Bible Studies

GOD AND MAMMON
How Many Idolatries Do We Have Around Us?

EXAMINE YOURSELVES!
Matt 6:24 No man 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.

Mammon--3126  mamonas (mam-o-nas') or mammonas (mam-mo-nas'); of Aramaic origin; wealth, (worldy goods; assets; possessions; material goods; revenue; earnings.) avarice; (acquisitiveness; couvetousness; materialism) deified; (valued; honored; well-regarded; esteemed; cherished; prized_.

Matt 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

3309  merimnao (mer-im-nah'-o); from 3308; to be anxious about: (be, have) care (-ful), take thought.

3308  merimna (mer'-im-nah);  through the idea of distraction; (interruption; break; pause; stoppage) solicitude: (concern; attentiveness; consideration; importance; reflection)

Luke 16:13-15 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. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided  (sneered) him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Mortify- 3499  nekroo (nek-ro'-o); to deaden, (lessen; diminish; decrease; reduce; moderate) i.e. to subdue: (restrain; suppress; hold back; self-control; self-discipline; regulate; moderation)

Covetousness;   4123  pleonektes (pleh-on-ek'-tace);  holding (desiring) more, i.e. eager for gain (avaricious, (acquisitiveness; materialism) hence a defrauder: (cheat;  betray; be disloyal to; let down; disappointment)

Idolatry- 1495  eidololatreia (i-do-lol-at-ri'-ah); image (point of view; outlook; position; rank; status; importance)

Mammon is Idolatry.  Anything that man holds highly esteemed, and lets that highly esteemed thing or things interfere with his reasonable duty to God..  This is not necessarily wealth/money.  This can be golf, fishing, job or WHATEVER man/woman prizes, and values that prize above duty to God.

Who do YOU have on the back burner? GOD or MAMMION?

Gal 5:16-26 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 are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. but if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. how the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Mark 8:34-37 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny (contradict; disagree with ; disapprove of) himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. (1 Cor 10:14-15)

ONCE AGAIN
Mammon--
3126  mamonas (mam-o-nas') or mammonas (mam-mo-nas'); of Aramaic origin; wealth, (worldy goods; assets; possessions; material goods; revenue; earnings.) avarice; (acquisitiveness; couvetousness; materialism) deified; (valued; honored; well-regarded; esteemed; cherished; prized.

Josh 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites,in whose land ye dwell: but
as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

  Evil--7451  ra` (rah);  bad; natural or moral.

KJV- heavy; (burdensome; difficult; troublesome; unpleasant; not practical; objectionable) not pleasing

Is it burdensome to you to serve the Lord; to put HIM FIRST?

Think about it.