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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!

No More Worries (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

At any given time, we have all faced the temptation to worry about something. However, Christians who know their God confront this emotion differently than the world. Worrying stems from focusing on the wrong things in life. Anxiety arises when we get too wrapped up in material possessions instead of in our faith in God, who supplies us with everything we need. We must not allow momentary circumstances to affect how we feel. We know our faith is real when we have peace of mind and rest from worries. Worry is fear-based; when we are absolutely sure and confident about the promises of God, we find rest.

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Freedom from Performance-Based Christianity

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Many Christians struggling with self-effort are still focused on their performance, rather than on their belief. There is a difference between performing to try to do what Jesus has already done, and performing as a result of faith in what we have received by grace. Some of us may have trouble understanding that we could actually receive something from God without doing anything to deserve it. If we have been taught that God’s blessings are dependent on our works, grace will challenge this mindset. Grace is all about believing and receiving, not about working and deserving. The Law of Moses locked the people into continual self-effort; grace frees us from it. We receive this freedom only when we accept it by faith.

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No More Worries

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

At any given time, we have all faced the temptation to worry about something. However, Christians who know their God confront this emotion differently than the world. Worrying stems from focusing on the wrong things in life. Anxiety arises when we get too wrapped up in material possessions instead of in our faith in God, who supplies us with everything we need. We must not allow momentary circumstances to affect how we feel. We know our faith is real when we have peace of mind and rest from worries. Worry is fear-based; when we are absolutely sure and confident about the promises of God, we find rest.

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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 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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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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