Kellie, Isabella, Isaiah, and Pastor Chris

Friday, September 9, 2011

Daily Word September 9, 2011

Acts 5:11

I wonder, if you had been there and watched everything unfold as it did, as Ananias and Sapphira drop in their tracks, what would you have thought?  Everything in the church is seemingly going smoothe, the power of God is on display through healings and various unexplanable things, people are being added to the congregation day by day by day - everybody is happy.  In a split second, two of the faithful members are dead and everyone knows it was the judgment of God.  What are you thinking?

I know I would have been like the crowd, "and great fear came upon them all and all who heard these things."  But what about the "Grace-Full" God they had been preaching about?  Why didn't God have grace in this moment?  After all, it doesn't seem like that big of a deal what they did, does it?  Or perhaps think about it like this - in Acts 3, Peter tells the people who crucified Christ, they can be forgiven for this act.  But Ananias and Sapphira tell a little lie about how much they sold their property for, and God strikes them dead?...Beloved, it teaches us two things.
        1.  Just because God brought judgment, doesn't mean they were any less forgiven.
        2.   While they may have been forgiven ("saved"), God was not going to allow them to hurt his church.
God takes His church very serious and will defend her in her faithfulness, discipline her in her wrongness, and restore her in her brokeness....Just my thoughts.

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