Luke 16:9… “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations” (KJV). The idea behind this verse is this… Treat the people that you do business with correctly. Do right by them. Stay on the good side of your bankers, your car mechanics, with the waitresses at your favorite dining places, and with the clerks at the grocery store. Wrong living brings harsh consequences. Be honest. Pay your bills on time. It is important to be honest in your use of money. You will have favor if you should go through hard times. The people that you do business with will remember you.
Luke 16:13… “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (KJV). The word “mammon” as used here is a Syriac word. Some believe that the Syrians worshipped a god (demon) named Mammon that works in two realms of finances, the spirit of poverty and the spirit of avarice, or greed. This demon keeps you in poverty; i.e., he develops in your mind a poverty mentality, an attitude that makes you keep a hold on your money (riches). He keeps you from being generous with your finances. The Pharisees were angry with these words from Jesus because they were greedy for riches. They had an attitude of “We’ll save our money for a rainy day”; i.e., “We may need this. What if the car breaks down, or I lose my job?” This demon wants to keep you broke, or if you have riches he wants you to be a miser, one who does not give. On the opposite side, God is generous, a giver of blessings. In the paragraph from Luke, Jesus proceeded to teach the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus was poor, yet a giver. The poverty mentality did not rule him. The rich man was stingy. On earth, though rich, he was ruled by the spirit of poverty, and in hell he was really poor. He should have been a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7) when he was alive.
Pastor George Belobaba
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