Do We Really Need God, or Can We Live Without Him?(Part 6)

by Creflo Dollar | 1 Apr 2019

Summary

Many of us may have been taught that we must work hard to please God, so that He will do something good for us. This reflects the old-covenant mindset of the Law of Moses, which is a performance-based agreement. However, we are no longer under the law, but under grace. Under the new covenant of grace, the focus is not on what we do, but on faith in what Jesus Christ already did. We will never understand God’s true nature if we look at Him through the lens of the law. We can only see Him as He is when we look at Him through the lens of Jesus, who perfectly reflects God’s nature. God loves us and wants the type of personal relationship with us that was unavailable in the Old Testament; knowing Him intimately transforms our lives.

  1. We receive from God according to our perceptions of Him. We must know His nature.
    1. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3).
      1. “All things” include healing, joy, deliverance, prosperity, and everything else Jesus made available to us through His blood.
    2. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee (Proverbs 23:7).
      1. If we have the wrong impression of God, we will believe wrong. Wrong-believing leads to wrong-living.
      2. Whatever we think about God is what we have in our hearts where He is concerned.
      3. If we have the wrong idea about God, we will expect judgment and punishment from Him.
    3. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you (Matthew 9:29).
      1. When Jesus healed the blind men, He was able to do so because of their faith. They believed Him and expected Him to heal them.
      2. Once we really know God’s nature, it is difficult not to believe Him. Many Christians struggle with their faith because they do not know God.
    4. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:2, 3).
      1. We know what God is like when we look at Jesus. Jesus is full of grace and truth; therefore, so is God.
      2. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? (John 14:9).
  1. The more we know our new-covenant God, the more we realize how much He loves us.
    1. We need a real relationship with God.
      1. There is technically nothing wrong with the principles and mechanics of Christianity; however, our motives behind them are important. Our actions must not be rooted in selfish desires to get our own needs met, but from a hunger for a relationship with God.
      2. Be still, and know that I am God… (Psalm 46:10).
      3. The bedrock of our relationship with Christ is believing that God loves us, no matter what.
      4. …But faith which worketh by love (Galatians 5:6).
      5. We are God’s children; He will never leave us.
      6. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:15, 16).
    2. We are still stuck in our religious ways of thinking. Religion constantly focuses on sin; we must let go of much of what has been drilled into us, and stop thinking of sin as being a violation of only the Ten Commandments.
      1. …For whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23).
      2. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (James 4:17).
      3. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him (1 John 3:15).
      4. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart (Matthew 5:27, 28).
      5. Grace transforms us so that sin no longer has power over our lives. Without Jesus, we are nothing.
      6. There is nothing wrong with working the principles of prosperity; however, prosperity comes as an overflow from a relationship with God.
      7. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).
      8. Breakthrough in life does not come from reading the Word of God, but from receiving a word from God.
  1. Our relationship with God should be as close as a father’s relationship with his children.
    1. We must re-evaluate the reason for our faith. It should be based in knowing God, not in dry principles.
      1. Talking about God is not the same as knowing God.
      2. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matthew 7:21-23).
      3. The seven sons of Sceva tried to exorcise demons, but did not have a relationship with Jesus; they were simply using the empty mechanics of Christianity (Acts 19:14-16).
    2. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31, 32).
      1. We can rest peacefully in our heavenly Father’s arms in the same way a young child rests in his earthly father’s arms, confidently trusting that his father will not drop him.
      2. God loves us so much that He gave us His Son.
    3. There are several things to consider about a relationship with God.
      1. We can substitute the knowledge we have about God for an intimate relationship with Him.
      2. When we were first born again, we saw results because we believed and trusted in God. We must return to that point.
      3. There was once a period when we focused on God’s Word and walked in His presence. We must remember that.
      4. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11).