Faith and Patience (Part 14): Defining God and Mammon (3)
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Delivered By
Bob Petersen, Julie Petersen, & Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
October 28, 2015
Faith and Patience Series

Continued from last week's notes...

I. Deceitful Riches – Serving Mammon    

Mark 10:21-25 AMP:  21 And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing;

go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk].  22 At that saying the man's countenance fell and was gloomy,

 and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked around and

 said to His disciples, With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and  keep on holding it enter the kingdom

of God! 24 And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to

 them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches

 to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man

 to enter the kingdom of God.

            A. This man had been keeping the rules, but not the first commandment

Exodus 20:3 KJV:  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

            B. He was serving Mammon, and at Jesus Word he bowed his knee to the god of Mammon rather than obeying God.

                        1. Mammon is not riches, money, or wealth!

                        2. When we place our trust, our sense of security in wealth, we actually deify it as a god, to worship it.  It is a false image                         in our soul, in our mindset or way of thinking.  This causes us to actually bow to this image (or obey it) rather than                                   obeying God.

Exodus 20:4 KJV:  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…. 5 Thou shalt not bow

down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God

                        3. When our trust is in Mammon, it connects us to fear of lack, concern over provision, worry and anxiousness over                                 finances, striving and toiling which chokes the Word in us—causing us to disconnect from faith in God. 

            C. Because his heart was connected to Mammon through deceitful riches or “holding” great possessions, he could not “see”                   the Kingdom.  He had no ears to hear what Jesus was saying to him…that he would have “treasure in heaven” if he obeyed                     him.

            D. He missed the door of opportunity that Jesus was offering him to trade the “deceitful riches” for the “true riches”.  He was                 given the opportunity to repent from serving the false god of Mammon to serve   the true God.  He could have then entered                 into the Kingdom’s divine purpose of stewardship or partnership with God.

            E. Deceitful riches cause you to trade the temporal for the eternal.

            F. God is dealing with our hearts in this hour to disconnect from Mammon or the Babylonian system and be wholly given to                   His Kingdom system before judgment is poured out on this false god.

Revelation 9:20 AMP:  And the rest of humanity who were not killed by these plagues even then did not

 repent of [the worship of] the works of their [own] hands, so as to cease paying homage to the demons and

 idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor move.

II. True Riches or Kingdom Wealth – Serving God

Mark 10:26-30:  26 And they were shocked and exceedingly astonished, and said to Him and

 to one another, Then who can be saved? 27 Jesus glanced around at them and said, With men [it is] impossible,

but not with God; for all things are possible with God. 28 Peter started to say to Him, Behold, we have yielded

up and abandoned everything [once and for all and joined You as Your disciples, siding with Your party] and accompanied You [walking the same road that You walk]. 29 Jesus said, Truly I tell you, there is no one who

has given up and left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for My sake and for the Gospel's 30 Who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time — houses and brothers and sisters

and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions — and in the age to come, eternal life.

            A. If the rich young ruler had repented and turned to Jesus, he would have been able to see and possess       the Kingdom.

                        1. For those who don’t hold onto what they have and abandon all, putting God in first place and serving Him, He                                       multiplies back into their hands 100 times as much as they gave up now in this time.

                        2. With persecutions

                        3. Eternal life

            B. We are going through a process allowing God to train us for His higher purpose with our finances

            C. What is the goal of this process:

                        a. To be fully submitted in our trust in God and bound in spirit to His Kingdom purposes

                        b. Partnership with God in this life through stewardship

                                    a. The qualities we develop through stewardship are the same qualities that enable us to

                                    reign in this life and prepare and position us for the life to come.

Romans 5:17AMP: …reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ