Creflo Dollar: The Strong, Single Christian

The Strong, Single Christian - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

Being single and remaining true to our Christian faith is no easy task in this day and age. We’re constantly bombarded with messages that we need to get married to be happy. Much of what we see is geared toward couples rather than singles, so it’s no wonder many single people are lonely. But staying rooted in the Word of God keeps the single Christian strong until He sends that special soul mate, best friend, and lifelong partner.

The world can play tricks on the minds of single people, sending subtle messages that say they must have a husband or wife to “complete” them. But Jesus, our perfect role model, was single. He didn’t let His marital status stop Him from enjoying life during His earthly ministry. Jesus carried the fruit of the Spirit with Him everywhere He went, and peace and joy were two important components of that spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22).

Single Christians have the unique ability to focus on God and His plan for their life without being distracted by a spouse. In today’s world, singles can feel like outsiders looking in, but the world’s standards are backward. The apostle Paul had some wise advice on a godly lifestyle. “I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you’re unmarried, you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse, leading to so many more demands on your attention. The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions” (1 Corinthians 7:32-35, MSG).

Getting past the world’s mixed messages aimed at making singles feel bad about themselves is a huge step in the right direction. More importantly, learning to love ourselves the way God loves us leads to higher self-esteem and a greater sense of self-respect. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:14-16).

We’re created in God’s own image! There’s nothing wrong with being single, although the world delivers a different message. God knows what’s on our mind and in our heart, and we can be assured that He didn’t create human beings to live all alone. When we make our prayerful request for Him to intervene and send the person He has chosen for us, He’ll honor the request.

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Creflo Dollar: When Is It Okay to Be Angry?


When Is It Okay to Be Angry? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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