Creflo Dollar Ministries

Dear Zoe Partner

As the year 2014 rapidly winds down, I want to reinforce your understanding about God’s grace.
First of all, grace is a gift from God. The thing that frustrates the grace of God is the belief that you
have to do something to earn or deserve His unmerited favor. Secondly, you can only access grace by
faith. And lastly, grace comes through Jesus Christ. I pray that you have committed to becoming a
student of grace, and have gained understanding of how to use your faith to access all the provisions that
grace has made available to you because of the finished works of Jesus Christ.

Gaining knowledge about all that’s been made available to you because of grace is truly liberating.
However, it also requires a commitment to be disciplined. So this month in Step #10 - Obey God’s
Word
, I discuss the importance of obedience and discipline in the life of a Believer.

Two years ago, the Spirit of the Lord woke me up one morning and He said, “Living a life of grace
doesn’t mean not living a life of discipline.” I wrote this down. The grace of God has not been given to
us so we can get lazy and excuse discipline. We are still responsible for living a disciplined lifestyle. Since
hearing the grace gospel, I’ve heard people say things like, “Well, I’m not reading my Bible, and I’m not
praying, and I’m not making my confessions, but I thank God for His grace.”

Listen, there’s nothing about the grace message that says you should stop reading the Word,
confessing the Word, or obeying any part of the Word. Instead, now that you have better understanding
about grace, your responsibility is to take what you’ve learned about grace and apply it to all the things
you’ve learned in the past. As I stated earlier, grace is accessed by faith. In order to lay hold of God’s
provisions for your life, you still have to live a life of faith to know how to cooperate, collaborate, and
respond properly to what grace has done.

James 4:6 says, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth
grace unto the humble.”And 1 Peter 5:6, AMP, declares, “Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower
yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you.”

Do you want God to give you more grace? Then God wants you to understand that true humility is realizing
His unmerited favor is all you need. He simply wants you to receive it. Ultimately a humble person is someone who
is submitted to and receives the finished works of Christ. He will supernaturally bring you to a place where you
never could have arrived at in your own ability. As I’ve shared in past letters, God’s grace is an empowerment to
overcome your shortcomings and weaknesses. You just need to be humble and obedient enough to receive it.

I can’t stress enough the importance of you humbling yourself and responding to God’s new covenant of grace.
This is what it takes to live and enjoy a prosperous life. Why? Because when you submit to the finished works of
Christ over what you feel, think, and desire, you set yourself up for God to exalt you and manifest everything He’s
already provided, as noted earlier in 1 Peter 5:6, AMP. Submitting yourself in obedience to God’s Word is never a
waste of time!

You may be wondering, what does any of this have to do with my financial prosperity? As you just read in James
4:6, God resists the proud but He gives grace to the humble. If you have a financial provision shortage (i.e., lack),
make sure you remove any pride causing you to think you need to be good enough to earn God’s willingness to
help you out of your financial issue. When you position yourself in pride by trying to earn favor—lifting yourself
up—God’s power is hindered from flowing in your situation. Grace works best for the people who realize they are
helpless without God. Make sure you leave room for God to exalt you because you’re exalting His way of grace in
your thinking and living.

What do you need exalted in your life today? Your finances? Your marriage? Your health? If you will obey and
put your trust in God’s grace, and submit yourself to receive in every area of your life, He will exalt those areas.
Wherever there is lack and shortage in your life, He will give you more grace to clear out the shortage and replace
it with overflowing abundance! I encourage you to examine your heart. If you’ve allowed obedience to the new
covenant of grace to slip and you’ve found yourself subconsciously returning to self-effort, make a commitment to
turn back to His way of doing and being right. It takes faith to walk in genuine humility and believe that you have
a right to receive simply because of what Jesus did and God’s goodness apart from your own goodness. because it’s
not based on your power or goodness, but on His.

I’m hungry to see you lifted up to the place where you’re supposed to be—financially and in every other way!
Decide today to make God’s Word the final authority to the point that all argument ceases. Continue to read His
Word, find out what He said, and do it! As you do, God’s goodness will invade your life, and you will begin to make
your way prosperous and have great success!