(KJV.) ACTS 5:1-3
(1) But a certain man named Ananias, with Saphira his wife, sold a possession,
(2) And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
(3) But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine, heart, to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
DECEPTION ON DISPLAY
Brethren, whether anyone believes it or not, there is an enemy in this world, whose goal is to use anyone, through anything possible to, first of all, do evil works, thereafter, destroy that soul, and unless we made aware of his craftiness, how do we know to protect our minds from fallen into his temptations?; many people do not want to talk about Satan, saying, "we do not want to give him any glory,"; but the question is, who can give Satan back his glory?, when his glory was turned to shame, when he lost the battle against our Father in heaven and was thrown down to earth with his demonic angels?; therefore, let us educate one another, regarding who he is, among the darkness of this world, in other to discern his dubious and trickish ways to destroy souls. after he uses them to destroy one another.
Remember the fall of humanity came by Satan deception to Adam and Eve, who believe him, ate the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden: refer to Genesis chapter 3: beware!, it was Satan who tempted Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior on three different scenarios, after Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, refer to Matthew 4; Jesus overcame Satan temptations by quoting him the scriptures, believers or unbelievers, Satan is looking to destroy as many souls that he can destroy before Jesus comes back to earth the second time; beware!: it was Satan who put into the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus unto his enemies, refer to John chapter 13, first of all, Judas thought evil against Jesus to betray him for money, after Satan infiltrated his mind with evil works, refer to John 13:2; secondly, Satan entered into Judas, convinced him to carry out his evil works, refer to John 13:27; therefore, let us be careful what we think about, if we think evil thoughts, chances are we will yield ourselves to do evil works after Satan infiltrates our hearts; it does not matter who we are in the body of Christ, what spiritual, intellectual, theological levels of attainments, Satan can tempt anyone on any spiritual level; he tempted Jesus Christ, after fasting for forty days and forty nights, beware!
I called the above text, deception on display; a certain man called Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, was punished by death, after they lied to the Holy Ghost in the presence of the disciples: after the ascension of Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost anointing was given as promised to the disciples, refer to John 14:16, Acts 2: the anointing grace was upon the disciples, the community in which they were at that time, witnessed how greatly the disciples were used by the resurrection power of the Holy Ghost, and supported them; many people sold their possessions, brought the proceeds, laid them down at the apostles feet: Satan entered into the hearts of Ananias and Sapphira, to lie to the Holy Ghost; no one asked them for any contribution, but they sold their land voluntarily and kept back part of the price of the land; which I belive was alright to keep, if they had not connived, conspired, cooperated secretly to lie about the proceeds to the Holy Ghost; they had good intentions, but their hearts, motives were infiltrated by Satan and that caused them their lives; for after they lied to the Holy Ghost, kept back part of the proceeds from the sold property, confirmed their lies in front of the disciples, instantanuously, they both fell down, died at the apostles feet, carried out, buried one after the other; therefore, let us not allow negative thoughts take control of our mindsets to do evil works, cast away infiltration spirits of deceptions, it is of Satan, think positively, have the mindset of Jesus Christ, be generous, endeavor to do the will of Jesus Christ wholeheartedly, be truthful in all our ways; beware of Satan, the father of deception!
As believers, it is our duties and responsibilities to seek the welfare of others, for the progress of the body of Christ, in the righteousness of our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we need to get involve in communities where we reside, join others to reach out to the world, care for people we categorize as poor, needy, homeless, widows/widowers, help those who cannot help themselves, be compassionate toward the sufferings; for this is the will of our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Dearly beloved, at certain points of our lives, believers will go through temptations seasonally, regardless of who we are in the body of Christ; therefore, let us be readily prepared, sharpen our mindsets with words of our Father, pray fervently, that when we are being tempted of the enemy to walk in ungodliness, the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit will prompt our spirits to resist the devil, and he will fleee away, in Jesus Christ, we are victorious forever and evermore; however, let us beware of Satan, the Father of Deception! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. John 13:27; And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.