choose for ourselves whether to serve God or mammon. The spirit of mammon does not want us or need us to acknowledge its existence —this is perhaps one of its greatest weapons. Most of us live without acknowledging the influence of this spirit. This does not mean that we have a “get out of jail free” card because “the devil made me do it”. On the contrary, the acknowledgement that the enemy of God is at work in this area of our lives should draw us closer to God, to seek His truth and His way. Everyday, in every way, we must choose to either follow our own desires, (whether influenced by people, our culture or enemies of God), or follow Jesus, our Lord and Redeemer. As we grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus, we should start to see a closer alignment between our plans for our life and God’s plan for our life. Those that live in obedience to God’s plan for our money testify to this joy as they surrender more and more to God. As believers, we may tithe, give offerings and charitable gifts but beyond that, not consider our money to be within the scope of our spiritual journey. In the church, we discuss some principles of money like, “new testament or old testament”, “under the law or under grace”, “gross or net”, but we fail to dig much deeper in terms of our journey of surrender to Jesus and examine how money impacts that journey. The spirit of mammon does not satisfy. It does not offer us the same commitment or contentment as 2 3 | u n m a s k i n g m a m m o n Unmasking_Mammon_book_4.5.indd 23 2018-07-11 7:41 AM