GOD versus Mammon
19 Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.
20 But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.
23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!
24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in). (NOTE: you serve 1 of 2 spirits: 1. GOD (spirit of more than enough) 2.mammon (demon spirit of Bablyon; confusion, wants to control life, satan in disguise.)
25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? [Ps. 39:5-7.]
28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 (ESV)
1 Timothy 6 (AMPC)
9 But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing.
10 For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.
17 As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.
Hebews 13:5 (AMPC)
5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] [Josh. 1:5.]
And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?
18 And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good–except God alone. (NOTE: this rich man did not believe Jesus to be the Son of God, he called Him “Teacher”. He didn’t believe in Jesus)
19 You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother. [Exod. 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20.]
20 And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood. (NOTE: Jesus knew that this rich man did not keep the full Law, the man was deceiving himself that he kept the Law, because no one could- except Jesus)
21 And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk]. (NOTE: Jesus wasn’t asking him for money, He was actually asking the man to trust him. He knew that the man not only had money, but money “had” the man…all his trust was in money, not God)
22 At that saying the man’s countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God!
24 And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
26 And they were shocked and exceedingly astonished, and said to Him and to one another, Then who can be saved? (NOTE: ALL of the disciples were rich men, so they freaked out when Jesus told them rich men would not inherit the Kingdom of God. Jesus was not talking about money, but the love of it, and trusting riches over Him)
27 Jesus glanced around at them and said, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. pour…: Heb. empty out
(NOTE: under the New Covenant of Grace, we don’t HAVE to tithe in order for God to bless us, but it benefits us…and benefits others who have less)
In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.
NOTE: Everything in God’s Kingdom is a result of reaping and sowing, planting and harvest. We reap more than what we sow. In other words, the law of sowing and reaping is related to the law of multiplication. Jesus spoke of seed that brought forth “a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Mark 4:20-24, Matthew 13:23)
Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8 are all versions of the same parable: The Parable of the Sower by which, Jesus says, you must understand in order to understand all other parables. It’s a spiritual Law. If you trust money over God, you are idolizing money, giving focus to and worship to mammon (demon god of “never enough”, confusion, no peace)
God says: sow & reap, love, you are blessed to be a blessing in others’ lives and this will come back to you, trust in God and He will bless you (Philippians 4:19 (AMPC) And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus) (NOTE: God owns ALL of it, if you trust that He will supply you from HIS RICHES, you are being richly rewarded from an infinite supply)
Mammon says: get& keep, stingy, selfish, work to hold onto what you have, trust in it over God, you can do it yourself, you don’t need God, the end of which is sickness and death (Romans 6:21 “But then what benefit (return) did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? [None] for the end of those things is death/Romans 6:23 “For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord” )
NOTE: you can either see giving as a loss, grief (Mark 10, the rich man who refused to give his possessions (trust of God)) OR giving as a farmer sows a seed and reaps a harvest
Galatians 6:7 (ESV)
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap