Dr. Creflo Dollar: The Importance of Pleasing God

Author: 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: Spiritual Farming

Spiritual Farming - Dr. 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: God Cares About Your Dreams

God Cares About Your Dreams - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Pastor Creflo Dollar

Do you ever wonder if God cares about the dreams you have in life? Amongst all the people that He has created, and the countless issues and challenges others face, at times you may feel that your dreams go unnoticed or that God has so much on His plate that you aren’t a top priority. But this is simply not true. God, in His loving omnipotence, cares for every one of His children. He is aware of your dreams and desires and is well able to bring them to pass.

Yes, God cares. He has great love for you because He is love. In fact, His love for you surpasses anything that you can imagine for yourself. Do not doubt that His care for you extends to His being concerned about the many aspirations that you have.

During your talks with God, express your desires to Him. It delights your Heavenly Father when you draw closer to Him through prayer and fellowship. Faith and trust are the foundation of seeing God’s goodness manifest. When you share your heart with Him, it shows that you trust Him.

Don’t worry about the presentation or the form of conversation that you have with God when you pray. Even if you can’t find the right words to express your feelings and the yearning you have to see your hopes and dreams come to pass, talk to Him openly and honestly. He is aware of every thought that passes through your mind, from your daydreams to the thoughts of frustration that come from wanting things to happen quickly.

Open your life up to God’s guidance so that you can receive His goodness. When you purpose in your heart to live a life that pleases Him, He is sure to reward you according to His will for your life. You must understand that you are not living life alone. God has a great plan for your life that is beyond what you would choose or dream for yourself. His plan also involves people you haven’t even encountered yet. He will bless you so you can be a blessing to others as well.

Don’t get discouraged and give up on your dreams; trust God. The Bible promises that those who believe and have faith in Him will experience prosperity in every area of life. And don’t for a minute believe that He doesn’t take into consideration the time, effort and passion you put into making your desires a reality. Second Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight….” Even if you do not see immediate results from your hard work, keep your focus on God and His Word.

Just like Joseph was years, months, days, hours, then minutes away from seeing victory in his life, the same is true for you. If he had quit or allowed obstacles to hinder him from moving forward, he would have never seen his breakthrough! By practicing patience and persistence in your meditation on the Word, you will see the intricate details of your life unfold.

Though you will experience challenges and obstacles as you go through life, I encourage you to persevere and receive what God has for you. Take your heart’s desires before Him and seek Him diligently. He will bring to pass His perfect will for your life.

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