Saturday, April 16, 2011

Do Not Lie To God

Act 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
Act 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Act 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Act 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
Act 5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
Act 5:6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
Act 5:7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
Act 5:8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
Act 5:9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
Act 5:10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
Act 5:11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

The power of the church was and is in it's unity in God's spirit calling upon the Lord in prayer and obeying the Lord's will. Willful disobedience and lying divides the unity of the church and God's spirit is grieved. Satan is given a foothold in the church opposing God's spirit and direction.The church becomes powerless and worldly or just a dead place. Sometimes a church may actually be a place of evil intent.

2 Tim 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Has manipulation and deceit entered the church? God hates this. How do we know if we have sinned? We have the commandments of God.

Exo 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Exo 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

We are not to be two faced believers or church day smiling Christians, putting on a front to hide the unconfessed sin in our hearts. We are to do the work of a Christian, which is to obey God and to walk in His Spirit. We have a conscience and the spirit of God if we are of God. God is within us guiding us in all truth.

Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

He will also convict you of sin. We are to be pure hearted people of faith, not hypocrites who pretend and put on an act to appear to be something else.

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Rom 14:23 ...: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Be faithful and holy before God and man.

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