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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 tor every situation in life. As you study, expect to find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems!

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

To reconcile why the Holy Spirit was sent, we must study the Scriptures to understand His purpose. If we do not understand His ministry and how He operates in our lives, we could find ourselves believing a fable. The Spirit did not come to convict us of the things we do wrong or the mistakes we make; He came to convict us of unbelief in Jesus. This unbelief is the sin the Holy Spirit came to point out to us. Our mistake is focusing on the fruit of an issue, which are our actions, instead of on the root, which is our unbelief. We see this illustrated in the Bible when David’s doubt in what God told him caused him to commit adultery and murder, and when Moses’ doubt that God could bring water from a rock kept him from entering the Promised Land. When we understand the relationship between our unbelief and our actions, our behavior will radically change for the better.

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Reacquainted with the Holy Spirit (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

We need to be reacquainted with our unseen partner, who is the Holy Spirit. The church has not taught enough about Him, which is why many people do not understand the importance of the baptism of the Spirit. The Holy Ghost is not like the cartoon ghosts many of us have seen on television; He is God, Himself, functioning as a spirit. We are coming into a time when we will see things come to pass that we cannot explain according to our natural abilities, and we will have to attribute it to the Holy Spirit. Soon, He will re-introduce Himself to the world, and even people who previously did not believe in Him will acknowledge that He is real. We are preparing to move into the supernatural realm, where we will see things happen by God’s Spirit. He will remove the frustrations of life, and give us a peace that passes all understanding.

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Reacquainted with the Holy Spirit

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There is a definite connection between the Holy Spirit and the grace of God, and we must understand the Spirit’s work and His purpose on the earth. We have a tendency to get very absorbed in our own abilities and what we can do for ourselves. We can proverbially pat ourselves on the back and say, “We did that, we made this happen.” However, when we take an honest look at our lives, we must admit that there are some things that happen that defy all natural laws, things for which we cannot take credit. This is the Holy Spirit at work. Although He is a spirit, He is not “spooky” in the way we think of ghosts. He is one part of the triune God, and He is the one who empowers Christians to live Christian lives.

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The Grace Available through Mutual Submission

By Taffi Dollar

Summary

It is important to reach a point where we are walking not in submission under the Law of Moses, but in submission under grace. Biblical submission is mutual, and brings with it freedom from domination. The law is based in fear, and to live under it is to live beneath God’s best for our lives. Jesus came so that we could benefit by living under grace. We must learn what it means to willingly live submitted to God, not out of obligation or fear, but because we choose to. Doing this allows us to live life to its fullest potential. Our lives do not have to be ruled by the fear of God’s wrath when we can have a relationship with Him based in love.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Christmas can mean different things to different people, and hearing multiple definitions about this holiday can make us callous about its true meaning. We must be careful not to become attached to anything other than the true meaning of Christmas. The day that we celebrate is the day that our Savior showed up to save us from our sins, but this is not the Christmas message we hear in the world. The truth is that this day marked the birth of Jesus, who was born to stop the war between God and man that sin started. Before Jesus’ birth, God was angry with mankind because of sin, which brought curses, condemnation, and death. Jesus was heaven’s peace offering, and He came to take away all the curses, but leave all the blessings. Christmas is actually the day to celebrate the arrival of this peace offering, born so that we could have our right-standing before God restored.

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How to Respond to the Promise

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

God’s grace has made available to us everything we will ever need in life, and all we need to do to access the promises He made to us is respond positively to them. We need to learn how to be practical about our response. We certainly respond to His Word by faith, and it is important to know the nuts and bolts of exactly how to do that. Breaking it down step-by-step, our response should include things like actively using Scriptures that apply to our specific situation, believing, letting the Word sink down into us, and using our God-given authority to deal with problems. We can also meditate on the Word, reflect on the power of love, faith, and patience, confess God’s promises, and acknowledge the angels God has placed around us. Additionally, we can speak into existence things that are God’s will, understand the power of our words, forgive, and reverently respect Him. Responding to God correctly moves us into a position to receive from Him.

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