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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!

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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2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 8)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

As born-again believers, we are free to live holy lives apart from the governance of Mosaic Law. This is entirely possible when we rely on the Holy Spirit to administer the new covenant of grace to us. Under old-covenant law, no one had the opportunity to get born again and receive a new spirit; Jesus changed all that. God showed overwhelming grace to Paul, a former Pharisee who had strictly observed every detail of Jewish law and put great effort into persecuting and killing Christians. As a result, Paul was able to give powerful testimony about how Jesus changed him from the inside out. We, too, will be able to preach grace to others when we get a revelation from Jesus; it will spring not from our self-effort, but directly from Him. We cannot help but be transformed when we see Jesus as He is.

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2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 1)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

When we have financial issues in our lives, it is a mistake to think that money will solve these problems. Before we can solve the problem, we must first understand how we arrived at it. Wealth by itself is not the solution if bad decisions, out-of-control emotions, or wrong-thinking is the root cause. Materialism is not simply possessing things; it is a mindset that tries to replace God with physical things. If we want breakthrough in our lives, any progress we experience is tied to our trust in God where giving is concerned. Most people who have the wrong idea about money do not understand the link between money and trust. The true currency in the kingdom of God is trust; when we understand this, we will find ourselves in a position to receive the blessings that Jesus’ finished works made available to us.

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2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 2)

By Taffi Dollar

Summary

God has a plan for all of us, and He has given each of us an assignment to carry out. This assignment can be compared to a race we must run; to be successful, we need grace for the race. God’s purpose is for us to live life to the fullest, until it overflows. However, we can only accomplish this if we tap into the grace that helps us to like ourselves. It is always good to show grace toward others, but it is difficult to do so until we first accept it for ourselves. Under the law, the people were under tremendous pressure to perform; a grace-based mindset allows us to release ourselves from the pressure of unrealistic expectations. We can then accept others, shortcomings and all.

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The Contrast: Self-Effort vs. Rest

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Just as there is a contrast between the law that Moses gave and the grace that Jesus brought, there is also a contrast between self-effort and rest. God only works on our behalf if we are resting; therefore, we must rightly divide what it means to be at rest on a spiritual level. Knowing the difference between working to get God to do something and having faith in what He has already done allows us to enter into the place of rest where He wants us to be, and to stay there. We are not made righteous in God’s eyes by our performance, but by our belief in Jesus Christ. We are the righteousness of God by faith, even when we sin, but many Christians do not understand this. We must move beyond the mindset that makes it difficult for us to believe that we could actually receive something from God without doing anything to deserve it. Stress and worry are signs that we are still in self-effort; the peace of mind from believing that we already have everything Jesus made available for us is the acid test that proves we are truly at rest.

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