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Understanding the Wicked Spirit of Mammon

Author: Creflo Dollar



Many translations of the Bible define mammon as money. That definition is not incorrect, but it is incomplete. Mammon also describes a wicked spirit that operates through money. It causes people to bow down to money, worshiping it. People replace God with money by allowing it to rule every aspect of their lives.


  1. The Bible says Joseph was successful and prosperous even though he was a slave (Genesis 39:2, AMP).
    1. Notice that his occupation or position in life did not determine whether he would ultimately succeed in life.
      1. Joseph succeeded in everything he did. He eventually became the prime minister of Egypt.
      2. The key to Joseph’s success was the presence of God in his life.
      3. From society’s standpoint, success is determined by a person’s occupation, associations, popularity, and the amount of money and material things he or she has accumulated. 
      4. However, the biblical definition of success is determined by God’s presence.
      5. As Christians, we are successful because God is with us. Another name for Jesus is Emmanuel, which is translated, God with us.
  1. We cannot serve two masters; we will either love one or hate the other. We cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).  
    1. Mammon is a wicked spirit that grips and enslaves people through the medium of money.
      1. A person’s attitude toward money will reveal his or her attitude toward God.
      2. Mammon fights to be priority in our lives. However, we should obey God’s Word instead of the wicked spirit of mammon (Proverbs 3:9, 10, AMP).

  2. God says to us, “If you choose me, don’t worry about your life. I’ll take care of you” (Matthew 6:25-33).
    1. Our heavenly Father knows that we need certain things to live.
    2. When we make Him and His kingdom agenda a priority, He will take care of our needs.

  3. Covetousness, which is idolatry, involves removing God out of first place and replacing Him with something or someone else (Colossians 3:5; Deuteronomy 5:7).
    1. We can develop affection for seeking money, and this is a wrong attachment to it.
    2. A wrong relationship with money is the root of all evil (1Timothy 6:9, 10, AMP).  
      1. Those who crave to be rich will fall into many temptations and traps.
      2. Instead of craving to be rich, we should crave Jesus.
      3. “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness” (1 Timothy 6:11).

Scripture References

  • Genesis 39:2, AMP
  • Matthew 6:24-33
  • Proverbs 3:9, 10, AMP
  • Colossians 3:5
  • Deuteronomy 5:7
  • 1 Timothy 6:9-11, AMP

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