Professing To Be A Lover… But A Thief By Actions!

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

When i do not give what i profess as belonging to God, i am stealing His Devine Glory.

3But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart that you should lie to and attempt to deceive the Holy Spirit, and should [in violation of your promise] withdraw secretly and appropriate to your own use part of the price from the sale of the land? Ananias you have been tempted and drawn away, enticed and baited by your own evil desire (lust, passions). The evil desire, has conceived, given birth to sin, and sin, is fully matured, and brings forth your death. All because you tried to steal God’s Glory.

When Ananias brought the offering He could have said that it was only a portion. 4As long as it remained unsold, was it not still your own? And [even] after it was sold, was not [the money] at your disposal and under your control? Why then, is it that you have proposed and purposed in your heart to do this thing? [How could you have the heart to do such a deed?] You have not [simply] lied to men [playing false and showing yourself utterly deceitful] but to God.

5Upon hearing these words, Ananias fell down and died. And great dread and terror took possession of all who heard of it. Ananias – “Jehovah has given” sin fully matured… then death.

6And the young men arose and wrapped up [the body] and carried it out and buried it. 7Now after an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not having learned of what had happened. 8And Peter said to her, Tell me, did you sell the land for so much? Yes, she said, for so much. 9Then Peter said to her, How could you two have agreed and conspired together to try to deceive the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out [also].

And without any time to deny, repent or plead for mercy…10 instantly she fell down at his feet and died; and the young men entering found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Sapphira –Aramaic, “beautiful” A thing having quality.

11And the whole church and all others who heard of these things were appalled [great awe and strange terror and dread seized them].

Is that what it will take for me to be what i profess to be? i have the best intentions, intentions… i know what they say about intentions, that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Then i am reminded of interest and committment. Perhaps if i saw someone held accountable to their profession of faith… of course not me, then maybe i’d take it more serious. Just as the crowd around them took notice 11And the whole church and all others who heard of these things were appalled [great awe and strange terror and dread seized them] perhaps i would as well. i wonder how long it lasted? Don’t get me wrong, i am not trying to beat myself up, but i am being honest with myself. i profess things as being God’s and then say or do or treat them as something different. i do this most often with my wife. i profess her as a gift from God and as my very best friend and then am inpatient with her. Whether i think she is deserving or not, you just don’t treat so valuable a gift that way. i would be lost without her but in many cases i treat her as ordinary.

There was a man in the Army of Alexander the Great who was also named Alexander. He was accused of cowardly actions and was brought before Alexander The Great. Alexander asked him, what’s your name? He answered softly, “Alexander.” “I can’t hear you,” the ruler stated. The man again said, a little louder, “Alexander.” One more time the ruler said I still can’t hear you! The man replied, Alexander. Alexander the Great then stated to the man these words. “Either change your name or change your conduct.”

i have another version of the story. There is a man named ed who professes to be  a Christian in the Army of the Lord. ed was accused of cowardly actions and was brought before the Lord. The Lord  asked him, what’s your name? ed answered softly, “Christian.” “I can’t hear you,” the Lord stated. ed again said, a little louder, “Christian.” One more time the Lord said I still can’t hear you! ed replied, CHRISTIAN. The Lord then stated to ed these words. “Either change your name or change your conduct.”

When i do not give what i profess as belonging to God, i am stealing His Devine Glory.

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