Creflo Dollar: Excelling beyond Your Circumstances

Excelling beyond Your Circumstances - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

Some of us may find ourselves in a rut, struggling just to keep up with our circumstances. Success in paying the bills, maintaining the bank account, or finding a job, can seem elusive. When we try to handle our own affairs, we may make mistakes and fail. But God is committed to our success, and when we rely on Him, we excel beyond our circumstances.

Looking at our current situation and deciding that we’re not successful according to the world’s standards—or our own expectations—is discouraging. But the good news is that God’s standards are different than ours, and letting His Word guide us leads to true success. When we apply His teachings to our lives, we gain a new perspective and we can see beyond the circumstances of the moment. God’s presence is all we need to succeed.

We may feel small and insignificant compared to the seemingly insurmountable problems facing us. But God sent His Son Jesus to help us live victorious lives and rule over situations that used to defeat us. The Scriptures teach us that with God in our corner, there’s no stopping us. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

God has made us many promises, including a prosperous, successful, and happy life. Believing and depending on those promises is like standing on solid rock, safe and secure. Jesus uses the analogy of a rock to tell us how strong and stable we are when we follow His teachings (Matthew 7:24-27). God gives us the strength to not allow our current situation to move us from the truth of His Word.

Earthly situations can pop up quickly, and our circumstances can be like the constant ebb and flow of the tides. We may feel like we’re on top of the world one moment, only to have everything collapse around us in the blink of an eye. In the Old Testament, Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He could have thrown up his hands in despair and given up on life. But God was with him, and Joseph prospered and succeeded in everything he did (Genesis 39:1-3, AMP).

When we accept God as our Lord and Savior, He comes to live inside of us and is with us always. He promises never to leave us, even in tough times when none of our friends are around. When we face those “David and Goliath” moments and it seems like all the powerful forces in the world have lined up against us, we don’t need to be anxious or fearful (Hebrews 13:6, AMP). The One who created the earth, the sky, and the universe, will carry us through.

Another thing we don’t have to worry about with God’s love is our past. We’re accustomed to remembering our failures and mistakes. But after we accept Jesus and are born again, He completely forgets our past sins. The world may search for “skeletons in the closet,” but God doesn’t.

God is so committed to seeing us succeed, that He gave us His only Son, Who shed His blood so that we could experience true success. No ordinary life coach or self-help expert would do that for us. With Jesus, we have the only ally we’ll ever need (Psalm 27:1; 118: 6).

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Creflo Dollar: Succeeding in Everything You Do

Succeeding in Everything You Do - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

Two dictionary definitions of success are to achieve a desired outcome, or to reach a goal one has set for oneself. Depending on what we want out of life, success can mean many things and can be reached by multiple paths. These definitions focus on our own self-efforts to get what we want, but the Bible has a whole different perspective of success. Worldly success can be fleeting and hollow, but God wants us to have the true and lasting success that only comes from Him.

We’ve all heard stories of rich business owners who chased after money at all costs only to lose it all, famous movie stars who committed suicide, or fabulously wealthy entertainers who were miserable and lonely. What many people go their entire lives without realizing is that true success and prosperity comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Grace-based prosperity is rooted in our willingness to depend on His abilities, not ours.

God wants us to succeed in every area of our lives, not just financially. As our heavenly Father, He wants us, His children, to experience financial prosperity. But God’s definition of prosperity goes way beyond money. His will for us includes a healthy body and mind, a tranquil, born-again spirit, a happy marriage, and a peaceful family life (3 John 1:2).

The definition of grace is God’s unmerited, undeserved, and unearned favor, and our faith in it gives us access to it. When we truly believe in our hearts that God wants this kind of grace-based prosperity for us, it will eventually come to pass. Our present circumstances don’t matter at all when we let God take charge of our lives. We can learn from the Bible story about Joseph, who was sold into slavery but became highly successful because of God’s favor (Genesis 39:1-3).

Joseph could have turned bitter because of what life had thrown at him, and he could have strived through his own efforts to change his circumstances. But instead, he relied on the Lord, and God caused him to prosper in everything and become a ruler over Egypt. Joseph’s master trusted him because Joseph was honest, wise, and had a good work ethic and a godly character (Genesis 39:4-6).

Joseph knew to avoid evil deeds and do the right thing, because God had given him wisdom. Joseph’s actions demonstrated his relationship with God. Even when others lied about him and he was wrongly accused of adultery, Joseph obeyed God’s prompting (Genesis 39:7-12). Like Joseph, even when things appear to go horribly wrong in our everyday lives, we can trust Him to make everything work out (Romans 8:28).

When we’re born again, God comes to dwell inside of us and guide us to make the right decisions in life. When we meditate on His Word and seek His will for our lives, we begin to change, and people recognize Jesus when they look at us. In everything we do, God will direct our steps toward prosperity and success. And when we start experiencing it, we can remember that it’s not about what we have, but Who is in us.

God knows we need the basics: food, clothing, and shelter. And when we seek Him, God will keep His promises and those things will come (Matthew 6:33). Therefore, by putting Him first we keep a proper perspective on all the things we can accumulate (Romans 14:17).

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Creflo Dollar: Victory over Sin through Grace

Victory over Sin through Grace - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: 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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