Another trap of the devil this end-time is that which claimed the second highest number of lives—the sin of financial corruption.
Read Exodus 32:26-28 from your Bible
Three thousand men died, holding on to their gold!
Read Exodus 32:31 from your Bible
Remember also the story of Gehazi, Elisha’s servant?
Read 2 Kings 5:20-22 from your Bible
See what happened to him on his return from his covetous trip:
Read 2 Kings 5:25-27 from your Bible
Why must you carry Naaman’s leprosy, when your destiny is to have twice Elisha’s unction? Why must you allow covetousness to purchase leprosy for you? To free himself from this trap, Job said:
Read Job 31:24-28 from your Bible
The love of money is the root of all evil. As long as the root is in place, the tree will keep bearing fruits. Until the root is destroyed, there is still hope for the tree.
Read 1 Timothy 6:10 from your Bible
The love of money is the root of all evil, and covetousness is what gives it expression.
Read Timothy 6:11 from your Bible
Jesus said: ” Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). That is, you cannot serve God and money. By this we know that there are two entities that crave human worship—the Living God and the god of gold. You are either worshipping the Living God or the god of gold; you can’t be in the middle.
In Luke 4:5, Satan took Jesus up into a high mountain and showed him all the kingdom of the world and all the glory thereof, and said to Jesus:
Read Luke 4:6 from your Bible
Jesus never denied the devil’s claim of ownership (in fact, in John 14:30, He referred to him as “the prince of this world”), but He said to him:
Read Luke 4:8 from your Bible
So, everyone worshipping the devil is actually worshipping the god of gold. The man in the cult is not there because he likes the devil; he’s there because he likes money. All armed Robbers are into robbery because of money. The god of gold is the brain behind the afflictions of many. That is why such people end up with all manner of sicknesses and diseases—because the god of gold is a killer god! You must not be part of it. There is a neater way of making money without worshipping it.
We are here as the light of the world; we should show the world how to do it. The prophetic ministry of Balaam crashed at the hands of money, Gehazi’s destiny collapsed because of covetousness, and Achan’s entire household was publicly stoned to death because of covetousness (Joshua 7). The love of money is the root of all evils, as all its victims end up in sorrow. You will not end your journey in sorrow!
Read Mark 10: 17-20 from your Bible
Jesus looked at him and loved him. He had no eternal life; he only came to find out how to get it. But with his natural life, he had been able to deal with adultery, falsehood, etc. But this man had a problem—his possession had become his god. He had made a god of gold for himself.
Read Mark 10:21 from your Bible
Jesus had touched his gold, which was his god!
Read 1 Timothy 6:9 from your Bible
Gold is one of the greatest corrupters on this earth. Whereas your affair with another woman or man is adultery, your affair with money is idolatry. And the number one commandment in the Bible is, “Thou shalt not have any other gods beside me.”
That young man was free from adultery, but was a victim of idolatry. He chose the god of gold over eternal life. Behind many sorrows on the earth today is money. When you see a young man looking sad and devastated, the god of gold is afflicting him. He is not sick, his wife is not sick, but his idol (money) is plaguing him with sorrows, because the love of money naturally invites sorrow.
The eyes are never satisfied with seeing. So every lover of money will always see what he does not have (Proverbs 13:15-16). No lover of money can ever be sorrow-free. I want you to desperately desire a deliverance from the god of gold, so you can truly walk in the newness of life.
Those who go after gold miss God; but those who pursue hard after God will have gold as additions (Matthew 6:33). We saw how the god of gold trapped and destroyed about 3,000 men in one day. Idolatry is a great sin. To have another god in the place of the Living God is a great sin. If you don’t count gold as dung you will become dung. So, you must rescue yourself from the god of gold today.
The love of gold is a killer disease. The Bible calls it the root of all evil. If one evil equals all death—death of joy, peace, progress, health, everything! By the time you get to a position when going to church becomes when convenient, or you begin to complain of not having enough time to go to church, you are already on your way down. That is the mission of the god of gold—it won’t let you keep your covenant relationship with God. May you never see the business expansion that won’t let you worship God, in Jesus name! Jesus asked:
Read Mark 8:36 from your Bible
May your name not be removed from the Book of Life, because of one vain government appointment or contract. I have told the Lord, “Wherever i will get to and your presence eludes me, let me never get there. Whatever I will own that will make You disown me, may I never own it. Whatever I will possess that will make you dispossess me, let me never possess it. Whatever position I will get to that I will no longer see You, may I never get there.”
The god of gold is not a friend of anyone. Defile it today, and say to it, “Get thee hence, get thee behind me you god of gold and silver. I no longer worship you. Get lost!”
Read Isaiah 30:23 from your Bible
That means when you cast the god of gold away from you, then God will add his own to you. And you know that the blessings of the Lord makes rich and he adds no sorrow to it (Proverbs 10:22). When you defile the god of gold, God’s own silver and gold is added to you for your beauty. So defile the god of gold today, before it defiles your destiny! Defile the god of gold, then God will beautify you with gold! Defile the god of gold today and you will never see dryness again!
If you are a lover of gold, you can never be free from telling lies. Besides, pride will stick to you like tick to a cloth. Nebuchadnezzar saw the expansion of his Kingdom and he said, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the Kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” And he was turned into an animal (Daniel 4:30,33)! The rich fool in Luke 12:16-20 saw his harvest and said, “My soul rest”, and God said, “Your body will rest too”! He was laid to rest that same night! When Solomon saw wealth, the spirit of whoredom possessed him, and he became King Whoredom — 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:3). He was a victim of the god of gold.
It was gold that led Judas to commit suicide. He sold his master for a mere 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15)!
Ananias and Sapphira died by the dagger of the god of gold (Acts 5;1-10) Jeshurun (Israel) waxed fat, and then kicked against God, and God in turn hid His face from them (Deuteronomy 32:9-25). May God not hide His face from you! They kicked against God in their prosperity. May your prosperity not bring about your perishing!
What the god of gold does is to bring enmity between you and God. Every time you choose another god over the Almighty God, you are inviting him to a wrestling contest, and who has ever fought with God and prospered (Job 9:4)?
There is no Salvation in gold and silver. Enough of running after it! May every increase you see in your life, create an increase in your affection for God! May no increase come your way that will take you away from God!