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“Money is intoxicating. It is an opiate that addicts as easily and as
completely as alcohol and narcotics. Its power to change us is close
to that of Jesus Christ! Men trade their lives for it. Women trade their
bodies for it. Families will trade their children for it. People will trade
their church for it. Nations are ruled by it and destroyed by it. Most
crimes are motivated by it. And most people are brought under its
control.” — Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror
“A person who can master the rule of money is the person who is
completely mastered by the rule of God!”
Matthew 6:24 NKJV
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and
love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the
other. YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON.”
Mammon: comes from an Aramaic word meaning “riches”
Luke 16:10-13 NKJV
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who
is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have
not been faithful in the UNRIGHTEOUS MAMMON, who will commit
to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what
is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? NO SERVANT
CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS; for either he will hate the one and
love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the
other. You cannot SERVE GOD AND MAMMON.”
Things to Understand About Money:

  1. Satan rules over the world’s economy.
    Luke 4:5-6 NIV
    The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all
    the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their
    authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to
    anyone I want to.”
    Satan Controls Mankind By:

  1. Poverty: 736 million people live in extreme poverty—less than $2 a
    day. Approximately 50% of Americans receive some form of
    government assistance.
    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It
    can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largesse
    out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the
    candidate promising the most benefits with the result that a
    democracy always collapses because of loose fiscal policy ensuing,
    always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.” — Alexis
    de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835
    Proverbs 22:7 NKJV
    The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
  2. Prosperity
    “We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity. For in
    prosperity, we forget God.” — D.L. Moody
    “The historical cycle seems to be from bondage to spiritual faith, from
    spiritual faith to courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to
    abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to
    apathy, from apathy to dependency, and from dependency back to
    bondage once more.” — Henning W. Prentis Jr.
    Hosea 13:6 NIV
    “When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they
    became proud, then they forgot me.”
    Deuteronomy 8:11-14 NLT
    “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do
    not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations,
    and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become
    full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when
    your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and
    gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not
    become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who
    rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.”
    Deuteronomy 8:17-18 NLT
    “He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved
    this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord
    your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in
    order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an
    oath.”

2. God’s economy requires a value shift.
Value Shifts:

  1. Shift from OWNERSHIP to STEWARDSHIP.
    1 Chronicles 29:11-14 NLT
    “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and
    the majesty. EVERYTHING IN THE HEAVENS AND ON EARTH IS
    YOURS, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one
    who is over all things. WEALTH AND HONOR COME FROM YOU
    ALONE, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your
    hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given
    strength. O our god, we thank you and praise your glorious name!
    BUT WHO AM I, and who are my people, that we could give anything
    to you? EVERYTHING WE HAVE HAS COME FROM YOU, AND WE
    GIVE YOU ONLY WHAT YOU FIRST GAVE US!”
  2. Shift from MATERIALISM TO CONTENTMENT.
    1 Timothy 6:6-10 NLT
    Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we
    brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t
    take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food
    and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into
    temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that
    plunge them into ruin and destruction. FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY
    IS THE ROOT OF ALL KINDS OF EVIL. And some people, craving
    money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves
    with many sorrows.
  3. Shift from FEAR TO FAITH.
    Psalm 37:23-26 NLT
    The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of
    their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord
    holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I
    have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for
    bread. The godly always give generous loans to others, and their
    children are a blessing.