It Was Never Ours…
Over the past few decades there has been a massive shift in how people see themselves. The decade of 2010-2019 was known as the decade of the “selfie” because so many images were made by people of themselves. Don’t misunderstand it is highly important for people to love themselves, it is demonic to worship the self – this causes massive societal problems.
We first learned about “coveting” ourselves when Ananias stole from God. It was a terrible idea then and it is a terrible idea today. The enemy takes on a variety of forms to steal our attention from that of God. As soon as our eyes wonder any number things can go wrong.
Stewardship is one of the ways the enemy uses us to convince ourselves that we are doing the right thing when we are in fact turning our back on God. Once we look at ourselves as creating something, having something or being something the enemy begins smiling. Everything in our lives, including our lives, belongs to God. We are to be stewards of this life that he has granted us. We own nothing, we created nothing and, in the end, we are a Spirit of God having a human experience. If something doesn’t change very quickly in this world the enemy is going to be called a “hoarder” due to the number of souls he is amassing.
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.
Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”
She said, “Yes, for so much.” ~Acts 5:1-8 NKJV
Needless to say, Sapphira his wife, died as well.
Either the Gospel is divine inspiration, the Word of God teaching us how to live and how to act, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.