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Creflo Dollar: Imitating the Father

Imitating the Father - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

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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Author: Creflo Dollar

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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