Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda… Annanias – Sapphira?

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
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i tend to become restless and preoccupied with only one thought, when will this be over? Of course i am referring to circumstances that are not going in the direction that i believed they would and with each instance there is the opportunity for woulda, coulda, shoulda. Yet on the other side if i had not moved in any direction, i am left with the nagging question of “What if?”

John 5:39 “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.

HERE I AM, STANDING RIGHT BEFORE YOU, AND YOU AREN’T WILLING TO RECEIVE FROM ME THE LIFE YOU SAY YOU WANT.

Why am i not willing to receive? i say i want it but won’t receive it? If i want a new shirt i go out and get it. If i want a new car i find a way to make it happen but this verse says that i won’t receive the life of God that i say i want.

The words from John 5:39 say that my head is in the Bible constantly because that’s where i think i’ll find eternal life. BUT I MISS THE FOREST FOR THE TREES. If i am getting these words correct then it’s not that the Bible isn’t important but it is not where eternal life is gained, it’s in a personal relationship that i will find my life. If i want no regrets then i must find a daily, deep, personal, intimate relationship with the Father who is standing right before me. How many times do i miss His presence because of His word? i’d rather read the word than sit quietly, motionless in His presence. i know that takes some thought to grasp. The word is very important to me but not so much for my personal relationship with the Father, but as a learning tool to guide me and show me how i am to “Be.” The relationship is face to face, personal an intimate.

Here’s what i know about me and thus i can make a prediction for me. If i do not follow Christ daily, it is doubtful i will follow him at all for long. My recent lapses of daily time with Him are proof enough for me.

As i am coming to the end of this topic there is a couple that if anyone would think would, coulda, shoulda or have a sever moment of regret it would be in the story of Ananias and Sapphira. Peter confronts Ananias with his crime in verses 3-4.  He says, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit …”  And then at the end of verse 4 he says, “You have not lied to men but to God.”  i would say with almost 100% certainty that at that moment woulda, coulda, shoulda was consuming his thoughts. “Perhaps i shoulda done this differently” coulda been his exact words? In the moment where he was dying i’ll bet he had lots of regret if he was aware of what was taking place.

Here’s the heart of the matter.  The crime in this text is not that this man and his wife kept back some of the money.  Their crime is that they lied to God.  In these verses we see an unambiguous reference to the deity of the Holy Spirit.  He along with the Father and the Son is eternal God.  Ananias and Sapphira lied to God the Holy Spirit while attempting to make themselves look better than they were.  It is the sin of hypocrisy.  Peter says to the husband, “Didn’t (the field) belong to you before it was sold?  And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?  What made you think of doing such a thing?”  If Satan cannot destroy the church from without, he will attempt to destroy it from within.  “They wanted the credit and the prestige for sacrificial generosity, without the inconvenience of it.  So, in order to gain a reputation to which they had no right, they told a brazen lie.  Their motive in giving was not to relieve the poor, but to fatten their own ego.”

Hebrews 3:12-13 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

i am to “Exhort one another daily.” How can i do that if i am not living for and in Christ daily? Why is this important? Proverbs 25:26 Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked.

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