Do not tempt the Spirit of God
Acts 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.
In today's message it may seems to people like Peter punished Sapphira the wife of Ananias and she died instantly but that was not the case.
The time this incident happened the Church was full of the glory of God and the Spirit of God was great in the Church. It was the Spirit of God Who had instructed the people of how much each should give and we read Ananias and Sappahira thought they were able to cheat the Spirit of God like a man fools another man.
Another point we see a small crime like cheating resulted in they instantly dying; was God very harsh or unjust in what He did while there were many other unbelievers who did far worst then them?
If we read in the Bible there are many times the people were greatly in sin and nothing happened to them but when a Man of God was among them things started to happen and God punished them for their sins.
Did God send His Messengers to punish people? No.
We need to understand whenever the glory of God was great the judgment of God also was quick. God did not send His Messengers to primarily punish people but since His anointed ones carried His glory therefore His judgment came.
People, understand as His anointed ones are among us we will be protected and will receive great blessings from the Lord, but there also is another side we need to remember that we will be also pulled up and punished in that same measure and speed as we receive from the Lord. It will not take you time to realize if there is a true Anointed Man of God amongst you or not.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You said in your Word the latter times would be worse than the former times and You also state that your Spirit and grace will be abundant during the latter times. Lord, people think since your grace will be abundant they will be able to sin more, they do not know that as the presence of your Spirit is more they will suffer unlike any time in history. Lord, let the fear of You grow in your people as your glory start to grow. We pray your people do not perish due to foolishness. Let them realize when Jesus comes in glory how great His judgment will be...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Acts 4:31-37; 5:1-18
1 Samuel 2:11-36
2 Peter 2:20 - For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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