Word of God online Daily Bible Study
March 23rd 2009
Scripture Verse of the Day
You have not lied to men but to God
Scripture Reading of the Day
But in contrast there was a man named Ananias (with his wife Sapphira) who sold some property, and brought only part of the money, claiming it was the full price. (His wife had agreed to this deception.)
But Peter said, “Ananias, Satan has filled your heart. When you claimed this was the full price, you were lying to the Holy Spirit. The property was yours to sell or not, as you wished. And after selling it, it was yours to decide how much to give. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us, but to God.”
As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor dead. Everyone was terrified, and the younger men covered him with a sheet and took him out and buried him.
About 3 hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Did you people sell your land for such and such a price?”
“Yes,” she replied, “we did.”
And Peter said, “How could you and your husband even think of doing a thing like this-conspiring together to test the Spirit of God’s ability to know what is going on?” Just outside that door are the young men who buried your husband, and they will carry you out too.”
Instantly she fell to the floor dead, and the young men came in and, seeing that she was dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Terror gripped the entire church and all others who had heard what had happened.
Meanwhile, the apostles were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Hall, and they did many remarkable miracles among the people. The other believers didn’t dare join them, though, but all had the highest regard for them. And more and more believers were added to the Lord, crowds both of men and women. Sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s Shadow would fall across some of them as he went by.
One of the wonderful things about coming to the Lord and being filled with the Holy Spirit, is you will be convicted of your sin. Before coming to the Lord, and outside the word of god, you can sin and really not care about the sin. We see this today in a big way where the word “SIN” has been all but removed from society and even some of the churches. Now today, we just have “issues”.
Also, sin has become “normalized”. What I mean by that is lying, lusting, stealing and cheating are preached on the t.v and media as ok. There is a commercial for a cell phone company that pretty much covers all of the above and makes it out to be OK. And it is done within the dynamics of a family. This is just disgusting and one of the worst commercials I have ever seen. Both myself and my wife have talked about this commercial and are totally repulsed by it.
But this is, for those who live outside the Holy Spirit and are unsaved, how they choose to live today. What was once sin and looked down upon, is now just the “way it is “That is why more often than not, we believers are looked down upon and scoffed at. This is the coming persecution that we are experiencing that is coming from the Pits of Hell.
When you are filled with the Holy spirit, there is no turning your back on Sin. You will not feel right until you deal with it.
IN the story above, God made the strongest point possible. In the midst of this lie and deception, Ananias and his wife were instantly killed before the church. Pretty harsh outcome for a lie, but a strong message lies within it. Nothing is hidden from God! He knows all that is going on within you and you can not hide in the shadows of sin without being convicted by it.
Do not put God to the test on this one is the message that comes through loud and clear. If you have lied, then repent and ask for forgiveness, and make amends to those who you have lied to.