Creflo Dollar: Rising Above Your Emotions

Rising Above Your Emotions - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

A quick glance at today’s headline news will reveal the emotional state of people everywhere. From suicide bombings to other crimes of passion such as murder and rape, out–of–control emotions play a large role in people’s decision–making processes. Their choices are affecting others in powerful, yet negative, ways. It is easy to see why God wants you to have complete mastery over your emotions.

Too often people allow their emotions to govern their lives. The problem with leading an emotionally–charged existence is that it will cause you to make decisions that will lead you away from the will of God. While He created you to have feelings, they were never intended to control you or disturb your peace of mind.

Emotions are feelings on the inside of you that are designed to move you either toward or away from the will of God for your life. Positive emotions will move you toward a closer relationship with the Father. But emotions such as depression, anger, anxiety, bitterness and jealousy will hinder what God wants to do in your life.

As a Christian, you have authority over your feelings; you don’t have to be ruled by them. Jesus demonstrated this on a consistent basis. Throughout His ministry, He had plenty of opportunities to allow His emotions to get Him off track and lead Him away from the will of God for His life. He was misunderstood, falsely accused, scorned and had to endure the suffering of the cross. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He was presented with one of His greatest tests—to either abandon His journey to the cross or fulfill what He came to the earth to do. There was so much pressure on Jesus at this time that He even sweated blood out of His pores (Luke 22:44). Now that’s pressure!

Even though the Scripture says that Jesus suffered extreme mental anguish, depression and emotional trauma as He faced His crucifixion and death, He rose above His emotions to embrace what God had called Him to do. If He had not, salvation would not have been made available to you and me. Jesus was God in the flesh, but He was also a man who felt everything that you and I feel in life, both positive and negative. He proved that it is possible to conquer your emotions in the face of the worst kind of circumstances.

Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” That means that there is really nothing anyone can do or say to you that has the power to hurt you if you don’t allow it to. The choice is yours. How you respond to emotionally challenging situations determines your victory. By mastering your feelings, you show Satan that you can’t be moved, no matter what he throws at you.

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Creflo Dollar: Can You Hear God’s Voice?

Can You Hear God’s Voice? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

God is always speaking. He’s telling you what to do, where to go and how to conduct yourself. He’s ready to give you clear instructions about everything—how to get healed, how to get out of debt, how to improve all of your relationships, and how to get the job you want or start your own business. But even His most detailed instructions won’t do you any good if you can’t hear them.

Although God is continually speaking, His voice isn’t the only one that you can hear. Satan speaks too, and sometimes your own voice can drown out the voice of God. To develop and enhance your ability to hear clearly from God, you must spend time with Him. That’s the only way you will be able to recognize His voice. You have to read and study God’s Word, and pray often. You’ll get to know God more intimately as you spend time with Him. You’ll begin to understand His motives, His character and His will, and by filling your mind and heart with His Word, you’ll find it easier to hear God’s voice.

Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Man is a spirit, and this scripture indicates that God communicates with us through our spirits. The Bible refers to the spirit as the heart of man. So if you are going to hear God, you’ll hear Him with your spirit. When God speaks to your spirit, it’s as if your conscience has a voice. You’ll know things you never knew before, and answers will just “come” to you. It’s like having a “hunch” or an “inner knowing.” And the more you interact with God, the more clearly you will be able to hear Him when He speaks to your heart.

Several years ago, God revealed something to me about the word “heart.” Take a moment to look at the word H–E–A–R–T. What word do you see right in the middle? E–A–R. And what do see at the beginning? H–E–A–R. In other words, there’s an ear in the center of your heart so that you can hear from God!

Once you spend time with God, you’ll learn to clearly distinguish His voice. But if you ever have any doubt about whether or not you’re really hearing from God, the following four principles can help. When God speaks and tells you to do something, His instructions will:

  1. Require faith. If you want to please God, you’ve got to have faith (Hebrews 11:6). You may not understand why God has asked you to do something, but your faith in God should move you to do it anyway.
  2. Require courage. Following God’s instructions may mean that you’ll often have to step outside your comfort zone and do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. God wants you to rely on Him completely, so He’ll ask you to do things you may be uncomfortable with to prove that He is always with you.
  3. Go against the reasons and rationalizations of the world. God’s way of doing things is very different from the world’s way. If you are in a situation where you’re trying to get out of financial trouble, for example, most people might advise you to cut your spending or put aside some money each month. But God might tell you to give money instead of saving it.
  4. Always line up with the Word. When God speaks, you can always find confirmation of what He says to you in the Bible. Knowing what is in the Word is your safeguard. If God speaks it to you, His Word will back it up.

It’s time to hear from God. Spend time in prayer and study the Word to fine–tune your ability to recognize God’s voice.

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Creflo Dollar: What Does It Mean to Worship God?

What Does It Mean to Worship God? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesAuthor: Creflo Dollar

When many of us think of worship, we think about a slow praise song, or waving our hands in the air during church service. But true worship starts on the inside of you. The Greek word for worship is proskyneo which means “prostrating, bowing to and laying aside our own self and our own life.” To worship God is to bow your desires down before Him, and let His will be done in your life; it is an inward state of being that continually honors and reverences God.

In Matthew 4:10, Jesus demonstrates the manner in which we should always be willing to lay down our lives and our bodies as a living sacrifice, even during temptation. In this scripture, Satan was tempting Jesus by offering Him the world and the very kingdoms that Jesus had come to take back from him if He would bow down and worship him instead of God. In the face of this test, Jesus responded by saying, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord they God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” Jesus laid down the temptation to yield to His flesh in order to accomplish a greater mission. So likewise, you have to be willing to put God before everything else in your life.

Can God trust that He can work out his plans and purposes through you? A perfect example of this is in Genesis chapters 42–46, when Jacob thought he had lost his beloved son Joseph forever. Through God’s mighty hand, however, he reunited Joseph with his father Jacob and his brothers.

Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son, and his older brothers envied him because of this. They sold him into slavery, and tricked Jacob into believing that his son had been fatally attacked in the wilderness. God was with Joseph, however, which gave him the power to prosper everywhere he went. He was thrown in prison after being falsely accused of rape, but he prospered even behind bars, and was promoted. Joseph eventually became Pharaoh’s highest ranking official after he interpreted a mind–boggling dream for the ruler.

Years later, during a severe famine, Jacob’s family came to Pharaoh for food. As the chief official, Joseph was the man who was responsible for supplying their need. When Jacob’s older sons came to him to buy food, they did not recognize Joseph, and he used it to his advantage to see his younger brother Benjamin and request him to return to see him after their first trip to Egypt. Jacob feared the possibility of losing another son, but he submitted to what was being asked of him. As a result of his being obedient to Joseph’s orders, and the will of God by releasing Benjamin to Joseph once more, the Lord was able to reunite this family, and restore what Jacob thought had been lost. Not only did Joseph reveal his true identity to his father and brothers, but God also used him as an avenue through which He could funnel his provision to them during their time of need.

Jacob operated in true worship in the face of fear, and losing something that was dear to him—his youngest son Benjamin. Are you willing to do the same? This is what worship is all about; a sacrifice must be given before the God–kind of abundance is released. What is God trying to get you to give up for His plans? It may simply be a good deed, money or clothing. Whatever it is, if you are holding something you treasure from God, you are keeping your Benjamin. You have to trust God, that he will bless you because of your sacrifice, and heart of worship toward Him. You cannot see it as a loss, but as a spiritual gain. When you lay your desires and your plans aside for God, He sees it as true worship.

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