Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give glory to God – Acts 12.23

New Testament Challenge – Day 9
Acts 5-15

As our reading reflected yesterday, we see again today the true origins of our blessings. When King Herod was being honored and praised by the people who said, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” (Acts 12.22) By not honoring God, Herod fell over dead.

In another reading today we heard about how the early Christians sold their possessions and gave the entire value to the early Church. “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back a part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” (Acts 5.1-2) After being publicly made aware of this lie, he died with his wife.

The point I wish to make today, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, is that we cannot hide the truth from God. We cannot trick God. We only make ourselves fools and we suffer worse than physical death. Our soul is wounded every time we lie to God.

As you prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, take a moment and ask God for forgiveness as he says, “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5.23-24)

Happy Thanksgiving

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