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The Contrast

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There are definite differences between the old covenant of the law and the new covenant of grace. Jesus has replaced the law with grace, but this does not mean we do not have any laws at all to follow. Although we are no longer under the Ten Commandments and all of its associated requirements, we are now under a new commandment: to believe in Jesus Christ and to love one another. Under the law, man had to perform to be blessed; now, all we need to do is to have faith in what Jesus has already done. We do not have to be aware of sin, because we are now free to be mindful of what Jesus’ finished works made available to us. God has said we are righteous, redeemed, delivered, and healed. To receive these gifts, all we need to do is to believe this.

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Know When to Say “No”

By Taffi Dollar

Summary

As parents, we all love our children and want the best for them; however, we need godly wisdom to know exactly what “the best” is. It is normal to want to help our kids as much as we can. However, despite our best intentions, there is always the possibility of enabling them instead of helping them. A parent who is an enabler might be motivated by a sense of control; this could cause the children to learn to rely on them, instead of on God. Our sons and daughters should eventually be able to live successful lives. When they make requests of us, our response is everything; sometimes tough love is the best response. The Bible says to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. In all our parenting situations, relying on the Holy Spirit’s guidance and direction enables us to do that.

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Looking through the Lens of Grace (Part 6)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There is a clear contrast between the law by Moses and grace by Jesus Christ; we will get confused if we cannot reconcile these two covenants. One of the most significant contrasts is the difference between sin and sinning. The Book of Romans discusses this topic, and illustrates how living under grace frees us from living under the law. Misunderstanding Paul’s message fools us into thinking that being born again frees us from the act of sinning, instead of from our old, sinful natures. Using the word “sin” as a verb gives it a different meaning than using it as a noun. When we get born again and die to our old, sinful selves, we are indeed free from sin; however, because God has given us freedom of choice, we can choose for ourselves whether or not to keep sinning. Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us and minister the covenant of grace to us reveals the true depth of our freedom in Jesus.

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Gaining Control over Your Emotions (Part 3)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

God’s will for us is to be successful and prosperous in every way—including harnessing our emotions and keeping them under control. We are authorized to resist anything that is not His will; when we feel negative feelings rising up in us, we have power over them. However, if we do not know God’s will regarding our thoughts and emotions, we will accept those negative emotions and allow them to rule our lives. Our emotions are based in our souls, and our success in life is based on how successfully we dominate our feelings. If we have been born again, it is a misconception to think that we cannot help how we feel. We have direct authority from God in this area. Our success in keeping our feelings in check gives us emotional prosperity, which is what He wants for us.

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2018 Ministers’ and Leaders’ Conference (Session 5)

By Taffi Dollar

Summary

Promotion comes from God, who is able to transform and elevate our lives in multiple ways. One example of this is found in the Old Testament story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery because they did not understand the calling on his life. When Joseph served in Potiphar’s house, God’s favor was on him and he prospered and was promoted; this continued even after Joseph was put in prison. The kind of supernatural progression that Joseph experienced still happens today, and it is independent of any human intellect or understanding. Before we entered into a relationship with Jesus, we were living under the heavy yoke of the curses that resulted from Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden of Eden. When Jesus came, He broke the curses and allowed believers access to supernatural promotion because of God’s grace. We have been lifted up, and we can now enjoy the kind of elevated life He wants for us.

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Looking through the Lens of Grace (Part 3)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

If we are to live Christian lives, we need to do so accurately and with precision. We must base our lives according to truth, not according to religion. It can be challenging to discover that something we believed all our lives was simply tradition that contradicts God’s Word. Man’s tradition makes the Word of God of no effect; we must not be the fulfillment of this. Religion still teaches the Law of Moses, which made constant demands of the people before they could be blessed. However, Jesus has delivered us from the law and moved us under grace, which is all about supply and not demand. Because of His love for us, we are now free from useless self-effort and enabled to do what we could never do on our own.

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