How to Be Free from Mammon
23 Apr 2017
When we study the issue of money and how it relates to trust, we cannot ignore the presence of mammon. Mammon is an evil spirit that is never far from money, and it tempts us to trust it instead of God. In the book of Luke, the parable of the unfaithful steward illustrates that this spirit causes us to be unfaithful. Mammon is the name of the false god of riches in the Old Testament that the people served; putting anyone or anything in first place instead of God amounts to idolatry. Mammon is not the same thing as money. Money is neither righteous nor unrighteous, but when mammon exerts its influence, it opposes everything God does. We must be aware of how this demonic spirit operates so that we can fight it.
A. We must not trust money; the lying spirit of mammon is trying to influence us.
B. To avoid falling for mammon’s lies, we must know the word of God.
- He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much, and he who is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. And the covetous Pharisees derided him (Luke 16:10-14).
- The application of a Scripture is based on its context, and lifting Scriptures out of context can result in heresy. The context here is about a steward who was unfaithful with his master’s money, which Jesus called “the least.”
- We can learn a lot about someone by watching how they handle money. Jesus knew this when he watched the people put money into the treasury (Mark 12:41-44).
- If we want to discover where someone’s heart is, we should look to their treasure (Matthew 6:21).
- Jesus used “mammon” four times in the New Testament. Each time, it was in reference to the name of the Syrian god of riches that was in Babylon.
- Mammon lies to us and tells us the opposite of what God says.
- The spirit of mammon is the spirit of Satan. He tries to seduce us by convincing us to put money before God and pursue wealth as a primary goal.
- This spirit wants to influence us in opposition to God’s word, until it gets us to believe and then say that we do not need God because we have money.
- The money we have is under the same influence as we are. Mammon says to hoard it. God says to give it (Luke 6:38).
C. The spirit of mammon misleads the world. We are to fight against this.
- People have been led to believe money itself is the root of all evil, but that has no biblical backing.
- God wants us to be blessed financially in the same way that Abraham, Isaac, and Solomon were blessed.
- Satan’s objective is to be like God (Isaiah 14:12-15), but Satan was kicked out of heaven.
- No one can be like God, except God. The anointing from him removes burdens and destroys yokes. Satan tries to use money as a negative anointing in the same manner that God uses his anointing positively.
- When we trust God with whatever happens in our lives, weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
- Trusting God is one way to break free from the spirit of mammon. God is the God of hope, and the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
- We must choose God or mammon. We cannot choose both, because that makes us double-minded. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:7, 8).
- Do not love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he who does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:15-18).
- “The world” does not mean creation. It means an environment that encourages greed, a craving for everything we see, and a reliance on earthly possessions.
- Adam and Jesus both faced the same temptations. The difference that affected the outcome was that Adam was seduced by the spirit of mammon, but Jesus successfully resisted it.
- We must ask ourselves four questions to assess if the spirit of mammon is influencing us.
- Do I look to God or people to meet my needs?
- Do I blame others for my present circumstances?
- When people fail to help me the way I wanted to be helped, do I get angry or upset?
- Will I ever have enough?
James 1:7, 8
1 John 2:15-18