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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Hearing Your Way to Success - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

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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Being A Champion - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

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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Keep The Faith - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

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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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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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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