Faith and Patience (Part 12): Defining God and Mammon (1)
Delivered By
Bob Petersen, Julie Petersen, & Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
October 14, 2015
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FAITH AND PATIENCE – FAITH IN FINANCE

October 14, 2015

 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  Jeremiah 29:11

expected (Hebrew)  literally, a cord (as an attachment)

        “By Faith                                                                                  & Patience                                                            we inherit the promises.”

Matthew 6:24 NASB: "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and

 love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

By teaching the Word of God on finances, we are seeking His Kingdom or The Blessing System way of doing.   The light on this subject is helping us locate weeds, thorns, poverty in our hearts or the Babylonian system’s way of doing so that we can have hearts of good soil.  That is what brings the manifestation of Jesus on the earth. 

 

I. Only two economic systems in the earth

            A. Earth-Cursed system or the Babylonian system, serving Mammon

            B. Kingdom of God or the Blessing system, serving God

 

II. What does it mean to serve Mammon? 

            A. Have to locate Mammon in the soil of our heart to eradicate it

Matthew 13:22 NASB:  "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the

man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the

word, and it becomes unfruitful.

            B. Hearing the Word will produce nothing if the soil of our hearts is full of thorns.  What does the Bible   say are thorns in our hearts?

                        1. Worries or cares of the world

                                    a. Many worries of life are caused by our concern about provision.

                                    b. Worries or cares are about other issues such as health, family, business, etc., but worry                                             over finances is often the number one concern for people.

                                    c. Not trusting God for our provision allows the enemy to choke the Word out of us.

                                    d. Fighting doubt and unbelief concerning provision reveals that Mammon is involved.

                        2. Deceitfulness of riches – How do riches deceive us?

                                    a. Satan used those same subtle, seductive words with us as he did with Eve in the                                               garden. 

                                                1. My circumstances look contrary to the Word, so God must not mean what He                                                       says about me.  The Word really doesn’t work for me.

                                                2. If God is with me, why is my life like this? 

                                                3. Does God really have my best interest at heart?

                                                4. Is God really able to supply my need?

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                                    b. We compare ourselves with other people, and our self-worth is often woven together                                      tightly with riches.  When we feel less than someone, we are tempted to have things,                                          causing us to go after money in whatever way we can just to get things.

                                    c. Wealth and riches without our hearts circumcised unto God’s Kingdom purposes have                                             misplaced trust in our lives.  We are deceived as we put our trust in the riches rather in                                       God.

                                    d. Riches can cause us to be proud and contemptuous of others, looking down at them                                                 from a high and lofty place.  Money is power in this earth-cursed system.

                                    e. Deceitful riches – actually serving money or Mammon, comes from the beliefs of the                                                Babylonian system way of doing finance.

                                                1. Love of money which includes greed, hoarding, fear of lack, jealousy & envy,

                                                2. Materialism

                        3. Lusts for other things

                        4. The thorny heart is not indifferent or shallow, but other interests hold equal devotion (idolatry)

                         in our hearts—eventually choking out the Word of God.

                        5. Thorns are symbolic of a cursed ground that cannot be fruitful.

 

III. What does it really mean to serve God with our finances?

            A. His way of doing and being right, His righteousness gets first place in our hearts.

Matthew 6:33 AMP:  But seek ( aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and

His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken

together will be given you besides.

            B. The heart of good soil involves hearing and understanding, leading to obedience.  This is the only soil    that produces a harvest.

Matthew 13:23 NASB:  "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man

who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth, some a

hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."

            C. This heart of good soil is hooked into The Blessing system, trusting God for provision, knowing that         those who seek first His Kingdom and obey will have everything else added to them.

            D. Example of Abraham operating in The Blessing system:

           

                        1.  Abraham believed God’s Word to Him, followed His instructions, obeyed Him.

                        2. Abraham saw The Lord as his Provider. 

Genesis 22:7-8 AMP:  And Isaac said to Abraham, My father!....where is the lamb for the burnt

sacrifice?   8 Abraham said, My son, God Himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering.

So the two went on together.

                        3. He did not withhold anything from the Lord.

Genesis 22:9-14 NASB: Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built

 the altar there, and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the

wood.  10 And Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. nt of the Lord it

will be provided."

                        4. When Abraham obeyed God even to the point of giving Him the promised child, willingly                                   ready to put the knife to him, He saw Him as Jehovah Jireh.

11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said,

"Here I am." 12 And he said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him;

for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket

by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the

place of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is

said to this day, "In the mount of the Lord it will be provided."

                        5. Jireh translates into “provide”.

                                    a. pro = before; vide>video = to see

                                    b. to see in advance or before the need is known

                        6. Hebrew translation = On this mountain Jehovah will be seen.

                                    a. that place = The Place, appointed by God, chosen by God, paid for by God.

            E. When the thorns are recognized in our hearts, and God has permission to remove them, our hearts of     good soil produce a harvest.


Defining God & Mammon

If we can’t serve God & mammon, what is the difference?

 

 

 

 

1 Timothy 6:17-19 NAS 17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

Matthew 19:21-24 AMP 21 Jesus answered him, If you would be perfect [that is, have that spiritual maturity which accompanies self-sacrificing character], go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; and come, be My disciple [side with My party and follow Me]. 22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad (grieved and in much distress), for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you, it will be difficult for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go into the kingdom of heaven.

Sandie Freed - Crushing the Spirits of Greed and Poverty: Jesus had not asked this requirement of every person He taught. So why did He require it of the young ruler? Jesus discerned that this extremely wealthy young man had bowed his knee to Mammon. Being a bond servant to riches had him completely imprisoned to a false god. And Jesus knew that a person cannot serve both God and Mammon. The money test. Who can pass it? Have we allowed worry, anxiety and stress concerning money to turn us away from God? Do we trust more in riches than God? If so, then the false god Mammon is strapped tightly to us, and we must become disentangled from it in order to follow God and serve Him in His Kingdom.

 

Sandie Freed - Crushing the Spirits of Greed and Poverty: Mixed Messages - Money and prosperity are hot topics today among believers. The message “No one can serve God and Mammon” has been coupled with another platform: “Money is the root of all evil.” Both messages have been so misunderstood and misinterpreted that a number of Christians have settled into believing that they must choose either God or money and that they cannot have both in their lives. This is unscriptural. The first message has led to a number of false beliefs, including, “I cannot have money and have a relationship with God,” “If I serve God in any capacity, I cannot have money,” and “If a person has great wealth, then God will not use him in ministry at all.” None of these is true. Such false teachings and misunderstandings have led Christians to take pride in being poor, equating it somehow with holiness.

Some extremists, on the other hand, declare by faith the “names and claims prosperity” and wait for money to fall through the ceilings of their homes while remaining slothful and lazy and not working. This, too, is unscriptural. In fact, Proverbs 12: 24 states that the slothful man is placed under tribute, meaning he is in bondage. Yes, the prosperity message has been taken to extremes— both positively and negatively. The pendulum has swung both ways, and so often our focus is wrong. Your money is not evil. It is how you get it and how you use it that can be defiling. It is the love of money that is the root of evil. When we focus too much on money, prosperity and wealth, we are listening to an evil spirit. To a degree, we do have to make a choice, but not between God and money, as so many of us have been taught. If money is an idol and we consider it our “source,” then yes, money is evil because we love it more than God.

Godly prosperity is not having wealth for the sake of being wealthy, but rather having enough to fulfill our purposes in God. We are to use the prosperity God gives us to promote His Kingdom and bless others along the way so they can fulfill their purposes in God.

 

Freed, Sandie (2010-08-01). Crushing the Spirits of Greed and Poverty: Discerning and Defeating the Ancient Powers of Mammon and Babylon (Kindle Locations 229-239). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

 

 

Freed, Sandie (2010-08-01). Crushing the Spirits of Greed and Poverty: Discerning and Defeating the Ancient Powers of Mammon and Babylon (Kindle Locations 215-221). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

 

There is only so much wealth on this earth

It has been stolen and put in the hands of the enemy

It is prophesied to be transferred to the righteous

The New Testament pattern is to bring it to the apostles and it be in their control

 

When you are under the control of mammon you want to use money to build your kingdom from your vision.

 

$$ He gives power to get wealth

What is power?

Power over placement = $$ Seek 1st kingdom

Power over fear =

Power over superiority = $$ Know it was not of your hand – Societal desire

Power over self-control – Strong’s: to exercise self-restraint

 

Galatians 5:19-25 AMP 19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, 20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), 21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. 25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]