Friday, 13 May 2016

The spirit of Mammon feeds on Conflicts, Wars, Division and Tension through the Desire for Competition

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God .  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
(James 4:1-7).

We live in a world which loves competition for others, but not for itself and which thrives on division, conflict and fighting. The world makes earthly gain of such things, and loves it that way because such is the way of the world.

The spirit behind competition, fighting, division, conflict and tension which leads to anxiety and envy, is the spirit of mammon. He feeds on the not only anxiety for one's own needs to be met, but also one's own desire to compete with others so as satisfy oneself. The desire for competition is of the lust of the flesh, as it is strife (Galatians 5:20), and feeds on the desire for one to be better than others. This desire to be better than others is envy, which manifests in self-satisfaction when one does better than others in seeking obtain what one desires, and hatred of others when one does not do better than others in seeking to satisfy oneself. This leads to envy and anxiety whenever one sees competition, which is a sense that one is being threatened by others, because one is seeking to compete with others.

The spirit of competition hates competition, and seeks to win above all others in satisfying one's needs. It is not only self-satisfied with one's own needs in its pride. It is only satisfied when others are unsatisifed, and full of anxiety and envy for one as it loves to win. The spirit behind the spirit of competition is the spirit of mammon. He feeds not only the desire to seek one's own needs, which manifests in anxiety. He feeds on the desire to be satisfied when others fail to be satisfy their desires. This leads to conflict, tension, wars, division and envy between people.