Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Stand Alone And Answer"

"But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 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."  Acts 5:1,2

There are many applications to this story but I want us to look at one in particular.  It is not about a wife submitting to her husband by plotting with him to hold back some of their money.  It is about a spiritual matter.  "Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost.  How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?"  

When we stand before the Lord, we stand alone.  When one day we give an account to God of our lives while we were on earth, we will stand by our self.  Our spouse won't be with us.  Our parents won't be with us.  Our pastor won't be with us.  Neither will our friends, our fellow employees, other family members, no one that we are acquainted with here.  This couple was not together when they faced the Apostles.  They each faced them without the other.

They each were asked the question concerning what they were bringing to the Lord.  Even though they had previously agreed to give the same answer, they each one individually had the choice to be truthful.  They conspired together and they both died.  The point I want to make is-- don't let anyone else cause you to "die".  Don't let your allegiance to a person cause you to miss out with God.  Don't let your agreement with someone else cause you to go to hell.  Just because her husband lied and told her to, doesn't mean she had to do it.  This was a spiritual matter.  In spiritual matters we "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling".  

Don't let anyone else cause you to sin against God-- no matter how close you are to them.  Don't let anyone else talk you into doing what is wrong in God's eyes.  Don't let anyone convince you to commit sin.  Don't let anyone cause you to lose your soul and go to hell.  You will stand before God one day and give an account and you will stand by yourself.  

Have a great day.  Don't let anyone, no matter who they are, cause you to spend eternity in hell.  

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