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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!

Overcoming Approval Addiction

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Addictions to anything are very dangerous and destructive. This includes being addicted to others’ approval. It is a huge mistake to determine our value and sense of self-worth by what other people think of us. The craving for others’ validation and the fear of rejection can destroy our mental health, cause us to focus on the wrong things, and actually derail God’s call on our lives. This kind of fear puts us in bondage to people. Living to please others, instead of God, steals our peace and our relationship with Him. By contrast, living for an audience of one—God— pleases Him, gives us eternal peace, and allows us to carry out His plan for us.

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Satan’s Plot to Steal to Steal Your Trust

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

In these last days, Satan is battling for our hearts and our faith. He has been working hard to undermine God and build a foundation of deception to make us spiritually blind; the last thing he wants is for us to live under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The enemy works through the spirit of mammon attached to money; he lies to us and tells us he can give us things that only God can give us. His plan is to get us to rely on money more than on God. Mammon hates generosity and giving, especially with our finances; we defeat this evil spirit by giving to show that we trust in God enough to give without fear of lack. Despite what mammon tells us, we can depend on God, who will take care of us and never leave us. Genuine success and prosperity on every level come only from making God our source.

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The End Times Prophecy Concerning the United States

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

The Bible tells us to depend on God as our source. This has always been true; it is especially so right now, as the prophecies Jesus made concerning what will happen globally in these last days are coming to pass. Depending on God cannot be simply lip service anymore; our trust must be genuine. Never has our faith in Him been so important as in this time when so many people have chosen idols, such as money, for themselves. This is due to the prevalence of the spirit of mammon in the world, especially in America. As worldly systems continue to break down, world leaders prove untrustworthy, and fear increases, God will be the only One we will be able to rely on. When all earthly resources dry up and disappear, Christians will always have more than enough when we believe that God will provide everything we need.

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How to Deal with Unbelief

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

We live in an environment that constantly challenges our faith. Theoretically, we believe, yet what we see, hear, and feel on the physical level introduces just enough doubt to counteract our belief. Ignorance about the truth of God’s Word also causes unbelief, as does being taught wrong doctrine. Being born again moves us from living under the law to living under grace; however, letting the law become so entrenched in our minds that we cannot let go of it blocks us from believing God. As believers, we have received the same authority and power that Jesus Christ has; we must not let what we observe around us make us question or doubt this. It is entirely possible to have unbelief and faith coexisting side-by-side in our minds; prayer and fasting drives out that unbelief. Believing who we are in Christ keeps doubt from cancelling out our trust and reliance on Him.

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The Chastening of the Lord (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There is considerable misunderstanding about what it means when God chastens us. He does this as a loving Father to correct and guide us, not to punish us. His chastening helps direct us toward righteousness, godliness, and complete dependence on Him. Punishment, which involves fear, does not figure into the covenant of grace, because it is not God’s nature to punish. Punishment is a consequence of wrongdoing; however, Jesus took all the punishment we deserved when He went to the cross. We are guaranteed to encounter adversity and painful circumstances in life; God uses those things not because He is angry with us, but to grow and mature us. The next time we run into trouble, we can be thankful and joyful knowing that God loves us and cares enough about us to discipline us for our own good..

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The Chastening of the Lord

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Living under grace as believers means we are God’s children. As our heavenly Father, He loves us enough to chasten and correct us as needed. It is painful while we are going through it, but it is not punishment; chastening is a sign that we are God’s son or daughter. It is God’s way of dealing with our sins, but doing so in love. Just like the purification process gold goes through to burn out all impurities, God uses the chastening process to remove everything in us that’s displeasing to Him—including self-dependence. This type of impurity includes all self- centeredness, all self-will, and all tendencies to take the glory and credit for God’s blessings for ourselves. We are unlike the unsaved world that doesn’t know Jesus and therefore does not undergo the chastening process; we therefore can rejoice when we do undergo it.

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