The Spirit of Mammon
control you; and so we see that there's a conflict goes on between the two. The first
thing is to recognise that there is a conflict.
Money itself has no power. See, this is just a piece of paper. Lovely piece of paper, $20
piece of paper; but it actually has no value at all, unless you can trade it for something.
The value is what I put on it; and of course I could have hundreds and hundreds of
these, and overnight they could lose their value.
If you watch what's happened to money over the last decade or so - it's lost its value.
They've just printed more and more of them, they've just lost value; meaning by that: it
takes more to buy the same thing than what it did a while ago.
We call it by a fancy name, 'inflation' but the reality is, it's just a piece of paper that lost
its value. It takes more pieces of paper to buy the same thing - so the dollar lost its
value; and for many years now there's been the spirit of greed operating through
financial sectors. It has created huge problems globally in the financial area, and has
eroded the value of money - and behind it has been greed.
Anyone who looked at the recent financial issues in America, and the world, you do
understand, that the problem is greed - not enough money. The issue's not the money;
the issue is the greed, and the spirit power that manipulates and controls people
through the money.
That is what the problem is. This is just a piece of paper. This piece of paper's neither
good nor bad. It can be used to bless someone; or it can be used for evil. What really
determines it, is the spirit that's on it - the spirit that motivates how it's used; so all
money has a spirit associated with it, because money is a form of trading in the world.
This money itself, originally they used to trade gold - so real wealth was gold. If you had
gold, you had real wealth; but then it was inconvenient, so they made the gold into
coins, and so people traded gold coins. I've got a gold coin on this ring here, so that was
a form of trade at one point.
Then it become inconvenient, so then they made paper money, pieces of paper that
originally, if you're old enough (and my generation), you could redeem this for a pound
of gold. Do you remember that? Then they took away the pound of gold, and just made
more pieces of paper - and the money lost all its value. So this is money - so the thing
then is: money is just a way of trading.
The world system is one of trading: I give you something, wanting something back. I
trade. So I might trade my money, in order to receive something back; but the world
system is a system of trading, buying and selling.
The kingdom of God is different to that. It runs on a different principle; but the problem is
we're so used to buying and selling and trading, that when we come to God, we start to
think the same way about God: “if I just give Him my offering, He will bless me”. That's