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Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent these are three immutable traits of God. He sees all, knows all and is all powerful. Yet, throughout time, men have acted as if they could outsmart, outlast and out do him! It is a very silly act of arrogance to think one can sneak past the very creator of the universe.
Well, that is what Ananias an Saphirra did. They sold land and claimed to give God all the proceeds. They really held back a part for themselves. It cost them their lives. Not because they kept the money—God was financially fine without their contribution. It was because they thought they could lie to God and him not be aware.
God wants his people to be reverent to him. Simply stated, he wants them to recognize him as God and realize he only wants them to be free from the worlds traps and entanglements. When his people fail to acknowledge and honor him, they behave foolishly and recklessly. The consequences of such behavior can be very costly and often life altering.
In our lives, we need to realize first and foremost that God loves us. He does not make demands of our time, talents or treasure. But, if we commit to serve or to give—do not do that lightly. He will not be fooled by a credit grabbing attempt to look spiritual. He knows us and all our deep dark secrets—give him credit—be honest with him and with yourself. He will bless what you give and allow you to keep back what you see fit. He is not on a quota—he simply wants us to be free from anything that stands between him and us! Don’t be foolish—be real and transparent!
God Bless You
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3 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? 4 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 just to human beings but to God.”
5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.