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Select the topic or date of your choice to view a detailed outline of the teachings. Each time you study the Word, you position yourself to receive divine direction from God. When you spend time researching the Scriptures, you acquire wisdom for every situation in life. As you study, expect to find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems!

The Contrast: Self-Effort vs. Rest (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

The comparison between the old and new covenants takes on significance when we understand where we have been. At one time, man was under the constrictive, condemning Law of Moses; Jesus freed us from it and offered us grace instead. We must ask ourselves whether we are living our lives by the law or by grace. Christianity did not exist before Jesus Christ came; therefore, Christians who are trying to follow Old-Testament law are living by the wrong standards. We must be careful to rightly divide not only the old and new testaments, but also what we read in the New Testament. Since Jesus was perfectly fulfilling all of the law during His ministry, some of what He said was law-based. If we are looking for true peace and real rest, we must let go of our self-efforts and look to Jesus. Good things we could never take credit for will begin showing up in our lives when we start believing in God’s works instead of our own.

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2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 25)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

When we have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, we will discover that it is not simply a relationship with facts and principles, but with a real person. Our lives will be profoundly affected when we hear Him speak to us, and we can answer Him. As the administrator of the new covenant, the Holy Spirit wants to lead, guide, and comfort us; He also wants to take the mystery out of life by revealing God’s will to us. To be successful in leading lives of grace, we need Him to empower us. Not even Jesus was able to succeed in His mission without the Holy Spirit; therefore, we need His help and direction even more so, in order to fulfill the assignment God has given us. Trusting in the Holy Spirit causes things to happen that we are not capable of making happen through our own efforts. Our Christian walk will be redirected in amazing ways when we let Him take the lead.

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2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 16)

By Taffi Dollar

Summary

Grace can be many things, including a person, a divine influence on the heart, and an enabling from God; in this context, grace is also a gift. The grace we see now under the new covenant did not exist under the old covenant of the law. Only a few select men could be part of the priesthood and receive an anointing from God, and no one had the opportunity to receive new spirits and become God’s children. It took Jesus to change all that; now everyone—men and women alike—can be equal members of God’s royal priesthood and receive from Him as His beloved children. Because of Jesus, we do not have to qualify for blessings from God; we simply receive by faith, like Paul did. Things begin to happen when we learn to think humbly like Paul and throw ourselves on the mercies of God. Accepting the gift of grace enables us to show mercy and forgiveness to others in the same way Jesus showed it to those He met during His ministry.

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2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 17)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

As Christians, we need a relationship with the Holy Spirit. It is vital that we have His guidance so that we can live under the new covenant and keep God’s law of love without self-effort. Most people, including many believers, do not fully understand the Holy Spirit or the role He plays in our lives. He is more than just a jiggle or a scream; He is our guide who will reveal to us things we could never understand on our own. To ensure we are living by grace and not by the Law of Moses, we must trust and have confidence in the Holy Spirit. Following His lead enables us to accept others and show them grace the same way Jesus did, and do things we could never do through our own efforts. When we are motivated by the love of God, the world will see Jesus through us.

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2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 14)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

As believers, the finished works of Jesus Christ define us. Our identities are based on our belief in Him, and we are righteous because of our faith in Him. Our trust in Jesus affirms to us that we are redeemed, and that we have received the wisdom of God. The world will challenge this; we must therefore begin renewing our minds according to who we are, and continue doing so even when our behavior does not line up with our new identity The true test is if, after we made a bad decision, we still believe we are righteous or we believe we have lost our identity and slip into self-effort. Rightly dividing the Word of grace gives us the advantage over the enemy, and shields us against being pulled back into the constant hard work that the law requires. We are truly freed from our performance when we keep leaning on and looking at Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to change us from the inside out.

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2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 13)

By Taffi Dollar

Summary

We want to be able to run the race God has given us; however, living a grace-filled life is difficult if we are in emotional turmoil. Religion or our past circumstances can affect our ability to connect and have a relationship with God and other people. Grace relates not just to how we treat others, but also to how we feel about ourselves. God wants us to go to Him to get the help we need, but this begins with first knowing that He accepts and loves us, and wants to commune with us. He wants us to enjoy life to the fullest until it overflows, but this is tough to do if we do nott enjoy ourselves. Grace can be defined as a divine influence on our hearts that guides our lives; when we learn to like ourselves the way God likes us, our self-image—and our lives—will be dramatically impacted for the better.

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