Mat 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.
Brother Jim’s Understanding:
1) Nobody, not one single man or one single woman, has ability to bind himself or be bound as a servant or slave to two supreme masters or authorities: for either you will greatly dislike, detest, and abhor the one and you will love and enjoy serving the other; or else you will adhere to the one and disregard with contempt the other. You absolutely cannot (are not able to) serve and be led by GOD, and serve and be led by a covetous and insatiable greedy lust for wealth and its power at the same time.
2) It is not possible for any man or any woman, not even one man or woman, to serve or be a servant to two masters: for either you will greatly desire to ignore the one while greatly desiring to serve the other; or you will strive to closely stick to the one while striving to escape the other. It is absolutely impossible to be a committed servant and worshiper of GOD and to also serve with commitment, worship, and idolize wealth and its power.
As we saw in the article ‘Seek First the Kingdom of GOD: Two Masters – What is Mammon?‘:
‘Mammon’, defined as ‘avarice’, is the irregular, disorderly, excessive, greedy desire (appetite) to obtain and possess wealth that can never be appeased, satisfied, or fulfilled; a desire that is so powerful it has no regard for rules, for law, for right or wrong, and views anyone who has what it (he, she) wants as prey in order to gratify its never ending appetite and thirst for more.
Many wrongly say, “Money is the root of all evil.” Lay a dollar bill on a table. Leave it there. The dollar bill (money) will not go anywhere, and will not hurt or help anyone. The dollar bill will not do anything good nor will it do anything evil. Lay a large pile of $100 bills on a table. The money will stay there. It will not do good nor will it do evil. Money has no will. Money is a tool used for trade and is incapable of doing good or doing evil. However, money can be used to do good or evil.
Let us see the truth. Holy Scripture reads:
1Ti 6:10 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.
The phrase “love of money” comes from the Greek word philarguria, which directly translated means ‘avarice’. The phrase “love of money” was likely used by the translators because it serves as a definition that makes accurate and simple sense to the common reader of their day. It still stands as an accurate expression for ‘mammon’, or ‘avarice’.
Let’s look at the definition for ‘mammon’, which is defined as ‘avarice’, in this context:
For the irregular, disorderly, excessive, greedy desire (appetite) to obtain and possess wealth that can never be appeased, satisfied, or fulfilled is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Thus, the desire to serve mammon as a slave is the root of all evil.
In the beginning, GOD created us in His Image and His Likeness. We are created to be in relationship with GOD, and serve Him in His Kingdom by being just like Him in our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. We are not created to serve any other supreme ruler; any other god. So how does mammon go from being an idea to being a ‘god’? How did mammon become deified?
Let us look at sickness and disease, and the spirit of infirmity as an example.
Luk 13:11-13 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
In today’s society we would say the woman was sick, or had some disease or illness. But Luke, by inspiration of Holy Spirit recorded that the woman here had a ‘spirit of infirmity’. There is more to this woman’s ‘infirmity’ than just a physical feebleness or malady. Our LORD Jesus Christ declared, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.“
LORD Jesus did not say, “Woman, thou art healed,” or “Woman, be healed.” LORD Jesus declared her “loosed” or “freed” from that which was holding her bound. Furthermore, LORD Jesus recognized and declared it was Satan who was holding her bound with the physical malady.
Luk 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
Call Satan prince or god (small g only), Satan is the god of this world; the ruler of this world.
Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Joh 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
Joh 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
So, we can see that a ‘spirit of infirmity’ was causing the infirmity in the woman, and the spirit of infirmity was serving Satan who is the ‘god of this world’. The spirit of infirmity causes infirmity where it has the legal right to do so, within the kingdom of its prince, its god, the supreme ruler of its service.
It is the same with mammon. Mammon is a spirit that causes its trait to be manifest wherever it can get the legal right to. That we call this mammon (avarice) is due to the spirit that instigates this particular disobedience. Avarice (mammon) is the particular domain of the spirit of Mammon assigned to it by Mammon’s prince, Mammon’s god, Mammon’s supreme master, Satan.
We all have thoughts passing through our heads. Some of these thoughts are intentional; a result of our purposeful thinking about something specific by an act of our will. Some thoughts seem to be a revelation of wisdom, knowledge, or understanding that draw us close to GOD. Some thoughts seem dark, and lead to ever darker, even evil thoughts. Where do these thoughts come from?
Man (and woman), created in the image and likeness of GOD is a triune being. You ARE a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. All three of these together make up you, on earth, at this moment. We use our bodies to communicate with each other by speaking, hearing, body language, facial expressions, hand gestures, etc. However, we often forget to recognize we are a spirit inside a body, and the combination of the two make us a uniquely individual soul.
Psychiatry and psychology deal with the workings of the mind. However, neither delve into the workings of our spirit. Though Carl Jung, the pioneering psychiatrist, believed in and wrote of demons and their influence upon people modern psychiatry and psychology seems to often ignore the influence of the spirit realm upon us as individuals, often classifying those who ‘hear voices’, or at least those who admit to ‘hearing voices’ or insist they ‘hear voices’ as troubled, misled, or possibly insane to some degree.
As beings who are spirits living in bodies, we are able to hear other spirit beings. GOD is Spirit, and we are able to hear Him. Satan, the fallen angel, and those angels that fell in rebellion with Satan are also spirit beings whom we are also able to hear. Our ability to hear GOD (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), angels of GOD, Satan, fallen angels, demons, etc., is often masked in psychiatry and psychology by terms such as ‘id’, ‘ego’, and ‘superego’. The ego is described as the rational part of us that deals with the real world and mediates between the id and the superego. The id is described in a way that masks our carnal, fleshly nature, and our ‘dark angels’ (the voices of Satan, fallen angels, and demons); the impulses, cravings, and desires to do what we want, when we want, how we want, and the ‘voices’ we hear encouraging us to do so. The superego is described in a way that masks the spirit within us that desires to do what is right, good, and true according to GOD and His Holy WORD, including the ‘voices’ (GOD – Father, Son, Holy Spirit; angels of GOD) we hear encouraging us to do so.
Mammon (avarice) may start as a seemingly small thought or temptation. Over time, this thought may become stronger and more clear, more pronounced. The more we listen to this voice, agree with this voice, and obey this voice, the more control it is able to exert over us until it rules us. The spirit of Mammon that once spoke small temptations to us now demands our attention, pushing (driving) us to the point where we have yielded ourselves in full subservience to it, and have unwittingly become its slave. We think we are driven to succeed by some strong force within us. We often do not realize this drive, this compulsion to succeed (sometimes at all costs) is caused by the control we have given the spirit of Mammon. We have in fact deified Mammon in our lives, serving and worshiping Mammon instead of serving and worshiping our Holy Creator, Almighty GOD.
Note: All Scripture is given in the King James Version, 1769.
All bold emphasis of Holy Scripture is added.
All definitions of words with lower case, bold type are from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.