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. (Matthew 6:24 NASB)
Who we serve is actually a matter of trust. We place our trust in God when we give our lives to Him, and live according to His desire.
When we choose to run after money, it demonstrates that this is where our heart is.
I know – this is territory we have already covered for the most part, but stick with me here because today I want to kick it up a notch.
When we trust anything in our lives other than God, it creates strongholds. Stongholds keep us from moving forward with God.
Strongholds are a matter of trust. Consider:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV)
Strongholds are the things that pretend to be bigger than God – they exalt themselves above what we know to be true in God. [Tweet This] They say I am more trustworthy that this God you are worshipping.
Once mammon has gained your trust, it creates a fortress in your life, teaching you that you cannot rely on God for your provision or protection, you must rely on your bank account. This is all part of the deceitfulness of riches.
Again today, I call you to attack the spirit of mammon this very day. Give something away. Generosity is the antidote for this particular demon, and will chip away at this stronghold.
You can win this war, but you must see it, and join it. Don’t let the false security money brings lul you to sleep.
I hope this helps.