2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 1)

by Creflo Dollar | 8 Jul 2019

Summary

When we have financial issues in our lives, it is a mistake to think that money will solve these problems. Before we can solve the problem, we must first understand how we arrived at it. Wealth by itself is not the solution if bad decisions, out-of-control emotions, or wrong-thinking is the root cause. Materialism is not simply possessing things; it is a mindset that tries to replace God with physical things. If we want breakthrough in our lives, any progress we experience is tied to our trust in God where giving is concerned. Most people who have the wrong idea about money do not understand the link between money and trust. The true currency in the kingdom of God is trust; when we understand this, we will find ourselves in a position to receive the blessings that Jesus’ finished works made available to us.

  1. The world thinks money is all-important; God’s perspective is the exact opposite.
    1. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Luke 16:10-13).
      1. The context here is the unjust steward who could not be trusted with money. “The least” refers to material wealth; “the much” refers to the blessings, the anointings, and everything else that has been made available to us.
      2. Money can change attitudes, and destroy friendships and marriages. It is not the cash, but the spirit of mammon on the cash.
      3. We need to submit ourselves to the power of apprenticeship. The correct mindset we must have is of a steward managing someone else’s resources.
      4. In the heart of mammon is an attitude that says we do not need God because we are self-sufficient without Him. Mammon says to trust in riches instead of in God.
    2. The spirit of mammon is in direct opposition to the Spirit of God; it is Satan, himself, in disguise. Mammon displays certain characteristics we can look for.
      1. God says to sow and reap; mammon says to buy and keep.
      2. God says to give and receive; mammon says to cheat and steal.
      3. God is generous; mammon is selfish.
      4. God is our security; mammon says money is our security.
      5. God is our source of financial wealth; He will take care of us if we trust in Him.
      6. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
      7. We know we are under mammon’s influence if we are willing to do something we know is wrong if the price is right.
  1. Money is a tool but it has its limitations. God can always do what money cannot.
    1. Money cannot buy everything.
      1. It can buy a house but not a home.
      2. It can buy medicine but not healing.
      3. It can buy a “friend” for the night but not a permanent relationship.
    2. Mammon has a voice.
      1. It is always speaking to us and trying to confuse us about God’s principles.
      2. It especially talks to us when we are trying to give to God. It knows that giving frees us from the spirit of mammon.
    3. And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God (Mark 10:17-25).
      1. The man kept asking Jesus what to do. Under the new covenant, believing, not simply doing, allows us to inherit eternal life.
      2. Jesus’ answer to the man indicated that the man’s refusal to call Him “God” revealed a lack of trust in Jesus.
      3. The test for the man was whether he trusted Jesus enough to do what He said. The man’s response to Jesus confirmed that the man trusted his money more than God.
      4. Grief is associated with loss. The man saw managing his money the way Jesus told him to as a loss rather than as a gain. Many Christians have this same mindset.
  1. We demonstrate right-thinking when we trust God, not money, as our supply source.
    1. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10).
      1. Religion tells us that money itself is the root of all evil, but this is nowhere in the Bible. It is okay to have money; even Jesus and His disciples possessed wealth.
      2. Love is a relational word. A wrong relationship with money is the source of evil. Trusting money over God indicates a wrong relationship with it.
    2. And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one (Luke 22:35, 36).
      1. Jesus showed the disciples that they could trust Him as their source for all the provisions they needed.
      2. Likewise, we can own material possessions with no issues when we trust in God instead of in wealth.