Topic: When God is Silent Part 6
Sub Topic: The fall of Ananias and Sapphira
By: Isaac O. Agbenla
Text: Acts 5:1-10
Ananias means grace but grace was not available that day when he died shamefully and Sapphira when means beauty but she died without honour. Both of them died because they played God. Grace is not a licence to sin and beauty is not equal to character or virtue. Beauty is good and a blessing from God but when it is NOT deployed in the service of God, it becomes a curse. Their names do not fit their conduct just as many people are called Christian name but have no Christ like lifestyle. We should not forget that verse that says: seek the Lord when he is near. It seems they have kept God away from their finances prior to that incident or God is not near to save them because they were reaping the consequence of their disobedient. Anything that is too big to give to God can send the owner to early grave. What is God asking from you today?
In Acts 5:1, the Bible Says “they sold “a” possession not all their possessions”. What is the implication? They didn’t see all they have but a particular one yet they couldn’t give God that single one out of many. God is not asking too much from you by asking you to pay tithe. It is just 10% not all. Beloved, never play games with God. Don’t try to outsmart him.
Ananias and Sapphira kept back part of the money from the sale and pretended they brought all before the Lord. Many people think they are deceiving their pastors when they hold back their money from God but God knows what the pastor doesn’t know. They lied to Peter but Holy Ghost cannot be fooled. God knows our thought and actions that are still under process.
Why did they hold back the money?
Acts 5:3 says … Why has Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost…? This is the same methods devil is using to lure people into different forms of sexual bondage. He fills their heart and minds with evil thoughts that will birth sexual immorality. We are in a season that the entire atmosphere is charged with immorality spirits seeking ways into the minds of gullible celebrant seeking to add sin to the fantasy of this season.
The story of Ananias and Sapphira was such an exemption in the New Testament because of swift judgement that befell them. Under the Old Covenant, it is normal to see a sinner fall dead almost immediately but that is not type under the New Covenant except for those who have chosen never to accept God’s correction and willfully headed for destruction. But the conspiracy between them was carefully planned. In verse 4, Peter said they conceived this thing in their heart. It shows it is not a mistake. The origin of any form of sin is the mind. Nobody fall for temptation unknowingly. It is gradual but can be within a day. God warned them during the planning but they refuse because the Bible says Satan filled their heart.
In Jam.1:14-15, the bible says:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his lust, and entice. Then, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
From the verses above, we clearly see that sin originates from lust which is a product of dirty mind. When lust is not properly checked and dealt with, it will lead to sin one day. Ananias and Sapphira could possibly be lusting after fame and recognition among the disciples. It could be the motive behind their selling of the land. It could be that they just want to also have their names called for people to reference them. Not everyone sold their possession, it shows that they were not under compulsion to sell it. Keeping part of the money also shows that they were not giving willingly but for other ulterior motive.
You see, you are either filled with God’s word or devils’ advise. If the word of God is not rooted in you, devil will always deceive you into taking wrong decision. Anytime you are making decision, you either remember the word of God or receive suggestion from the devil. Devil is always on time to give negative suggestion that can ruin God’s plan for a life. In Col.3:16, the Bible says we should allow the word of God to dwell richly in our hearts. If they are already in your heart through listening, reading, studying, memorizing and meditation, it won’t be difficult to come to your heart when there is need to take vital decisions about life. May the Lord gives to us the heart that receives instruction and correction in Jesus name.