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While money is a factor in believers life today, God didn’t create us to be focused on things that control our processes of thought but money continually poses a quandary of heart and mind, as we ponder is it going to be mammon or God today. He made us fully capable of being spiritually conscious of His presence and power, as a result, evils presiding in any form especially in realms of wealth and riches must be discerned.
Money itself is not a living thing so within the realms of influence it requires one having an abundance of it to have any power from it. Since money yields a powerful influence among those already having it, it’s even more powerful over those who don’t. Today money is seen as a principle means to obtain whatever is desired, and in the most basic aspects, money is a means of getting what we want. But when it’s the god of resolve a snare by temptation occurs leading one away from life in God to one filled with foolishness and hurt. 1Tim 6:9-10 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Christians aren’t immune to the effects of money and the power it can yield, as many have fallen into a darkened love for it garnering a mannerism making every effort justifiable. And to be clear, power in respect of money or evils in the aspects of money isn’t about how much one has it’s about how much love one has for it. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. This love is a love that spells out an ominous carnal lust leading one away from God. Fault in believing money is the root of all evils, is because the devil works to draw our attention away from the God who loves us and provides all our needs. Money is a means for him to elevate a love seen by God as the root of all evil, it’s a pretense of lust replacing the God of all creation for a god called money.
Wealth is not a denied benefit for humanity, only an evil lust for it is, He never says we can’t be prosperous, in fact, He points out purposes for money occur all throughout our life. As in this, where Jesus leaves nothing out of His question to Peter as He covered both the law and those estranged to his position in them. Math 17:24-27 24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? 25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
He made it clear any tribute to Rome comes from its resources, but those who admonish the laws of God over the land of Israel are to render to Rome what’s Rome’s and to God what’s His. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Amazingly Jesus didn’t create this miracle only for Peter but also for Himself. And He was obedient to the laws of man even though they had no real power over Him.
Today we have church leaders making peasants out of God’s flock by religious disorders to control commitment as they make money out to be evil. Calling money the devil’s currency is hosting a denial of comfort in the peace of Christ and a false humility projecting pauperization is all by spiritual ignorance. This only ends up countering the blessings of God laid out in Christ suffering as a part of one’s salvation. And abuse of rights of those whom Christ has by His suffering set free from the curse of sin, poverty, and death. Col 1:12-14 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
These same leaders see having any spiritual wealth requires a denial of worldly money. This sounds religiously good but the reality is it’s to cover a refute in the face of God over all-natural and eternal promises to His creation. Jesus, not the religious leaders, pointed out the fact that wealthy people may find it hard to believe and receive the gospel or good news as a result of riches they have amassed. But it didn’t mean they couldn’t be saved. Mark 10:23-25 23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Many pulpits use this to emphasis having lots of money can keep one out of salvation. His rhetorical statement isn’t an example of the Church’s famed poverty, but a revelation one’s salvation is not determined by one’s wealth. 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! There’s no amount of money that will ever provide salvation, healing, or eternal promises, these things come only by faith in the one who’s made the way to receive them. Jesus! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
In the natural, it appears impossible for any who are rich, but the truth is it’s not impossible for God, He isn’t bound by worldly economics. The requirement for salvation from sin is still to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and love God, and not hold on to a love of money. 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. However, in today’s arenas of influence, an ill mindedness is present where evil mannerisms promote issues of despair because of a lust for power money exerts on capitalist founding’s.
On the other hand, there are churches who amass monies for a ministry prowess not ordained of God, this is an abuse of congregations financial blessings and supports activities having nothing to do with the gospel of Christ. Evils lurk among many of the traditions and customs that still control tithes and offerings of the Church. I believe tithes and offerings are the Lords and purposed solely to sustain all works of ministry regardless of who fulfills it. Yet in this new age, ministerial environment money is for use only by those who’ve garnered an elite status in the church. Which in most cases appears as that niche outcrop of those favored by someone in an authority position.
Congregants do as they’re told so no one cares whether or not any religiously enforced mechanisms dissipate their faith. As a constant implied, we need money to do this or that, gives a place for demands of even more. Promoting ministry by money’s stronghold is an evil insight of God. Today’s standard is you believe God for money to do new projects, so pray and see how much He tells you to give. On the surface appears ok, but ignorance to evils prevailing in its underlying intent makes money the god of success. The focus isn’t on God telling what each one needs to do in this, it’s focused on getting the money. All wrapped up in how much to give and not on how much God can do even if not one of them gives. I mean after all; Were being told to give to God and more will come, right? (I’m being sarcastic here)
Is there evil in the fact ministry appears no longer to be about the power of God, but more about the power of money? The reality is more and more ministries make the God of creation, be the God who needs all the money. Now don’t go sideways about money it’s a means to accomplish tasks given by God, but all terms for its provision are established by faith in His ability, not ours or any money’s. Every resource necessary according to the Spirit of God will be provided as is required for the work of ministry. It’s not about relying on any quantity of money but the quality of faith in the one who does the impossible with or without it.
Luke 6:38 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Though we’re encouraged to give Christ has never promoted money as the main means to do work of ministry. He relied upon God’s power at work through His disciples by the Holy Spirit, money was for blessings for those who serve. What’s clearly needed today is a message that comes from the word and the foundation of Jesus disciples relying upon the Spirit of God, not on any devil promoting it’s all only going to happen by money.
Prosperity is an increase to do all things by faith trusting in Him as the only resource for all supernatural, natural, and even monetary gain. 3 John 1:2 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. Prospering in sensibilities about good and evil brings wisdom to do all things totally free of any evil work. It’s the devil who relies upon uses of world economics supportive of evils he uses to destroy venues of prosperity within creation. It’s this evil activity along with the fact pride and a love of money is attached to it that clearly reveals, it’s the devil who is the real god of money. Not in the sense, he has the power to own it but in the sense, he uses it as the power to do his work on the earth through ignorance.
While money is a means of value in worldly markets it has no value in the supernatural market, sadly this reveals how far apart we are in the fervency of prayer over finances. Principles of prosperity are spiritually arranged within the supernatural realm and we must bring them as blessings into a natural realm by faith. Cor 1:20 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. I’ve made and heard the prayers concerning financial prosperity and it’s mostly done out of ignorance to a power that’s to be at work in us. Eph 3:20-21 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
To escape the root of all evil one has to love the God who made them be partakers of His divine nature leading to life and godliness. 2 Peter 1:4 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.