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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

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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