Publishing God's stories among the nations.

"Make sure there's no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God."  (Hebrews 3:12)

During one of my YWAM training schools, I learned a new word, Renounce, which changed my life and the way I daily practice dependance on God.

One of Merriam Webster's definitions for Renounce jumped off the page when I looked it up:

1. To say in a formal or definite way that you refuse to follow, obey, or support any longer.

I can't recall ever hearing this word before nor can I remember ever using it. It's a huge word though and should be a bigger part of all of our vocabulary, especially as we seek to worship Christ alone.

In class, we took a big dive into the topic of finances. Actually the Bible has a lot to say about money, and it was refreshing to dig into the Word and let it speak to our hearts. I appreciate how YWAM values God's Word and encourages us to be in it regularly.  One particular passage profoundly impacted me during that week.

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24 NKJV)

Many translations use the word money or wealth in the place of mammon. However, money has no power itself. The rectangular pieces of paper and glittery coins in my wallet cannot control me. Mammon represents something much darker and always has a debasing influence.

The spirit of mammon seeks to keep me in bondage and often operates out of fear. Every time I've worried over money concerns, I've bowed a knee to mammon. When I've withheld my tithe because I didn't think I had enough money to give, I've worshipped mammon. When I've been impulsive in my purchases and discontent with what I have, I've succumbed to mammon's influence. Yet the Word is clear, no one can serve two masters!

So as we studied finances through a Biblical lens, I fell under a deep conviction sitting in that classroom because I knew there'd been times I had served mammon. It became clear that this spirit had tried to wreck our family over the years too, and my heart grieved. Then I saw the truth being laid before me: Renouncing is my ladder to freedom. I cried out to God for forgiveness, and then I grabbed hold of my authority in Jesus Christ and told this evil spirit he was no longer welcome in my life or family.

I refuse to follow, obey, or support mammon any longer. He's a liar and a thief, robbing me of joy and peace. My loyalty lies with God alone, for He is a good Father and worthy of my complete trust and worship. Since that training school, renounce has been incorporated into my vocabulary! Whenever this dark spirit wants to throw me off course, I just tell him to get lost! I don't want to be diverted from the living God anymore!

Maybe you too will find this word to be significant in your life as you refuse to follow, obey, and support any other besides Jesus! One of YWAM's foundational values is to practice dependance on God. If you are wanting to gain a better grasp on what it to means to practice dependance, come do a Discipleship Training School. You won't regret it, and you just might gain some new vocabulary that'll change your life 😃

Learn More

Amy Fish

Written by Amy Fish

Almost 25 years ago, God called Amy to go and make disciples. From the inner cities of America to the barren bush of Africa, sharing the love of Jesus has been her passion. In 2006, she completed her YWAM DTS in Chiang Rai, Thailand. She's been married for the last 32 years to her best friend and is honored to be the mom of four beautiful children. She's a huge fan of playing games with her family, loving on her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and sipping on coffee while reading an inspirational book. Currently, she serves as the High School Vice Principal at Christian Heritage School.

4 min read

Is another “JESUS REVOLUTION” coming?

Seeing what is happening on some college campuses, perhaps it has already begun! Their hunger...

2 min read

Your Life Matters

"Well, I don't want to kill myself anymore!" That was not the response I was expecting to hear when Mia was asked at a...

3 min read

Jesus Revolution

The chilly air in the theater lobby reminded me I should have brought a hoodie to stay warm. As my wife, and the 16...

5 min read

Revival Fires Spread Across the World

Revival fires are springing up all over the country and world since the beginning of the outpouring at Asbury...

2 min read

You Can Help Survivors of the Earthquake in Syria

The ground rocked underneath the feet of millions of people in Syria and Turkey on the fateful day of February 6th....

6 min read

Revival Wave at Asbury University 2023

Is this the start of another Great Awakening? As believers and missionaries, we have hungered for more of God in our...

5 min read

A Year for God

Someone somewhere said, "You can do anything for a year!" If God asked you to give a year of your life for discipleship...

4 min read

Divine Appointments are Real!

Has God ever prompted you to do something but you overlooked the opportunity?

I recently was thinking of this phrase,...

2 min read

How DTS Set Me Free

Fighting for my relationship with God 24/7 was one of the most challenging actions I've ever taken in my life, however,...
2 min read

The Day I Got Saved

My phone buzzed on silent mode in my pocket while I was busy just doing normal old stuff. But that vibrating buzz...

2 min read

Why You Should Read the Bible Every Day

Every year for the past 20 years I've read through the entire Bible. I remember the daunting task of the daily reading...

3 min read

The Greatest New Year’s Resolution I Ever Made

You have heard the stories in the Bible. In Genesis, God said to Abram, “Go…”. In Matthew, Jesus calls Simon (Peter)...