Mammon is what the Bible calls a prince short for principality or ruler and one of his jobs is to strip the foolish and reward the wise. He strives to be very good at what he does and in order to do so, he must wear the right running shoes for speed. I coined the phrase "Mammon Wears Nike's" that I often use with my clients when warning them about their spending problems. Many, because of how fast He could make my paycheck disappear shortly after receiving it. Through hard work and toil, we are legally allowed to forced money/mammon into our lives but that does not mean once we cash our paychecks that the money/mammon has to stick around. I use to try my best to get Mammon to stay for a while but this was like trying to slow down a Freight Train after it got up to full speed. Mammon moves at the speed of money which seems at times faster then lighting. He moves money from your account to everyone else's with expert precision and timing. But through God's wisdom and strict adherence to His Word concerning Biblical stewardship you can catch up to Mammon and slow him down and even stop him in His tracks altogether. This is a story not so much about Mammon and his ability to cause your money and your resources to escape you without a thought, but of the magnificent wisdom of God and how He is always looking out for us. As the scripture says in Isaiah 1:19 kjv "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:".
HERE IS MY STORY
Mammon is a profession track star and his shoe of choice has to be a pair of Nike running shoes. I say this because my favorite shoe for as long as I can remember have always been Nike. Believe you me, God knows they have gotten more than their fair share of my money over all these decades. That all stopped one day when after getting home from the local mall with my latest pair of fresh Nike running shoes I had an encounter with GOD. I laced them up and put them on my feet and started walking around the house in them trying to break them in properly. Just as I was admiring and yes probably worshiping them the most I heard The Lord Jesus Christ speak to me very loudly and very clearly. He simply said, "Throw them away." To my dismay, I then asked: "Why Lord I just bought them." He then replied, "throw them away and then go research the word NIKE and the company". So, I took the brand spanking new shoes off my feet and went into the kitchen and place them ever so carefully on top of the trash that was already in the trash can. Making sure they didn't get anything on them. So, that when I had finished with my research and hopefully found absolutely no reason to destroy them I could then convince myself that it was not the Lords voice I heard speaking to me that morning and that it must have been something I ate the night before. I could then run back into the kitchen and reclaim my latest feel-good emotional purchase from the trash. So I walked over to the computer that was located in the dining room of our small two-bedroom apartment and Googled the word NIKE. What happened next led me into a session of knowledge, understanding, and repentance.
I discovered that the company was created and owned by a very obscure man by the name of Phil Knight. He had named the company NIKE after the Greek goddess of war. The company logo the famous Nike Swoosh is believed to be a dagger designed by a lady named Carolyn Davidson. At this point being somewhat of a conspiracy theorist my spider senses started to tingle and I dove into the research a little deeper. This goddess NIKE was the god they the greeks armies would invoke just before going into battle. She was depicted many times as a female with wings who flew around the battlefield rewarding victors with a crown that looked like a wreath. SEE PICTURE BELOW
As I continued to pray and inquire of the Lord as to why this had anything to do with me and my brand new pair of shoes I started to see it perfectly clear as the Spirit of God had me go to this scripture in my Bible. Now this name seems befitted to a brand that is all about victory and winning at sports. We all know that the greeks were great athletes and to them, that was a form of war or an exercise to keep them from having to go to war.
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:13 KJV
The scriptures go on to talk about girding your loins up with truth and putting on the breastplate of righteousness. Now, this did very little for me in the way of consolation for my brand new pair of Nikes that were still sitting on top of the garage in the garbage can in the kitchen. Just yards away from where I was sitting so that they could be easily retrieved. I kept reading until I got down to this verse that something clicked on the inside of me.
"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of PEACE;" Ephesians 6:15
Bingo! There it was. There was the reason my brand new Nikes had to be thrown away. God wanted me to shod which means SHOE my feet with peace, not war. All those years I had been wearing a shoe that was created for war. To drive the point home even farther the Holy Spirit says to me why do you think people get killed for their Nike shoes. I almost fell out of my chair. Oh My God, how could I have been so naive?
Needless to say that those brand new Nikes not only stayed in the garbage I think I pushed them down into the can even father. Then The Holy Spirit had me research the gym shoe industry to find a shoe that I could wear that didn't bring spiritual warfare on my life. What I found is that most companies have their mission statements on their websites. And if you read some of their mission statements you would not purchase products from them ever again because of your Christian values. Many of these companies explain in their mission statements what they stand for and against. These statements are many times in direct opposition to my Christian beliefs.
But wait? There is more. I think began to research exactly what the Bible has to say about our feet and I found these scriptures.
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" Isaiah 52:7 KJV
"And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Romans 10:15 KJV
There are many more scriptures that mention the feet and their importance to the body. Now, I didn't write this article to get anybody to stop wearing Nike shoes but I do and I encourage you to do your own research. Mammon is the prince of and power of money and he is mandated to keep wealth away from them that don't understand these spiritual and Biblical truths. So this means the body of Christ is in need of a shoe athletic company whose mission statement matches the Word of God.
Mammon wears Nikes so "Watch Your Money People."
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