Creflo Dollar Ministries

Dear Zoe Partner

You may be surprised to learn that God has a plan for your money. You may have the idea that money is too vile for spiritual people. Like some of us, you may have grown up with a religious background that referred to money as “filthy lucre.” However, this is not a biblical view of money.

In contemporary culture, money plays a large part in each of our lives. If God doesn’t have a plan for our money, then a major part of our lives is not under His control. In turn, this circumstance will inevitably affect other areas of our lives. The truth is that many Christians whose lives are not really under God’s control try to solve their problems by becoming more spiritual. However, many times the answer is to be more practical.

If you are not handling your finances in line with God’s plan, then your whole life is out of joint. No matter how spiritual you may be in other areas, you will never know the real blessing and overruling of God in your life until you bring your money into line with the will of God as revealed in His Word. You see, the Bible clearly reveals that God does have a plan for our money.

As a teacher of God’s Word, it is my responsibility to share with you God’s plan for your money just as I would share His plan for any other area of your life. In Acts 20:20, 27 Paul said this:

“You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God” (NIV).

In other words, Paul was saying that he had declared to them the “whole will of God,” and he had taught everything in the Word of God that would be helpful to God’s people. The whole will of God includes His will for our money. It is a part of the total counsel and plan of God.

I want to point out in a general way that God really does have a plan that covers every area of our lives. In Romans 12:1, Paul said:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy,to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship, or your reasonable service.”

Notice that spiritual worship includes our bodies; it moves right into the physical world. Some people think the body is not spiritual. Being spiritual includes doing the right thing with your body—presenting it to God as a living sacrifice. Paul continued in the next verse:

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will” (v. 2).

The will of God is good, pleasing, acceptable, and perfect. The whole, complete will of God covers all areas of your life, and that includes your money. When you surrender yourself without reservation to God and learn to think God’s way, you will perceive His will.

I want to point out something else about your money that is very important. Do not underestimate your money, belittle it, or think it is unspiritual or unimportant. What does your money really represent? It represents your time, your strength, your talent, and, quite possibly, your inheritance.

Your inheritance may be money or other valuable things, like houses or land, that people who loved and cared for you passed on to you when their lives came to an end. Perhaps you went to college and had a fairly good education. All those years of education are represented by your money, because if you did not have the education, you could not make the money that you do. Or, you might have special talents or abilities that are not in the academic field and are more practical in nature. Those talents and abilities are represented by your money. Certainly, too, your money represents your time. If you work eight hours a day, five days a week, that is forty hours of your life invested in the money you earn.

When you invest your money, you are investing a major part of yourself for good or bad. I hope you can see how important it is that you invest yourself through your money, in that which is good and in accordance with God’s will and plan.

God’s plan for your life, including your money, is summed up in one beautiful word: PROSPERITY. This idea is stated in 3 John (NASB), where the writer said to a fellow Christian:

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers (v.2).

Notice the key word in this verse is prosper. It covers three areas: your soul, your physical health, and your finances or material needs. In each area, the revealed will of God is prosperity or success. God wants you to succeed in the area of your soul, in the area of your physical body, and in the area of your finances.

Failure, defeat, frustration, and poverty are not the will of God. Prosperity is the will of God for your life, and there is a grace that will cause you to prosper. Trust God enough not to be afraid of giving financially. Give God control of your finances and watch your life change.

Until next month, God bless you.

Creflo Dollar

P.S. Make this confession everyday:
“I am the possessor of heaven and earth, and all GRACE abounds towards me.”