Day 23 – Holy Spirit Reckoning

Act 5:1-11 (NLT)

But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. 2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” 5 As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. 6 Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?” “Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.” 9 And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.” 10 Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.

I know, freaky, but here’s the thing; the Spirit of God was now in control. Jesus left and commissioned His Spirit to be His agent. Jesus could only be in one place at one time, but the Spirit of God could be everywhere (hence His name). What one does to a Christian, he does to the Spirit of God within. We may try to pull the wool over the eyes of a believer, but we can never pull one over on the Spirit of God. When a person (specifically a Christian) attempts to lie, cheat, manipulate, steal or… you name it from another Christian, they are not just hurting the person (who is filled with the Holy Spirit) but greatly grieving the Spirit of God and they best be careful for an account will be called for. This is called Holy Fear (see v11). Like when we instill Holy fear into our children – we deeply love them, want to see the best for them, but we care too much to allow rebellion to take root within them. This friends is The Joy of a Spirit-Filled Life, that the Spirit of God cares to much to leave us to ourselves.