Creflo Dollar Ministries

Dear Zoe Partner

While you are believing God and standing on His promises for breakthrough in your finances, I want to ask you a question. What are you looking at? If you desire to see the manifestation of faith concerning your finances, or any other area of your life, this is a question that cannot be ignored. During my prayer time, God showed me some keys concerning faith manifestation, and I want to share them with you. 


As I’ve grown in the revelation of God’s grace and the finished work of Jesus under the New Covenant, it’s caused me to reevaluate the life of faith where the Believer is concerned. I’ve always held to the biblical principle that faith is a way of life for us, that the just shall live by faith. The Bible is so clear on this. However, over the years, one of the things that has pained my heart is seeing Believers frustrated because they are not seeing manifestation of God’s promises in their lives.

While praying for you, I heard this crystal clear statement from the Lord: “Ask them if they are looking at Me, or if they looking at themselves?” You may be wondering what does this question have to do with faith and manifestation? Actually, it has a lot more to do with it than you think. Something very subtle has happened in the body of Christ. We have lost sight of Jesus’ grace and finished work. We have turned the life of faith itself into a work of the flesh.

We say confessions everyday. We pray for an hour. We read the Bible. We go to church. We come up with everything possible to force results we desire from the Word of God. Don’t get me wrong. These things are good. However, God never intended for your plan of discipline in spiritual things to be the answer. This is why you see so many frustrated people vacillating between high peaks of spiritual intensity and the lows of condemnation once they “fall off the horse.” For instance, most Believers start off strong, believing God for something, but two weeks later they are condemning themselves because they haven’t done the right thing long enough to feel like they are worthy of manifestation. 

God never intended for us to look at ourselves. He intended for us to look at Jesus and His finished work. Hebrews 12:2 states: 
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

We are supposed to be looking at Jesus. The Amplified Bible says that we should look away from everything that distracts us. Well, friends, if you are looking at your faith and self-effort, or you are more conscious of what you do or don’t do to build your faith to receive from God, you will end up with a sick heart every time. Unfortunately, I have met many people who have sick hearts. It seems as though their hope is cut off while they are believing God for financial breakthrough.
            
Faith is the pipeline God uses to funnel everything to us that grace has already provided. But we are not supposed to be looking at our faith. God wants us to focus on a relationship with Jesus, His goodness, His mercy, and His love toward us. When we are conscious of Jesus’ ever abiding presence and the truth that He has already completed everything concerning us, our faith will effortlessly receive what God has already completed. 

“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).  

It’s just like Peter walking on the water. While he was focused on Jesus, faith empowered him to do something a natural man cannot do. But the moment he focused on the circumstances, He began to sink.

All Jesus wants us to do is look to Him. He knows if at any time we are focusing more on what we are doing, or on ourselves, we will always internally disqualify ourselves—even in our faith life. Jesus wants you to focus on how much He loves you and to make that the primary foundation of your life. That is when your faith will move to a level where it will work almost unconsciously.

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3).
            
Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t confess scriptures, read the Word, or pray for your financial breakthrough. I am saying to redirect your focus to the source of those scriptures you are standing on—Jesus. As you focus on what He has done, and His grace and compassion toward you, your faith will effortlessly take what He has for you.

I just wanted to encourage you to redirect your thoughts to God’s goodness and His love for you. It’s time for you to rest in Jesus. He loves you. He’s done it ALL. So there is no need to continue living your life as if the final outcome is dependent on what you can do. God doesn’t want you to be conscious of your faith. Instead, He wants you to be conscious of Jesus. He knows that is when you will receive the manifestation of His promises. Let your faith life be one of reliance on Jesus for everything!

 Be Blessed,
Creflo Dollar