The Love Of Money
Somehow, I have overlooked this teaching for the last 14 years. I even checked through all of my teachings and couldnt find it. What does that tell me? It appears as if I were seriously distracted. Do you remember my teaching "How Satan Defeats Himself"? By him distracting me for such a long period of time, it tells me something that we need to know. That something is that this teaching is very, very important. Let's begin in the epistle of III John. But, before we begin, let me say that many people think that money is the root of all evil. That is not what the Word of God says. We will get to that verse shortly.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. -- III John 2
Obviously, it is God's Will that we prosper and also that we be in health even as our soul prospers. The latter part of this verse is usually misunderstood. God wants us to be happy and to be full of joy. Many times, if not always, our health depends on our attitude. It is a medical fact that many people overcome an illness when they have a positive mental attitude. But the first part of this verse is where we will be concentrating. It is not a bad thing to have a lot of money, but the key to this whole teaching rests on one single word in the following Scripture.
For the love of money is the root [system] of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. I Timothy 6: 10
Can you see which word I am referring to? It is the word 'love'. People who love money get involved in the root system of all evil. Can you imagine that all the evil in the world is due to the love of money? All the topics that I wrote about pertaining to devil spirits and their activities are due to the love of money. When people begin to worship money, their lives have come to an end. The enemy may lead them on for a long time letting them think they're doing so well. But just when they need some power to overcome an obstacle, it's not there. This is how the god of this world operates -- he operates by deception. I recently completed a teaching called "A Spirit Of Deception". Perhaps, you may want to study that teaching.
The love of money can affect a person in many different ways. However, one of the most common ways is through covetousness. We need to study what this means so, of course, we are going to turn to God's Word.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as be cometh saints; -- Ephesians 5: 3
Covetousness is very similar to greed. Let's take a simple example which goes on every single moment of every single day throughout the world. I see it in my neighborhood all of the time. I am not susceptible to this weakness. One person goes out and buys a new lawn mower, so the neighbor sees this and does the same. I once had an opportunity to buy a certain type of sports car -- very beautiful and in almost perfect condition. The neighbors, who constantly call contractors, probably to even put light bulbs in their lamps!!, went out and purchased two brand-new Lexus automobiles. And if I must say so, one of them is very ugly. And when you put either one of them next to my Corvette, they look like junk. These people have contractors at their home sometimes every single week. The so-called man of the house does not yet realize that God gave him hands. But here is the point that I want to make. I am about to put up a most beautiful mailbox and post. The mailbox was made by hand and is really a fine work of art. What do you think is going to happen in the neighborhood when we put up this mailbox with our own hands? It will obviously and by far be the nicest looking mailbox in the area in which I live. The contractor people who own the Lexus will become influenced by Satan to do something. They will never match the beauty of this simple mailbox. But the woman, who gives the orders to the so-called man will absolutely react. She will do something and I am about to tell you why. She makes a ton of money on her job. She spends that money to try to make others appear smaller than her. What literally kills her is that we could have bought the house that she lives in because we bought the first house in this development. We chose the house we are in because we simply liked it much better and the location is the best in the area. She has invested approximately $50,000 into the improvement of her house inside and out. Our home still looks better than hers. Why? Because we do what God tells us to do and not the god of this world. It's that simple. She and her husband love money. That settles it.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: -- Colossians 3: 5
Did we get covetousness in there? We sure did. The word 'Mortify' literally means to blow to smithereens. Everything mentioned in the verse relates to members which are upon the earth -- fleshly desires. These are desires of the old man and not the new man. They are all the result of lust which is over desire. These are desires that get out of control and we deal with them every day. If we know the Word of God, God will show you how to overcome these desires.
To put it as simply as I can, to covet what someone else has simply means that you want it. It can be a result of jealousy or envy or lust, but in summary, we can always refer to it simply as covetousness. This is one of the greatest motivators which gives place to the love of money and we must always remember this. Covetousness is sin.
There is so much in the Word of God about this subject that this teaching can continue for an extremely long time. Remember, I am teaching you keys to the more than abundant life. You must apply and act upon these keys to manifest that life. We will now skip around to parts of the Bible to illustrate how the love of money can utterly destroy a person's life.
Better is little with the fear [respect] of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith. Proverbs 15: 17
You have to decide whether you're going to believe God's Word or not. That is your decision to make all by yourself. God is saying that it is better to have less than those who appear and do have a lot of money and a lot of material things. Those material things, in the verse, are referred to as treasures and they bring trouble to those who possess them.
In my own life recently, I have gathered a number of material things that I really enjoy. But only recently, have I reached the point where I know that I should stop. I have everything that I could possibly want in this life to enjoy myself. Much of these material things relate to music and painting along with necessary tasks that must be done to keep a house decent and in order.
There are many ideas that may come across your mind from the world. But again, your choice must be to believe that God's Word is the only truth that you are going to live by.
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel [Word of God] of the Lord, that shall stand. Proverbs 19: 21
Just like yourself, I have to make the same type of decisions every day to stand by the Word of God. I take it one day at a time. I try never to think of the next day the night before. You should always remember that when circumstances change, revelation will change. That is why God wants you to live one day at a time. If you decide to plan too far ahead, you may have revelation that will change because the circumstances changed. You may not be aware of this and the adversary will trip you up. It took me a long time to learn not to plan too far ahead. Try to not make this mistake. It can cause you no end of problems in your life and in the results of your decisions. God can change revelation on a dime.
There is another Scripture that I have put in my heart and have used it countless times. We all know that people who have a lot of money or great prosperity appear to look down upon us who worship the Lord and live by His rules. I am going to give you this Scripture and it will comfort your heart. You should also learn it by heart.
Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. Psalm 70: 2
This is what God will do for you. Remember, He allows the god of this world to inflict people with these negatives. The true God is all light and in Him is no darkness at all.
God wants you to know that He will protect you as you continue to live by his statutes. Do not let the world intimidate you with people that appear to be powerful because they have a lot of riches. Here is a promise that God makes to you based on the condition that you continue to stand on His Word.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6: 9
This is another Scripture that I have learned by heart. We're not to get tired when we do God's Word. Because when the time is right, we shall overcome if we faint not in our minds. You see the battlefield is between the ears. When we get discouraged or disgusted, it is from the god of this world. We need to have the energy of our conviction to stand on God's Word, no matter how much tribulation we receive. If we do so, we will reap - we will conquer. That's what the Word says and that's what the Word means. If you want to argue about it, then argue with God. A few years back, I did a teaching concerning alcoholism. One woman wrote to me and wanted to argue about it. She was insulting and incoherent concerning the teaching that I had checked by a second person to see if her accusations were justified. The second proofreader could find nothing wrong with the teaching at all. This person was an accuser and that is one of the names of Satan himself. So do not think for a minute that I am not under tribulation for teaching God's Word. After a while, you really do get used to it. And when you get tribulation for speaking and/or teaching God's Word, you know you are doing something right. When the adversary is upset, it's because the rightly divided Word of God is being taught. And he can do nothing about it, unless you give up in your mind because you are easily discouraged. As I've heard it said many times and so have you, winners never quit and quitters never win. Which category do you want to fall into? Let's get back to our subject matter more directly.
The following Scripture is what happens to people who do not study or apply God's Word. They are subject to other devilish influences and one of those influences is called envy. This verse also refers to the prosperity of wicked people as being foolish. This subject matter covered in this short verse is most important and should be studied by every student of the Bible. If it's one thing we are susceptible to, it is to have what other people possess. I myself, at one point in my life, had this personality trait. Many of you who are reading this teaching may also have, what should be called, a weakness concerning covetousness and envy and just plain old selfishness. By adhering to God's Word, we acquire wisdom and that wisdom is from above. It is not earthly, sensual, and devilish.
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:3
The prosperity of the wicked is very tempting and anything that tempts you is not of God. It is from the god of this world who is the devil or Satan. As I said in a previous teaching, we need to addict ourselves to the Word of God. Then and only then can we resist the devil and he will flee from you. He will run away because he cannot stand the light of God's Word. You must remember that this is the only thing that will defeat your personal adversary. You can go to church five times a day -- you can pray until your face turns blue -- you can do a ton of good works. But nothing will defeat your personal adversary except the rightly divided Word of God. As I said before, this teaching can go on forever because there are so many examples in the Word of God regarding the love of money. As I already stated, anything that relates to evil, relates to the love of money. Most people never give this a thought. They think that evil comes because a person wants to do bad. They think that evil comes from our political system or our legal system. Indirectly, mostly all of these things are the effect of one single cause and by now, you know what is that cause. You see, this teaching is so simple that it can be stated in one sentence. But we need to pound things into our head and learn them by examples. I have stated the following again and again. Sometimes these principles are so simple that we can miss them for years. Let me give you a most simple example. I took a driver's test not too long ago because I had a few too many points on my license. Now you see, it doesn't matter that I'm driving about 40 years without an accident. I still had to take this test. One of the questions was so obvious that I did not pick the extremely obvious answer. It was so simple that I missed it and this was the only question I missed on the exam. That may sound like a strange example, but I'm sure it's one that you can relate to. You can miss a most important principle in God's Word for years and years for one reason -- it is so simple.
I would like to draw to a conclusion beginning with the following facts and principles.
The love of money almost always results in the purchase of material things above your need. Logically, having an excess of money and worshiping that money will result in over-desires which, in the Bible, is called lust. So, by loving money, which is the root of all evil, you also give way to a spirit of lust.
Let's see what the gospel of Matthew has to say about material things and how they can affect your thoughts. These three verses are often misunderstood so I will also give you a clear literal translation of the following verses.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -- Matthew 6: 19 21
Literal translation according to usage: "Let not your thoughts be centered in material things where fears and worries breed defeat and frustration, and where doubts break through and steal your thoughts: But let your thoughts be centered in the Spirit [the Word of God], where neither fear nor worry breeds defeat and frustration, and where doubts do not break through and steal your thoughts. For where your thoughts are, there will your heart be also." -- Matthew 6: 19 21
From the literal translation, we can see that if your thoughts concentrate on material things, you will experience fear and worry and this will result in defeat and frustration. Doubt will come into your mind and control your thoughts. However, if you think about God and His Word, fear and worry will not control and influence your thinking. Because where you're thinking and where your thoughts are, your heart will be there also. In other words, if you're thinking about God and His Word you will not have doubt and fear -- you will not have defeat and frustration. You will have joy and all the positives that encompass the more than abundant life.
So when you shop, buy your needs and not your greeds. A good key to help you in this area is the following: If you are ever tempted to buy anything, it is wrong. It's that simple. If you are loaded down with material things that you do not need, sell them or give them away -- just get rid of them and travel light. Just last night, we gave away a very nice recliner chair for nothing. The person was very blessed and we were happy to get rid of it because it was just in the way. It was something we did not need and hardly ever used. That chair bothered me and brought some frustration into my life. By getting rid of it, that frustration is of course, completely gone. Does this sound unimportant to you? Well, then you need to go through it and let's hope you don't. Some people only learn by experience. I hope for your sake that you are not one of them. But either way, it is God's Will for you to learn these simple, but very important principles from the Word of God. Many times the enemy will deceive you in the smallest ways. You need to be sharp spiritually to be able to see behind the scenes as to what is really going on.
Now, we not only want to teach about the love of money and the negative implications that it brings into a person's life, we want to talk about HOW TO OVERCOME THE LOVE OF MONEY. There are countless principles in the Word of God on how to accomplish this. For the sake of clarity and of course, the length of this teaching, we are going to cover four of these principles from the Word of God. This should give you a strong background to counter this massive form of idolatry.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these [desires] are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. -- Galatians 5: 16, 17
These two Scriptures are immense as far as our understanding is concerned. Simply stated, if you walk by the Spirit of God, which is to walk by the Word of God, you will not fulfill the lusts/over desires of the flesh. One of those over desires is clearly the love of money. God goes on to expound that these desires are contrary and in conflict the one to the other. This causes no end of confusion for a person because they really are unsure of doing the things that they would rather do. You can understand that the fleshly desires are pulling a person one way and the Spirit of God and His knowledge is pulling you another way. That is why the renewed mind is so important. The more that you renew your mind to God's Word, the less strength fleshly desires will have upon your life. I think the Scriptures above are a work of art. God says clearly that if you walk by His Word, you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh. Again, and I can't help but say it, it is that simple. The major factor involved here is that we have free will and we will always have that free will to do as we please. We can listen to God and what He tells us or we can listen to the world. One is life and the other is death. Tough decision, isn't it? Let's move on.
This next verse is very similar to the verses we have just reviewed in Galatians, but we need to hear something about seven times before it sinks in. Let me just quote the verse and then move on. Remember, these are ways to overcome the temptation and effects of the love of money.
Submit [addict] yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4: 7
The next principle again is very simple, but do we really apply it? All of these principles will lead to the final Scripture in this teaching. All that we need to do is one thing and one thing alone. Let's save the surprise for last even though it is most obvious.
Set your affection [thinking] on things above [His Word], not on things on the earth. Colossians 3: 2
You see the key to understanding this verse is to understand the old English meaning of the word 'affection'. This means your 'thinking' -- it is not referring to only things that you have an affection for. This is why you need to study God's Word. You need to purchase Bullinger's lexicon to understand what words really mean in the Bible in the New Testament. It's really interesting and exciting and it doesn't cost that much money. Actually, when my assistant and myself have a chance to extend our research library with important materials, money is no object. God Almighty is your Father and He is rolling in it. God will always bless you when you go out on a limb for Him. He will always make sure that you have, not enough, but more of the resources that you need to learn about Him.
In conclusion, we will discuss what all of us Christians are supposed to be doing every single day. This is THE MAJOR KEY to manifesting the more than abundant life. We need to ask ourselves "Are we doing this"? So here is a concluding Scripture that you have heard many times. And, once again, remember what I have taught you -- some things are so simple that we miss them for years.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6: 33
Although this may require a lot of things for you to do, you just take it one step at a time. First, you simply read the Bible whether you understand it or not. Then, you get some study materials such as a lexicon and concordance and start to work different Scriptures. God will work with you to see that you understand what you are reading. Then, and most importantly, you learn by your own free will to apply God's written Word to your everyday life. Then, you slowly acquire discipline to think about things above -- to think about God and His Word. Overall, you will be seeking God first and you'll be able to overcome not only the love of money, but every worldly influence that you experience.
It has been my honor to teach you God's Word. I want many of you to know that because of some extremely evil e-mails that I have received, I have taken that privilege away from my readers. When God opens that door again and gives me a green light, you will be able to contact me with questions once again. In the meantime, there are enough teachings to keep you going and learning for a very long time so that you can easily seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. God bless you. You're the best.