Freedom from Mammon
7 May 2017
The spirit of mammon has one main goal: to lure us away from trusting God. It tries to wiggle its way into all aspects of our lives, including our finances, and tells us the exact opposite of what God tells us. Mammon says money is the answer to our problems and wants to convince us that it can give us what only God can give us. This spirit influences people to lie, cheat, steal, and compromise their values. It wants to use us and get us to exploit others for money. If we let it, mammon will generate fear in us about our money while putting us in debt; in short, it wants to rule our lives. We can stay free from this spirit by trusting God, acknowledging we need him daily, and being generous givers.
A. Mammon opposes God. We must know how it operates and how sneaky it is.
B. There are five things we can do to maintain our freedom from mammon.
- No servant 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 (Luke 16:13).
- Money is neither good nor bad; what matters is the influence on our lives when we pick it up.
- Mammon stands in direct opposition to God and everything he represents. This spirit wants us to trust it, instead of God.
- The people most heavily influenced by mammon are those who have the most fear about their money.
- To be free from the spirit of mammon, we must trust God, need God, and give to God.
- Mammon will put money in our hands if it brings us to the point where we say we trust it more than God.
- It is okay to have money. Money itself is not bad, but the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
- We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7), but mammon mocks God’s word and says this is not true.
C. The spirit of mammon is usually accompanied by the spirits of poverty and pride.
- Trust in God and acknowledge him in everything (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
- To trust in the Lord is to rely on him confidently in every situation.
- This works in all areas of our lives, including our health (Isaiah 53:5), and our finances (Philippians 4:19). We can choose to trust our own understanding and allow ourselves to be moved into self-preservation, or trust God.
- A person who does not trust God with their finances is someone who thinks they are their own source of prosperity. God will keep us in perfect peace if we trust him (Isaiah 26:3).
- Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It will be health to your navel and marrow to your bones (Proverbs 3:7, 8).
- Fear of God is an attitude of respect for him. It causes us to gain knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).
- If we are operating in the fear of the Lord and mammon tries to seduce us, we will respect God too much to allow ourselves to be swayed. This will keep us above mammon’s influence.
- Honor the Lord with your substance and the first fruits of all your increase. So shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses will burst out with new wine. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction. For whom the Lord loves he corrects, even as a father the son in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:9-12).
- An understanding of this will keep us free from mammon. We put God in first place when we allow our money to carry more weight in his kingdom than in the world.
- When we honor him in our finances, he will honor us back.
- We need God’s correction.
- Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding (Proverbs 3:13).
- Wisdom has already been made available; we must get it for ourselves.
- There is a difference between wisdom and knowledge; wisdom is the ability to use knowledge. Wisdom shines like a light on knowledge, showing us what to do with it.
- Wisdom and understanding from God far outweigh what mammon could ever present to us. The merchandise of wisdom is better than the merchandise of silver, and gain thereof than fine gold (Proverbs 3:14-16).
- Wisdom’s ways are pleasant, and all her paths are peace (Proverbs 3:17); the path mammon takes us down is not
- She is a tree of life to them who lay hold upon her, and happy is everyone who retains her. The Lord by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew (Proverbs 3:18-20).
- Many people do not choose God because mammon seduced them before they could see what God can do. Mammon tries to get us into discontent so that we will curse our own blessing, but godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).
- Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it (Proverbs 3:27).
- If we have been blessed and are able to bless others, we should do so; mammon will cause us to withhold blessings.
- “To be a blessing” means to be an instrument through which God flows his favor, to reach someone else. It also means to prevent misfortune in someone else’s life.
- The spirit of poverty causes a state of constantly wanting, but never having enough. It causes us to feel guilt and shame for the blessings we do have.
- This spirit causes people to hoard whatever they have. It does not want us to know that God is able to make all grace abound toward us, that we, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
- The spirit of pride kills our ability to obey God and follow his plans for our lives.
- Proud people will not submit to him. Pride causes people to turn away from God and seek self-satisfaction; it turns people into their own gods.
- God tells us to cast all our cares on him (1 Peter 5:7). If we refuse, and insist on carrying them all ourselves, we will not find the grace to deal with them.
- We must choose whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15).
1 Timothy 6:6,10
2 Corinthians 9:8
Proverbs 3:5-20, 27
1 Peter 5:7