Put God First
I've seen too many rich people who had miserable lives to believe that money can really
make your life happy. It just can't. God can make you happy, money can't. Money is just
a piece of paper. It's some numbers in the bank. It cannot make your life happy. What it
does instead is it tends to create problems.
We're just talking on money at the moment - and that's
enough to get anyone to freeze up; but I do not want to
take any money from anyone, I want to help you.
So today I want to share a message called „Put God
First’, and I encourage you to open your heart to let God
speak to you today.
We don't want any person to be under law. Law puts you
under a sense of duty: I have to do this; I have to do that, or whatever.
I want you to catch the heart and spirit of how you walk with God, and enjoy a blessed
life. We certainly have a blessed life.
Last week we spoke on the „Spirit of Mammon’, so let's look at Matthew 6:24 – “No one
can serve two masters...” - no one. It's just impossible. You've got one or the other.
“...Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he'll be loyal to one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and Mammon”.
No one can serve two masters, it's just impossible. You're either serving one or serving
the other; you love one and hate the other; you're loyal to one and despise the other.
Jesus is laying this out very clear. This is the parable of the Blessed life; He's speaking
in the Sermon on the Mount, and He's explaining the principles that lead to a life that's
blessed; so He begins to address an issue of finances.
The first thing to see is that there is a battle for your heart that goes on every day - a
battle for our heart. Every day I have a struggle and a battle for the loyalty of my heart -
and you do too - no one is immune to it.
We live in a fallen world. It's under the rule of principalities and powers, so pressure
from our culture comes on all of us. No one is exempt. We all face pressure, and so
there's a battle for loyalty on your heart, and the Bible's very clear. It contrasts the word
God and Mammon, so it's saying: God is a spirit; Mammon is also a spirit. It's a spiritual
power that works and operates behind money, and wealth, and riches in the world. It's a
spirit being, it's a spiritual power.
As we're well aware, whoever has a lot of money or has the accumulation, well he
seems to have tremendous power; but money itself, we saw last week, has no power.