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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: Does God Allow Trials?

Does God Allow Trials? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesHave you ever gone through a rough time in life, but later realized that God was actually trying to show you something about yourself through the experience? While it is true that God is love, He will sometimes use affliction and difficult situations to get your attention and cause you to focus on Him. Often, there is an area of your character that needs development. This may be a hard concept for some of us to accept, but even though God is a loving and merciful Father, He will allow us to go through things in order to discipline us and bring us into closer fellowship with Him.

Some people think that every trying circumstance is “from the devil” but this simply isn’t true. When I began to research the Word, I discovered there were people who went through trials and emerged better and more prepared to do God’s work. In the midst of challenges, they cried out to Him and learned to trust His sovereignty.

The prophet Jonah ignored God’s directions for His life, and had to go through a horrific situation before he acknowledged God and became willing to obey Him (Jonah 1–2). He cried out to the Lord in the midst of his affliction. God rescued him and he went on to fulfill God’s plan for his life. The Apostle Paul’s faith was strengthened and he learned the value of perseverance for the Kingdom of God through the things he suffered for the gospel (2 Corinthians 11:22–27; 2 Corinthians 4:8).

Trials also allow you the opportunity to exercise your faith. Just as a body builder cannot build bigger, stronger muscles without applying intense pressure to them, neither can you become a spiritual, faith giant unless you experience situations that force you to trust God’s Word. Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes” (The Amplified Bible). Our heavenly Father will allow us to go through things so that we can develop a relationship with His Word.

God allows trials in our lives because:

1. He loves us and wants us to be healed.

Many times our healing is in the midst of our challenges. It is there that we discover how and where we need to change, grow and be healed from past hurt and pain.

2. He wants our attention.

God loves us so much that when He sees us going in the wrong direction, He will allow something to happen that gets our attention and causes us to turn around. Then, He can show us a better way of doing things.

3. He wants every hindrance that keeps us from being fully yielded to Him, removed.

How do we know we have made certain things or people idols? We know when we are giving more attention to them than God. He will allow a trial to take place in your life to remove every hindrance that’s stopping you from focusing on your relationship with Him.

4. He wants us to love Him.

I know when rough times have occurred in my life, I was forced to increase my personal time with the Father and show Him I loved Him. At the end of the ordeal, I was much closer to God than I was before.

Don’t be so quick to blame every trial on the devil. Instead, examine your life and look for areas in which you may have let some things slip where your relationship with God is concerned. Allow Him to show you where you may have missed it and be quick to repent and turn around. Use trials as opportunities to grow spiritually and exercise faith. You will always come out the victor!

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Dr. Creflo Dollar: How Strong is Your Desire?

How Strong is Your Desire? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesChange 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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Creflo Dollar: The Heart of a Servant

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Do you know what makes you successful in God’s Kingdom? Being a servant. Servant hood must be the distinguishing mark of every Believer. Jesus came to this Earth to serve mankind and demonstrate how to live a supernatural life. Even though He worked great miracles, raised the dead, healed the sick and set the captives free, He had no problem washing the feet of His disciples. He demonstrated what it meant to have the heart of a servant. God wants you to cultivate a servant’s heart as well. When you do, you position yourself for the promotion and increase that only comes from God.

Even though Jesus was God in the flesh, He was a servant. He put His feelings aside to meet the needs of others. He was totally committed to God. Your heavenly Father requires you to serve Him with everything you have; this includes your resources, time and money. Serving God will require a change in attitude, and a shift of focus from you to someone else. It challenges your flesh, but develops character.

A servant is not selfish or self–absorbed. He or she is concerned with serving others and the Kingdom of God, more than they are with serving themselves. A true servant is someone who makes himself available to God, even if it means he is inconvenienced. Servants look for opportunities to help someone else.

One area where people often withhold their servanthood is in their finances and wealth. Whether you realize it or not, God blesses you with prosperity so that you can be a blessing to others. Yes, He does want you to live a prosperous lifestyle and enjoy the things He has given you; however, the ultimate goal of your material prosperity should be to serve God.

When God speaks to you to give something to someone, it shouldn’t even be a question. Can He trust you to give when He tells you to, even if it requires you giving something that is precious to you? Too many times, people are selfish with their “things,” and are misled into thinking their prosperity is just for them. It’s not. It is important to understand that prosperity is directly connected to servanthood. The only way to prosper is to have a servant’s heart. This way, God can always trust that He can put more into your hands because you are not afraid of releasing it back to Him.

A true servant rejoices in his prosperity because he knows that it greatly impacts his ability to serve the Lord. Psalm 35:27 explains it clearly saying, “… Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” When you are a servant of God, He takes pleasure in prospering you. He will increase you so that you can use what He has given you to advance His purposes on Earth.

Your attitude is just as important, if not more important, than your acts of service themselves. Many people think they’re serving God just because they do a good deed every now and then. However, if you are serving with the wrong attitude or motive, you are merely going through the motions. It takes more than just actions to be considered a servant of God. A servant has a great attitude, and serves the Lord with joy (Psalm 2:11, AMP).

A servant’s heart is revealed in the little things he or she does. A servant is true to the Word of God, and serves Him first and foremost by being obedient to His Word. He serves his employer, pastor and others as though he is serving God (Ephesians 6:5 – 8). He understands that the Lord is his rewarder, and expects promotion to come from God.

Greatness in the Kingdom is determined by servanthood. Matthew 23:11 (The New Living Translation) says, “The greatest among you must be a servant.” Jesus, our champion, was a servant (Philippians 2:7). He came to the Earth to serve, not to be served. With Jesus as our great example, we should aspire to develop a servant’s heart. We should always be asking what we can do for others, rather than what others can do for us.

When you walk in love, and purpose to serve others, you demonstrate the character of Jesus. God has empowered us to serve others in the same capacity as Jesus did. Pay attention to others’ needs and make yourself available. Put serving God above your schedule, and allow Him to use you to be a blessing to someone else.

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Creflo Dollar: Becoming a Servant

Author: Creflo Dollar

Being a Christian is more than just coming to church. You can wear a Christian t–shirt, but that doesn’t mean you are demonstrating the character and qualities that God desires to see in your life. Being a Christian is about relationship and living a lifestyle of love. It is about laying your life down and becoming a servant. Getting rid of selfishness should be the distinguishing mark of every Believer. It is about learning to take up your cross, as Jesus said, and following Him wholeheartedly. When you let your will die, God’s will is expressed through you.

Servant hood requires a mental shift. It means moving from a self—focused life to a God—focused life. The servant is the person who is willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of furthering the Kingdom of God by helping someone else. Learning to practice a servant hood mentality builds your character and cultivates the love of God in your heart.

Jesus is our Lord and Master, but He was also a master servant when He walked the Earth. Jesus knew the value of servanthood and He demonstrated it to His disciples. Before Jesus was crucified, He showed His love for the disciples by washing their feet. John 13: 3–5, 12–14 describes the scene:

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded…So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

This demonstration of servanthood was done to show us how we are to treat one another. Jesus had no problem taking on a servant role, even though He was God in the flesh!

God has always served man because His heart is love. His ultimate act of servanthood was sending Jesus to die for our sins (John 3:16). This great act of serving mankind is why we, in turn, should serve Him and others. As His children, we are to model His behavior.

Jesus talked about servanthood in the Gospels. In Matthew 23:11 He says, ” But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” And Mark 10:44 says, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” Clearly, being a servant is the path to being elevated.

So what exactly does it mean to die to self? Very simply, it means to put God’s plans, purposes and pursuits above your own. It means to turn away from those thoughts, emotions and temptations that go against God’s Word. When you have a servant’s heart, you will be more concerned with pleasing God than you are with pleasing and gratifying yourself.

Jesus could have chosen His will over the Father’s will when He faced His crucifixion. In fact, the Word says that He was so troubled at what He faced, that He wanted to die in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:33, 34). But at the end of the day, Jesus chose the will of God for His life over His own feelings (v. 36). As a result, we can now enjoy the many benefits of salvation.

Selfishness is the mindset that says, “Me first.” But servanthood says, “You first.” Here are some characteristics of a servant’s heart that we should strive for:

Servants make themselves available to God to serve.

Servants do what is needed, even when it is inconvenient.

Servants see interruptions as opportunities to practice serving others.

Servants pay attention to others’ needs.

No task is beneath a servant.

In which areas of your life do you need to develop more of a servant’s heart? With your spouse, children or on the job? Maybe it is in the area of giving financially or being willing to be inconvenienced when a friend or loved one needs your help. We can all improve when it comes to dying to selfishness and letting the love of God reign in our hearts.

God will never forget what you have done to serve Him and others. By making a quality decision to walk in His love and place His agenda before your own, you will be a genuine demonstration of the character of Jesus.

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