Helluurrrr everyboddyy! Happy Fourth of Julyy to my people in the U.S. !!! (even though it’s the 6th right now, haha!)
Well, I’m excited to share what God has given me tonight so I’ll get right to it:
Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Acts 8vs 13 (KJV)
If you read from verse 5 to about 23, you get a clear picture of what was going on. Philip came into the town Simon (a magician) lived and performed many signs and wonders by the Holy Spirit, the people that were once under Simon’s abracadabra spell got hooked on what Philip had and listened to him preach the gospel, they bielieved the word and got baptized. Simon heard the word and saw the miracles and he too believed and got baptized, which is where we are at vs 13. Peter and John were sent to the same town to pray for the people to receive the Holy Spirit. Simon offered Peter money to get the same power he had and Peter got really angry at him for this and rebuked him.
Sure, Simon believed the gospel that was preached, infact, he even got baptized! But, his focus remained on the signs and miracles being performed. Keyword there being “remained.” It’s okay if he first got hooked on the gospel for how amazing he thought the miracles were. But in verses 18, we see Simon get even more greedy!
vs 18: “When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on the apostles’ hands he offered them money . . .” Vs 19: “Give me also this ability. . .” This was still Simon speaking to Peter.
This is what he was after in his relationship with Christ. I mean really he went through the motions of being a Christian; he believed the gospel, he got baptized and was even about to receive the Holy Spirit… but rather than pursue a love relationship with Christ to the Father’s heart, his heart was still centered on getting power.
If you are not in a love relationship with the Father there is only so much you can do to make the relationship work!
If you do not center your walk with Christ on the true gospel of love, that walk will not go very far at all. Try as you might to obey alll ten commandments just so you can receive blessings, escape hell, or in Simon’s case, receive power, that relationship will fail.
We need to ask ourselves: Why do I believe in God? Why am I a christian? Why am I in this?
Your answer should be one that says you are desperately in love with Christ.
Vs 21: “. . . Your heart is not right before God.” Vs 23: “For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” This was Peter telling Simon (Even after Simon had been baptized, He stank of sin and bitterness because His heart was not right with God.)
Remember we serve a God that looks at our hearts not the physical stuff, you don’t fool anybody by “acting right,” just to get something in return, God sees wayy right past that act!
Simon was not pursuing a relationship with God for the right reasons. Is the only reason we are after getting God because we know He can lift us up? Is the only reason because it is the right thing to do? Is the only reason because hell is nasty and heaven is bliss?
It’s okay if the miracles and blessings from God is what drew you in the first place, but if that is still your only drive, then there is a problem.
We need to be desperately in love with the Father, His son and the Holy Spirit. We need to genuinely want to please Him, not for what we can get out of it, but to just simply make God the Father happy.
Ask yourself: “If there was no heaven or hell, will I still be desperately following Christ to the Father’s heart?”
Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart, tell Him to reveal where you are in your relationship with Jesus and tell Him to make you fall desperately in love with the Father.
I pray everyone reading this has been genuinely blessed and challenged in their walk with Christ. I pray for God’s peace that passes all understanding to flood our hearts and give us the wisdom we need. Have a beautiful rest of the week guys!
In Christ’ Love,
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