Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.
1 Timothy 6:10 (MSG)
On January 2, we identified the three enemies in the realm of spiritual warfare: a devil, who is to be resisted; fleshly lusts (inspired by unbelief) that we must run from and a world that we must be crucified to. In the words of the great Puritan, William Gurnall, “this war is a spiritual holocaust”. The believer has two options: either you destroy the power of Satan in your life by putting on the whole armor of God and keeping it on, or Satan will destroy you.
We have examined the realm of warfare and unbelief. This month we venture into spiritual warfare with the world by examining the power that drives the
world’s system – money, i.e, mammon (the spirit behind money) – an intense and concentrated venue of warfare. First, let’s state clearly: money has nothing to do with salvation. But money is a real spiritual and practical issue in all our lives.
Money is not the fundamental issue in this teaching. The fundamental issue here is our relationship to God and being equipped for long term spiritual warfare. The objective of this month’s devotions is to see people released in God’s order and the fulfillment of His covenant work in that part of your life to experience victory.
You don’t buy salvation, but having come to Christ, we make decisions. Just as we come into right alignment with God under the canopy of His protection when we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, there’s a canopy of His provision and covenant that involves the issues of this life, of which money is a fundamental part. If our graces have declined here, then you’re not under the canopy, Satan has advantage with an argument in his mouth, and we can only do as well as we can make it work for ourselves.