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June 19, 2019
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Trusting God with Your Finances Part 2

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  • by the partners and friends of Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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  • Creflo Dollar: Isn't it interesting how money
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  • can change attitudes, how money can cause friends to split up,
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  • how money can be the reason for a divorce?
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  • What is it that happens? It's really not the cash.
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  • It's the spirit that's on the cash.
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  • You are trusting and relying more on money's ability
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  • to bring you happiness instead of God, and God is,
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  • like, sayin', "Don't trust it."
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  • female: If there's gonna be somethin' that's gonna be
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  • benefiting me that's happening in the body of Christ,
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  • I wanna be present.
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  • female: And in all honesty, my faith has gone from,
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  • like, here, and I thought I had faith, to, like,
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  • I can't explain how far it's gone.
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  • female: Oh, it's time. You got to hear this.
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  • This is your world,
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  • so let's vow to make it a better place.
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  • Let every heart that needs to know
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  • that love is here to stay.
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  • Oh, it's time to live a new life.
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  • Oh, let this love shine bright in you.
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  • Oh, we're saved by his grace,
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  • so we embrace your love today.
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  • We are changed.
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  • Creflo: If you have your Bibles, go with me to the book
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  • of Luke chapter 16 again, Luke chapter 16.
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  • This morning, I woke up, I wanna say this to you
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  • before I get started.
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  • God brought this back to my attention.
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  • There's so many people that believe that if they can just
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  • get a lot of money, it would solve all their problems.
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  • But money problems will not be solved with money.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • Money problems are not solved with money,
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  • and that's the deception a lot of people have.
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  • But you've gotta understand how you got to the problem.
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  • Wrong decisions may have gotten you to the problem.
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  • Your emotions may have moved you over to the problem.
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  • There may be issues that you've been hangin' on to
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  • for years that might be the problem.
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  • There may be some changes that need to be made in your life.
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  • That may be the problem. But let me tell ya somethin'.
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  • Money by itself is not gonna solve a money problem.
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  • There may be some, I don't know, you may be motivated
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  • by unhealthy greed that might be the problem.
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  • You may keep makin' decisions.
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  • You know, materialism is not having materials.
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  • So when somebody accuses you of being materialistic,
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  • materialism doesn't mean having materials.
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  • If materialism meant havin' materials, then all of us would
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  • be guilty of materialism.
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  • So, what is materialism?
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  • It is when you try to replace God with the materials.
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  • You know, you say, "Well, I don't feel good.
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  • I'mma go shoppin'."
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  • Well, that's materialism. Why?
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  • Because if you don't feel good, you go to God.
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  • But you've decided to replace God with somethin' else
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  • or with someone else, that's materialism.
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  • Materialism is when now you allow materials to take the
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  • place of God and you're looking for some relief from,
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  • you know, what you can get in this world rather
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  • than having God as priority.
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  • And idolatry is all about replacing God
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  • with something or someone else.
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  • So, we gotta deal with these weird things
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  • we've heard over the years.
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  • And tonight, I really wanna just, you know, bear down
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  • in this area of mammon so you can really see,
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  • you know, what's goin' on here.
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  • Now, last night, I realize
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  • I made a pretty strong statement.
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  • I'm not saying that to change it.
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  • I just wanna reemphasize it, that anything in your life that
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  • you're looking for God to, you know, whatever breakthroughs,
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  • it's gonna be tied to your trust where giving is concerned.
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  • If you cannot trust God in the area of giving and receiving,
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  • neither will you trust God in the area of healing,
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  • deliverance, increase, none of those things.
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  • It is tied to your management and your trust
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  • where money is concerned.
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  • Now, if certain people were to hear that, they would come
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  • against that with everything because it protects mammon.
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  • It protects mammon.
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  • And Jesus knew.
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  • That's why he kept comin' up, sayin',
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  • "All right, now, guys, caution yourself.
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  • Don't trust money more than you trust me."
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  • And I'm gonna show you tonight where Jesus literally told 'em
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  • to leave their materials home.
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  • Go out, and when he came back, he said, "Lack ye anything?"
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  • They said, "No, Lord, we lack nothin'."
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  • He says, "Well, now that you know I am the one that takes
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  • care of you, pick your coat up, pick your money up,
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  • pick your purse up, but don't depend on 'em."
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  • You follow what I'm sayin'? Don't depend on 'em .
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  • So, he was aware of mammon being the driving motivation behind
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  • people, you know, not wanting to give or not seeing it as a
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  • solution, and trusting money more than you trust God.
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  • So, in Luke chapter 16, just to get started here, in Luke 16,
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  • verse 10: "'He that is faithful in that which is least
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  • is faithful also in the much: and he that is unjust
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  • in the least is unjust in the much.'"
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  • Now, we took our time and we read from verse 1
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  • all the way down to verse 10, and the context of Luke 16,
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  • from that point on, was talking about an unjust steward
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  • who was not faithful or could not be trusted with money.
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  • And so Jesus comes down here in verse 10 and he now calls
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  • the subject matter of what they were dealin' with "the least."
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  • "He that is faithful in that which is least."
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  • Well, what was the guy unfaithful with in context?
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  • He was unfaithful with money.
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  • So, the "least" is referring to "money."
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  • Jesus calls money, "The least."
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  • Now, you can take that and you can use it.
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  • You can just lift it out of context and you can say,
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  • "Well, you know, if you're not, you know, a good steward
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  • with little, you won't be a good steward with much."
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  • And that would be a true principle.
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  • "You know, if you can't be trusted in the smaller things,
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  • you won't be--" That'd be a true principle.
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  • But out of context, you miss out on what Jesus was saying.
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  • He was saying precisely that if you cannot be trusted in the
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  • area of the least matter, the smallest matter in the kingdom
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  • of God, money, who will be able to trust you with the much, the
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  • blessings, and the anointing, and all of the other stuff that,
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  • you know, that has been made available to you
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  • in the finished works?
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  • And people have a hard time with that because when you hear any
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  • kind of faithfulness where it deals with money, well, that's
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  • just gotta be carnal, or it's just gotta be a little con game,
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  • or people are just tryin' to get your money.
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  • And it's not even a money issue.
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  • Jesus is tryin' to bring your attention to the real currency
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  • in the kingdom, and the real currency
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  • in the kingdom is trust.
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  • That's the real currency.
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  • And so what happens is you get off on thinkin' it's money.
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  • Isn't it interesting how money can change attitudes,
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  • how money can cause friends to split up, how money can be
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  • the reason for a divorce?
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  • What is it that happens? It's really not the cash.
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  • It's the spirit that's on the cash.
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  • You are trusting and relying more on money's ability
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  • to bring you happiness instead of God, and God is,
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  • like, sayin', "Don't trust it."
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  • Now, if the money's not the problem, he says,
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  • "I just need to be on the money, not mammon."
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  • So I'm not one that's sayin'--you know,
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  • I'm not one of these guys that's sayin',
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  • "You know, your problem is money."
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  • No, your problem's not money.
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  • Your problem's mammon. Your problem's management of it.
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  • You're not allowing the right motivations
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  • where money is concerned.
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  • Money under the right management can be a blessin'
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  • to the kingdom and get the gospel around the world
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  • and accomplish all kinds of things.
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  • But money under the wrong management will destroy you and
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  • leave you not even trustin' in the God that you said two years
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  • ago that you loved and that you trusted.
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  • So this is a serious, serious issue.
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  • And he said, "The least is money,
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  • and it's the smallest thing in the kingdom of God."
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  • Everything in life starts off with the least.
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  • I mean, if you're gonna--you know, somebody says, you know,
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  • "I can jump all the way across to the Grand Canyon and you
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  • can't even jump 2 feet," that's just ridiculous.
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  • What are you gonna do when it's small first?
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  • What you gonna do when it's little first?
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  • Pass the test of little.
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  • You're in the ministry.
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  • What are you gonna do with two people?
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  • Don't talk to God about 3.000.
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  • What are you doing with two people?
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  • Forget the church. What are you doin' at home?
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  • Everything that happens where the much is concerned is gonna
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  • be based on, what are you doin' when it's small?
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  • Do you have a small mentality because it's small,
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  • or do you have a big mentality when it's small?
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  • Because your mentality and your attitude when it's small really
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  • is gonna determine--I mean, your attitude is really gonna
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  • determine how you go from that point.
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  • I used to love when we, you know,
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  • we had a Bible study years ago.
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  • Taffi was talkin' about the beginnings, but I remember
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  • when we were in Saturday night Bible studies at the church
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  • I was attendin'.
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  • I made a commitment to God that I would be every Saturday
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  • on time and I would preach no matter what.
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  • I would teach a Bible study.
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  • And I got up to preach one Saturday,
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  • and nobody was in the room.
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  • Now, I'm gonna open up and tell you honestly what
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  • was goin' on with me.
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  • Nobody's in the room. It's 7 o'clock.
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  • I made a decision that I was gonna do this, but on the
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  • inside, all of a sudden, this challenge was goin' on with me,
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  • insecure, inferiority, "Maybe I wasn't supposed
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  • to do this in the first place.
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  • See, there, nobody's not even here.
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  • Where is God in this whole situation?
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  • Maybe you just need to quit and go do somethin' else.
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  • Nobody's even here."
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  • But I made a commitment to God.
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  • Biggest test in my life without me knowin' it was a test.
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  • And so I said, "Well, angels are here.
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  • If y'all in the room, stand up, let's pray."
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  • And I continued to do what I was committed to do.
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  • And I prayed, and I said, "Well, I don't know if y'all sit down
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  • or not, but sit down and open the Bible up,"
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  • and I started preachin'.
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  • I started preachin' to an empty room with empty seats.
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  • About five minutes later, my assistant at that time,
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  • Barbara Dorsey, walked in.
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  • And when you walked in, the door was open this way so you
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  • couldn't see what was in the room, and she saw me teaching,
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  • and then came in and peeped over and she looked,
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  • "Well, ain't nobody in the room."
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  • I said, "Come on in here.
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  • You already gonna have to get the notes from the angels
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  • 'cause I'm not startin' back over again,"
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  • and I just kept preachin'.
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  • I remember preachin' and tears comin' out of my eyes.
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  • But I said, "I've made this commitment to do this thing,"
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  • and I did it.
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  • And the Word of the Lord came to me.
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  • He said, "And that'll be the last time
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  • that will ever happen to you.
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  • Now I know you can be trusted.
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  • I can commit some stuff to your trust."
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  • I had just received the vision of World Changers Ministry
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  • in my bedroom.
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  • I was praying, and all of a sudden,
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  • this weird thing was goin' on.
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  • My eyes were opened, and I'm seeing these stick images go
  • 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:05.130
  • across my face, and I'm hearing the vision of the ministry.
  • 00:12:05.140 --> 00:12:09.080
  • And the Lord said to me, "Now, listen to me carefully."
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  • And all of a sudden, the scene switched,
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  • and I went into a club here in Atlanta was called Mr. V's.
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  • Some of y'all remember Mr. V's, yeah.
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  • And I was in the club, and I saw my sister.
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  • I saw what she had on.
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  • I heard the conversations that were goin' on.
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  • When I came back from that vision, God says,
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  • "I showed you that so you will know
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  • that the first thing I showed you was of me."
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  • And so, I was, like--just, it was,
  • 00:12:40.040 --> 00:12:42.240
  • just blew my mind that night.
  • 00:12:42.250 --> 00:12:44.280
  • So she came in a little later on, and she had a coat on.
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  • I said, "Don't take your coat off."
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  • I said, "You have this color dress on or outfit on.
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  • You were talkin' to these people.
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  • Here was the topics of the conversation.
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  • You said it like that."
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  • She started cryin', said, "You gonna tell on me?"
  • 00:12:57.230 --> 00:12:59.090
  • I'm like, "No, I just needed to know because now I know
  • 00:12:59.100 --> 00:13:01.280
  • what I saw at the beginning was from God."
  • 00:13:01.290 --> 00:13:06.020
  • So, the next day, before anything started, he says,
  • 00:13:06.030 --> 00:13:08.200
  • "All right, everything I tell you to do, do it."
  • 00:13:08.210 --> 00:13:11.060
  • And so he said, "Get in the car and I'll tell ya where to go."
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  • And I got in the car. He said, "Turn right," did that.
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  • I mean, I got in the car literally
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  • not knowing where to go.
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  • I just got in the car.
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  • And--"Now, turn left, turn right."
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  • And after I finished just obeying where he was tellin' me
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  • to go, I ended up in the parkin' lot of the church
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  • that I attended.
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  • He says, "Turn the car off."
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  • I turned the car off and I just sat there.
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  • And sitting there for a moment, I just kinda, like,
  • 00:13:38.040 --> 00:13:40.120
  • "Okay, so what's up?" I didn't hear anything.
  • 00:13:40.130 --> 00:13:45.070
  • Then I started kind of assuming certain things,
  • 00:13:45.080 --> 00:13:48.170
  • somebody comin' out,
  • 00:13:48.180 --> 00:13:49.270
  • "Well, maybe you want me to talk to them." "No."
  • 00:13:49.280 --> 00:13:51.260
  • Somebody walkin' down the street, "Well, maybe you brought
  • 00:13:51.270 --> 00:13:53.070
  • me up here to witness to them." "No."
  • 00:13:53.080 --> 00:13:55.160
  • "Well, what'd you bring me up here for?"
  • 00:13:55.170 --> 00:13:57.050
  • "Just sit."
  • 00:13:57.060 --> 00:13:59.150
  • Then I sat and it started gettin' dark.
  • 00:13:59.160 --> 00:14:01.240
  • And then he said, "Crank the car up and go back home."
  • 00:14:01.250 --> 00:14:04.080
  • And I thought, "Man, that's the biggest waste of time ever."
  • 00:14:04.090 --> 00:14:08.090
  • But you know what happened?
  • 00:14:08.100 --> 00:14:09.210
  • He realized, "If I can trust you to do that, I can trust you and
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  • now you're ready to start a church.
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  • I can trust you with my people."
  • 00:14:16.170 --> 00:14:18.150
  • You see, this issue of trust is huge,
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  • not just to religiously say it.
  • 00:14:21.050 --> 00:14:23.100
  • It is an issue of trust where you are willing to say,
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  • "I rely on you. I depend on you."
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  • I was on my way to Griffin to do my first, I don't know,
  • 00:14:30.120 --> 00:14:33.220
  • the first invitation revival that I had, and it was great.
  • 00:14:33.230 --> 00:14:38.140
  • I mean, you know, we probably had a crowd of under ten,
  • 00:14:38.150 --> 00:14:42.040
  • and it was just, it was amazing.
  • 00:14:42.050 --> 00:14:44.290
  • You understand, it was the biggest crowd I've ever seen.
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  • It was awesome, you know?
  • 00:14:46.260 --> 00:14:48.050
  • I got a chance to stay in my first hotel, and it was a big
  • 00:14:48.060 --> 00:14:51.070
  • deal, man, and I think I called Ken and that kinda helped me.
  • 00:14:51.080 --> 00:14:56.180
  • But I think I called Ken, "Hey, man, come down here.
  • 00:14:56.190 --> 00:14:58.190
  • You know, I'm here doin' my big meetin', you know?"
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  • "How many people come?"
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  • "I don't know, about five, but we gonna do it, man.
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  • We gonna do this thing."
  • 00:15:05.010 --> 00:15:06.100
  • And went down there and did that first meeting,
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  • and I was just so excited.
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  • So I was on my out.
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  • Only one problem, I was on E, and I was broke.
  • 00:15:12.170 --> 00:15:18.030
  • I mean, when Taffi tells you, you know, all I had was
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:21.050
  • promises, what she didn't tell you is the first time I proposed
  • 00:15:21.060 --> 00:15:23.260
  • to her, she turned me down.
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  • I couldn't believe it.
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  • She turned me down on the bank of the park.
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  • "Will you marry me?"
  • 00:15:29.170 --> 00:15:30.280
  • "Baby, what you gonna do for me?
  • 00:15:30.290 --> 00:15:33.230
  • You drivin' your mama's station wagon."
  • 00:15:33.240 --> 00:15:38.080
  • I'm like, "Yeah, she got a point there, but--" "We can't live off
  • 00:15:38.090 --> 00:15:41.210
  • love, so when you get your stuff together and all that, then,
  • 00:15:41.220 --> 00:15:44.200
  • you know, ask me again," praise God.
  • 00:15:44.210 --> 00:15:48.200
  • And so, we were goin' to the door,
  • 00:15:48.210 --> 00:15:51.000
  • and I was just walkin' to the door on E.
  • 00:15:51.010 --> 00:15:53.150
  • "Where you goin'?"
  • 00:15:53.160 --> 00:15:54.260
  • "I'm gettin' ready to go to Griffin."
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  • I ain't got no gas.
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  • The Lord said, "Go," and I started walkin',
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  • and I heard this door open,
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  • and comin' through the door was my godmother,
  • 00:16:04.150 --> 00:16:08.090
  • Martha Thompson, and she said--she stopped,
  • 00:16:08.100 --> 00:16:10.280
  • she said, "Whew, oh, I'm glad I caught ya."
  • 00:16:10.290 --> 00:16:13.130
  • I said, "Well, what happened?"
  • 00:16:13.140 --> 00:16:15.030
  • She said, "I was sittin' there, and the Lord told me
  • 00:16:15.040 --> 00:16:16.260
  • to hurry up and run out the door."
  • 00:16:16.270 --> 00:16:18.270
  • And she opened my hand up and she said,
  • 00:16:18.280 --> 00:16:21.000
  • "Here, he said you needed some gas money."
  • 00:16:21.010 --> 00:16:23.200
  • And I said--it was enough gas money to fill my tank up
  • 00:16:23.210 --> 00:16:31.080
  • to get down there and get back.
  • 00:16:31.090 --> 00:16:32.270
  • That was the currency.
  • 00:16:32.280 --> 00:16:35.080
  • The currency was trust.
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  • Are y'all hearin' what I'm sayin'?
  • 00:16:38.030 --> 00:16:40.060
  • And so, when he talks about this thing about the least,
  • 00:16:40.070 --> 00:16:43.130
  • can you be trusted?
  • 00:16:43.140 --> 00:16:46.090
  • Can you be trusted? Now, look at verse 11.
  • 00:16:46.100 --> 00:16:49.080
  • He goes on and he says here: "'If therefore ye have not been
  • 00:16:49.090 --> 00:16:52.210
  • faithful in the unrighteous mammon,
  • 00:16:52.220 --> 00:16:54.250
  • who will commit to your trust the true riches?'"
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  • Where's your trust?
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:17:00.190
  • What kinda condition do you find your trust in today,
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  • and can he commit anything to your trust?
  • 00:17:03.210 --> 00:17:07.030
  • And then in verse 12, he says:
  • 00:17:07.040 --> 00:17:10.090
  • "'And if you have not been faithful in,'"
  • 00:17:10.100 --> 00:17:12.080
  • or trustworthy, or dependable, "in that which is another man's,
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:15.000
  • who shall give you that which is your own?"
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  • That is so awesome.
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  • Where in your ministry have you been dependable
  • 00:17:19.130 --> 00:17:23.050
  • to somebody else?
  • 00:17:23.060 --> 00:17:24.260
  • A lot of times we fail right there.
  • 00:17:24.270 --> 00:17:26.290
  • We wanna hurry up and do us so quick that we fail to submit to
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:31.260
  • the power of apprenticeship, somethin' that you can see
  • 00:17:31.270 --> 00:17:37.070
  • the image--being exposed to somethin',
  • 00:17:37.080 --> 00:17:41.010
  • that's a big issue today with young men around our country,
  • 00:17:41.020 --> 00:17:46.000
  • the lack of exposure to where you're goin'.
  • 00:17:46.010 --> 00:17:49.080
  • It's so important to be able to be--and sometimes
  • 00:17:49.090 --> 00:17:51.210
  • you just don't wanna be exposed.
  • 00:17:51.220 --> 00:17:53.080
  • You get exposed to the ultimate end of somebody's life that you
  • 00:17:53.090 --> 00:17:58.140
  • often neglect the process that it takes to get from A to Z, and
  • 00:17:58.150 --> 00:18:03.000
  • that's because a lot of people don't wanna wait, and, you know,
  • 00:18:03.010 --> 00:18:05.210
  • you think you're gonna miss your time--you're gonna be on time.
  • 00:18:05.220 --> 00:18:07.170
  • But when and who were you faithful to?
  • 00:18:07.180 --> 00:18:12.000
  • When and who were you faithful to?
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  • Who are you faithful to even now?
  • 00:18:15.170 --> 00:18:19.090
  • Because if your faithfulness ends with you,
  • 00:18:19.100 --> 00:18:22.050
  • that may explain a whole lot of issues
  • 00:18:22.060 --> 00:18:23.200
  • that you might be goin' through in your life.
  • 00:18:23.210 --> 00:18:26.020
  • Verse 13, he says: "'No servant,'"
  • 00:18:26.030 --> 00:18:30.290
  • that includes everybody, all of us,
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:33.000
  • "can serve two masters: for either he'll hate the one,
  • 00:18:33.010 --> 00:18:35.180
  • love the other; or else he'll hold to the one,
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:38.270
  • despise the other.
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  • You cannot serve God and mammon."
  • 00:18:40.120 --> 00:18:44.210
  • So I wanna share these notes with you tonight before I begin
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:47.020
  • to finish this teachin' because I think with verse 13,
  • 00:18:47.030 --> 00:18:50.130
  • you really need to dig in in what's goin' on here.
  • 00:18:50.140 --> 00:18:54.010
  • The objective is to uncover a demon spirit that's been in
  • 00:18:54.020 --> 00:18:58.210
  • hiding for centuries, under the radar, hiding behind the norms
  • 00:18:58.220 --> 00:19:02.170
  • and values of society.
  • 00:19:02.180 --> 00:19:05.070
  • This word "mammon" here, we just easily translate it and say,
  • 00:19:05.080 --> 00:19:08.110
  • "Well, you can't serve God and money."
  • 00:19:08.120 --> 00:19:10.270
  • The problem with that is you make money the enemy.
  • 00:19:10.280 --> 00:19:14.130
  • And now, all of a sudden, money becomes the enemy,
  • 00:19:14.140 --> 00:19:17.210
  • and money's neither right or wrong.
  • 00:19:17.220 --> 00:19:19.140
  • It's just somethin' that's gonna be managed by whoever's drivin',
  • 00:19:19.150 --> 00:19:23.150
  • who's doin' the driving where money is concerned.
  • 00:19:23.160 --> 00:19:25.160
  • Money's gotten a bad rap. You know, kinda like meat.
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:28.270
  • Meat has gotten a bad rap.
  • 00:19:28.280 --> 00:19:30.270
  • Everybody think, "Well, if you eat meat, you know,
  • 00:19:30.280 --> 00:19:32.210
  • somethin' wrong with you."
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:34.010
  • No, the problem with meat is, is when the meat hasn't been
  • 00:19:34.020 --> 00:19:36.070
  • properly fed and cared for and you done shot it up
  • 00:19:36.080 --> 00:19:38.200
  • with chemicals and all that stuff.
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:40.040
  • That's the problem with it.
  • 00:19:40.050 --> 00:19:41.160
  • But if you get some good old grass-fed meat that ain't messed
  • 00:19:41.170 --> 00:19:43.110
  • with all that stuff, that's one of the best things you can get.
  • 00:19:43.120 --> 00:19:45.170
  • You get stuff out of that meat, B12, and CLA,
  • 00:19:45.180 --> 00:19:48.020
  • that you can't get out of just bein' a vegetarian.
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  • I'm just sayin'. You do you.
  • 00:19:50.140 --> 00:19:52.120
  • Do what you need to do.
  • 00:19:52.130 --> 00:19:53.220
  • But Jesus said, "Eat meat," praise the Lord.
  • 00:19:53.230 --> 00:19:56.290
  • Well, you know? So, mammon is more than money.
  • 00:19:57.000 --> 00:20:02.150
  • "Mammon" is an Aramaic word meaning "riches."
  • 00:20:02.160 --> 00:20:06.160
  • And at the heart, there's an attitude
  • 00:20:06.170 --> 00:20:08.220
  • that says, "Man doesn't need God.
  • 00:20:08.230 --> 00:20:12.150
  • We're self-sufficient."
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:15.060
  • And this is what the spirit of mammon tries to tell us:
  • 00:20:15.070 --> 00:20:17.270
  • "You don't need God. Trust in riches.
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:23.160
  • You don't need God. Trust in riches."
  • 00:20:23.170 --> 00:20:28.010
  • Now, that will deal with Christians as well.
  • 00:20:28.020 --> 00:20:30.280
  • You go to church, and mammon convinces you,
  • 00:20:30.290 --> 00:20:33.170
  • "You don't need God in this situation.
  • 00:20:33.180 --> 00:20:36.200
  • Trust in riches."
  • 00:20:36.210 --> 00:20:39.110
  • Mammon was the name of the Syrian God of riches and money.
  • 00:20:39.120 --> 00:20:44.160
  • In fact, in Revelations 18, the city of Babylon shows a city
  • 00:20:44.170 --> 00:20:49.010
  • or a world given over to the spirit of mammon
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:53.170
  • with all of its greed and avarice.
  • 00:20:53.180 --> 00:20:55.200
  • It was an unhealthy relationship and trust
  • 00:20:55.210 --> 00:20:58.240
  • with the material world.
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:21:01.150
  • Now, you can serve mammon instead of serving God,
  • 00:21:01.160 --> 00:21:07.140
  • but the verse of Scripture here says, "It's impossible
  • 00:21:07.150 --> 00:21:10.200
  • to serve both at the same time."
  • 00:21:10.210 --> 00:21:13.290
  • Why? 'Cause there's no middle ground.
  • 00:21:14.000 --> 00:21:17.020
  • There's no middle ground here.
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:18.190
  • So, all money either has the Spirit of God on it
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:23.290
  • or the money has the spirit of mammon on it that's--what's
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:28.120
  • impacting your money?
  • 00:21:28.130 --> 00:21:30.060
  • It depends on what's impacting your life.
  • 00:21:30.070 --> 00:21:33.070
  • If mammon is governing your life, when you pick money up,
  • 00:21:33.080 --> 00:21:38.270
  • it's doin' the drivin'.
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  • It's gonna determine how that money's gonna be used.
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:43.290
  • If God's drivin' your life, it's doin' the drivin'.
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  • It'll determine how that money's gonna use.
  • 00:21:46.110 --> 00:21:48.010
  • So in a biblical sense, the word "mammon"
  • 00:21:48.020 --> 00:21:49.250
  • is "the spirit which rests upon money."
  • 00:21:49.260 --> 00:21:53.020
  • It's that spirit that rests upon money.
  • 00:21:53.030 --> 00:21:56.220
  • The people most under a spirit of mammon--'cause I wanna show
  • 00:21:56.230 --> 00:22:00.050
  • you, how do you know if you're under the spirit of mammon?
  • 00:22:00.060 --> 00:22:01.270
  • The people most under the spirit of mammon
  • 00:22:01.280 --> 00:22:04.250
  • tend to have the most fear about their money.
  • 00:22:04.260 --> 00:22:08.140
  • You can really tell if you're under the spirit of mammon
  • 00:22:08.150 --> 00:22:10.230
  • 'cause you have--you're concerned about your money.
  • 00:22:10.240 --> 00:22:12.290
  • That's why when they say, "It's offerin' time," you're sad at
  • 00:22:13.000 --> 00:22:15.070
  • that saying because you have more fear about losing money
  • 00:22:15.080 --> 00:22:19.170
  • because mammon is now tryin' to govern your life and say,
  • 00:22:19.180 --> 00:22:22.080
  • "Don't give this money up to no church."
  • 00:22:22.090 --> 00:22:25.160
  • And they'll create all kinds of narratives to try
  • 00:22:25.170 --> 00:22:28.120
  • to stop you from doin' that.
  • 00:22:28.130 --> 00:22:30.270
  • So, how does mammon behave? Let's look at that for a moment.
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:34.080
  • How does mammon behave?
  • 00:22:34.090 --> 00:22:37.050
  • I believe that mammon is Satan, and that's why I said,
  • 00:22:37.060 --> 00:22:39.170
  • "It's a mask on, tryin' to cover up the fact
  • 00:22:39.180 --> 00:22:42.090
  • that it's really him."
  • 00:22:42.100 --> 00:22:44.040
  • I believe mammon is Satan,
  • 00:22:44.050 --> 00:22:45.230
  • and mammon is in direct contrast to the Spirit of God.
  • 00:22:45.240 --> 00:22:49.220
  • Everything the Spirit of God stands for, mammon goes against.
  • 00:22:49.230 --> 00:22:53.230
  • Mammon is in direct contrast to the Spirit of God.
  • 00:22:53.240 --> 00:22:58.060
  • Mammon says, "Buy and keep." God says, "Sow and reap."
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:23:07.110
  • Look at the contrast there.
  • 00:23:07.120 --> 00:23:08.250
  • Mammon: "Buy it, keep it." God: "Sow it, reap it."
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:14.210
  • Mammon says, "Cheat and steal," but God says,
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:21.050
  • "Give and receive."
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  • Mammon is looking for servants.
  • 00:23:24.140 --> 00:23:27.100
  • It wants to rule your life and take the place of God.
  • 00:23:27.110 --> 00:23:31.290
  • Mammon tries to take God's place by promising us everything
  • 00:23:32.000 --> 00:23:36.150
  • that only God can give.
  • 00:23:36.160 --> 00:23:38.170
  • Mammon wants to try to get you to look at money and saying,
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  • "I can use money, and with money, you can get everything
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  • that God promises."
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  • For example, where security is concerned.
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  • Mammon wants to convince you that you don't need God
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  • for your security, that it can provide security for you.
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  • Mammon wants to convince you that it can provide significance
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  • for you, identity for you, independence for you,
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  • or a power and freedom for you.
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  • Mammon is selfish. God is generous.
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  • Mammon is selfish. God is generous.
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  • Mammon either tries to insulate us from life's problems
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  • or it gets us to dwell on life's problems.
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  • So we know that money is not our security.
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  • So, if money's not our security, then you've please gotta
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  • understand as a Christian that God is your security.
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  • Say out loud, "God is my security, not money, not money."
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  • Say it again, "God's my security, not money."
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  • announcer: The condition of a person's heart is often revealed
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  • by how they handle money, but the spirit of mammon tries to
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  • use this tool to destroy our trust in God.
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  • For a love gift of $26.95, you'll receive Creflo Dollar's
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  • book, "Unmasking the Spirit of Mammon,"
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  • Also receive the "Grace-Based Living Collection"
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  • for a love gift of $80 or more.
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  • Learn to break free from Mammon's influences
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  • over your finances in this series.
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  • announcer: Receive "Unmasking the Spirit of Mammon" book.
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  • Also, receive the Grace-Based Giving Collection that includes
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  • 20 power-pack messages.
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  • Order today.
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  • announcer: Omaha, Nebraska, are you ready for change?
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  • For one day only, experience three life-transforming sessions
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  • with Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar
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  • at the Change Experience 2019.
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  • male: This is perfect teaching.
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  • This is wholesome teaching. This is sound doctrine.
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  • This is good. This is freeing.
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  • announcer: Join us at the Hilton Omaha Downtown
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  • on Friday, September 13.
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  • Call, text, or go online to register today.
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  • Creflo: After visiting many countries all over the world,
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  • we've come to understand that we all have a lot in common.
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  • We all have vital needs.
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  • Our missions team distributes school supplies to children
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  • as well as medical supplies, food, clothing,
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  • and hygiene kits to communities throughout the world.
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  • Meeting the physical needs of hurting people opens
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  • the door to share the gospel of grace with them.
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  • Thank you for helping us meet these needs, and God bless you.
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  • announcer: Creflo Dollar Global Missions is committed to
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  • broadcasting the gospel of grace all over this world.
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  • When people understand grace, they're empowered to change
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  • their lives and be set free.
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  • If you want to support our Global Missions outreach
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  • endeavors, consider becoming a partner today by calling in,
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  • or by visiting us online and signing up.
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  • Thank you for partnering with us today.
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  • announcer: Your generosity allows us to make a difference
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  • in the lives of people all over the world.
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  • Through Creflo Dollar Global Missions, we are providing food,
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  • clothing, crucial supplies, and the word of God to people
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  • in the most remote regions of the world.
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  • Because of you, Creflo Dollar Ministries is providing
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  • a new understanding of grace and empowering change
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  • in the lives of millions of people every day.
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  • Thank you, partners and friends, your love and financial support
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  • makes it possible to bring this message into millions of homes
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  • all across the globe.
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