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19Dec/140

God’s Formula for Success

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Living in the kingdom of God has tremendous benefits. As Believers, we must make it a priority to do things God’s way so we can access what He has made available to us through His Word. There is a formula for success in the kingdom of God, and if we follow it, we will get consistent results. This requires a renewing of our minds and a willingness to do things differently. God’s method of operation is completely different from the world’s way. It requires faith, diligence, and consistency in executing certain spiritual principles. By following His plan, we can see manifestation in our lives, not some of the time, but all the time.

The first step to manifestation in the kingdom of God is to speak God’s Word. Many times, a person’s heart is full of faith but that faith never gets released into the atmosphere because he or she doesn’t actually say what God has said! Speaking the Word of God is critical to getting results in the kingdom.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and if you’re not saying anything, you’re not creating anything. Keeping the Word in our mouths at all times is vital because of the creative power of words. Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.” Our “profession” is our confession, or what we profess from the Word of God. We should make this a continual practice as the apostle Paul instructs. Continually speaking God’s Word through regular confessions also repels the enemy. Satan cannot stand against a Believer who has a revelation of the power of speaking the scriptures.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” We can see from the scripture that “talking” the Word should be done on an ongoing basis.

The second step in God’s formula for success is to meditate on God’s Word. Meditation is simply pondering, considering, and muttering the Word of God. When we meditate on God’s Word, it expands our capacity for faith and transforms our ability to believe and receive. By meditating on the Word we fix our minds and set our hearts on the desired result we are seeking.

Psalm 1:1-3 says that the man who is empowered to prosper is the one who meditates on the Word day and night. This is the same approach we should take while spending time seriously pondering the scriptures. We can meditate the Word by applying it practically to our lives, putting ourselves in agreement with it, speaking it, and realizing its integrity. Meditating on the Word makes our way prosperous (Joshua 1:8).

The third step in God’s formula for success is to act on the Word of God. Faith without works is dead, which means it is not enough to simply hear the Word and believe it, but we must also act on it in order to get to our destination. Faith is a practical expression of our confidence in God and His Word. Many times, Christians get preoccupied with the spiritual side of things and neglect to do anything practical in the natural realm. When God speaks a Word, whether through the written scriptures or a rhema Word spoken to the heart, it requires some type of corresponding action on our part.

God’s formula for success is fail-proof. Speaking the Word releases faith, meditating on it builds the image of it on the inside of you, and stepping out on what the Word says connects you to the promised manifestation. The result is success and absolute victory in every area of your life!

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10Dec/140

Creflo Dollar Feeling God’s Presence in Your Life

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If you’ve ever been in the presence of famous or influential people, you probably felt different than you normally do. There’s something different about them that you can’t quite put your finger on, but if you’re around them long enough, something from them rubs off on you. It seems like they emanate some sort of power, and when you leave their presence you take a little bit of them with you. Being in God’s presence is like that, only a thousand times better.

Everyday life brings us into contact with all kinds of people, and while some of them are a good influence on us, others can have a negative influence on the way we think and behave. Any time we spend a significant amount of time around other people, we can’t help but be affected by them. We tell our children about the importance of hanging out with the right kind of kids, knowing that peer pressure can either be positive or negative. Associating with some of the people we know, whose values are different than ours, can cause us to make wrong decisions or do something against our better judgment.

This kind of struggle can get pretty discouraging when we’re trying to do the right thing at work, at home, and in life. When we’re not sure what example to follow, God’s presence in our lives clears up all confusion. Inviting Him in changes our lives dramatically, and His presence transforms us permanently.

God is everywhere, and when we ask Him to come into our lives and make Himself known to us, He will. We probably won’t understand what He’s doing at first–it may not make sense to us–and that’s okay. The Bible says not to try and figure out with our own minds exactly what He’s doing. Proverbs 3:5, 6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Experiencing His presence brings about an electrifying experience that defies explanation. The impact He can have on our lives, if we let Him, is real. In the Old Testament, when Moses stood on the mountaintop in the presence of God, the experience changed him inside and out. The changes were so obvious that everyone else knew he was a different person when they looked upon him.

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4Dec/140

Creflo Dollar Maintaining Joy While You Wait

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Have you ever felt as if you were in a holding pattern in life? It is during these times that you may have a tendency to murmur, complain, and grumble about your current situation. Sometimes it seems as if you will never get beyond where you are currently, and it can be frustrating. Everyone will go through periods where it seems as if nothing is happening. However, during these seasons in life, you should be determined to live the life Jesus wants you to live. Determine to maintain your joy and seek opportunities to make the most of where you are, despite the circumstances. Continuing to be thankful and seeking innovative ways to maximize your time are keys to maintaining your joy during difficult seasons.
John 15:11, 12 is a foundational scripture that will help you maintain joy no matter what you are waiting for, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”  Loving others is a key to keeping your joy-tank full at all times. When you bring joy to another person’s life, your joy escalates to higher levels.
Joy also comes from what you know from God’s Word. The words of Jesus reinforce the fruit of joy that is already within your spirit. By meditating on the Word of God, you will maintain the joy necessary to be content in any and all situations. Joy provokes praise and keeps you in a mode of expectancy.
Thanksgiving is an outgrowth of your love and appreciation for what God has done in your life. It is also a key to embracing God’s grace that is upon your life. First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” The last thing you want to do when you are in a “holding pattern” is to start complaining. Complaining is verbal manifestation of ungratefulness, and it agrees with Satan’s words, not God’s words. Therefore, be sure to maintain an attitude of gratitude, no matter where you are or what you may be going through.
Also, while you are waiting for His promises to manifest in your life, thank Him for His provision and be sure to cultivate a servanthood mentality. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Waiting on the Lorddoes not mean sitting around doing nothing, or being idle. To wait on the Lord means to confidently expect the manifestation of His provision, and thankfully serve Him, while you are waiting.

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