This is the most practical message I have ever taught! If you are going ALL IN, then you will immediately be presented with REAL life decisions on HOW to make it work.
Going ALL IN is going to involve REAL life decisions. Hard decisions! Lifestyle Changes.
YOU CAN DO IT. YOU CAN DIE. YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR FUTURE, by changing your heart and habits today!
One of the first places where going ALL IN affects you is in your finances.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOUR FINANCES WHEN YOU ARE “ALL IN WITH THE ALL IN ALL”?
MYTH: My Money is Separate from my Faith
TRUTH: No One can Serve Two Masters
Mammon uses money to get ahold of people’s hearts. It promises everything that only God can provide.
Matthew 6:24“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
”How many of you are the main provider in your home?” (none of you should be…)
MYTH: I am the Provider for my Home.
TRUTH: God Owns Everything
Genesis 2:15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.
Leviticus 25:23 The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.
Psalms 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things …
Embrace your position as a steward
If you are ALL IN for the ALL in ALL, then God is the ALL in ALL. You aren’t!
God is our provider.
Blessed Life | Week 2
Turn to: Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13
Last Sunday, we saw Zacchaeus go from a broken life to a blessed life when he encountered Jesus. He immediately begin to reflect Jesus. He obeyed out of the tenderness of his heart!
We keep on Talking about the BLESSED LIFE this week with:
“Breaking the Spirit of Mammon”
Matthew 6:24 NO ONE… (not 1 person) can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Mammon is the only thing that God says you can not serve alongside of Him.
What is mammon?
(not English or Greek) – Mammon is an Aramaic word meaning riches.
It might be “money” in your translation of the Bible. Which is not a far off word.
But, Jesus frames the word to mean something much deeper than simply money. He makes it sound like something more of a god or a spirit of riches.
Many believe mammon came from the Syrian God of Riches which can be traced to Babylon and the tower of Babel. Mammon represents a prideful, self-made, arrogant spirit of man that says we don’t need God. We can do it on our own.
The spirit of Mammon came from here. Mammon is a spirit. Jesus was referencing this Syrian False God of riches.
Mammon is a spirit that rests on money. All money has a spirit on it. It either has the spirit of Mammon on it. Or the Spirit of God. Jesus said that you can not serve God and mammon.
Let me say it another way:
All your possessions are identifying with the God of all sufficiency or the god of self sufficiency.
The BROKEN LIFE is one where you are constantly in charge and stressed about whether you are going to make it or not
The BLESSED LIFE is one where you are confident that God is in control.
Trying to serve God and Mammon is like putting one foot a boat and keeping one foot on the dock and trying to go somewhere on the boat. The dock (self sufficiency) won’t take you any where, and the only way the boat can is for your to get all the way in!
The BLESSED LIFE requires you to get in the boat all the way and completely rely on God, meaning that you will not rely on your own self-sufficiency!
So…How Do you Break the Spirit of Mammon?
How do make sure that you are not self sufficient but instead relying on the sovereignty of God?