Ananias and Sapphira loved the Lord and were excited about their upcoming ministries. They followed Barnabas’ example by selling a piece of property and then Ananias laid the financial proceeds from the sale at the apostles’ feet. The only difference is that Ananias and Sapphira kept part of the proceeds back for themselves, probably as a “just-in-case” rainy day fund.
The last words Ananias heard before stepping into eternity to meet the Judge were spoken by Peter:
“Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” (Acts 5:3-4)
Ananias died and some young men buried him. Three hours later Sapphira, who missed her husband’s funeral, stopped by the house church. Peter spoke to her and she suffered the same fate as her husband.
And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. (Acts 5:11)
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I ask You to help American believers walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit so that our love is genuine and that we abhor evil, holding fast to what is good. (Based on Acts 9:31 and Romans 12:9)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.