Treasure in Secret Places

by Creflo Dollar | 27 Jan 2020

Summary

To trust means to depend on or rely on. At some point in our walk with Jesus, we need to decide whether we trust Him or money. The Bible says we cannot have two masters, and choosing riches over God makes money our master. God is the source of all wealth and riches, and all we need to do is trust and believe that this is the truth. There is nothing wrong with having money, as long as it does not have us. Money is simply a tool that we use to be a blessing to others. True riches are found in heaven, not on earth.

  1. Who, or what, do we believe is our true source of wealth?
    1. There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. Then said I, wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard (Ecclesiastes 9:14-16).
      1. Money has power, and wealthy people have authority that poor people lack. However, we must not trust more in the power of money than in the power of God.
      2. Whenever we study the topic of financial prosperity, trust, not money, is the issue. God is aware that the temptation to trust money more than Him is always present.
    2. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth not rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
      1. Jesus warned against trusting in earthly things.
      2. We can tell where our heart is by tracking where our money goes. Jesus reinforced this point to His disciples when He met the rich young ruler.
    3. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 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 it is for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:21, 23, 24).
      1. The young man refused to follow Jesus’ advice because he trusted money more than God. His heart was in earthly riches.
      2. There are some things in life that money cannot buy.
      3. We put our treasures in heaven by using our money to help others.
      4. Jesus was not referring to heaven when He mentioned the kingdom of God. He was referring to everything that has been made available to us, such as righteousness, peace, and joy.
    4. Most churches today do not teach on finances the way Jesus did. The major message should be if we are not faithful in that which is the least, then we will not be faithful in that which is greater (Luke 16:10).
      1. Giving financially is a way to prove to ourselves that we trust God more than wealth. It is not about buying God’s favor.
      2. If we know we can trust Him in the little things like money, we will know that we can trust Him in the big things. Using our faith in our finances is using it for the little.
      3. We must give God, not money, all the credit for the good things that happen in our lives. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above (James 1:17).
      4. Trusting money keeps us from receiving the gifts God has for us through grace.
      5. Money itself is not the problem, but having lots of it can trick people into putting their faith in it instead of God.
  1. If we really trust God, our actions will show it.
    1. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26).
      1. Merely paying lip service to our trust will not accomplish anything. Giving out of our resources proves whether we really trust Him.
      2. If we really believe the Word of God, our actions will be born out of what we believe.
    2. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16).
      1. Whoever or whatever we serve becomes our master. Trusting money puts us in bondage to it.
    3. God freely blesses His servants.
      1. And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we (Genesis 26:16).
      2. And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses (Genesis 30:43).
      3. When we trust God, His grace knows how to find us and promote us (1 Samuel 16:1, 11, 13).
      4. After David became king, God prospered him so much that he was able to give more than six billion dollars in one day (1 Chronicles 29:1-5).
      5. God blessed David’s son, Solomon, even more (1 Kings 1:37).
    4. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust (Psalm 103:14).
      1. God knows us through and through. He knows we are prone to walk in fear in the area of money.
      2. If we do not trust God in money matters, which are the least in the kingdom of God, we are hindered in our trust in Him in the big things. Our hearts will condemn us.
      3. We live holy, not to impress God, but so that our hearts will not condemn us. When we trust money more than Him, our hearts will condemn us. Sin shall not have dominion over us because we are no longer under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14).
      4. Learning to rely on God and lean on Him confidently starts with our finances.
  1. A wrong relationship with money holds us back.
    1. 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. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible (Mark 10:25-27).
      1. It is impossible to receive the things of God if we trust more in money than in Him. Conversely, trusting in Him opens up all possibilities. We can do all things in Christ Who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
    2. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
      1. God has a plan for every Christian, and his plans are bigger than our dreams.
      2. God knows how to get us to a good place, but our character can delay us in our journey. Our character is who we are when no one else is around.
    3. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
      1. If we truly love Him, then we will trust in His promises. God will do great things, but we must rely on Him.
      2. The problem with many Christians is that they have too many options. There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is destruction (Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 16:25).
    1. Money is simply a resource and a tool to help others.
      1. And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward, and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an account of thy stewardship, for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? For my lord hath taken away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their homes (Luke 16:1-4).
        1. The steward said he could not dig, but he most likely refused to dig. Not everyone who has financial problems is lazy, but lazy people usually have financial problems. God’s system to prosper us does not include “get rich quick” schemes (Proverbs 13:11).
      2. So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, a hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then he said to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, a hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations (Luke 16:5-9).
        1. The logic behind the steward collecting only a portion of what was owed was that ,when he found himself out of work, the debtors would be willing to help him. He was thinking of his financial future.
        2. The master understood that money is just a tool and we are not meant to value it; we are instead meant to value God’s blessings. He knew that wealth was just a byproduct of God’s favor.
        3. Money is not our greatest asset. Wise people invest their money in the future.
        4. The true power of money comes from our use of it to affect the future. The best use of money is not to buy things, but to change people.
        5. In this context, the Greek translation of “fail” is “die.” We can touch people’s lives through our giving in this life and, when we die, they will be waiting in heaven to receive us.
      3. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day (Deuteronomy 8:18).
        1. It is pointless to chase after money. God is our source.
      4. Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it (Numbers 23:20).
        1. When God’s blessings get on our lives, they are too powerful to reverse. They are permanent.
        2. If we have been born again, the blessings are on us. The only way we can stop God’s favor in our lives is through our own unbelief and negativity.

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Scripture References

Ecclesiastes 9:14-16

Matthew 6:19-21/p>

Mark 10:21, 23-27

Luke 16:10

James 1:17

James 2:26

Romans 6:14, 16

Genesis 26:16

Genesis 30:43

1 Samuel 16:1, 11, 13

1 Chronicles 29:1-5

1 Kings 3:17

Psalm 103:14

Philippians 4:13

Jeremiad 29:11

1 Corinthians 2:9

Proverbs 14:12

Proverbs 16:25

Luke 16:1-9

Proverbs 13:11

Deuteronomy 8:18

Numbers 23:20