Creflo Dollar: Eternal Redemption

Eternal Redemption - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

Many people come from religious circles that told them they could lose their salvation if they missed the mark or made a mistake. As a result, there are a lot of Christians walking around feeling a sense of continual condemnation when they sin in any form or fashion, and many even find themselves begging God for forgiveness multiple times a day, every day. The truth is that Jesus has paid the price for our sins, once and for all. Redemption is eternal, and there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love once we make Jesus the Lord of our lives. We must renew our minds to the reality of eternal redemption and walk in a consciousness of it every day. Doing so will purge us of the sin-consciousness that has been amplified in the body of Christ.

Understanding the eternal nature of Jesus’ sacrifice for us will transform the way we see ourselves and our spiritual development. The Word of God holds the keys to the truth about redemption. Hebrews 9:11-12 says, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Prior to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, there was a system of sacrifice for sins that involved offering animals to God in order to atone for the sins of the people. This was a system that was implemented under the Old Testament law. The priests would offer the sacrifice once a year, and it had to be done every year in order to deal with the sins of the people.

When Jesus offered Himself on the cross, He became a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, similar to the way in which animals were used in Old Testament sacrifices to cover the people’s sins. The difference in what Jesus did, however, was that His blood didn’t just cover the sins of mankind, it literally blotted them out. Not only that, but Jesus’ blood dealt with past, present, and future sins. The sacrifice was perfect, complete, and eternal, which means its sin-cleansing effects go on forever, without end. Once you become born again, you have access to the continual cleansing power of the blood, even for sins you haven’t yet committed.

Some people may find this hard to accept, especially when scriptures like 1 John 1:9 have been used by Christians as a basis to confess their sins over and over again in an attempt to keep from going to hell or to keep God from striking them down in judgment; however, 1 John 1:9 is referencing what happens when we initially become born again. When we confess our sins at the point of accepting Jesus, He cleanses us of all unrighteousness, and we are made the righteousness of God in an instant. We no longer have to take ourselves through religious confessions of sins in an attempt to get in God’s good graces; He accepts us the moment we accept His Son. When we miss the mark, we simply repent and get back on the path to righteousness.

Please understand, God doesn’t see you as a sinner after you get saved; He sees you as the righteousness of God. Your spirit, which is the real you, is recreated in holiness and is as pure as it will ever be. Therefore, when you miss the mark, you are not sinning with your spirit because your spirit cannot and does not ever participate in sin. It is your soul and body that partake of sin, not the spirit. So when you miss it, you are still just like Jesus within your spirit. Renewing your mind on a daily basis, and making a decision to align your soul with the Word of God, will cause your spirit, soul, and body to function as one unit.

Hebrews 10:10-18 says: By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified … Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where the remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Every Believer’s recreated spirit has been perfected and made righteous; therefore, there is no need to offer continual “sacrifices” to achieve salvation. Our redemption from sin has been bought, paid for, and stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit. All we have to do is walk in the newness of life, which God has made available to us!

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Creflo Dollar: From Hurt to Wholeness

From Hurt to Wholeness - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

In our everyday lives, we encounter individuals who project an image of wellness, but secretly, they are walking containers of deep-seated hurt. Are you among them?

Hurt desperately seeks to find entrance into the lives of men, women, and children in countless ways. For many, hurt has come in through an absentee father, an abusive mother, an unfaithful spouse, a slight, or something as simple as one unkind word. The varieties are unlimited! However, they all share a common orchestrator, Satan.

In the Garden of Eden, Satan came in as a serpent with the express purpose of moving Adam and Eve from their trust in God and in all He had spoken. Satan’s strategy was to deceive the minds of Adam and Eve. His entry point into their minds was through their emotions. Satan uses the same tactic today. It is his same m.o. (method of operation)—Satan attacking the minds of individuals through their feelings, which are governed by emotions.

Now God intentionally created emotions for mankind, and we know everything God created is for a goodly purpose. However, like all things that begin as good but are later perverted by the devil, hurt is a negative emotion. Hurt’s aim is to rob God’s beloved of all He says they can be and everything He says they can have.

Negative emotions will try to talk to you, and it is common for the hurt and emotionally wounded to listen to them. This only makes their situations worse, because emotions and feelings often fluctuate. They are a most untrustworthy source.

Some other misguided self-help attempts by those who have been hurt are:  hurting others to try to feel better, pretending the pain does not exist, hardening one’s heart, and forming relationships upon a foundation of hurt. All of these efforts are doomed to fail.

To deal with hurt successfully and to go forward in life, one must refuse to use pain as a point of reference. Determine to stop “bringing it up.” You can change! Do not believe the lies of the enemy—you are NOT powerless!

Moreover, you have been given authority over hurt, which covers attacks against your mind and emotions. The Bible says 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” (Luke 10:19). This is not to say you will never stub a toe or bump a knee. It is saying, though, that for the Christian, there is a part of you that is protected from sin, hurt, and harm—even from Satan. It is your born-again spirit, the “real you.” According to Ephesians 1:13, our core being, our spirits, are sealed by the Holy Spirit when we accept Christ. Our responsibility is to renew our minds (our thought life) daily with the Word of God. As a result, emotional hurt must back off. Now healing can come in, and with it, wholeness!

In addition, to paraphrase Philippians 4:6 from the Message Bible, I encourage you to voice your feelings to God. Shape your hurt into prayers and praises to Him. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for your good, will settle your minds, your emotions—your world! It is wonderful when that happens—when Christ displaces worry, hurt, or any other negative emotion as the center of your life.

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Creflo Dollar: The Word of God is Food for Your Soul

The Word of God is Food for Your Soul - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar Ministriesby: Creflo Dollar

You have probably heard the phrase “You are what you eat” before, and it is usually a statement that is made in reference to food. However, it can also be applied to the things we “feed” our spirits on a daily basis. The foods we eat are responsible for sustaining our physical bodies and allowing us to maintain good health. Likewise, the prosperity of our souls depends on our spiritual food choices. In other words, what we put in our minds by way of our eyes, our ears, and the things that come out of our mouths, have the potential to nourish or deplete us spiritually. As Believers, we must be sure we are constantly feeding our spirits the right things, which only come from God’s Word.

Junk food is the type of food that has virtually no nutritional value and is full of harmful substances that have both short-term and long-term negative effects on the body. Similarly, there are a lot of things we are exposed to every day that are spiritual junk food. For example, the news is full of bad reports of doom and gloom—talk of impending financial crisis and increasing wickedness. “Reality” television shows, ungodly music, and talk shows that promote beliefs and perspectives that do not line up with the Word of God are also prevalent. These are just a few examples of spiritual “junk” food that, when taken in on a consistent basis, will keep us spiritually malnourished and open to the attacks of the enemy.

God created man as a tri-part being, meaning he is a spirit, who possesses a soul, and lives in a physical body. Because of this tri-part nature, He expects us to take care of each part properly. For the physical body, that would mean eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest. For the spirit and soul, it means continually “feeding” on a diet of the Word of God. The Bible is the prescribed “diet” that our spirits were created to intake.

Proverbs 4:20 gives some very important instructions in regards to feeding our spirits so we can maintain optimum spiritual health. It says, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.” The more we focus on God’s Word, the more we will desire it and the more rapidly we will see spiritual growth and development taking place in our lives. A steady diet of the Word provides our spirits with the strength needed to overcome everything in the world. It is the faith “food” we need.

Verse 21 tells us to not let the Word of God depart from our eyes. We must keep our eyes on the Word at all times. A great way to do this is to make it the top priority of our day. Since the eyes are one of the gateways to the heart, by studying the Word first thing in the morning and looking at scriptures during the day, we plant it in our hearts. The more we do this, the more we will be built up on the inside and equipped to handle the challenges of life.

There is no limit to how much of God’s Word our spirits can handle. In fact, the more we take in, the bigger and stronger our spirits become. We are the only ones who can limit our Word intake, primarily as an act of our own will. Choosing to make the Word the centerpiece of our day and our absolute priority will position us to be spiritually empowered all the time.

Regardless of what church you attend, it is important to take time outside of church to read your Bible and feed on the Word of God. I’m not talking about casually skimming over the Scriptures but really focusing in on what you are reading, meditating on it, and allowing it to become deeply rooted in your consciousness. This is the level of Word intake that will begin to affect your life and cause you to be victorious in this world.

If you feel yourself becoming irritable, depressed, or low on joy, it is probably because you’re low on the Word. But when you feed on the Word to the point where it is overflowing in your spirit, you will not only have enough spiritual strength to deal with the challenges you face but to also minister to others. You are what you eat, so make sure you’re eating the Word every day. Your spirit will thank you for it!

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