GOD VERSUS MAMMON

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

MATTHEW 6:24, NKJV

The New Testament contains 2,084 verses dealing with money and finance. Sixteen of Jesus’ 38 parables deal with money. I believe the reason Jesus spoke so much about money was because He was always trying to see where a person’s loyalty resided. He said a person could not serve two masters. Instead, he will love one but hate the other. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, NKJV).
 
Many people believe money is synonymous with mammon. This is incorrect. Mammon is an Aramaic demonic spirit that was worshiped as a false god by the Philistines. Mammon desires to be worshiped, have influence and control peoples’ lives through the love of money. Money is the instrument by which mammon seeks to have power.
 
Any spirit that opposes God seeks to influence people through deception. It wants to gain loyalty and love without you knowing it has done so. The primary lie behind the spirit of mammon is that money contains power. It encourages people to place disproportionate value on money because of the power it has to influence and control others.
 
The symptoms of being controlled by the spirit of mammon are revealed when we allow our activities to be governed by the amount of money we have instead of by God alone. It makes us believe that our provision is our employer, spouse, investments or other money source. When we allow money to rule the choices in our lives, we have yielded to the spirit of mammon.
 
Mammon also leads to other problems, as Paul writes to Timothy: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).
 
Today, ask God if you have been influenced by the spirit of mammon. If so, renounce it, and place your total trust in Christ as your source for all provision.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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