed decision. Here are some important questions to ask and get answers to while you are dating.

Is This Person a Christian?

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). I would not advise you to marry someone whose beliefs or moral values go against what you believe as a Christian.

You could be setting yourself up for a lot of strange things, and a yoke of bondage. Choose a Christian mate in order to facilitate true harmony in your relationship (2 Corinthians 6:15 AMP).

A woman once said to me, “Pastor, the Lord told me to marry my boyfriend. So I am getting ready to get married.” I said, “Praise the Lord.” The first question I asked her was, “Is he a Christian?” She said, “Well. . . .” I knew right then something was wrong. He was not a Christian, and yet she was saying the Lord told her to marry him. I asked, “Why would God say to do one thing in His written Word and then tell you to do something else in a spoken word?” I basically told her that she had missed God because apparently her thinking was not lining up with His Word. As I continued to talk to her, I found that she was more concerned about having sex than seeking God’s will; therefore she was willing to compromise her values as a Christian.

Please understand, it is not wise to compromise your values to keep someone. Do not be so desperate that you cannot make a wise decision. Always be willing to walk away if you are put in a position where you have to compromise your Christian beliefs.

What Kind of Christian Is Your Choice?

These days it is not enough to simply ask if someone is a Christian. The Bible says a tree is known by the fruit that it bears. What kind of fruit does this person produce? We as Christians should bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23).

Does the Person Have a Commitment to Love and Obey God?

What is this person’s personal history? How does this person acknowledge the Word in his or her personal life? Is he or she a committed Christian?

Are the Two of You Spiritually Compatible?

The Word is spiritual. Therefore, you cannot get an understanding of your spiritual compatibility without first having a good amount of fellowship and communication regarding the Word. Are you compatible where prayer is concerned? Do you both like to pray? Do you pray together? Do you both agree it is important to read the Bible daily and get an understanding of God’s Word? Do you both agree that it is important to meditate on the Word? Do you both agree that it is important to live by the Word?

Do You Agree on the Major Doctrines of the Bible?

It is important to know what the major doctrines of the Bible are so that you can discover if you share the same beliefs. Take time to discuss the doctrines of baptism, the Trinity, righteousness, and faith. These are great topics to discuss on your dates. Resist the urge to get romantic too soon while dating. Instead, engage in lengthy conversations regarding very important issues that will have a positive or negative effect on your relationship. Remember, the brother or sister needs to pass your checklist first!

Be on the lookout for part two of this article. My prayer is that it will empower you for success!

God bless you.

- Creflo Dollar

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Creflo Dollar: True Prosperity vs. False Prosperity

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Some people don’t understand the difference between true prosperity and false prosperity. They believe that in order to be prosperous, a person must have an abundance of money and material goods. While money is a part of the prosperity equation, it is not the whole thing. When we see the word “rich” in the Bible, it refers to wholeness, with nothing missing or broken in your life.

Think of prosperity as a pie with many slices, each one standing for an aspect of God’s promises—healing, money, deliverance, a sound mind, a happy marriage, etc. Satan stole the pieces of the pie when Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, but Jesus came to the earth to restore the prosperity pie. True prosperity is having completeness in every area of your life, from your finances to your relationships with others. It is part of the abundant life that God has designed for every Believer.

False prosperity, on the other hand, is often born out of a need for instant gratification. It is having the appearance of prosperity, without the true substance of it. Society teaches us that it is acceptable to purchase luxury items we can’t afford on credit, buy now and pay later and if it feels good, do it. This mentality promotes reckless spending that while on the outside may cause a person to look prosperous, is really destroying them. Accumulating debt and buying things on credit is not God’s best for your life. He wants you to be a lender and not a borrower because borrowing from others puts you in the position of being the servant of debt. Romans 13:8 says we should owe no man anything but love. When God blesses people with wealth he adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22).

We should want God’s best in every area of our lives, especially our finances. After all, it is His will for our lives. Ecclesiastes 5:19, 20 says “…It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God. People who do this rarely look with sorrow on the past, for God has given them reasons for joy” (The New Living Translation). Part of God’s plan for prosperity means enjoying the fruit of your labor and being able to live a financially sound life.

Many times Believers feel God has left them when they don’t experience financial success but God promises to provide for us in every area. He will prosper you in your finances if you release your faith and stand on His Word.

As in any covenant relationship, you have a part in achieving true prosperity. Your job is to walk in love and pursue your Heavenly Father and His Kingdom first, not money or material things (Matthew 6:33). You must also make the Word of God your final authority in life. In doing so, you position yourself for increase.

The Bible says it is impossible to serve God and money. Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [deceitful riches, money, possessions, or what is trusted in]” (The Amplified Bible). While money makes an excellent servant, it makes a terrible master.

People serve money when their pursuit of it determines every decision they make. This is called materialism; or having a wrong relationship with material things. When you become consumed with thoughts of constantly having more and acquiring more material wealth so that you can indulge it on yourself, or when you get your security from money and material goods, you are serving money. This is wrong.

True prosperity comes from having a solid relationship with the Lord and trusting Him to meet your every need as well as fulfill the desires He places in your heart. He also wants you to have more than enough to share with others. As you walk in obedience to His Word, He will bless you with these things and more. When you are operating in the overflow in every area of your life, you are operating in true prosperity, and are fulfilling His plan for you to be a blessing to others.

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Praise Your Way to a Breakthrough!

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Do you need God to make a way out of no way? The swiftness and surety of your deliverance starts with how you respond to hard times and difficult situations. Hear me when I say that it is not just enough to thank God and honor Him only when you’ve received a blessing. God wants you to show the extent of your faithfulness and trust in Him even in the midst of going through a challenge. The power of your praise will determine the magnitude of your breakthrough.

Praise is not just clapping your hands or applauding God. It is showing respect, honor, and gratefulness using your whole heart, mind, spirit and body despite your circumstances. Paul and Silas didn’t wait until they experienced a breakthrough to praise and thank God. In the midst of difficult circumstances, they praised God and received the breakthrough they desired.

Acts 16:25, 26 (New Living Translation) reveals, “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!”

Paul and Silas praised God even when their backs were bleeding and their feet and hands were in chains. Despite the pain and suffering they were going through, they praised God anyway; and as a result, God shook the very foundations of the prison, setting them free. God will shake the foundation of your prison; your bondage, your problem…if you make a decision to praise and give Him thanks, no matter what.

Praising God should become second–nature for all Believers. “This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord” (Psalm 102:18). We were created to praise God, and it becomes a natural expression of your love for the Father when you spend time in the Word and meditate on His goodness.

When you have a heart for God and you know He loves you, your confidence in His ability to deliver you soars. You know help is on the way and you eagerly anticipate it. First Thessalonians 5:16–18 encourages, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (NLT). God doesn’t tell you to thank Him for negative circumstances; He says to thank Him while you’re in the midst of them. Doing this shows that you trust Him to bring you out.

The storms of life are going to come; but don’t let them disturb your peace and affect your thoughts and emotions. This will only move you into self–pity and frustration. Instead, maintain an attitude of praise.

Your first line of defense is the Word of God. Meditate on it and give it life by speaking it over your circumstances. If you need healing meditate on scriptures that reveal God’s ability to heal. Receive that Word in your spirit and begin praising God for your healing.

The Word of God declares, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4–7, NIV).

When you are in a situation and there seems to be no way out, open your mouth and praise the Lord–and don’t stop. Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God.

When your deliverance comes, continue to praise Him because He has more in store for you. Thank Him for breakthrough in your home, on your job and with your children. Through your authority in Jesus, place a demand on your breakthrough and watch God show up in your life in ways you would have never imagined.

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Building the Foundation of Prayer

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I am a firm believer the reason many Christians do not experience victory is because they lack an important foundational key to success—prayer. Contrary to common religious beliefs, prayer is not pleading with God or bargaining with Him to act on your behalf. Neither is it characterized by a lot of “spiritual” sounding clichés that do not line up with the Word. Prayer is simply communicating with God by speaking His Word to Him in faith. When you pray this way, results are inevitable. Hebrews 4:12 clearly describes the power of the Word. It says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Verse 14 encourages Believers to “hold fast to our profession.” In other words, do not stop speaking God’s Word, because it is power—packed! When you pray the Word, believing you have already received what you are praying for, God has no choice but to answer your prayers. He honors His Word, not your emotions.

Prayer should produce rest, and peace of mind. Many people pray fear—based prayers and hope they are getting through to God, but they really do not have confidence in what they are praying. The Bible says when you believe the Word, you will enter into a state of rest.

The integrity of the Word speaks for itself and will never fail. By allowing the Word to be the foundation of your prayer life, your confidence in your prayers will soar to new heights. When you know in your “knower” that Scripture is infallible, you will have no doubt what God says is true and you already possess it. Begin to pray the solution to your problems first, rather than bombard Heaven with desperate pleas.

Every failure in life is a prayer failure. That means either you did not know how to effectively pray, or you simply have not placed prayer high enough on your list of priorities. God has already done everything He is going to do; the work has already been completed. Your job is to pray faith—filled prayers based on His Word and expect to receive results. Make no mistake about it, prayer is absolutely essential to your walking in the manifestation of God’s promises. It is fundamental to getting results as a Christian.

As you spend time with God in prayer, you will begin to recognize His voice more clearly. He hears your prayers and desires to direct you at every turn. A developed prayer life will make it easier for Him to guide you.

When you make the Word of God the foundation of your prayer life, you are guaranteed victory. Do not let religion or tradition blind you to the truth of what prayer really is. Your future depends on it!

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Creflo Dollar: Victory over Sin through Grace

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The most amazing thing about becoming born again is that something miraculous happens to our spirits. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior, we literally receive a new spiritual nature. God takes away our sin nature that once controlled us and places His nature on the inside of us. As a result, sin can no longer control us like it did when we were unsaved because His spirit now lives inside of us. This phenomenon is only possible through God’s grace. It is through that grace that we are empowered to overcome sin. We must, however, cooperate with His grace by obeying His Word, otherwise we cause ourselves to remain in bondage to sin when we have been set free from it. When we understand the grace of God, we are empowered to be winners in life.

Keep in mind that grace is not a cover up for sin. Grace actually helps us overcome sin when we resist it. God will never require something of us without giving us the tools to carry it out. Titus 2:11, 12, in The Amplified Bible, says: “For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world.” God wants us to live godly lives in the midst of an ungodly world, and He has equipped us to do so.

Salvation through Jesus Christ is a true manifestation of God’s love for us. He predestinated us to have His inward nature and character (Romans 8:29, AMP). Before we were even born, God had already decided to allow us to partake of His divine nature. Therefore, sin’s dominion over us has ultimately been destroyed. Through the empowerment of His grace, sin has lost its power forever. As free moral agents, we can decide whether we will allow sin (or our old sin nature and its tendencies) to govern our lives.

Remember that before we were born again we actually possessed the nature of Satan, and it wasn’t because of something we did or didn’t do. Just by virtue of being born into this earth, we were born into sin because of Adam’s disobedience thousands of years ago. As sinners, our lives were governed by sin because it was in our nature. As a result, we led sinful lifestyles, without any conviction or sense of wrongdoing. However, once we accepted Christ, our spirits were recreated and infused with the life of God.

Getting saved does not mean that we no longer have a part to play in experiencing the benefits of salvation in our everyday lives. Our souls (the mind, will, and emotions) did not get born again at the point of receiving Jesus into our hearts. We must make a decision to renew our minds on a daily basis so that our behavior begins to line up with our new nature (Romans 12:1, 2). This is the only way we can begin to actually live the way God intends for us to live. When we renew our minds, we enable the grace of God to do its work in our lives.

Many Christians are being held captive by their own ignorance. They suffer defeats in life because they do not truly know God and the power of His grace to set them free from sinful behavior. These Believers don’t realize that they have a choice in the matter, and they don’t have to sin! They can be free of the bondage that comes from sin, rather than remain in it. With the knowledge of God’s grace, we can resist the urge to sin and overcome every temptation. As a result, God’s grace supports and empowers our decision to turn away from the things that once held us captive. This helps us to remain free, even when we are tempted to do wrong.

The Word of God works like a seed, because a seed contains within it the nature of its parent. Likewise, the Word of God contains within it the power of God. When we plant the seed of God’s Word in our hearts by reading, meditating, and acting on it, we position ourselves to receive the benefits of God’s grace, and release the empowerment necessary to have complete and total victory over sin, every day of our lives.

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Creflo Dollar: The Wonder Years

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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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