Creflo Dollar Designed for Relationships

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Did you know that God created mankind for the purpose of establishing relationships? Genesis 2:18 says that in the beginning, He created Adam, and decided it was not good for him to be alone. He created Eve, and said she was help that was “meet” for him, meaning she was someone suitable (or proper) for him. Why did Adam need help? He needed help to develop out of self-centeredness. With Eve in his life, God knew Adam would always be challenged to consider someone other than himself.

God established the institution of marriage between Adam and Eve for the purpose of eliminating their “aloneness.” We need companionship for reasons far greater than just satisfying a lonely heart. With Eve by his side, Adam was forced to fight his selfishness. By loving someone else, he would become a better man.
This does not apply only to married people. This applies to every relationship we will ever have as human beings, including our relationship with the Father Himself. Yes, He wants to have a relationship with us! We were designed for relationships. Relationships far exceed having fun times together with friends. God views relationships as covenants.
We all need to learn to establish covenant relationships. We need someone in our lives to help us develop. For example, single people need to establish covenant relationships to help them grow out of selfishness. All relationships are designed to help us mature in unconditional love—the God-kind of love.
God created us in His image; however, we can never totally be like Him with a self-centered mindset. God is love. Therefore His foundation for everything is love, not selfishness. Although it is good for us to love ourselves, it is not good to disregard everyone else in the process! Healthy self-love serves as the foundation for the love we distribute to others. And we cannot truly love ourselves and others without first receiving that God loves us with a relentless, unfailing, everlasting love.

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Creflo Dollar The Unity of God’s Perfect Design

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If asked to describe your nationality, how would you respond? Would you answer, “I’m Black, I’m German, or I’m Hispanic?” Or would you say I’m an American? When asked about their culture most Americans respond by describing how America is a melting pot of races, ethnicities, and cultures freely pursuing the American dream; whatever that is! While most people amplify cultural differences, very rarely do they discuss the common bond that binds us all regardless of our color, culture, or belief system—we’re all Americans.
When we separate cultures in an attempt to define, or set ourselves apart from other races, in essence, we’re subtly operating in a spirit of division; the same spirit which has wreaked havoc on this nation, causing separation, rather than merging the cultures.
In Germany, a person from that country is considered to be German. Likewise, a person from Italy is considered to be Italian. However, when an Italian or German person becomes an American citizen, their cultural distinctions no longer exist—they’re both Americans. The same is true for a born—again Believer. Once you’re born again, you’re part of the household of faith; a brother or sister with anyone who is of the same household. You’re no longer White, Black, Italian, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, or whatever ethnic or religious distinction you formerly embraced. You’re a Christian!
When we discover who we are in Christ, and gain a solid understanding of our covenant with God, we’ll begin to thrive in the unity of God’s perfect design. Otherwise, we will continue to magnify our differences, and a spirit of division will remain in our society, corroding its moral fiber.
Although this topic may appear very insignificant, in my opinion, it emphasizes the importance of our regarding the Scriptures in everything we do. Our forefathers founded this country according to the principles of the Word of God; however, the foundation of our nation has been breached, which is why we’re continuously trying to figure out why division and racism exists.
Although we magnify our differences, the Word says Believers are part of one body. So if there’s no cultural distinction in God’s eyes, why does it exist in ours?

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Creflo Dollar You Are Heaven Ready!

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Is there a distinction between the spirit and the soul? Man is a spirit, he possesses a soul, and he lives in a physical body. You are a spirit being created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Your soul is comprised of your mind, your will, and your emotions (your thinker, your feeler, your chooser). It’s your psychology, your personality. How you view life is right up there in your soul.

First John 4:17, AMP, tells us this: “In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.” As Jesus is in heaven, so are we in this world. That is your true identity. You have to go even beyond your family name and come to the place of recognizing that you are a spirit being, created in God’s image. That’s first base where identity is concerned. You are not your body. You are not your soul. You have to understand and believe that.

We cannot continue to do what the Church has done for decades, probably for centuries. We cannot continue to use spirit and soul interchangeably, as though they are one. This is a big deal! There is a clear distinction between your spirit and your soul. When death takes place, your spirit—the real you—along with your soul, moves out of your body. So when people die on this earth, they’re still alive in either heaven or hell (2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 16:23). Why? You can’t kill a spirit! That’s the part of you that’s just like God! It’s the zoë life of God, eternal life (1 John 5:11).

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Creflo Dollar Developing Trust in God

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Several years ago, I experienced a very interesting situation. I was dealing with a business contractor and became very frustrated because I thought a particular product was going to be turned over to me, but it did not work out that way. Since the product was already paid for, frustration set in and my sleep was disturbed. I became agitated and spent the entire night trying to figure out how I would legally resolve the situation. Not once did I acknowledge the true solution—God and His Word.
The next morning I woke up feeling the same frustration. I began to pray in the Spirit, and God interrupted me. He said, “Why are you allowing this situation to frustrate you and steal your peace?” I told the Lord all about how I thought it wasn’t fair and so forth. He said, “I want to teach you something about trust.”
He began teaching me about trusting Him. Proverbs 3:5, in the Amplified Bible states, “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” I was leaning on my own insight and understanding. Once I placed my trust and confidence in God’s ability to handle the situation, I was no longer frustrated and I received the solution I needed.
I have discovered that some of the greatest manifestations in the Bible came as a result of complete reliance and confidence in God. I have also discovered that many times people believe God, but they don’t trust Him. Actually, I believe they sometimes confuse the two. When we trust God, we rely and depend on Him to work out the situation.

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Creflo Dollar – Emmanuel

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How many of you have ever felt like God was not there—that His presence had deserted you altogether? Some of you may say, “How can God be on my side when I’ve failed Him so many times in my life? How can God be on my side when I’m not quite living right? After all, He’s a holy God.”
Well, I’m going to tell you how God can be on your side. He’s on your side because of what happened on the cross. Because of the blood of Jesus, God has committed Himself to never leave you, nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). A divine exchange took place on the cross. Jesus took our sins and released the presence of God to us so we could take His righteousness and receive the presence of God.

Under the old covenant Law, when people were obedient to God His presence would stay with them; but if they disobeyed God, His presence would depart from them (Numbers 12:9; 1 Samuel 16:14). But under the covenant of grace, it doesn’t work like that. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, it sealed the presence of God in our lives forever (Ephesians 1:13).

God’s presence is ours for eternity. That one statement changed my life. I used to think His presence was conditional—that He was with me when I was doing “good,” but not with me when I wasn’t doing so good. But God is not just with you only when you feel you deserve it. God is with you even when you fail. He’s with you when you’re up and when you’re down. Don’t ever evaluate the presence of God based on your circumstances. Your circumstances don’t dictate whether or not God is going to be with you. There’s no circumstance strong enough to make God leave you! Psalm 118, verse 6 declares, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”

Some of you may be thinking, “If God’s commitment to me is so strong, why does it appear that I’m not benefitting from it? If He’s for me and with me, no matter what, why am I going through certain things?” You have to learn how to take full advantage of His presence. To experience God’s presence, you’re going to have to increase your consciousness of His presence by practicing the presence of God.

So, let’s talk about how to practice God’s presence. You have to begin to train your mind to think about Jesus more. You can choose to think about a problem, or you can choose to think about Jesus. He keeps you in perfect peace when you keep your mind on Him (Isaiah 26:3). When you do this, you’re getting Him involved in your everyday situations in life. You become so consciously aware of Jesus that you’re setting yourself up for Him to show up and perform some things you didn’t expect. When you get in the Word, you’re exposing yourself more to the presence of God. When you attend Bible Study every week, you’re exposing yourself more to the presence of God. Something supernatural happens when you expose yourself to God’s presence. The breakthrough that you’ve been struggling to receive supernaturally begins to occur when you become exposed to the presence of God.

The presence of Jesus is all that we need. Begin to get in a routine of saying, “God is with me.” Anytime fear arises, remind yourself that God is on your side. Even when you don’t feel like He’s there, acknowledge His presence. It’s not possible for Him to leave you, not by any means! He won’t do it! Jesus, Emmanuel, is God with us. Hallelujah!

“And they shall call His name Emmanuel—which, when translated, means, God with us” (Matthew 1:23,AMP).

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assurance you need to excel in life will come because of the presence of the Lord. God is on your side, and if God is for you, no one or nothing can be against you! (Romans 8:31).

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Creflo Dollar Why I Hate Religion

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I’m a preacher, and I hate religion! That’s right. I said it. Why? Religion portrays the image of what it defines as godliness but has no power to back it up. It thrives on the concept of attaining right standing with God through our works while downplaying what Jesus has done for us. Unfortunately, religion has caused many people to actually turn away from God and the promises contained in the Bible. A concentration on religion has been responsible for death, destruction, and strife among people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. It is why denominations cannot get along, and it is what provokes extremists to carry out suicide missions in the name of God. Religion is the counterfeit of having a real relationship with the Lord.
Now, let me make another bold statement: God hates religion too! Jesus used every opportunity to blast the religious leaders of His day for carrying out vain traditions that meant nothing. Just read Matthew Chapter 23, where Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for saying one thing but doing another and for following blindly after rituals and Law-based traditions done only to make them look good. Religion is made up of man’s ideas, interpretations, and prejudices based on selfish desires, attempts to control others, and a stubborn determination to be right. Where is God in that? Religion completely takes God out of the equation and replaces Him with the god of “self” in the form of self-effort, self-righteousness, and self-gratification. True Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Christ. Now, that I love!

Now, more than ever before, people need to hear the truth about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a message of hope, not condemnation; liberty, not religious bondage; grace, not self-reliance. Most of the things we have grown up hearing about God are completely incorrect! We have come to relate to God as an angry taskmaster who is waiting for us to mess up so He can strike us down with a lightning bolt. We have gotten so far away from what Christianity is really about and have presented a picture of God that actually turns people away from wanting to know Him. It is time for us to get back to the simplicity of the Gospel and share the truth about the love and grace of God with the world.

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Creflo Dollar The Purposes of the Law and Grace

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Many times we do not understand the deep plans and purposes of God. Without the divine wisdom to comprehend these spiritual truths, we won’t understand how to operate according to the new covenant of grace. For instance, instead of receiving what Jesus has done for us, we will be confused and try to accomplish what only Jesus can accomplish in our lives. We will try to make Him do something that He has already done. However, when we understand the purposes of the Law and grace, we can fully embrace Jesus Christ and His finished work.
The Law could not accomplish what Jesus did. The Law is perfect, but it can’t make us perfect. It sheds light on our sin, making our sin and trespasses more apparent (Romans 5:20, AMP). The problem with the Law is its perfection. It is so perfect that we cannot keep all of it. And to disobey one of the laws (the Ten Commandments and the 600 plus laws that derived from them) is to disobey them all (James 2:10, AMP). When we believe in Jesus, He gives us right-standing with God that we could not earn on our own.
We needed grace to be free from the bondage that came with trying to fulfill all the Law. John 1:14 states, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” When Jesus came to the earth, He was full of grace and truth. He was and is grace embodied (or personified). He came and delivered people from all types of bondage. He came with sacrificial love and tender mercy. Therefore, the grace of God has a face, and it is the face of Jesus Christ.

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Creflo Dollar Imitating the Father

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How do we imitate the Father? One of the ways we imitate Him is by speaking faith—filled words. An example of this is in Genesis 1:1—5. God saw the Earth dark and void, and instead of complaining about the situation He said, “Let there be light.” He spoke into existence what He wanted to see. He had faith in His words and things obeyed Him. God gave us His creative ability—to speak faith—filled words. The creation story clearly demonstrates how we are to imitate the Father. By doing so, we can change the negative circumstances in our lives.

Another way we imitate God is by patterning ourselves after Jesus, who always imitated the Father. For example, a violent storm came as He and the disciples sailed across a lake. While Jesus slept peacefully, water poured into the boat and the wind beat against it. The disciples panicked, and awoke Jesus. They asked Him, ‘”… do You not care that we are perishing?’” (Mark 4:38, AMP). Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the rain, saying “…Peace, be still.” And suddenly there was a great calm. He spoke faith—filled words that changed the situation, just as God did in the beginning. Jesus asked the disciples, ‘”…Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust?)”‘ (Mark 4:40, AMP).

When I was a child, I was influenced by society. Often I behaved like those I admired, some of whom were people who were not following God. I did not know that by following them I was imitating the world. I later learned that a worldly perspective fosters fear instead of faith.

For years, I lived without knowing the truth. I did not know my true identity in Christ because I did not know God’s Word. But someone introduced me to Jesus, and after making Him my Lord and Savior, I discovered I had been adopted into God’s family. That decision changed my destiny! I eventually learned how to view life from God’s perspective. As a son of God, I desire to be a reflection of Him (Ephesians 5:1).

My question for you is, who are you imitating? Are you following God or the world? If you have decided to follow God, act like Him. Speak like Him. Imitate His character, which is found in His Word.

The Bible is not a history book. It is the manual for life. When you study the Word of God, you develop a personal relationship with the Father. Then, you begin to gain understanding on how to mirror Him. When you imitate the Father, like Jesus, you will make a mark in the lives of others that can never be erased!

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Pastor Creflo Dollar – Relentless Faith

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What does it mean to have “bulldog faith”? It is the kind of faith that is characterized by what I call, “doggonedness.” It is the type of belief that grabs on to the promises of God and refuses to let go. It is relentless. Every Christian is called to live their lives by releasing the faith of God into their situations and circumstances. Everyone will face temptations, trials, and tests, but only those who refuse to let go of what God has said will see the end of their faith. A relentless Christian is the one who gets results in the Kingdom of God.

When you look at that word, relentless, it really denotes a sense of steadfastness, perseverance, and a refusal to give up, cave in, or quit. It simply will not come off the promises of God. It is focused in its pursuit of the final outcome—no matter what it goes through or faces. A person who is relentless is a real soldier where the things of God are concerned and in the way they handle the devil. This person is not easily swayed by what things look like or how they feel. They have locked into the faith of God, and you had better believe manifestation is on its way!

The key to walking in relentless faith is to refuse to entertain unbelief. Faith will not work when you have doubt in your heart. You must stand firm on the promises from God’s Word and reject any thought, suggestion, or inclination that goes against what you believe. The enemy will bring negative thoughts to your mind, but you can override them by knowing and quoting the Scripture.

Jesus gave an important formula for getting your faith to work—every time! He said it is critical to believe you receive what you pray for, when you say it, and do not allow doubt to invade your heart and mind. When you do this, you can move mountains! To be relentless in your faith means fighting doubt and unbelief the moment they come to your mind, filling your heart with the Word of God, and speaking it at every turn with boldness, authority, and consistency. Doing this, creates a pounding spiritual force that blows obstacles out of your way.

To operate in this kind of faith, you must know who you are in Christ. Christians have been made righteous by the blood of Jesus and are no longer under the dominion of sin and the curse. Consequently, you have a right to every covenant promise in God’s Word, including the benefits of faith-based living. In fact, living by faith is a requirement, not an option for those who are a part of God’s Kingdom.

Walking by faith is an adventure that will take you on a treasure hunt through the Word of God. Your faith is your ammunition against Satan and will carry you through tough times. Refuse to give up, even in the face of adversity. When you have relentless, bulldog faith, nothing will be withheld from you!

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Creflo Dollar How Strong Is Your Desire?

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Change begins in your mind, and you have to desire it before it becomes a reality in your life. Napoleon Hill, author of the best—selling book, Think and Grow Rich, said “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” Even when we talk to God about our problems, we must have a true desire to see manifestation. The Bible says, “…What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

In John, Chapter 5, the Bible gives an illustration of how important it is to have a desire to change our circumstances. There was a pool in Jerusalem, called Bethesda, and an angel would visit this pool during a certain season and trouble the water. Whoever stepped into the bubbling water was healed of whatever illness or infirmity he or she had. Many people flocked by the multitudes to this pool to be healed. Some of them were blind, impotent and crippled. These people would wait desperately by the pool for the angel to trouble the water; however, not everyone received their healing. It was their desire to be healed that made the difference.
John 5:5, in The Amplified Bible says, “There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep—seated and lingering disorder for thirty—eight years.” Thirty–eight years is a long time to deal with a deep–seated and lingering disorder. It would be easy to take pity on the man. However, Jesus approached the situation differently. Having real compassion on the man, Jesus didn’t have a pity party with him but instead asked, “…Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] (John 5:6, The Amplified Bible).
What is the deep—seated and lingering disorder in your life? Is it a healing issue? Is it a habit from which you need deliverance? No matter what area of your life is affected by trouble, you must ask yourself today, “Do I really want to get rid of this? Do I really want to be set free from this problem that has haunted me for so long?” Just picture yourself at that pool. What would you say if Jesus asked you, “Do you really want to become well?” In John 5:7, the man replied that there was no one to put him into the pool when the water was troubled. Jesus told the man to get up, pick up his bed and walk. This man instantly became well and his strength was recovered when he took initiative and stepped out on his desire to change his situation.
Understand that excuses won’t get you anywhere. When you make excuses, you postpone your deliverance. Many times, you have to encourage and motivate yourself. You have to stir those desires in your heart and say to the Lord, “Yes, I really want it!” rather than make excuses. Consider these three reasons why people don’t desire to change:
1. They have a fear of change.
When you fear change, you believe you can’t change. You think your efforts are in vain and your endeavors will eventually fail. But in 2 Timothy 1:7, you will discover that God has not given you a spirit of fear. He has given you the power to change your circumstances.
2. They don’t want to admit their weaknesses.
Some people are simply too prideful or too embarrassed to admit they need to change in a certain area. Instead of confronting the issue, they refuse to admit they are weak in an area.
3. They don’t want to unsettle things.
Sometimes you have to shake things up a bit in order to see results. To become successful in life, you must realize it is necessary to come out of your comfort zone and do something different to get a different result.

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