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Creflo Dollar: Choosing a Mate God’s way versus The World’s way (Part 2)

Choosing a Mate God's way versus The World's way (Part 2) - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesIn today’s article let’s look at some more important questions that singles should ask about their potential marriage partner.

Consider these questions:

Does Your Prospective Mate Respect You?

Are your opinions respected? Men, are you dating someone who wants to make all the decisions and doesn’t respect your opinions at all? Is this person controlling and very needy, and unwilling to listen to anything you have to say? Ladies, do you have a man who will not even open the door for you, but he will open the door for others? Are you dating a man who will not pay attention to your opinions or feelings? If your potential mate doesn’t respect you before you are married, he or she most likely won’t respect you after you are married.

Are You Consulted in Decision Making?

Do not marry someone who will not consult you before making important decisions. If you do, once you are married, your mate will feel entitled to make major decisions such as purchasing a car, taking a trip, or making plans without first discussing them with you.

Is There a Mutual Submission Between the Two of You?

The Bible says in Ephesians 5:21 to submit ourselves—one to the other—in the fear of the Lord. That means a husband must submit himself to his wife, by obeying what God tells him to do as a husband, and a wife must submit herself to her husband, by obeying what God tells her. Marriage is about mutual submission.

Is He or She Truly Open to Your Input?

Are you in a relationship with someone who really does not want to hear what you have to say? You do not want to spend your life with a partner who makes you feel dumb or treats you as if you have nothing to contribute.

How Does Your Prospective Mate Treat Other People?

Have you seen this person interact with others? How does he or she act around other people? It is easy to pretend when the two of you are out alone, but you must observe your date’s treatment of others. How does he or she act in a group setting or with family and friends? How does he or she treat your family and friends?

Do You Know What He or She Struggles with in His or Her Personal Life?

You must date long enough to find out what this person struggles with, even if you have to ask. Don’t be afraid to put it out there. This is so important because you do not want to end up in a marriage with someone who is struggling with something that you were not aware of. For instance, suppose he or she has issues with pornography, homosexuality, or drug addiction. These are things you need to know long before you say “I do.”

Be on the lookout for part three of this life changing teaching on Choosing a mate God’s way vs. the world’s way. I believe that God is raising up singles who are going to be equipped to have success in every area of their lives!

God bless you!

-Creflo Dollar

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Creflo Dollar: How to choose the right mate (Part 1)

How to choose the right mate (Part 1) - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAbout two years ago, I started a teaching series on relationships. One Sunday during the series, I asked all the single people in our congregation to stand. I was shocked to see that most of the congregation stood up! I thought to myself, Why are so many of them still single? Why aren’t more of these men and women making a connection? These questions prompted me to teach on the subject of choosing a mate.

Enjoy these helpful steps that will help you choose the right “special someone.”

BE INFORMED

During the dating process is the time to find out all the information you need to make an informed decision. Here are some important questions to ask and get answers to while you are dating.

Is This Person a Christian?

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). I would not advise you to marry someone whose beliefs or moral values go against what you believe as a Christian.

You could be setting yourself up for a lot of strange things, and a yoke of bondage. Choose a Christian mate in order to facilitate true harmony in your relationship (2 Corinthians 6:15 AMP).

A woman once said to me, “Pastor, the Lord told me to marry my boyfriend. So I am getting ready to get married.” I said, “Praise the Lord.” The first question I asked her was, “Is he a Christian?” She said, “Well. . . .” I knew right then something was wrong. He was not a Christian, and yet she was saying the Lord told her to marry  him. I asked, “Why would God say to do one thing in His written Word and then tell you to do something else in a spoken word?” I basically told her that she had missed God because apparently her thinking was not lining up with His Word. As I continued to talk to her, I found that she was more concerned about having sex than seeking God’s will; therefore she was willing to compromise her values as a Christian.

Please understand, it is not wise to compromise your values to keep someone. Do not be so desperate that you cannot make a wise decision. Always be willing to walk away if you are put in a position where you have to compromise your Christian beliefs.

 

What Kind of Christian Is Your Choice?

These days it is not enough to simply ask if someone is a Christian. The Bible says a tree is known by the fruit that it bears. What kind of fruit does this person produce? We as Christians should bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23).

Does the Person Have a Commitment to Love and Obey God?

What is this person’s personal history? How does this person acknowledge the Word in his or her personal life? Is he or she a committed Christian?

Are the Two of You Spiritually Compatible?

The Word is spiritual. Therefore, you cannot get an understanding of your spiritual compatibility without first having a good amount of fellowship and communication regarding the Word. Are you compatible where prayer is concerned? Do you both like to pray? Do you pray together? Do you both agree it is important to read the Bible daily and get an understanding of God’s Word? Do you both agree that it is important to meditate on the Word? Do you both agree that it is important to live by the Word?

Do You Agree on the Major Doctrines of the Bible?

It is important to know what the major doctrines of the Bible are so that you can discover if you share the same beliefs. Take time to discuss the doctrines of baptism, the Trinity, righteousness, and faith. These are great topics to discuss on your dates. Resist the urge to get romantic too soon while dating. Instead, engage in lengthy conversations regarding very important issues that will have a positive or negative effect on your relationship. Remember, the brother or sister needs to pass your checklist first!

Be on the lookout for part two of this article. My prayer is that it will empower you for success!

God bless you.

-Creflo Dollar

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Creflo Dollar: The Importance of Pleasing God

The Importance of Pleasing God - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

As Believers, our goal in life should be to please God. There are many people who believe that God is pleased with their lives simply because they are born again. There is, however, a difference between God being pleased with you because you are His child and Him being pleased with you because of your behavior. We want to please God in every aspect of our lives, meaning not only do we want to be pleasing to Him because we accepted Jesus, but we want our conduct and character to please Him as well. The way we live our lives on this earth determines the rewards we will get in heaven. For this reason, we should be diligent about cultivating a lifestyle that truly pleases God.

God holds us to a higher standard of living because He has given us the grace, or supernatural ability, to carry it out. Grace was never designed to be a cover-up for sin, but rather a means of overcoming sin in all its forms. This grace is always marked by God’s enabling work within us to help us overcome our shortcomings. Because we have grace, we can please God through our behavior. We are no longer under the dominion of sin and do not have to give in to temptation when it shows up.

There is nothing we can do to make God love us more or less. John 17:23 says, “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” Jesus said that the Father loves us as much as He loves Jesus! And yet, it is possible to displease God through our behavior and lifestyle. God’s pleasure with us is not unconditional, like His love is. We must make a decision to please God through our obedience to His Word, out of reverence and honor for Him. Our love for Him and appreciation for all He has done for us should move us to align our lives with His Word. When we do, we please Him.

Making a quality decision to please God has so many benefits. Besides the fact that pleasing God through our obedience to His Word positions us to receive the benefits of the blessing on this earth, it also ensures that we receive rewards when we get to heaven. We all will have to go before the Lord one day and give an account of the things we did in our bodies, while on the earth (2 Corinthians 5:10). For this reason, we must make sure that we build our lives upon the foundation of God’s Word and not the fashions of this world.

First Corinthians 3:12-15 says, “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

The works that we do while we are alive will be brought before the judgment seat of Christ one day, and everything we did that had lasting, eternal value will cause us to reap eternal rewards in heaven. Likewise, the things that had no eternal value will not make it through the fire of God’s judgment. Many people will lose their eternal rewards because the things they did on the earth, while successful in the world’s eyes, did not please God.

What do you allow to define you—the Word of God, or the norms and values of this world? Are you more concerned with being celebrated in the world’s eyes rather than developing love, faith, and godly character? Are your motives coming from a place of wanting to please God or please yourself? These are questions all of us must ask ourselves as we examine our lives and the plans, purposes, and pursuits we have in life.

It is God’s will for every Christian to obtain the full spectrum of rewards He has for them, both on earth and in heaven. What we do with the Cross determines where we spend eternity, but how we live our lives determines how we spend eternity. The only way to live a life that is pleasing to God is through His grace, which enables us to live according to His Word. When we discover and fulfill His will for our lives, rather than pursue our own will, we please Him and set ourselves up to receive eternal rewards that will last forever.

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Creflo Dollar: Victory over Sin through Grace

Victory over Sin through Grace by: Creflo Dollar

The most amazing thing about becoming born again is that something miraculous happens to our spirits. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior, we literally receive a new spiritual nature. God takes away our sin nature that once controlled us and places His nature on the inside of us. As a result, sin can no longer control us like it did when we were unsaved because His spirit now lives inside of us. This phenomenon is only possible through God’s grace. It is through that grace that we are empowered to overcome sin. We must, however, cooperate with His grace by obeying His Word, otherwise we cause ourselves to remain in bondage to sin when we have been set free from it. When we understand the grace of God, we are empowered to be winners in life.

Keep in mind that grace is not a cover up for sin. Grace actually helps us overcome sin when we resist it. God will never require something of us without giving us the tools to carry it out. Titus 2:11, 12, in The Amplified Bible, says: “For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world.” God wants us to live godly lives in the midst of an ungodly world, and He has equipped us to do so.

Salvation through Jesus Christ is a true manifestation of God’s love for us. He predestinated us to have His inward nature and character (Romans 8:29, AMP). Before we were even born, God had already decided to allow us to partake of His divine nature. Therefore, sin’s dominion over us has ultimately been destroyed. Through the empowerment of His grace, sin has lost its power forever. As free moral agents, we can decide whether we will allow sin (or our old sin nature and its tendencies) to govern our lives.

Remember that before we were born again we actually possessed the nature of Satan, and it wasn’t because of something we did or didn’t do. Just by virtue of being born into this earth, we were born into sin because of Adam’s disobedience thousands of years ago. As sinners, our lives were governed by sin because it was in our nature. As a result, we led sinful lifestyles, without any conviction or sense of wrongdoing. However, once we accepted Christ, our spirits were recreated and infused with the life of God.

Getting saved does not mean that we no longer have a part to play in experiencing the benefits of salvation in our everyday lives. Our souls (the mind, will, and emotions) did not get born again at the point of receiving Jesus into our hearts. We must make a decision to renew our minds on a daily basis so that our behavior begins to line up with our new nature (Romans 12:1, 2). This is the only way we can begin to actually live the way God intends for us to live. When we renew our minds, we enable the grace of God to do its work in our lives.

Many Christians are being held captive by their own ignorance. They suffer defeats in life because they do not truly know God and the power of His grace to set them free from sinful behavior. These Believers don’t realize that they have a choice in the matter, and they don’t have to sin! They can be free of the bondage that comes from sin, rather than remain in it. With the knowledge of God’s grace, we can resist the urge to sin and overcome every temptation. As a result, God’s grace supports and empowers our decision to turn away from the things that once held us captive. This helps us to remain free, even when we are tempted to do wrong.

The Word of God works like a seed, because a seed contains within it the nature of its parent. Likewise, the Word of God contains within it the power of God. When we plant the seed of God’s Word in our hearts by reading, meditating, and acting on it, we position ourselves to receive the benefits of God’s grace, and release the empowerment necessary to have complete and total victory over sin, every day of our lives.

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Total Life Prosperity: God’s Will – by Creflo Dollar

Total Life Prosperity: God’s Will - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

There is nothing humble or noble about being poor. In fact, poverty is a part of the curse that came upon mankind after Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Ever since that point, man has had to toil in order to make it in life, and lack has been a reality. To make matters worse, there are people who actually believe that God uses poverty to teach people something, and that it is His will. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Poverty is not God’s will. He desires that we live full, abundant lives, with nothing missing, lacking, or broken. Getting an understanding of total life prosperity is critical.

Jesus came to this earth with a specific purpose—to redeem mankind from everything that fell under the curse. A curse is an empowerment to fail, and it never occurs independent of a specific cause. In the case of humanity, the curse of sin affected everyone and everything on the earth, including the quality of life that mankind was destined to live. Without Jesus, we would be doomed to a life of failure on earth and an eternity in hell after we die.

Fortunately, Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross of Calvary made provision for all who would receive Him as their Lord and Savior. This means where poverty once reigned, prosperity is now available for everyone who receives it by faith. Separation from God was the inevitable spiritual state of mankind prior to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, but through Him we have been brought back into fellowship with the Father. This means that everything He has belongs to us.

One of the major misconceptions people have about poverty is that it is limited to the financial realm. Webster’s Dictionary defines poverty as, “a chronic pressing need for money and material goods.” While poverty can be reflected in a shortage of finances and other material resources, its scope and impact isn’t limited to money by any means. The second definition, in Webster’s, paints the picture even further when it says, “inferior quality.” Poverty is just that—a substandard or inferior quality of life in any area.

A person can be poor or lacking in the area of health, relationships, or even where their emotions are concerned. There are so many areas into which poverty reaches its destructive claws that it becomes clear why Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus came to eradicate the effects of poverty! His mission is to provide abundant life for those who will believe and receive it.

Abundant life is actually the very life force of God, operating in and through us, affecting everything we come in contact with. It is the blessing in us and on us that enables us to be free from the curse of poverty. Many times, people are in poverty in some area of their lives and don’t know there is a way out. By receiving Jesus Christ, obeying the Word of God, and meditating on this important truth about abundant living, prosperity can become a reality. I’m not just talking about having a lot of money in the bank, even though God does want us to prosper financially. I’m talking about a quality of life that is marked by an overflow of peace, health, wholeness, and provision.

In 3 John 2, the apostle Paul talks about desiring that people prosper in their spirit, soul, and body. This simply means that prosperity encompasses the physical, spiritual, and emotional realms. If someone has a lot of money but is depressed and lonely all the time, he or she is simply a poor person with a big bank account. Or, if you are physically healthy but have bad relationships with your family and loved ones, you are a poor person with good health. To be truly prosperous, we must embrace the idea of total life prosperity. This is the will of God for all mankind, not just a select few. Jesus came to set us free from the curse of poverty so that we may live the abundant life. It is through our faith in the Word of God that this truth will become a reality in our lives.

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Creflo Dollar: Elements of True Worship

Elements of True Worship - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

Worship is an essential element of the Christian life and, like praise, is a tool we can use to push the enemy out of the atmosphere. Satan cannot stand to be in the presence of praise, and neither can he stand worship because it brings God’s very presence on the scene. Not only that, but it takes the focus off of all his distractions and points it completely toward the Lord. Understanding the different ways we can worship gives us a spiritual edge that is vital to a successful relationship with God.

Worship should never be something we do haphazardly or without putting focused intention into it. It is essentially when we express our love, adoration, admiration, and respect for God. We tend to think of worship in terms of the “praise and worship” times we have at church, but as Believers, worship is not limited to the songs we sing before a message is preached from the pulpit. Worship is a lifestyle for those who are serious about their relationship with God.

In John 4:23, Jesus says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” When we worship God in spirit and in truth, it means we are doing it from our hearts, with a motive of love for God. The Lord knows when something is coming from a place of absolute love and honor in our lives, and it is this type of worship that He desires.

Our obedience to God qualifies as worship because it is in obeying Him that we honor Him. Anything He tells us to do in His Word, and whatever He speaks directly to us to do individually, provides an opportunity for us to worship Him. When we give ourselves over to God completely and are willing to move on even the slightest impulse He gives, our lives actually become monuments of worship.

There are several different ways we can worship God, and all of them require our obedience. Incorporating these things in our daily lives positions us to be the true worshipers the Father is looking for.

  1. Reading and studying the Word.
    The study and meditation of God’s Word may not fit in the traditional concept of worship, but it is a form of reverence and honor for God. When we focus on the Word of God and internalize it during our study times, it puts us in the spirit, which causes us to embrace the thoughts of God. Our times of study should be special times in which we commune with the Lord and worship Him.
  2. Preaching the Word of God.
    What a way to honor and love on God! When we share the Gospel with people and receive the preached Word of God, we are demonstrating our love for God and our obedience to Him.
  3. Singing spiritual songs.
    Ephesians 5:18-21 admonishes us to not be drunk with wine, but to be filled with the Spirit of God. It says we are to speak to ourselves in songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in our hearts. This is probably what we consider worship to be, based upon what we experience in church. However, we should incorporate the singing of spiritual songs to the Lord as part of our daily routine. This way, we can keep an atmosphere of worship around us at all times.
  4. Prayer and intercession
    Prayer is communication with God, which is also a form of worship. When we intercede for others and stand in the spiritual gap for them, we are also worshiping God through our obedience to Him. We are to always spend time in prayer in order to have a thriving Christian life.
  5. The sacrifice of praise.
    Anytime we do something out of obedience and reverence for God, even when our flesh doesn’t feel like it, we are worshiping Him. Praise can be a sacrifice because it isn’t something we immediately jump to do when times are hard. However, when we do it from our hearts, giving God our best praise, it absolutely paralyzes the enemy and releases God to get involved with the situation.
    Worship can be incorporated in every aspect of our daily lives when we make a conscious decision to do so. It is completely abandoning our wills for the will of God. Becoming a true worshiper will open doors of blessings in our lives and take our relationship with Him to another level.

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Creflo Dollar: Is Politically Correct Biblically Correct?

Is Politically Correct Biblically Correct? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

Now more than ever is the time to allow the Word of God to become the final authority in your life. Societal norms and values have declined to accept the perversity and lies of Satan. As Christians, our success is based on whether or not we choose to walk in the Spirit (the Word of God) or to conform to the image of this world’s system, which leads to death. Just because something is accepted by a majority and is “politically correct” doesn’t make it right. The only proper standard of what is acceptable is the Bible; it’s time to start taking it seriously.

Satan is striving feverishly to infiltrate the minds and hearts of people by suggestively packaging sin—presenting it in such a way as to make it seem okay. Sexual immorality, for example, is being fed to the public through news broadcasts, television sitcoms, reality TV shows, and music videos. If you pay attention too long, they might begin to seem acceptable and even appealing to you. Those who speak out against such imagery and messages are labeled as “intolerant” and “politically incorrect.”

Just because something is accepted does not make it acceptable in God’s eyes. All forms of sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage are wrong (Hebrews 13:4; Galatians 5:19). Many of the things that the world accepts are vile in God’s sight (Romans 1:18-32). Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word judges, exposes, and analyzes all things. Therefore, as Believers, we should let the Word be our judge of what is right and wrong. If the Bible says something is incorrect, then it is incorrect—period!

Holiness is “being of one mind with God.” Hebrews 12:14 instructs Christians to pursue peace and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Adopting the attitudes of the world’s system will inevitably set you against God and position you to miss the blessings He has for you.

Don’t allow the desire to “fit in” blind you to the truth. Satan wants to dupe you into believing that his way of thinking and doing is the way to go; however, fitting in with his crowd will cost you (Proverbs 26:2; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Romans 6:23). As a Christian, you should strive to renew your mind to the truth of God’s Word (Romans 12:1, 2) so that you can conform to His image and be able to discern truth from error, no matter how “politically correct” it seems to be.

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Confidence: Your Faith Connection – by: Creflo Dollar

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Have you been seeing results in your life, or has your walk with God been all form and no power? Maybe you’ve been making faith confessions, praying and fasting, but you still feel that something is lacking. The problem may not be that you are doing something wrong; instead, it may be that you simply don’t have real confidence in what you are doing. Confidence is often the missing substance of faith, but it is rooted and grounded in understanding God’s love for you. When you truly understand His love, you will have confidence in His Word.

The reason many Christians—despite all of their confessing, praying and believing—aren’t experiencing the kind of life that God intends for them to have is because they don’t really believe that God wants to bless them. Religion has painted a picture of God that portrays Him as an exacting taskmaster who is waiting to strike Believers with a lightening bolt when they make a mistake. He is often seen as some kind of impersonal being who is more concerned with punishing people than showing them love. But that idea of God is just that—an idea. And it’s an incorrect one at that.

The Scripture says that God is love (1 John 4:16). He loves you, and it is your knowledge of and belief in His love that will boost your confidence. This comes through studying the Word and spending time with Him in prayer. When you read the Bible in search of revelation, God will speak a word to your spirit that is meant specifically for you.

But speaking and acting on words of faith isn’t enough to make things happen. You must have confidence in the words you speak for them to have the power to change your circumstances. That kind of confidence only comes through meditating on the Word of God until it becomes more real to you than your situation or circumstance. This is called establishing your heart in the Word of God. When you do this, your words of faith will have power behind them to produce results.

When you reflect on confidence, think about a person who is fully persuaded about what he believes; he can’t be moved from his stance. For example, have you ever heard two people debating a current issue or event? People tend to get into heated arguments when it comes to the things they believe. Usually these types of discussions create conflict because people aren’t willing to budge when it comes to what they believe. That’s the kind of doggedness that God wants you to have when it comes to His Word.

Regardless of what you may have previously believed, not only can God bless you, but He wants to bless you. So get in His Word and fellowship with Him in prayer. When you know Him intimately, you’ll have no problem trusting His voice when He speaks to you, and your confidence in Him will cause your faith to soar!

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