Thanksgiving: A Key to Abundance, by: Creflo Dollar

Thanksgiving: A Key to Abundance - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

What would you do with more money than you could possibly spend in your lifetime? Even if you didn’t want the money for yourself, what would you do for others if you had the means? Would you buy houses and other assets for your parents and siblings? Maybe you would donate money toward finding a cure for cancer or feeding hungry children around the globe. Naturally, you would take care of your own debts and expenses, but after that, would you try to help others? Some people say they don’t need millions of dollars, but consider this: The New York Times reported that Bill Gates has contributed $25 million toward an AIDS vaccine, $50 million to fight malaria and $1 billion toward scholarships for minority students.

1. Living a lifestyle of thanksgiving will position you to receive the same kind of abundance.

Having an excess of money and resources is particularly convenient when disaster strikes. After Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast in August, for example, Oprah Winfrey immediately launched a Web site featuring a gift registry, where millions of people purchased furniture, made donations and even bought houses for Katrina victims. In addition, Oprah wrote a personal check for $10 million

2 . Not everyone will be a media mogul, but all people have the potential to maximize their gifts and achieve some degree of success and wealth. Would you prefer to remain average, only considering your own goals and dreams, or become extraordinary—the kind of person who touches lives at every opportunity?

Your happiness, health and wealth are important to God. Think about your life for a minute. What would you change? What, if anything, is missing? Is it peace of mind? Maybe you haven’t been truly happy in quite some time. Do you desire love and companionship? Are there certain health challenges that you wish didn’t exist? Prosperity is God’s promise to solve every problem in your life. That’s how much He loves you. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

When someone says, “God loves you,” it’s not an exaggeration or a cliché. He cares about everything—even the smallest details of your life. He has a plan to make sure you receive more than enough of everything you need and desire so that you’ll be satisfied and able to help others. As we give thanks this holiday season, many of us are believing God for the overflow in every area of our lives, especially in our finances. But if we don’t praise God for what we have, we shouldn’t expect to receive more!

Your attitude determines your progress. Be thankful for all the ways God has blessed you. Once you show gratitude for what you already have, God gives more! There is a specific path that leads to your abundance, and your assignment in life is to discover that path and stay on it. You must choose between living a mediocre life that is marked by constant struggles and inadequacy, and a lavish life with more than enough health, happiness, joy, success, fulfillment and yes, even money.

Close your eyes and picture your future. If you see yourself lonely, sick or slaving over work that you hate while barely making ends meet, then your life is headed in the wrong direction. Your vision for the future should match God’s plan for you—He’s already made preparations for your complete satisfaction and fulfillment. Today, you can begin to pursue the love, wealth, enjoyment and empowerment you deserve by adjusting your attitude and embracing God’s promises on prosperity. Your future is worth the effort it takes to change the way you think. Every day, begin to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. God will reward you for it!

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Creflo Dollar: Go Out With A Bang

Go Out With A Bang - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

Weight loss! Debt freedom! Attitude adjustments! Each New Year compels you to renovate your life in exciting new ways. But before you unveil a long list of new resolutions, take the end of this year to assess the progress you’ve made toward fulfilling your old ones. Learning where you may have slacked off will give you the knowledge you need to decide what to revisit in the future.

Self–evaluation is probably the most beneficial step you can take to improve the condition of your life. Until you honestly look at the areas that need improvement, you will make no progress. Take a personal inventory of previous goals you have set for yourself. Have you accomplished or come close to accomplishing them? Did you procrastinate, choosing instead to engage in discussions and planning with little to no action? If you seldom get around to following through on things, make a decision to change—and stick to it. In the areas where you did make progress, invest the time for some positive reinforcement and celebrate your accomplishments! Treat yourself to something special and thank God for helping you to advance toward your goals.

  1. Once you’ve assessed your current status, you’re ready to reset your goals. Ask the Lord to direct you in setting realistic checkpoints. Following are some keys to assist you in your journey in the upcoming year:
  2. Identify and write down your goals (Habakkuk 2:2–3). List long–term goals, then decide on short–term, or “mini,” goals for your checkpoints.
  3. Create a plan of action that enables you to move toward your goals. Give yourself rewards for reaching them.
  4. Gather the necessary resources and materials that you may need. Educate yourself about what it takes to get the job done (Hosea 4:6).
  5. Set a time frame in which to complete them.
  6. Make a genuine effort each day to do something that will bring you closer to realizing your goals.

Organization is another important key to successfully fulfilling what you desire to accomplish. You may want to invest in a daily or monthly planner to help keep yourself on task in certain areas. Write everything down and document your progress. And don’t get discouraged if you miss a checkpoint—they’re meant as points to check your progress! Instead, reevaluate your plan of action and use the experience and knowledge you’ve gained to spur you on to greater heights.

Whether your goals include maintaining a healthier and more fit body, getting your finances in order or taking up a new hobby or interest, make sure you are diligent and put your heart into your endeavors. Stay focused on the desired outcome—success and increase—so that by the time the next New Year’s Eve rolls around, you’ll have a reason to celebrate!

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Creflo Dollar: Spiritual Farming

Spiritual Farming - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

I don’t know if you are familiar with farming, but the same principles farmers use to yield a bountiful harvest of vegetables or fruit are the same ones that Believers are supposed to use to experience the harvest of God’s blessings in their lives. Any farmer must first put seed in the ground before he can harvest his crop. Then, there is a waiting period in which he must be patient. During that time, he must watch over his crop to make sure it is properly watered and cared for, making sure that his field or garden is protected from animals or pests that may try to eat his goods! God’s system of operation is identical to natural farming in that it also operates by seed time and harvest. Christians are the spiritual “farmers” who must diligently plant seeds and exert effort to harvest their blessings.

In Mark 4:26–27 Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to seed–sowing: “And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.” Please understand, farming isn’t for the lazy person; it takes work! But even when you can’t see anything happening, have faith that your seed is growing and will produce a harvest in due season.

The first thing you must do in God’s spiritual farming system is plant the incorruptible seed of His Word in your heart. You do this by finding scriptures that pertain to your needs or desires and meditating on them constantly. By speaking them aloud over and over again, you release your faith until it becomes real to you. It won’t be long before you can see yourself walking in the blessing. Don’t get me wrong, just like any natural farmer, there will be times when you won’t feel like planting any seed. But keep speaking the Word until you are established in the promise. The more seed you have in the ground of your heart, the bigger your harvest will be.

It is also important that you protect your harvest from the “pests” of doubt, fear and unbelief. Satan will try to steal your harvest by sending contradictory circumstances and situations your way. He does this to try and keep you from standing firm on your faith, but don’t be swayed by his attempts. These are the times when you will need to dig your heels in and keep speaking the Word and praising God for your harvest.

Your words connect you to the blessings of God, so whatever you do, don’t speak negative words. Doing so could cost you your harvest. Never allow doubt and fear to enter your heart. This may mean separating yourself from people who don’t speak faith around you. Only listen to words that support what you are believing God for.

Be sure to keep your faith boosted by constantly feeding your spirit the Word. Not only does this contribute to your “planting,” but it also helps keep you in a position to continue believing God. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. In addition to speaking the Word yourself, listen to tapes and other resources to keep your faith bolstered. The more faith you release out of your mouth, the more faith you will need to put back into your spirit, so don’t slack off on your intake of the Word.

Don’t forget to protect your seed until you see the manifestation of the harvest. Do this by praising and thanking God while you wait. Even when you don’t see anything, don’t worry! Your seed is taking root and growing. Thank God for His promises coming to pass in your life before you see them. This creates an atmosphere of victory that will scare the devil and his buzzards off! He can’t stand it when you praise God.

You will instinctively know when your harvest time has come. It may take six months, or even six years. Regardless of the time frame, don’t get weary and remember that God is faithful to perform what He promised in His Word. Anything of value is worth waiting for and putting forth the effort to see become a reality. Don’t give up during your season of waiting; continue to operate the spiritual farming principles that God has set up for you in His kingdom. It won’t be long before your seed grows up into a mighty harvest that will bless you and all those who cross your path!

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Creflo Dollar: The Battle for Your Garden

The Battle for Your Garden - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

There is a very real spiritual battle that is going on in the life of every Christian and it revolves around your spiritual “garden,” which is the ground of your heart. The enemy is constantly seeking to overtake Believers’ lives by planting the wrong kinds of seeds within them. He does this through thought injections that are designed to create wrong images in their minds. As a soldier in the army of the Lord, it is your responsibility to vigilantly guard your heart and mind with the Word of God. This will keep the weeds out of your garden and ensure that the seed of God’s Word grows up in your life to produce an abundant harvest.

Every day, Christians are barraged with images, words and suggestions that try to sway them away from the truth of God’s Word. Whether it is a news report that glorifies the work of the enemy, an ungodly television show or even a billboard that promotes an ungodly lifestyle, there is no escaping the fact that we live in an environment that is determined to plant the wrong seeds in us. But God has given us His bag of seed that we must plant in our hearts. It will grow healing, deliverance, financial wealth, joy, peace, happiness and all kinds of promises from God.

The key to making sure your garden stays “weed—free” is to guard it. You must continually keep scriptures before your eyes, in your ears and coming out of your mouth. Satan is on a mission to try and dominate your life and all he does to accomplish his goal is get you thinking about his suggestions. Though they may sound good, don’t take the bait.

It is critical that you become a custodian over your thought life and refuse to accept the enticement of the devil. Adam and Eve fell prey to his schemes in the Garden of Eden because they failed to guard what God had entrusted to them. Satan showed up in the form of a serpent and made a suggestion to Eve. His question, “Hath God said…?” planted a seed of doubt in her mind as to the validity of God’s instructions to her and her husband. Although God had already told them that if they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they would surely die, Satan challenged God’s Word. Isn’t that what he is doing today in the lives of Christians? God has said one thing, and he comes with a contradictory statement to try and get us to doubt or question whether or not God’s way is best.

Unfortunately, Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptation of the devil. Once they “took” his thought injection, they began to be moved by their emotion, noticing that the fruit looked good and appealed to their hunger cravings at the time. Their feelings led them to act in a way that separated them from their connection and fellowship with God. Their decision to disobey ushered a curse into the earth. They allowed the devil to pollute their garden simply by accepting his thoughts.

You may be wondering how you can avoid being infected by the enemy’s thoughts. Although you may not be able to stop the thoughts from coming, you don’t have to accept them when they come. The Bible gives clear instructions on how to handle ungodly thoughts when they show up. Second Corinthians 10:4,5 says, “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” Your weapon against negative thoughts is the Word of God! When those suggestions come to your mind, open your mouth and confess God’s promises in faith. This is what it means to capture your thoughts and cast them down. There is no thought or imagination that can stand against the Word. It is the final authority in your life.

Don’t ever get slack where guarding your heart is concerned for the issues of your life flow out of it (Proverbs 4:23). Be a good custodian over your thought life and feed your spirit the Word of God on a continual basis. When you do, you will protect your garden and see the promises of God become a reality in your life.

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Creflo Dollar: Can You Relate?

Can You Relate? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

Many times Christians don’t realize the importance of operating according to the Kingdom of God system in every area of their lives, which is seed time and harvest. From finances to family, Believers are to use the seed principle of planting the Word of God in their hearts in order to experience abundance in every area of their lives. Relationships tend to be overlooked when it comes to living this way. Too often, Christians continue to conduct their marriage and family relationships, as well as their relationships with other members of the body of Christ, at a lower standard than God expects. However, only when you conduct your relationships God’s way will you experience true fulfillment.

In Matthew 22:37–40, Jesus lets us know that love is the greatest commandment. It is the preeminent force that must be operating in every Christian’s life in order for everything else to work. Love should be the foundation of every relationship that you have. If you have relationships with people that do not reflect God’s love, it is time to do a self–evaluation. Keeping love as the central focus of your interpersonal relationships is the process by which you align yourself with the Kingdom of God system when relating to others.

We know that if you expect to have success in relationships, you are going to have to do some seed–planting for what you are believing God for. Relationships are no different. Every fruitful relationship that you will experience will be as a result of seeds that you have sown.

You may be wondering what kinds of seeds will help to develop and bring forth good fruit in your relationships with others. First Corinthians 13 talks about the importance of love and it also describes the things that love is not. Envy, jealousy, pride, rudeness, selfishness, touchiness and unforgiveness have no place in the Christian’s relationships with others. In fact, if you sow these types of seeds, you will reap a corresponding harvest of destroyed fellowship and unhealthy relationships. However, when you sow the seeds of love—joy, peace, longsuffering, faith, goodness, meekness, gentleness and temperance—you will experience prosperous relationships.

Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” God’s will is that brothers and sisters in the Lord experience connection, fellowship and unity. Whether it is in family relationships or with fellow Christians, prosperous relationships are a critical part of the good life God has ordained for you. To be rich in finances but have no friends is to still have an area of poverty in your life. If you discover that your relationships with others are not what you would like them to be, consider taking these important steps:

  1. Forgive those who have wronged or hurt you. Forgiveness is a critical part of operating the Kingdom of God system in your relationships with others. Holding on to past hurts does nothing but hurt you. Let it go.
  2. Make a decision to always walk in love. Love is the curtain rod on which every other blessing and promise of God rests. You have to settle the love issue immediately if you want to experience prosperous relationships. It is not an option or a suggestion, it is a command!
  3. Sow seeds of love into others. The Bible says that seed time and harvest govern everything in life. If you want friends, show yourself friendly. If you want to experience a heavenly marriage, purpose to treat your spouse according to the Bible’s standards and not the world’s system. By sowing seeds of love and righteousness into the lives of others, you will reap a harvest of the same.

Don’t allow Satan or your past hurts to rob you of the chance to experience the type of relationships that God wants you to have. Forgive, forget and begin to make love a lifestyle. When you operate the Kingdom of God system of seed time and harvest, others will be drawn to the love of God flowing out of you, and you will begin to experience prosperity in your relationships.

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Creflo Dollar: Focus On God

Focus On God - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

Have you ever been faced with a seemingly impossible situation? Whether it was a shortage in your bank account, or a bad report from the doctor, we have all been there at some point in our lives. The good news is that God can turn your hopeless situations around when you turn your focus toward Him alone. The enemy will try to attack you with situations and circumstances that appear hopeless, but that is the time to dig in your heels and turn toward the Lord wholeheartedly. When you do, you will experience breakthrough.

King Hezekiah was a man who knew about hopeless situations. He was given a bad report when the prophet Isaiah told him that he was going to die. Hezekiah didn’t have time to start whining about his situation; He had to immediately seek the Lord.

Isaiah 38:1, 2 says, “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord.” I want you to take note of Hezekiah’s immediate response; he turned his face toward the wall and prayed to God. Most people who would have received this type of news would begin to panic, murmur and complain. But that is the last thing you want to do in a pressure situation. Speaking the wrong words will only give the devil something to work with and allow him access into your life.

Hezekiah “turned his face to the wall” but what does that mean for us today? To turn your face to the wall means to turn away from everything else until all you see is God. It means turning away from everything and everyone that may be distracting you from seeking God. When you diligently seek Him, He is obligated to respond to you.

There are a few reasons why people don’t experience the God—kind of results when they are in pressure situations. The first is that they don’t look toward God alone. In other words, they turn to other people for guidance rather than the Father. While people may help you feel better when you are going through a tough time, they don’t have the answers to your problem; only God does.

King David was another example of a man who turned his face toward God and sought him when he was faced with insurmountable challenges at Ziklag. His enemy had kidnapped all the women and children in the camp, and his men wanted to turn on him because of it. David didn’t know what to do so he sought God; he had no one else to whom he could turn. As a result, God turned around what looked like an impossible situation and David recovered all that was taken from him and his people (1 Samuel 30:1–6).

The second reason why many people don’t see breakthrough in their lives is because their prayers aren’t intense enough. James 5:16 says that effectual, fervent prayer is what gets results. Fervent prayer is prayer that applies intense exertion or ardent zeal. It continually bombards the enemy so that he can’t retaliate. You can’t just quote the scriptures a couple times a month and expect to get a breakthrough. You’ve got to get violent with your faith! That means that you apply the Word of God to your situation with intensity and consistency until you see results.

Finally, it is important that you maintain a perfect heart toward God. Many times Christians think that they must be perfect in order to obtain God’s favor, but God isn’t looking for outward displays of perfection; He is looking for a heart that always wants to do His will. That is what a perfect heart is. God doesn’t look at the outward appearance of a person; He looks at the heart and intentions of a man (1 Samuel 16:7). When you miss the mark, repent and ask God to forgive you. Keep pressing into His will for your life, and seek to obey Him at every turn. You display a perfect heart when you do.

God is ready to show Himself strong on your behalf in the midst of hopeless situations. But you have to believe that He will come through for you. Turn your face to the wall and focus on the Word. Intensify your prayers and watch God perform a miracle on your behalf. He is faithful to do it when you focus on Him!

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Creflo Dollar | Using Wisdom With Words

 

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Words have the potential to hurt. Whether consciously or not, we all at one time have hurt or offended someone with our words. Whether at your workplace, conversations between close friends or simple exchanges with the cashier at the grocery store, each interaction has the potential to make or break a person’s spirit. As Christians, we have the responsibility to speak with wisdom and understand the value of our words.

God cares about everyone, and it is important to be mindful of what we say to others. Walking in love and considering another person’s feelings before speaking are vital to the spiritual growth and maturity of a Christian. You can avoid offending others when you use wisdom with your words and operate in love at all times.

Even if the interaction seems insignificant, it can still have an impact on another person. Whether you are a husband who is not using discretion when verbally expressing distaste for the dinner your wife prepared, or you are a manager brushing past a coworker while giving a thoughtless greeting. Everyone we come in contact with is a potential recipient of the negative or positive emotions we possess at that given time.

It is important to check your motives and think before you speak. Are the words you speak coming from a heart of love, or one of selfishness? Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” No matter what it is you are attempting to communicate, getting your point across starts with choosing your words wisely. Your words have the potential to either give life or cause something to die in another person, so use wisdom. Moreover, be certain that you speak without malice and without intending to invoke anger or negative emotions in another person. In essence, positive and effective communication with those you come in contact starts with you!

Allowing your emotions to rule your verbal responses is the ticket to provoking offense in others. Anger and frustration is not an excuse for speaking negatively to someone. Especially when you know that your words could hurt the other person. The Bible says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19). If you are in a tense or frustrating situation, take a moment to listen before responding. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep your emotions in check.

When you have the love of God and His Word on the inside of you, it will show through in your attitude and behavior toward others, particularly in your words. Meditate on the Word so that when you face challenging situations with others, you can rely on the Spirit of God to guide your speaking and help you with your choice of words. That way, you have every opportunity to exemplify the kind of responses and love walk that please Him.

I encourage you to communicate in love and watch the change it will make in your relationships! You’re not without assistance. God is there to help you master your words and make the most of your conversations with others.

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Soul Therapy

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Have you ever felt as though your problem, circumstance or personal pain, although a big deal to you, seemed too small for God to be concerned about? Quite the contrary is true. God is not only your Creator and Father, but He is also your Provider. He cares about every detail of your life. It is important that you believe that God wants only the best for your life. When you put your trust in Him you will find that no matter what kind of sickness you may be dealing with—spirit, mind or body—He is an expert at healing your hurts and pains and providing restoration.

Sometimes you can become physically and emotionally drained because of your circumstances. We have all experienced times where there is such a burden on our hearts, that the emotions we incur from suffering or worry paralyze us. At times, even your soul—your mind, will and emotions—needs healing.

God is aware of every situation in life that could cause your spirit or your soul to be uneasy and He has a remedy—His Word. The Bible says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7, The Amplified Bible). From depression and mental illness, to moments of emotional distress, the healing and restoration you need is available when you seek Him through prayer and meditation on His Word and promises.

Make no mistake about it; pressure from outside circumstances are real. But, when you accept Jesus into your heart by faith, the blessing of God is immediately deposited inside of you. This blessing enables you to overcome all that you would not be able to overcome on your own. It is the supernatural power of God added to your natural ability as a child of God, giving you ability you did not have before. Because of the blessing, you can trust that no matter what you are going through, you won’t have to endure it alone. With the blessing working in you, on you and around you to heal and restore the broken places in your life, you will be victorious.

God is everything you need and desire in life. In addition to trusting Him, you must also believe that you will receive exactly what you ask. He is willing and ready to fulfill His promises. It doesn’t matter the issue or challenge. Even those things that you might think are insignificant to Him, He is capable of perfecting. His Word declares, “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls” (James 1:21, The New Living Translation). Have confidence that when you are depressed or emotionally drained, God will heal and restore your joy.

When it seems hard to bounce back from adversity right away, rely on the power of prayer. Pray to God about those things that weigh on your heart and soul. When you truly understand the impact of God’s healing and restoration in your life, you will understand the need for fervent prayer; a heartfelt plea like David’s when he cried out to God. You don’t have to keep your issues and frustrations to yourself; He wants you to unload your cares on Him. Only then will you find the peace and relief that you seek.

You don’t have to be down and out or burdened and distressed about your issues or problems another day. Don’t receive the negative thoughts that say God doesn’t care or that He is not interested in your situation. Believe in the promises found in God’s Word and you’ll have the comfort and the remedy for not only the issues ravaging your spirit and soul, but any problem you may face. There is hope!

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Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Author: Creflo Dollar

The subject of the Holy Spirit is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted subjects among Christians and non–Christians. Many people are afraid to hear sermons about the Holy Spirit because of incorrect teachings they may have received in the past. The topic of speaking in tongues and the gifts of the Spirit are often shunned as a result. However, the Holy Spirit is real. He desires to work through you so that you can experience the power that God ordained every Christian to have and use in these last days.

Gaining an understanding of who the Holy Spirit is, and who He is not, is critical in order to experience His presence and power. The Holy Spirit is not a feeling or an emotion. Although His presence can stir up emotions within you, He actually is the third person of the Trinity God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in your heart; it becomes His dwelling place. As you learn to yield to Him, you will find yourself walking out God’s plan for your life. In addition, you will experience supernatural power and breakthrough like never before.

Jesus explains the function of the Holy Spirit in John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” Jesus knew He would have to leave in order for the Holy Spirit to come to the earth. Now that the Holy Spirit is here, and dwelling in every member of the body of Christ, the power of God can flow to an even greater extent than when Jesus walked the earth!

The Holy Spirit is the motivator, energizer and operator of every revealed plan or vision from God. He is also the revealer of the hidden treasures of the Kingdom of God and holds the key to the inheritance of the saints. He is the most valuable asset to Christian living, and yet many times, Believers don’t know enough about Him to really take advantage of what He can do in their lives.

Since we are living in the Last Days, it is going to be imperative that you know how to distinguish the Holy Spirit’s voice. That “hunch” or inner feeling you have inside that is either directing you or telling you not to do something is the Holy Spirit. You can develop a discernment of His voice through studying and meditating on the Word of God. He will never say anything to you that doesn’t line up with the written Word, so studying the Bible is essential to your recognizing His voice. Praying in tongues also helps to sharpen your spiritual discernment and awareness of Him. It may take some time to become proficient in recognizing His voice, but as you develop, pay attention to whether or not you have peace in your spirit about something you are about to do. If you don’t, most likely the Holy Spirit is warning you not to proceed.

When you acknowledge the Holy Spirit and commune with Him on a daily basis, He will show you mysteries and the secret plans of God for your life. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” He will guide you into your destiny when you allow Him to direct your decisions.

When you call on the Holy Spirit, you may say, “Holy Spirit, I don’t know what to do in this situation, but I know You know the answer. Show me what to do.” Spend some time praying in the Spirit and then wait on Him until you hear Him speak to you about it. When you call, He will answer.

You can cultivate your relationship with the Holy Spirit by praising God, praying and singing spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). Doing these things helps to build your spirit and makes you more sensitive to His presence. Invite Him into every situation and atmosphere in which you find yourself. When you acknowledge Him this way, He will be able to move in your life.

Since the Holy Spirit was sent to help guide and direct your life, it is important that you set aside time every day to fellowship with Him. Talk with Him as you would a close friend or family member. Let Him know your concerns and confess the Scriptures. He will give you the revelation, insight and enlightenment you need to lead you into the good life God has prepared for you.

Developing a relationship with the Holy Spirit is going to cost you something. It will mean getting up to pray when you don’t feel like it and letting go of old habits and mindsets that oppose God’s Word. But when you create an environment in which the Holy Spirit can dwell, you will reap the rich rewards of your relationship with Him. Are you willing to pay the price?

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Are You a Checklist Christian?

Author: Creflo Dollar

Are you a checklist Christian? Do you keep a running list of all the things that you’ve done hoping that you will obtain favor with God? Do you tithe, religiously attend church service and quote scriptures in order to prove that you’re righteous? If so, you may mistakenly believe that your checklist of good works will cause you to gain acceptance with the Father. I have good news for you! When you make Jesus the Lord of your life, you become the righteousness of God. It is through His shed blood that you have right standing with God, not through your own efforts so you can throw away your checklist!

Salvation is a free gift that is available to every person. The day you become born again God declares you righteous. To be righteous means to be in right-standing with God and able to stand before Him without a sense of guilt, condemnation or inferiority. Righteousness is something that is not earned; in other words it is something you do not work for. It is a privilege made available to you through and by the blood of Jesus who died on the cross for you. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Accepting Jesus into your heart is the best decision you will ever make. When you confess Him as your Lord and Savior, you are cleansed of all unrighteousness and are made a new creation in Him. When you sin, or miss the mark, repent and ask God to forgive you. He is faithful to do it every time you ask (1 John 1:9).

Along with righteousness also comes the gift of God’s grace. God’s grace is His unmerited favor and love. Unmerited means that you do not earn or deserve it; but God gives it to you anyway. If you want to walk in power and be an overcomer in this life, all you have to do is receive God’s grace and righteousness. You don’t have to sin if you don’t want to and God’s grace is available to help you overcome temptation when it comes.

Since righteousness is a free gift, why would anyone work to become righteous if they have already been declared so by God? Many times it is simply because they don’t understand that their efforts don’t change their status with God. Righteousness is something you receive by faith. Romans 10:3 says, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” In these last days, Believers should be walking in the righteousness already established for them through Christ Jesus instead of trying to establish their own.

The problem with being a checklist Christian is that the person becomes so focused on his or her works that they forget to acknowledge Jesus and the righteousness that has already been given to them. Galatians 2:21 says, “…for if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die” (New Living Translation). When the person acknowledges that he or she has been made the righteousness of God, they are giving credit where credit is due—to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

No matter how many “goodie-goodie” things you do, they will not make you more or less righteous. No matter how long your checklist of works is, it alone, will not get you into Heaven. Joining the choir won’t make you righteous and neither will feeding the hungry or praying three times a day. God expects you to do what is right and appropriate. He does not expect you to be perfect. Just by being His child you are already acceptable in His eyes.

If you find that you are depending more on your checklist than you do God, it’s time to throw that list of works out the window. Understand that God loves you whether you have a list of good works or not. In fact, the good works that you seek to do should spring from the truth that you are the righteousness of God; righteous people do righteous things.

God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to take your sin upon Himself and die so that you would be able to be free from it forever. You now have a right to get answers to your prayers, ask forgiveness of your sins and be cleansed (1 John 1:9). If you haven’t accepted the free gift of salvation and are ready to do so, simply ask Jesus to come into your heart and accept it by faith!

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