Money is going to be important to achieving the dreams of your heart. I have talked about open-handed stewardship and also where money should be allocated. We must remove a major roadblock from a financially fit life. This roadblock is the Spirit of Mammon and it is invasive in our culture.
Mathew 6:24 says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.”
Mammon is an Aramaic word that means riches.
This does not mean that money is evil. In fact, money can be used as a tool to have everlasting impact to win souls for the kingdom. Matthew 6:24 is referring to which master we serve. This is where the Spirit of Mammon takes over. Mammon promises what only God can give. Identity, power, security etc. These things do not come from money, but from God. God says sow and reap. Mammon says buy and sell. We think things like, If I have enough money then I will feel secure.
Money that is submitted to God and not Mammon can be blessed by God. This is a lay down your life challenge. Being blessed is like swimming with the current. Things are easy and smooth. Being cursed is like swimming against the current; everything takes a lot of effort and you get nowhere. I want my life to be blessed. How about you?
Mammon runs around with two thugs, poverty and pride. The problem with these two is they are things focused instead of God focused. Poverty down plays everything and is afraid to acknowledge the blessings of God. Poverty is confused and thinking being broke is somehow spiritual. Judging others for having nice things is often what comes out. Pride shows its ugly head by thinking that we deserve more by comparing ourselves to others.
The proper stance toward money is a heart of gratitude toward our Heavenly Father. If you have internet, which if you are reading this you do, you have more than a lot of people. We get sidetracked by stuff because we are humans and we have limitless desires. Regain a proper perspective by lifting your heart to your Father which has given you so much. Be blessed on your journey.
What are you grateful for?