Creflo Dollar: Jesus-Based Relationships

Jesus-Based Relationships - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

When we observe others and the relationships they enter into, we see that not every relationship is the same. Some are simple and straightforward, and based on honesty and respect. Others are filled with drama and pain, and the people in them are frequently hurt or emotionally damaged.  There are rocky relationships, and then there are relationships based on the Rock.

When I say the Rock, I mean Jesus, Who is God in human form. One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to show us how to live successful lives, and happy relationships are a huge part of His plan for us. The Bible is filled with references to God as the Rock, because when we lose our footing on what we thought was a strong relationship, we can always depend on Him for strength and stability. “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” (Psalm 40:1, 2).

Too many people anxiously rush into relationships without thinking, and they pay a high price. When we have the patience to wait on God and listen for His direction on who He wants us to be with, it will always go well. God’s will is to set us up in a relationship so good, we’ll feel joy through and through. “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1). He wants to save us from all the hurt and heartbreak being joined to the wrong person can cause.

As a father, I have done my best to teach all my children when they were growing up to take their time and be discerning when forming relationships. I taught them the value of self-respect, and how learning to love themselves empowered them to truly love others. Reading in the Bible about how the lives of so many people …were impacted when they got to know Jesus is eye-opening, and I can’t emphasize enough this all-important relationship with Him.

Building our relationships on Jesus instead of the things of the world isn’t popular with many people today, and it shows. We see failed marriages, broken friendships, and families torn apart by strife and violence. But God’s teachings have always been true, rock solid, and immovable. “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27, NKJV).

Whether it’s bonding with friends, family members, or spouses, any relationship is shaky if the Rock isn’t in the center of it. In the Old Testament when Moses led the people through the dry, parched desert, God kept them alive. “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4). Are your relationships built on the living Rock?

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Creflo Dollar: The Basics of Prayer

The Basics of Prayer - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

Life can be a mixed bag of both good and bad things, and when it turns ugly, we have a choice about how to handle it. Many people try to tough it out on their own, crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. However, plenty of people find out the hard way that their own efforts aren’t enough to turn the situation around. But others realize they need divine help, and they earnestly turn to God.

Evil can come in the form of a divorce, job loss, health issues, family or marital problems, or a thousand other ways. The Bible tells us that it’s a question of when, not if, trouble will show up in our lives. When it does, a heart-to-heart conversation with God about the situation is in order. Talking with the Almighty can bring us new insights into what we’re going through. “Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name: call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand)” (Jeremiah 33:2, 3, AMP).

Most of us never learned how to pray when we were children. We were given a standard set of verses to memorize and repeat back to the adults, and that was called praying. But true prayer comes from the heart, not from the head. “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns” (Philippians 4:6, MSG). God knows what we’re feeling, and just like a loving father with his children, He delights in hearing from us in prayer.

God is well aware of the fear that can paralyze us when trouble strikes, and His will is for us to trust Him enough to let Him bring us through it unharmed. He promises never to abandon us or let us down. In the Old Testament, this promise worked for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, (Daniel 3:1-30) and it will still work for us today.

The God Who made all creation loves us so much that when we believe what He says to us, and we accept His Son as our personal Savior, we become His own children. He enriches our lives and empowers us to defeat any fear, temptation, or negative emotion that arises against us. When we read the Bible and meditate on all the promises in it, we can’t help but give thanks, and praise God for Who He is. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV). This attitude is what makes true prayer so powerful.

On our own, we can get blindsided by life. Listening to the One Who God sends to help us through both the good and bad times keeps us on track. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV). When we acknowledge that all three parts of God want only good for us, we begin to feel the peace that He promises us. If our prayer life doesn’t reflect this peace and joy that God wants us to have, maybe it’s time to get back to the biblical basics.

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Creflo Dollar: The Righteousness of God

The Righteousness of God - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesFor he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21).

What does it mean to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus? Our righteousness in Christ Jesus is a gift given to us by our Heavenly Father. In today’s study we explore what righteousness, also known as right standing, means for the Believer. You see, Adam’s sin, and subsequent sinful nature, obliterated man’s favorable standing with God.

You may have had that happen in a personal relationship you shared with someone. Perhaps you have had a friend with whom you felt you could share very personal, intimate information only to learn that they had been sharing your private information with other people. You feel betrayed, and while you may still care for your friend, the relationship has shifted, it is not the same. On the inside you sense something has been broken, there is a separation that was not there before. This person’s right standing with you has been breached, trust has been broken, and you are sad that you cannot share the same type of relationship with this person that you enjoyed before.

Imagine how God felt when the man he created betrayed Him. Yet, He loved us so much He implemented a plan to restore our right standing with Him. Hebrews 9:22 tells us that “without shedding of blood is no remission [of sins],” but since only clean, pure, sinless blood could remove the sin that separated man from God. He paid the price through Jesus Christ to bring us back to Himself. Imagine that. In the above scenario, what if the only way to restore your relationship with your untrustworthy friend was for you to cut off your right arm? And you know, today, with the aid of anesthesia, your arm could be removed virtually pain-free. But even so, you probably would not be willing to pay such a price to restore that relationship. You would probably say, “See ya!”

Aren’t you glad God did not say “see ya” to us after Adam sinned? Instead, He instituted some temporary means for temporarily covering sin, which allowed man limited access to Him until the time came to send Jesus into the world. When the time was right, according to God’s plan, Jesus came, ministered, suffered, and though He committed no sin, took on the sin of man as His own. He then died and rose again so that through Him we might again have right standing with God. Praise God! We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Knowing who you are in Christ toughens up your attitude where adversity is concerned. You realize you do not have to take anything off of the devil because you have right standing with the most High God. Say it, believe it, live it. Be blessed.

- Creflo Dollar

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