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I AM SORRY LORD........FORGIVE ME - Should Never be hard for you!

Ananias and Sapphira, husband and wife were struck dead by pride, greed and lying to the Holy Spirit.  They were struck dead before the apostles for pride in the first instance.  
When they individually noticed the language of Apostle Peter and the strong words he used to inquire from them, a humble person would have repented and quickly ask for forgiveness.
Had they done that, they would have explained what informed their decision to tell lies and repeatedly affirm they were telling the truth. The issue was over money and they wanting to follow the footsteps of others who have done the same thing, yet their heart was not perfect.
The bible in Acts 5 says
"But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.  And he kept back part of the proceeds, 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 keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 
Upon hearing these words from Apostle Peter, Ananias would have repented and by so doing stop the pronouncement of judgement by Peter that follow in the next verse -  "While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control?
Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." 
Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. 
Brethren, let fear God and never lie to one another.  Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?" She said, "Yes, for so much." 
Again the wife failed the same test of honesty, discernment and humility.  Nothing pricked her about the question of "Tell me whether....  People say it was greed for money, which they have kept apart for private use.  
It could have been the fear of the unknown, 'what if this new doctrine of everybody sharing things in common fails?' - what will we do? Is it not better to make some provisions now for any eventuality. Let us keep some of the money , after all the amount is big - Human wisdom.
"Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. 
The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was not in keeping back part of the price of the land, for no one required them to give it all. Their sin was in lying about it. But why did they agree to lie about it? Was it not because of fear that giving everything to the church will make them poor, turn them to be like others who had nothing?
They wanted to give like others and feel good they are contributing to the work of God, without knowing that God demand a pure heart, not hypocrisy or grudgingly.  Never give anything to God grudgingly or out of compulsion...give only what you purpose in your heart happily and God will reward you.
Let's understand that money in itself is not evil. The Bible says it is the love of money that is the root of all evil (see 1 Tim. 6:10). Money makes a good servant but a lousy master. 
God has given many believers power to get wealth so they may establish His covenant on the earth. He will give more people the same grace, especially those whose will has been submitted to the Will of our heavenly Father.  Money is good, but the moment love for money creeps in, there is trouble for that Pastor, his church and even his family.
Love for money takes away love for God and love to help the poor and needy. Love for money destroy spiritual live and put the man or woman under pressure and anything goes - lies, manipulation etc. Money and love for money is a major stumbling block and one of the reason for the church's lack of power. 
Love for money drains anointing.  Remember that by today's standards, Ananias and Sapphira were ministers in the house of God, but they could not quickly repent of their sin and ask for mercy, because they minds were already made up, greed has set in, and discernment which is a gift of the Spirit was gone and they lost their lives. 
Beware of greed, and guard your heart against the love for money.

FRIENDS, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand, Jesus Christ is coming soon.  Where will you spend eternity - In heaven or Hell? God knows you, where you live and what you are struggling with.  He wants to help you, if you will come to Him today. 

Repent of your sins, believe the word of God and accept His son Jesus as Saviour and Lord of your life. He will give you a new life, victory and eternal life. 

Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 

Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 


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