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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!

Do We Really Need God, or Can We Live Without Him? (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Plenty of people believe they can live without God—including some former Christians who are now atheists. Part of this way of thinking may stem from religion, which puts forth multiple requirements to fulfill in order to please God. In the Old Testament, the people blocked themselves from God’s blessings through an attitude that indicated they thought they could obey the law through their own efforts, without His help. This mindset still exists today; it is called secular humanism, in which the world exalts the “self-made man.” However, anything good that happens to us is by God’s grace and mercy, not by our own performance. Failure to acknowledge this is sheer arrogance. To achieve any level of success at all, we need God.

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How To Win Over Depression

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Feelings are a part of everyone’s lives, but as believers, we do not have to be dominated by them. It is God’s will that we control our emotions and achieve emotional stability. We have been given authority in every realm and we have the power to defeat negative emotions, including depression; therefore, we are accountable for the way we feel. This is something we need to know, so that when our feelings threaten to sweep us away, we can resist the urge. Our emotions can either move us closer to, or away from, God’s will for us. They actually control the direction of our lives. Knowing what the Word says about our feelings allows us to master life instead of letting life master us.

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Do We Really Need God, or Can We Live Without Him? (Part 4)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There is a massive failure affecting the spiritual walk of a large number of people, causing them to declare that they do not need God—the failure of preachers to correctly teach about God’s true nature. Statistics show an increasing percentage of atheists who were formerly Christians, but walked away from God. This is due to a widespread misconception about who He is, and what He is really like. To truly know God’s nature, we must correctly interpret the Scriptures pertaining to the old covenant agreement versus the new covenant agreement. Most churches still teach the Law of Moses, which focuses on God’s punishment; this gives us a wrong picture of Him. God has not changed, but the covenant under which He deals with us has. When we realize that He is our heavenly Father who deeply loves us and wants a personal relationship with us, we can position ourselves to receive the good things He wants to give us.

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How to Overcome Hurt

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Everyone has emotions, and everyone at some point in time will experience hurt. We live in a world filled with hurting people, and hurt people tend to say hurtful things to others. Unkind, cruel words from others can hurt us inside; hurt feelings rob us of God’s blessings. The potential for getting our feelings hurt is real, and the enemy wants to bring us to a place where we do not want to deal with this painful emotion. However, God’s will is for us to be delivered and healed from negative emotions. As born-again Christians, we know hurt must be dealt with immediately. The Word teaches us how to handle it when it happens. Using the believers’ authority we have over our feelings allows us to let go of the emotional pain and move on with our lives.

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Living by Faith, Not by Emotions

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

One of the advantages we have as believers is that we have the Word of God as a resource to bring emotional stability to our lives. Mastering our emotions is impossible without His Word, and the world cannot do this because it does not have this resource. Without the wisdom gained from God, all we can do is simply cope with our feelings, and not let them dominate us. Living life by our emotions is bound to cause us to struggle. We must not base our feelings on our physical senses, because our emotions can change according to transitory appearances. True wisdom is letting our faith in God’s Word, instead of our feelings, govern our lives. Confidently knowing what He says to us in this area, instead of having to rely on our emotions at the moment, puts us in emotional control.

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Gaining Control over Your Emotions

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Historically, the church has devoted plenty of attention to spiritual things, but very little attention to emotions. Realistically, we must admit that we all have feelings; therefore, it makes sense to talk about them and learn how to deal with them. It is okay to have emotions, as long as they do not dominate us. God wants us to achieve emotional stability. This means asserting authority over our feelings and learning to fall “out of love” with our emotions. Real power and success comes from the ability to control our emotions, which is where the devil focuses his attacks. When we are aware of the enemy’s tactics, we can be on guard against all his efforts.

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