Faith and Patience (Part 13): Defining God and Mammon (2)
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Bob Petersen, Julie Petersen, & Marilyn Moore
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October 21, 2015
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FAITH & PATIENCE – FAITH IN FINANCE

October 21, 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.”

      God’s Promise-We Choose It                                                        Our Part                                                                     God’s Part

 

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


Defining God & Mammon 2

 

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

Acts 4:32-5:2 NAS 32 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. 34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales 35 and lay them at the apostles' feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.

36 Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement), 37 and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Fate of Ananias and Sapphira

1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife's full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles' feet.

Julie: Mammon & Poverty

Let’s look at biblical examples of wealth

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.

Marilyn: 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.

Mark 10:28-30 AMP 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.

He was “holding great possessions”

Julie: John – Don’t hold on to things to tightly

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

Marilyn: Deceitful & True riches

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

Is God building a housing in you to handle the power that is coming?

  • Example of the engine block

God is working in us now to prepare us for the upcoming outpouring of power

Deuteronomy 8:2-5 NAS 2 You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 "He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. 4 "Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. 5 "Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.

Deuteronomy 8:11-19 NAS 11 "Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; 12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them,  13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 15 "He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. 16 "In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. 17 "Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.' 18 "But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 "It shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.

Our giving control over our money is releasing our ability to generate increase in wrong ways.

  1. Marilyn: When you’re generous, people have an expectation that you’ll give to them.
  2. Do we treat people with money differently than we treat those who can’t give us anything?
    1. James 2:1-6 NAS 1 My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. 2 For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, 3 and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool," 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

1st things 1st – Pastor Daryl Clip

$$ 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

Marilyn: Joseph’s preperation

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.]


Poverty Spirits

Poverty Spirits are mindsets found in individuals and groups.  There are several definitions of the word “spirit” in the Bible, and I’ve concluded that poverty spirits are mindsets, not demons under assignment…  I do not deny there are demons applying their efforts against us in life.  However, these efforts are like flies attracted to filth or infection.  Clean up the mess or heal the wound and the flies retreat.  A poverty spirit is a state of thinking, not a spirit of being.  If poverty spirits were devils or demons, then they could be cast out.  The troubles of the poor in America are not caused by a devil named “the spirit of poverty,” but in a stronghold of thinking that attracts the demonic. 

Further, a poverty spirit is not the poor in spirit mentioned by Jesus when He says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3).  This is Christ’s accolade to humility for submission to His divine authority.  These core values of heaven are far from the poverty spirit.

Poverty Powers

Poverty Powers are demonic broadcasts over a region or culture.  Powers, according to Francis Frangipane’s spiritual warfare book The Three Battlegrounds, are not cast out; they must be displaced by the practice of virtues and the obedient administration of the Church in a region.  In order to displace the power of poverty in Redding, Bethel Church teaches and practices the virtue of radical generosity.  Virtues are the broadcasts of heaven, releasing truths such as “God is good, and He is in a good mood.”  The enemy hates that sound, but it is truth.

Poverty Traps

Poverty Traps are economic and cultural systems.  Every third-world nation where extreme poverty devastates economies and lives demonstrates a poverty trap.  As the word indicates, traps are systems designed to entrap; and only physical intervention will affect escape.  This requires a supernatural steward, and this is the assignment before us as Christians – to help the widow, the orphan, and the poor:

“And do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.” – Zechariah 7:10

Poverty traps are generational sins.  And they are terminal apart from outside intervention.  They are the global crime of our age, and Christians cannot allow them to stand. 

 

Mammon

Mammon is a mastering spirit.  It literally means wealth personified, or put another way, money deified.  It is proper to capitalize the word Mammon because it is literally a proper name, like Carl or Michelle.  Imagine a person becoming so enamored by the benefits of riches that they begin to desire it over God.  First dependency, then submission, to a god of riches – this is Mammon.  Money may be the element of exchange used by Mammon, but it is not the actual spirit.  Mammon is the spirit of worship to the deity of money.  Read Christ’s own words now, replacing the word wealth with this new understanding of Mammon:

               “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and Mammon.”  - Matthew 6:24

Mammon operates in opposite ways to the poverty spirit.  A spirit of poverty seeks to pull a person down and hold them back, whereas the spirit of Mammon promotes and puffs them up.  Mammon justifies illegal acts and addictions, convincing the person that they are entitled to things they would otherwise recognize as off limits.

 

Presumption, entitlement, greed, secrecy, addiction – these are clues to the influence of a spirit of Mammon in a person’s life. 

 

Twining Mammon & Poverty = Orphan Spirit

Mammon and poverty are the two spirits assigned to destroy the financial integrity of every human being, especially those who call Christ their Master.  These two spirits function as twin children of the parent:  the orphan spirit.  These twins seek to pull every victim off their true target – a prosperous soul – and woo us to extremes.  Poverty pulls us into lack, smallness, and hopelessness while Mammon pulls us less evil than the other, though many Christians feel Mammon to be worse because of the verse in Matthew that says we cannot serve God and Mammon.  We conclude poverty is the lesser of two evils and end up settling as near poverty as possible without deeply feeling it’s intolerable clutches.  Some of us rebel from poverty and find our comfort in affluence, but end up serving Mammon.

 

The devil doesn’t care where we live on the continuum between poverty and Mammon.  He wins by keeping us away from fulfilling our destiny as prosperous souls.  If a prosperous soul were a horse we were riding, the devil doesn’t care which side of the horse we fall from.  We can fall to the left (poverty) or to the right (Mammon).  His only concern is that we are off the horse.