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The Spirit of Mammon

So God has power, demons have power. Money doesn't have power; but if you believe
it's got power, then you're going to seek it - and you'll find yourself in a conflict, because
it will seek your heart.It'll seek your loyalty; it'll seek your service; and you'll find as you
yield to it, then it starts to affect you.
People don't realise that as we give in to the voice of money (the voice of the Spirit of
Mammon), we can find ourselves loving Mammon and hating God. You say: how could
that be?
I can be holding onto Mammon; and despising, or in other words, thinking little of God's
ways of doing life and managing money; and I can be loyal to money, and disloyal to
God.
But it's actually not the money. It's not this. It's the spirit - that's the thing that gets you -
it's the spirit.
So would there be any evidences in your life if the spirit had hold of you? There'd be
heaps of them, because straight away Jesus said, in verse 25: “Don't be anxious”.
One of the first things that happens around money, is extreme anxiety and worry. If
you're having extreme anxiety and worry around finances, then you’re under the
influence of a spirit.
God has got no anxiety and worries to give you - He's got peace. He tells you what to
do about anxiety and worry: redirect your attention in certain ways.
Here's another one - I would think that one of the biggest evidences to me, that a
person is under the spirit of bondage to Mammon, is very simply this: they just can't
give. It just is impossible.
See, if I have some money in my hand here, here's the big question to ask: do I have
the money, or does the money have me? Who's holding who?
Now you see: if I'm holding the money, it's very simple - I'm able to then open it, and let
go of it, and give it someone - which I did before.
If the money's holding me, I think: “ooh, won't be enough”. I need a bit more. Can you
understand?
One of the greatest ways that you can tell if money's got a hold of you, is the abi lity to
give. I want to speak on another session, I want to talk about the whole issue of
Generosity; and also what you do that brings the blessing of God around your money.
So anxiety and fear, inability to give, a poverty mentality (there's not enough) - if you
continually live with this thinking dominating you - that I haven't got enough, I haven't
got enough, I haven't got enough, then you are under bondage to a spirit - absolutely.
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