But Peter said, “Ananias, why did Satan fill your heart for you to lie to the Holy Spirit and to secretly keep back from the price of the land? Remaining, did it not remain yours? And being sold was it not in your authority? Why is it that this action was put into your heart? You did not lie to men, but to God!” And hearing these words, Ananias fell down and expired. And great fear came on all those hearing these things. Act 5:3-5
Today I have been playing catch up since I have been gone for about two weeks. It has been good to get back, see my husband and settle in for a few days before I am gone again.
As a defender of the gospel and a worship servant it can be demanding at times, but the rewards are immensely gratifying.
I have seen people recently catch the vision that God has given me regarding After His Heart Worship Events and that is exciting. God is calling his people to be holy and in doing that our homes must be a haven for His very Presence to feel invited and to dwell. We must treat our bodies as holy, making sure that what we see, what we hear, what we say is what Christ himself would do in any situation. To some that is radical…but to others it is completely normal and essential if we call ourselves His child.
I heard a sermon Sunday from a pastor saying “If we as Christians refuse to confront sin in others’ lives, who is going to do it? The sinner will not confront his own sin.” I about jumped out of my seat shouting "Hallelujah!" Here stands before me a man not afraid to preach the gospel boldly and to approach God’s people with the truth of their spiritual condition. Churches today pat the sinner on the back; tell them they are doing a good job as they watch them go to hell. The politically correct church will not address sin and God forbid should they do anything like what is found in Acts 5 when Ananias and Saphirra sinned against the Holy Spirit thinking that their sin would not be found out. Peter confronted them and their sin boldly and their refusal to repent led to immediate death. If the church acted like the original church back then, the fold would be less sinful, and the Holy Spirit could move in signs and wonders and in the greatest of these----salvation. Now I very well know that some of you are saying, ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict people of their sin,” and I agree. But who do you think the Holy Spirit uses most of the time? Huh?
Others will say, "God is love and we must love others regardless of their spiritual condition." Proverbs 13:24 tells us that those who love their children, discipline them. The greatest form of love is to be truthful with people about their spiritual condition.
Listen, I am much like you. I do not like confrontation, but if it will redeem a dying soul I am all for it, regardless of the cost. I am grateful for those who have confronted me when I was walking the wrong way. I am grateful for the “Peter’s” in my life that have spoken out blatantly and warned me. Oh, I may have run from such correction in the past, but as we mature in the Lord, our heart’s desire must be to run to His correction.
Learning how to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth starts in our homes. It does not start in the pew, or in the car listening to Christian radio, but at home where the real person must confront real sin. Can others tell that you are a believer in the Lord Jesus, or are you blending into the worlds’ backdrop? If you are blending in your spiritual condition may be much like Ananias and Saphirra. It is a choice, and you can choose life or death. I pray you choose life!
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!