Financial security is something everyone seeks, yet wealth can fool us is if we’re not careful. Money means different things to different people, and some individuals want it for the wrong reasons. The wrong attitudes about money can put us in bondage, but knowing the biblical truth about its real purpose brings us financial freedom.
If we don’t understand the link between money and trust, we’re easy targets for the devil to play mind-games with us in this area. Many Christians haven’t yet learned about the spirit of mammon that wants to attach itself to money and how the enemy wants to use it against them. We certainly love God and want to serve Him, but we must learn to trust Him in every area, including in our finances. “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” (Luke 16:13). Compartmentalizing God by keeping Him out of our financial lives doesn’t do us any good.
Even after we’re born again, we can spend months or even years unlearning mindsets and attitudes about money we’ve learned from the world. Mammon is very sneaky, and it operates in direct opposition to the Word of God. It tells us money is bad, and it tries to make us feel guilty and condemned if God blesses us with it. Money isn’t evil, but a wrong relationship with it is. “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:9, 10).
God blesses us financially because of His grace toward us, and to empower us to be a blessing to others. When we realize that money is simply a tool to do that, we begin developing a healthy attitude toward it. Believers may initially be afraid to give because they fear losing money, but fully believing God’s Word in this area erases this fear. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38). God promises to take care of us when we trust Him enough to give generously.
Another trick mammon uses is to cause us to be fearful about our money in general. It tries to distract us from focusing on the promises of God and focus instead on lack, insufficiency, and poverty. It suggests to us that maybe He isn’t capable of doing what He says He’ll do. This is simply another lie. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Our God is a God of wealth and abundance, not just in finances but in every other area in which we rely on Him. He’s well able to take care of everyone who trusts Him. Believing this opens us up to blessings for us and everyone else whose lives we touch.