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Grace and holy fear

Scripture reading for May 10th:  Acts 5, Psalm 94, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  Acts 5;1-5  “But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own?  And after it was sold, was it not at  your disposal?  Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart?  You have not lied to man but to God.”  When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last.  And great fear came upon all who heard of it.”

Ananias and Sapphira were members of the church in Jerusalem.  They sold a piece of property and then brought an offering to the apostles, telling them it was the full price of the land.  God gave Peter a word of wisdom.  It was only part of the price.  As Peter faithfully spoke this word, Ananias fell down dead!  This caused great fear to come upon all.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I am humbled by this record of judgment upon the sins of Your people.  Bring conviction and truth to me continually to hold me up.  Cover my sins by Christ’s blood, my only plea.

Psalm 94:16-18  “Who rises up for Me against the wicked?  Who stands up for Me against evildoers?  If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.  When I thought “My foot slips,” Your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.”  

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Would You Lie to God?

Scripture reading for November 7th: Acts 5-7

Lying is a sin!  One of the ten commandments states that we should not give a false accusation against a neighbor! (Exodus 20:16)   God hates a lying tongue! (Proverbs 6:17-19)  Lying causes mistrust because lies are usually found out and the person’s character is degraded by all who know the truth.  Lying breaks relationships, marriages, homes, and even churches!  A lying tongue hates the one it hurts!  (Proverbs 26:28)  A false witness will not go unpunished and he who pours out lies will perish! (Proverbs 19:9)  The devil is a liar and can speak only one language: “LIE!” (John 8:44)

The Book of Acts records the history of the early church from just before the day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to the imprisonment of the Apostle Paul in Rome.  Very early in the history of the new church, Luke writes to tell us the story of a couple who told a lie that cost them very dearly.  This is the story of Ananias and Sapphira found in Acts 5:1-16.

The lie that this couple told was a lie of omission.  They sold some of their property and made an offering to the Apostles for the use of the church.  The price of the property was more than what they gave, but they told the Apostles that they gave all the money to the Lord when they had kept some back for themselves.  Now it wasn’t wrong not to give it all.  It was only wrong to lie about what they had given.  Scripture doesn’t say why they did this.  It may be that they wanted to look good and seem more dedicated than they really were.  It may be that they dedicated more than they were willing to give and decided to keep some back.  Whatever the reason, we only have the startling results!

“Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?  Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?  What made you think of doing such a thing?  You have not lied to men, but to God.””  “When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what happened.” (Acts 5:3-5)

This happened in the same way to his wife Sapphira.  Both of them died immediately as a result of lying!  This should make each one of us think and evaluate our own hearts and giving.  We need mercy more than ever!  This is a New Testament story to warn God’s people that dealing with God is serious business!  Amazingly, the church grew and many souls were added after this judgment!  God is building a holy church without spot or wrinkle!  The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Truth!

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