Compulsive Slavery

Thought For The Week 116

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One of the things He did say was, “You cannot serve both [Yahweh] and money.” (Matthew 6:24, NIV)   There is nothing basically evil in money but the way it is gained, how it is viewed, what it is used for, can add up to a dividing of the loyalty that we owe to Yahweh.  The word used by Yahshua in this verse is [in the Greek] ‘mammonas’ and in the KJV is translated ‘mammon’; it meant ‘property, earthly goods’.  Oswald Sanders, a former Principal of the New Zealand Bible College, writes that the word carries “…the derogatory sense of the materialistic, anti-godly and sinful.”  The Amplified Bible interprets it as, ‘money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than [Yahshua].’  It’s important to notice that Yahshua didn’t say you ‘must not’ but you ‘cannot’ serve Yahweh and mammon!

It is inevitable that we spend the most time with that which we value the most.  There is so much competing for our attention; we are ‘bombarded’ by ‘must have’ advertising, celebrity lifestyles, social media sites, and much that is calculated to soak up our free time, demand our attention, and turn us from a life of separation and holiness.  Where are your obsessions?  Regrettably they have an innate power that ensures our absorption with them produces practical enslavement.  The best way of breaking the power of the material ‘stuff’ in our lives is to ensure that it is devoted to spiritual ends.  The best way to deal with an obsession is to take it to Yahshua and, from Him, draw strength to abandon it!

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