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Honest with God

May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

 Today in History
On this day in 1947 – The Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAA) was formally established at Atlantic City, NJ, as a breakaway movement from within the American Baptist Convention.

Today in the Word
Acts 5:3 MESSAGE
Peter said, “Ananias, how did Satan get you to lie to the Holy Spirit and secretly keep back part of the price of the field?”

Today’s Reflection
This verse comes from the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). They sold their land and gave some of the proceeds to the apostles. They conspired to make it seem that they gave the whole amount but kept back part for themselves — a premeditated lie to make themselves look good. The fact that they were deceptive and did not recognize the Holy Spirit’s work in the apostles’ ministry adds to the heinousness of their sin. They weren’t lying to just human beings (the apostles and the church), but they were also lying to the Holy Spirit that gave authority to the apostles and empowered the church! Some of the devotionals this year focus on different kinds of sins against the Holy Spirit: blasphemy; resisting, testing, quenching, and grieving the Spirit; and lying to the Spirit. The situation with Ananias and Sapphira, however, is a powerful reminder of the authority of the apostles and should call us to a deep respect for God’s leaders in general (see Hebrews 13:7, 17).

Today’s Prayer
Father in heaven, forgive me of any pretension or hypocrisy. I ask that the Holy Spirit convict me and help me resist any future temptation toward these sins. I ask for help in being a truthful and supportive follower of your leaders, and I ask that the Holy Spirit be at work in their decisions. O Father, I want to have a genuine and generous heart and a supportive and serving lifestyle. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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