Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- March 12 - Text & Audio

Acts 5:1-16   

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession,
and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
While you kept it, didn't it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn't it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven't lied to men, but to God."
Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and died. Great fear came on all who heard these things.
The young men arose and wrapped him up, and they carried him out and buried him.
About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.
Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." She said, "Yes, for so much."
But Peter asked her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."
She fell down immediately at his feet, and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband.
Great fear came on the whole assembly, and on all who heard these things.
By the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
None of the rest dared to join them, however the people honored them.
More believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.
They even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some of them.
Multitudes also came together from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those who were tormented by unclean spirits: and they were all healed.

Insight- Divine judgment came upon a man named Ananias & his wife Sapphira for not being faithful to God. After being filled with the Holy Spirit, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the apostles. People respected them. Multitudes of men and women believed in the Gospel and were added to the Church. A large multitude of sick people and those tormented by unclean spirits were healed.

Question- Are you faithful to God in the things that you commit to him? Do you give respect to the pastors & elders that God has placed over you for your spiritual growth?

Prayer- Dear Father in Heaven, let the light of your Gospel regarding salvation through Jesus Christ shine all over the world and let multitudes be added to your kingdom. Help me to be faithful to you at all times. In Jesus name. Amen.

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