Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5:11Vintage message from November 10, 1996.

“We are all such hypocrites when it comes to this idea of wanting people to think that we’re good. Wanting people to see us as something that we’re not. We all want to be like Barnabas. We all want to have these pure, godly, unselfish motives. We would all like to be able to stand up in the face of God and say, ‘God, I want to serve You for the simple sake of serving You.’ But it is so hard to do that, that we usually end up serving God so that other people notice our service. We serve God because we want to be recognized…
…[God] doesn’t want us to fall over dead as Ananias and Sapphira did. He just simply wants us to be honest…Once you’ve asked the Holy Spirit in, the Holy Spirit wants to make changes in you. He expects you to trust Him in that and not try to lie to Him. And when we lie to each other, we’re lying to Him…
…There’s no reason to really [be afraid of] God. If you truly believe Him, if you truly know Him, there’s no reason to really fear Him. The fear comes when we are not sure if we truly believe Him. The fear comes when we start looking at the lie that these people lived in, the hypocrisy that these people lived in, and we realize that we’re living in that same lie and hypocrisy. There’s a lot to be afraid of if we’re living in hypocrisy; if we’re not being honest with God. That’s all He wants. He wants our honesty. He wants us to walk away from hypocrisy and give our lives fully into His Hands and let Him make the changes in us that He can make.”
Dave Elkins

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