Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Ultimate Battle for each individual is between God and mammon, not God and the devil

Many think that the ultimate battle between each individual is between God and the devil, not God and mammon. Jesus made it clear that" No man 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" (Matthew 6:24).

Satan does not make people sin, he leads people to choose sin. People ultimately choose sin.The Bible uses the word 'tempt' to refer to satan leading people into sin. THe word 'tempt' is derived from the Greek word 'peirázō' which means to try or test. Satan tries people to see if they will sin at his leading. He does not make people sin. He only tempts - very deceitfully.

When satan tempted Eve, he appealed to lust of the eyes: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”( Genesis 3:1). This challenged her of seeing God's command, using the lure of the fruit as a bait. Once he had appealed to the lust of her eyes, he then appealed to the lust of her flesh, "You will not certainly die" (Genesis 3:4) which meant that she would not die physically, but she would die spiritually. This statement appeals to the human flesh has the will to live. Finally, then then said "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). This is to appeal to the pride of life, through having great knowledge.

When satan tempted Jesus, he appealed to the lust of the flesh to seek one's physical needs before the Word of God (Matthew 4:2-4); lust of the eyes through the thought of being saved by angels when falling off a cliff (Matthew 4:5-7) resulting in unbelief; and pride of life from having all of the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 4:8-10). 

Mammon is the spirit behind all evil. 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 (1 Timothy 6:10). 

A person's love of money indicates literally that they are hostile against God because they are full of evil.