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Law-Based Prayer vs. Grace-Based Prayer

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There are multiple contrasts between the old covenant of the law and the new covenant of grace; one of the most significant differences is in our prayer lives. Under the law, the people had to pray to get God to do something for them. Under grace, our prayers reflect our thanks and praise for what Jesus did for us on the cross. Grace-based prayer is based on the finished works of Jesus Christ. Many of the prayers we have become accustomed to—even the Lord’s Prayer—technically fall under the law. By comparison, New-Testament prayer is basically saying back to God what Christ has already accomplished under the new covenant. Religious, law-based prayer accomplishes nothing; we see results only through prayers uttered in faith, according to what was finished two thousand years ago.

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The Contrast: The Authority of the Believer

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

The covenant of grace frees us from having to believe in what we do, and teaches us the power of believing in what Jesus has already done. Knowledge of this important distinction allows us to perform the necessary acts of faith to activate the spiritual authority God has given us. We will not see results in our lives if we ask God to do something He already did, or to do something He told us to do. We have been given the right to command and the right to use God’s power; we received these rights not because we earned them, but because of His unmerited favor toward us. The devil’s mission is to destroy us, but as born-again Christians, we must not be ignorant of the enormous power we possess. There is no reason to tolerate anything Satan throws at us because our ability greatly exceeds his; we defeat him by accessing our God-given authority. When believers start believing, the devil and all his strategies are defeated.

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Performing the Law vs. Performing Spiritual Authority

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There is a difference between performing through our own self-effort and performing in faith, to activate the power the finished works of Jesus has made available to us. God supplies the power; our belief flips the switch and puts it to use. The top reason behind unanswered prayer is because we ask God to do something that He has already given us the authority to do ourselves. The average Christian approaches Him as if they are powerless; under the covenant of grace, this approach is wrong. We have been authorized to execute spiritual laws, and we must stand on that authority. The power of God gives us the ability to get the job done and see results by speaking His Word over any situation that arises. As believers, we must never be afraid to walk in our authority.

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The Contrast between Law by Moses vs. Grace by Jesus (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There are major differences between the law and grace; the quality of our Christian lives depends on correctly analyzing those contrasts. Under the law, the focus was on man’s performance and what the people could do to get something from God. Under grace, the focus is on what Jesus did, and our belief in it. We must not confuse performing to get what Jesus has already done with performing to activate the authority that He has given us. It is actually sinful to rely on our own efforts to earn our righteousness when Jesus has already made us righteous by faith. God has declared us holy and sanctified because we are in Christ; there is therefore no need to earn our holiness and sanctification when we can receive it by faith. Moving from the old dispensation of the law to the new dispensation of grace allows God to transform us from the inside out and change our lives.

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Rightly Dividing the Lord’s Supper

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Just as we must correctly analyze the Bible according to the old and new covenants, it is also imperative to rightly divide pivotal events, such as the Lord’s Supper. There is a difference between eating a regular meal and taking communion. We must not think that many are sick and die early because of communion. Sickness and death happen not because we take communion, but because we do not take advantage of the deliverance that has been provided through the communion given to us by grace. We may have heard in church that we should not take communion if we have sin in our lives; this causes us to remember our sins instead of remembering what Jesus did for us. We must view Holy Communion in context with the covenant of grace. We eat it not simply to satisfy our hunger, but to celebrate our healing, our deliverance, and our wholeness.

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The Contrast between Law by Moses vs. Grace by Jesus (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

To properly understand the Bible, we must rightly divide and correctly analyze what we read. What was true under the law may not be true under grace; one of the most important distinctions we must make is understanding the difference between sin as an action and sin as a noun. If we fail to differentiate between the act of sinning and the old sinful root of a man, we can be born again but think that we are still sinners when we commit a sinful act. Although being born again makes our spirits sinless and perfect, we may still continue doing sinful things until we get into the Word of God and let it renew our minds. Sin has dominion over anyone trying to live under the law. However, when we are under grace, we are no longer under its authority. As believers, we can be thankful that we have been delivered from the results of our fruitless self-efforts under the law, and made recipients of changed lives through Jesus Christ.

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