John 12:4 – Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
John 12:5 – Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
John 12:6 – This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
Hello readers, new blog time today, and thanks for reading! The title of this blog is who’s got your money bag? In this blog we will see that just like there was one rotten egg amongst the 12 disciples, so Satan tries to get a foothold in parts of our life. And these footholds in our life can really undermine our walk with God, and they can betray us, and can end up in us selling out Jesus Christ, and really hurting our life here on earth.
Yes, firstly the issue is that Judas Iscariot had the money bag, and he was a thief. Money can be quite divisive. In fact, the love of money is the root of all evil. Money itself is not wrong, but loving it is. It is for the love of money that this world does all kinds of evil. It is important to surrender your love for money, yes Jesus knows you need money to live, but it is important to get victory in the area of finances. We should be wise with our money, we should work hard, that is all a given, but we’ve got to make sure that money is not controlled by the devil through us. Satan knows how to manipulate man, that’s just a fact, he is smarter than us, stronger than us, and he knows if we love money, and perhaps through money, if you love it, he can get complete control of your life. Look how much control he got of Judas Iscariot through money! Look at his end! Judas Iscariot sold Jesus Christ out for 30 pieces of silver.
Judas Iscariot was a thief, and so Satan will steal from you. You might have much money, yet your soul, yet your walk with God, yet your future, yet heaven, yet life and life eternal, yet forgiveness be stolen from you. Satan knows how to use things and work through things and situations to achieve his destructive, murderous ends. Judas Iscariot was controlled by Satan, he had a devil, and Jesus said he was a devil. And nobody else knew bar Jesus Christ. People are so good at being deceptive, deceiving and being deceived. It all looked so good, he was one of the twelve, above suspicion, yet Satan was in complete control of his life, exploiting his love of money, exploiting his position in the group of disciples.
We can have a lot right in our life, yet something that Satan has a foothold in, and our lives can be so badly undermined. 11 out of 12, a lot was right. But that one had quite a big say, that one betrayed Jesus Christ. And so something in our life, be it sin, be it whatever, a part of us that Satan has control over, can unhinge us. If Satan owns some part of you, some part of your life… well he’s thieving you. Judas Iscariot was a thief, and Satan through his foothold will rob you, you’ll be living a life that disappearing on you without you realizing. They’d put their money in the money bag thinking it was secure with Judas Iscariot… but it was disappearing. Make sure you don’t live a life, where all you’re doing is pouring yourself in to something that has a hole at the bottom. Because they’d put their money in there, and it’d disappear. Don’t bank on other people, don’t bank on things that are ungodly, don’t dedicate your life to things that won’t benefit you in the long run.
The part of you that Satan controls, which Satan can use, will thieve you and will unhook your train and completely derail you if left unchecked. What area of life are you in rebellion to God’s word to? What gains has Satan made? Satan whittles away. He doesn’t give up. The messengers came to Balaam but were unsuccessful the first time. So Balak sent them back, and the second time they were successful. Satan takes and takes, he doesn’t give, he is the opposite of Jesus Christ, who laid down his very life for us, but Satan USES people for his own gain. Satan will consistently take from you, just as he did from those who put money in the money bag.
It was for money that Judas Iscariot sold Jesus out for. What will you sell the Lord Jesus Christ out for? What price do you put on him? What do you value him at? Many, many people have sold out on Jesus Christ throughout history. What will it take you to surrender his truths, to forfeit who he is and what he has done? What truths will Satan weaken your hold on and ultimately push you far from? Satan takes little steps, gain little ground, just as that money over time disappeared out the money bag. Judas Iscariot was a liar, but also he was being lied to. Because Satan was his father, Satan lied to him, so although Judas Iscariot thought he was getting ahead, he also was outwitted by his friend that was no friend. Look where Satan left Judas Iscariot, the blood of an innocent man on his hands, and such a weight of remorse and guilt and condemnation that he hung himself and went to hell.
We all have choices to make. Daniel made the choice to follow God, nobody forced him to, nobody was around to make sure he made the right decision, but he purposed in his own heart to honour God, to obey him in word and deed. To obey his commands. To put God first before all else. If you compare someone like Daniel to Judas Iscariot, it is such a different story. One was faithful, honest, wise, a man among men… the other a betrayer, deceitful, full of lies and pretence, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Who’s got your money bag? Have you dedicated your life to God and his word? Or are you filling your life like they filled that money bag which Judas Iscariot stole routinely out of? You don’t need to get cheated in this life. We need to look at ourselves, where we are, and get things sorted with God. And it starts with the cross of Jesus Christ, Jesus did no sin, he lived a perfect life, and he rose from the dead, he has the power, he has the glory, we just need to trust and obey him. Do you have a pretty good life, a life that’s made… yet there is sin in it? Yet there is that small part which you keep back from God, which is instead sold to Satan. Sort it out, Satan is a thief and a murderer, and he’ll ruin your life if you do not get things sorted at the cross of Jesus Christ.