Dr. Creflo Dollar
There’s a story about a pastor’s wife who had a great technique for winning souls. People were really being blessed by this soul-winning technique that she had put on tape. One day she was driving home, listening to her own words, but she was hearing them fresh, as though for the first time. Tears began to fall from her eyes. She ended up getting born again after listening to the very words that she herself used to bless other people. You might say, “Born again? But she’s a pastor’s wife!” Yeah, you’re right. But even as a pastor’s wife, what she had was religion, not eternal life. And there’s a difference. Now, if she accomplished all of what she had by just being religious, imagine what she could do if she had eternal life?
Some people have religion, but they don’t have eternal life. Eternal life, by definition, is life with no beginning and no end. So if we have eternal life, whose life do we possess? First John 5:11 says, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
My life has a beginning, and an end. Your life has a beginning, and an end. So eternal life is not our life. The day I became born again, I became the possessor of eternal life. Real salvation is possessing Christ’s life in your physical shell. Eternal life, very simply, means having God’s divine life. You possess His life.
Colossians 3:4, AMP, declares, “When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.”
Listen, going to heaven is a settled issue. If you’re saved, you’re heaven bound. All you need to qualify for heaven is to be in Christ. But Christ needs to be in you in order for you to live a successful, productive life here on the earth. It’s right here, on this earth, that God wants you to know how to be a partaker of His divine nature. So, how do you partake of everything that pertains to life and godliness? The Holy Ghost! If you’re born again, you’re possessed by a ghost, and His name is not Casper! The Holy Ghost lives in you, and His role is to lead, guide, teach, and direct you to God’s divine will for your life.
Now, is it always going to be comfortable to live life like this, being led by the Holy Spirit, Who you can’t see with your natural eyes? No. In fact, it’s going to be quite uncomfortable at times. But that’s why The Holy Spirit is called “The Comforter.” During those times when life is not comfortable, when you’re in a bind or a jam, and you don’t know what to do, that’s when the Mighty Comforter will show up.
If you don’t believe you’re going to be taken care of by the person you depend on, it’s a natural response for self-preservation to kick in. You’ll try to preserve yourself when your life is on the line. But God never wants you in the place where you’re the authority trying to tell Him what to do! God loves to be trusted and depended on. God created you to need Him! So stop trying to defend and preserve self! There are a lot of things you can’t do, but He can! That’s why the scripture says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13). You don’t live for God; you live from God!
“For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, AMP).
God Almighty lives in you! His will is that you live every single day of your life totally dependent on His life in you. That’s a place of power! Why power? When you get out of the way and stop trying to preserve your own life, Jesus can then show out, in and through, you! My eye-opening series Living in Jesus’ Finished Works reveals how to “die to yourself,” yield to and obey the Spirit of God who lives in you, and begin to lay hold of everything that Christ died for you have.