I Have Good News For You!

Creflo Dollar

There is so much bad news in the world. You do not have to search hard or long to find it. Turn on the television and there it is. The Bible, however, gives us a directive on what to do about bad news or evil reports. We are to “fight the good fight of faith” (1Timothy 6:12).
As Believers, we are credited with God’s righteousness. And because of this, we are not fighting to gain victory. We are fighting from a place of victory to maintain a success that has already been won for us by Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:10 says, “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” For Christians who are confident in the promises of God, this means that concerning any challenges, we have entered into God’s rest, and we have ceased from our own efforts. Notice how the scripture verse is worded in the past tense. Therefore, with great confidence, we can boldly declare in the face of difficulty that “in response to these things…. If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NIV).
It is true that “many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). God will perfectly bring you out of life’s distresses—over and over again. What is more, His goodness leads man to repentance. His love for you is from everlasting to everlasting!

And where does our confidence come from? It, along with the blessings of God, are received from the knowledge of what Jesus has already done for us. We don’t have to earn anything from God, especially not what He has freely given us through Christ’s suffering. Romans 5:8 (MSG) says, “But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.”

I am reminded of the two men who were crucified next to Jesus. The one on the left persisted in mocking him unmercifully. Yet the one on the right recognized his own sinfulness and Jesus’ righteousness, and upon asking Jesus to remember him, Christ did even better—He promised the man eternal life in paradise. Both men were thieves on a cross, but the one who received salvation that day obviously did nothing to earn it. Again, we are reminded that salvation is a free gift.

Some people may think this sounds too easy, and that it provides a license for people to sin. Well, you know what? People have been sinning without a license! However, an amazing result of salvation is that when people realize they are righteous, they live righteously!
So what does God ultimately want from us? He desires that we allow him to take our sins and exchange them for His righteousness. He invites you to receive this liberty of right standing for now and forever. There is, however, one requirement for receiving His unlimited grace. Believe! Only believe…. Believe what? Believe this: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people…. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10, 12).

God is asking you. Jesus is asking you, and I am asking you, too, to believe and receive this outrageous gift of mercy and grace that you do not have to work for. God is loving you through immense forgiveness. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, NIV). Period! The original Greek text of the Bible agrees with this verse. A period is after “Christ Jesus,” ending the sentence, and nothing more is added.

Conversely, Satan can only defeat you if he can keep you in a state of sin-consciousness. However, God says He has already forgiven you—of your sins from the past, your present sins, and even your sins of the future. This is grace at its best!
The word gospel means good news. Therefore, the gospel of grace is also called the good news of grace, and rightly so. There is nothing better that can be said to you except that God is not condemning you. In fact, He is inviting you to receive everlasting forgiveness. By simply believing and taking God at His Word, you make the good news of His grace your personal reality. “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:


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