The Spirit of Mammon
What does that mean? It means: I don't suffer the devouring, by lots of things going
wrong, that others suffer. I have opportunities come, that others don't have. It's:
somehow, God makes the nine-tenths go further than the ten-tenths.
Now when you're living in bondage, if you can barely making it on ten-tenths, then
surely in your mind you'll think: nine -tenths, I'm going to fall over.
What He's saying here is this: you have to act in faith. Your money is under the power of
a spirit. Put it in God's hands. Okay, here it is, I give it to You God. He says: no, no, no,
no, no. I only require the first portion - you give me the first portion, and all the rest is
This principle follows everywhere. Romans 5:8 – “While we're yet sinners, Christ died
for us. God in His generosity, gave His first born”.
Jesus Christ was called the lamb of God, the spotless lamb of God. He was called the
Firstborn, from the dead; so Jesus Christ - God actually modelled it. God gave, or He
gave of His Son.
He gave generously and extravagantly; He gave His Son, who was holy and spotless
and clean? His Son, Jesus came to the earth, born of a human body.
Now here's the deal: we are unclean in sin, but God's offering of His first born, makes all
of us clean. In other words, the blessing comes on all of humanity, because the first is
Jesus never had His life taken from Him - He gave His life. There's no duty, or taking -
right through the Bible - when it comes around this area of this first portion to God. It's
always an issue of Faith, of trusting that God's principles will work.
You see it from one end to the other. Even in the Garden of Eden, God gave them
plenty, but He said: there's one that belongs to Me; you can't touch that one - touch that
one and you die.
The first is always something God says „belongs to Him’. I don't have to give Him
everything to prove that He's Lord of my life. What I need to do is, to show He's my
Lord, by actually taking the first portion and giving it to Him.
He may ask me to give at various times, and He has done in all kinds of ways; but if the
first is in His hands, then the rest is blessed. The big deal is to put the first in His hands.
You're all very happy today, e veryone happy? There's something, a pressure comes
around, every time we try and talk about this area.
Have a look in Leviticus 27:30 – “All the tithe of the land (all, all the tithe of the land),
whether the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's. It's holy to the Lord”.