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

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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The Contrast: Righteousness and Condemnation

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Correctly analyzing and rightly dividing the Word of God reveals to us numerous differences between the Law of Moses and the grace that Jesus Christ brought. Examples of those contrasts are the definitions of righteousness and condemnation under the law versus under grace. Under the law, righteousness came by our works; under grace, it comes through faith in Jesus Christ and His works. Grace makes us right with God not because of what we do, but because of our faith in what Jesus did. The law condemns us when we sin, and the law is what is preached from most pulpits. What was true under the law is no longer true under grace; the truth now is that our righteousness comes from Jesus, and we cannot sin it away, no matter what we do. When we cling to this knowledge and have faith in it, we mature spiritually.

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Positioning Yourself to be Led by God

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Life can be a confusing mystery if we do not know why we were born. God has given all of us a purpose for our lives; He is committed to guiding us to clarity and understanding of that plan. We have all received gifts and talents that enable us to fulfill the mission He has for us. Our job is to follow God’s lead to discover what those anointings are. Following His direction often requires that we go through difficult circumstances designed to strengthen us for the journey to where He wants us to be. We cannot be successful if we cut God out of our lives; we only end up broken and spiritually blind. Yielding to Him allows Him to lead us to our place of wholeness.

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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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How to be Led by the Holy Spirit (Part 3)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

We live in a world of people who wonder why they are on the earth, and what God’s purpose is for them. Without guidance from the Holy Spirit, they will never know. The Spirit came to tell us everything we need to know to walk in the fullness of God’s plan for our lives. The Holy Ghost is the one who brings us revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ; however, we will not see Christ as He is if we have a veil of condemnation over our lives. Fear, guilt, shame, condemnation, and all other negative emotions are the opposite of the grace Jesus offers us, but they cannot stand when the Spirit removes the veil and reveals Jesus as He is now, after the cross. Accepting His forgiveness will free us from our past mistakes and sins, and allow the Spirit to lead us forward so we can understand God’s will for us. When we believe this, we find peace.

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