WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away.
How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”
Acts 5:3-4 (NLT)
THE DANGER OF DECEPTION
One sunny day, four high school boys couldn’t resist the temptation to skip classes. The next morning they explained to their teacher that they had missed her class because their car had a flat tire. To their relief, she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a quiz yesterday.” But then she added, “Take your seats and get out a pencil and paper. The first question is: Which tire was flat?”
No one gets away with lying. In Acts 5, Ananias and Sapphira thought they were lying only to Peter and the other believers. But the apostle said to them, “You weren’t lying to us but to God” (v.4). Steven Cole writes, “Their sin was not that they had sold their property and had given only a part to the church. In fact, Peter makes plain (Acts 5:4) that it would not have been a sin for them to have sold their property and not given anything to the church. Their sin was that they conspired together to deceive the apostles and the church into thinking that they were giving the entire amount, when in fact they kept back a portion for themselves.”
It’s easy to judge Ananias and Sapphira, but we should examine our own hearts. Are there times when we don’t mean what we sing or pray in public? Are we giving from our hearts? Matthew 15:8 says, “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.”
Mike shared the principle: I might fool others for a season, but I’ll never fool God. Praise God for being a God of honesty and truth. Ask Him to remove any falsehood from your life.