MORNINGTIME 2497

by Benjamin Munsell on August 10, 2017
MORNINGTIME 2497
 
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 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. 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? 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. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: AND GREAT FEAR CAME ON ALL THEM THAT HEARD THESE THINGS. Acts 5:1-5. To make a longer story shorter, during the early start of the Christian Church, people were selling their excess stuff and were giving the money to the Apostles to distribute to the needy as they saw fit. The problem in this story is that the people could give ANY amount of money to the Lord, and that in itself is fine. But Ananias, with Sapphire his wife, sold something, gave the Apostles PART of the money, and claimed to have given ALL of the money. The Holy Spirit showed Peter that  Ananias was holding back part of the money, AND CLAIMING TO GIVE IT ALL. Ananias, and Sapphira weren't only lying to Peter, THEY WERE LYING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. For this Sin against God, they BOTH died. The moral of this story is this, keep all your money, or give whatever you want to the church, just don't give a party AND CLAIM it to be all. Would you like to see some extremely BIG Mercy and Grace extended from the Lord, to man? Just look at all the Prosperity Preachers on TV as they lavish much money on themselves, AND CLAIM TO USE ALL THAT MONEY FOR THE WORK OF THE LORD. The Lord should drop them in their tracks, BUT IN HIS MERCY, HE'S WAITING. No liars will get into Heaven, so unless these guys Repent, they're headed straight for Hell. Anyone can Repent of their Sins and be Saved, and, Be Blessed.
 
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