Creflo Dollar Ministries

Dear Zoe Partner

We need to see that our personal attitudes toward money are very important. This truth can be stated as the following principle: “Your attitude toward money actually reveals your attitude toward God Himself.”

In the Sermon on the Mount, we find that Jesus stated the following about this topic:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24, Darby Bible Translation).

First, let’s look for a moment at the meaning of the word mammon. The New International Version says, “You cannot serve both God and money,” but that doesn’t fully express the meaning of the word because mammon is more than just money. Mammon is an evil, spiritual power that grips men and enslaves them through the medium of money. Mammon is not money itself but the spiritual power that works in the world and the lives of millions of people through their attitudes toward money.

Jesus said that you cannot serve God and mammon. Then He said, “Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will hold to one and despise the other.” In each case, Jesus naturally put God first and mammon second. Either you will hate God and love mammon, or you will hold onto God and despise mammon. That’s a serious thought. If you love mammon, you hate God. On the other hand, if you hold onto God and your life is committed to Him, you will despise mammon. This attitude is not hating money, but having a strong dislike for that satanic force that enslaves men and women through money. You will detest it, and you will not let it dominate you. You cannot maintain a position of neutrality on this subject. We must acknowledge in our lives the claim of one or the other. It is not a choice of whether we will serve; it is a choice only of whom we will serve, either God or mammon. Jesus said that it is a question of priorities:

But seek ye first His (God’s) kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33, American Standard Version).

Jesus did not say that we have to be without “these things,” but He says we must not put these things first. We must put the kingdom of God and His righteousness first in our lives on a consistent basis, which is commitment to God, His kingdom, and His purpose. Jesus said that if we do not run after mammon and make it our god, but, instead, serve the true God and seek His kingdom and righteousness, then God will see to it that all the material and financial things we need are added to us. Pursuing money is such an awful strain, and it leads to so much frustration. DO NOT CHASE AFTER MONEY!! That is what Jesus says. Let money pursue you. If you have followed the right course in your life, then money will be added to you. You do not have to lay awake at night or spend hours hatching plans to get rich.

The principle of putting God first runs all the way through the Bible. In the third chapter of Proverbs, we find two beautiful verses that say the same thing. Proverbs 3:9-10 reads:

“Honor the Lord with your substance (wealth) with the first fruits of all your crops; Then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

The barns and the vats are all of your material needs. They will be abundantly supplied and will overflow when you honor God with your substance (wealth). The way in which you honor God with your wealth is by giving Him the “first fruits.”
This means setting aside the first (or best) portion for God. We either honor or dishonor God with our money. There is no neutral ground.

Let me say, lovingly, that God does not want your tips. When the offering plate comes around at church, do not drop a quarter in. That is insulting to God. As a matter of fact, for most people today, giving a dollar is an insult to God. You wouldn’t slip a dollar into the hand of the restaurant parking lot valet who parks your car. Do not treat God like that because, when you do, you are insulting

and dishonoring Him. Similarly, the scripture points out that putting money ahead of God is also idolatry:

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry (Colossians 3:5, NKJV).

Notice Paul said covetousness is idolatry. When you seek money first, you are making money your god, which is rightly called idolatry. The Lord said to Israel in Deuteronomy 5:7: “Thou shalt have none other gods before me” (or “besides Me”). In our contemporary culture, far more people have made money their god rather than the true God. They are guilty of idolatry.

Notice in Colossians, Paul put covetousness side by side with many other unpleasant things such as fornication and uncleanness. Most churches would take issue with people who live in fornication (sexual immorality), but, frankly, our churches are full of people who are guilty of covetousness and idolatry.

First Timothy 6:9-10 carries a warning against making money your god. Take the time to read this scripture. Now, in verse 11 is the remedy or alternative:

“But you, O man of God, flee these things: covetousness, love of money, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”


No vacuum can exist in our lives. If we are to be clear of the love of money, we must pursue something else. Something else must take its place. Paul said, “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

Through the grace of God, we have been set free, by faith, from the control of mammon in our lives. We are no longer slaves of mammon.

Trust God, pursue Him, and all these other things will be added unto you. It’s not by self-effort but by the grace and favor of God.



You are blessed!

Creflo Dollar

P.S. 

“If money can get you to do what God can’t get you to do, then you have evidence that the god of mammon rules your life.”