1. One good clue or vital sign that a believer is now in love with the gospel of Christ or of God, is if that gospel now means him what money used to mean to him; or if it now unlocks his passion—like money (and what money can do) once did. Otherwise, the love of money is most likely still lying intact in his soul (Phil. 1:27, 1Tim. 6: 10-11, Jn. 6:26-27).
2. Nothing makes or fashions hustlers out of a generation of men, like money. Nothing keeps believers – long in carnality – like money and what money can do (Lk. 18:18-25). Nothing competes with looking for the Lord; even with our whole hearts, like money does (Matt. 6:24). It is a god that possesses the souls of men who don’t possess the first life called Christ, and it can only be overcome by those who earnestly seek to be gods (judges) under God (Ps. 82:1).
3. The love of money or the quiet love of what money can do always gives men not only a false sense of security—but a worldly image and edge; a name or identity that wise men like our Lord Jesus kept running away from—until He fully inherited the Father’s name, even life everlasting (Psa. 49:6,11-13; Matt. 4:8-10, Jn. 5:26,41).
4. To handle money, honor, privilege and power, in ways that will please the Father well, or in ways that no natural man or princes of this world can understand, a believer with a formation called Christ will have to be decked with the glorious thoughts of life everlasting – like our Lord Jesus was at Jordan (Psa. 49:11-20, Jn. 3:35, Heb. 5:13-14)
5. When money isn’t being regulated by a nature, wisdom or commandment that is in the Holy Ghost, in the Son or in the Father, it will become a filthy lucre that serves purposes that are either filthy or earthly, sensual and devilish (Matt 28:19-20, 1Tim. 6:10, Jas. 3:15).
6. Most men have died not only prematurely but unfulfilled, while trying to secure their future monetarily or with monetarily power (Eccl. 2:22-23). Those who do otherwise are those who trust or secure their future with the words of Christ and of the living God. And such are those who truly end up being called to glory (1Tim. 6:3-12/3:16)
7. A believer who has been made wise unto salvation through the gospel of Christ, who has also become a daily seeker of everlasting life, must have fetched the grace of Christ to manage those distractions that comes from the cares of life and legitimate pursuit of money (2Tim. 3:15, Acts. 20:32, Matt. 13:22-23). He must have endured those seasons where – through the leading of the Spirit – the Lord regulated the flow of money, and come into one where money would begin to serve his pursuit of the Father (Phil. 4:12, Tit. 2:11-13).
8. A soul that can wear the beautiful garment of salvation must have consistently denied those pleasures that comes from any monetarily-driven standard of living and definition of success that is peddled by this world (Ps. 149:4, Heb. 11:24-26). We must keep doing so until we can ignore and deny every feeling of inferiority because of our lowly-looking natural estate, so that the lifestyle of peace that firstly comes via the gospel of Christ can become ours (Rom. 1:16, Jn. 14:27).
9. Through tribulation, the monetary system that is keeping this world ongoing in the souls of men will someday lose its value. It will be destroyed in an hour when the kings of the earth will destroy Babylon (Rev. 6:12-17, 17:15-18:20). Through spiritual and divine understanding of the faith in Christ and the love that is in the Son of God, believers are meant to hasten into an everlasting and eternal economy in God; a new civilization or world to come order that will replace everything in man and amongst nations that can be traced to Babylon (Rev. 15:12, 16:7, 2Pet. 3:10-13).
10. Sin, through the love of money, was able to move through all the courts of the souls of men like Nimrod, Judas, etc. It moved them through the web of first death – i.e. ignorance of death, to second death – i.e. the love of death (Jn. 10:10, Rev. 2:11). The righteousness of faith in Christ and the everlasting righteousness of the Father does otherwise; it moves the soul into the Kingdom of Christ and of God (Rom. 3:22, Ps. 119:144, Eph. 5:5f).