Money can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy.
Money is SPIRITUAL
Money will have either God’s Spirit on it or it will have the world’s spirit on it. There is a constant battle between these two.
Money is spiritual.
Most people’s problems center around money.
Amount of crime done for money.
Number of divorces caused by money.
Mental health – stress – fear – job situations
FAIL (vs. 9). Gk. Ekleipo. Which literally means “to leave or cease”. Vine’s: to cease from earthly life.
Mammon – Syrian god. Mammon was the god that embodied wealth. to personify wealth; to deify wealth. Purpose: to control people’s lives through the love of money.
Our world is moving more and more toward systems that seek to control us through money.
Book of Revelation
When America Told the Truth by James Patterson and Peter Kim
What would you do for 10 million dollars?
1. 25% Abandon their entire family
2. 23% Would become a prostitute for a week or more
3. 16% Would give up their American citizenship
4. 10% Would withhold testimony letting a murderer go free
5. 7% Would kill a complete stranger
6. 3% Would put their children up for adoption
COMPARE ROBERT E. LEE while President of Washington & Lee College. One of the rising businesses of the day approached him asking that he endorse their product for a fee using his considerable influence. Lee: “If I have any influence at all it is by the gift of God. Since it is the gift of God, it would improper for me to personally benefit from selling it.”
MAMMON MAKES PROMISES.
These are promises that only God can fulfill.
The lies of your worst enemy:
Dave Ramsey: “We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like.”
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
— Jim Carrey
So, how do we find identity?
He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver, nor he who loves abundance with gain. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)! Ecclesiastes 5:10 (Amplified)
How to make friends with money:
1. RETURN the first
2. STEWARD the rest
3. FOCUS on true riches