Agreement in testing the Spirit of God

Acts 5:9 – Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

 

Yesterday I saw a message ‘Do not worship your Pastor but worship the one whom he preaches of’. You want wonder what is the relevance of the above statement to today’s message.

 

We see between the husband and wife Ananias and Sapphira there was love, but this love was a false / misunderstood love. One of them got tempted to hold back what the Spirit of God had instructed them to give and the other due to ‘love’ conspired along. They thought they could fool / test the Holy Spirit. One may think the punishment mentored to them was harsh, but this one would only understand the when one knows the level of their spiritual maturity in the Lord at that time. The Lord judges us according to what we are blessed with, the more we are given the more is expected of us.

 

The same was the story with Adam and Eve. Adam by himself would have not eaten of the Tree of Doubt (Good and Evil) but it was his ‘love’ for Eve that made him fail in his discernment and that led to the fall of both.

 

People use the term ‘Agape love’ as ‘God kind of love’ and ‘Agapao love’ is ‘human love’. They do not understand there is no God kind love or other kind of love. ‘Agape’ simple means love and ‘agapao’ is a conjugation of the verb and means ‘I love’. True love was never known to man. It was only when the Lord came as man and manifested true love that man started to know the true meaning of love. In some translations not knowing how to express the word Agape it is translated as ‘charity’.

 

Love does not mean to be good to another person. Love means being concern of the wellbeing of the person that means whatever one does has to benefit the other person even if it may displease the person for that moment. Love edifies and builds and blesses. To really love one needs to have maturity and that means one needs to be blessed with the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, that is why Paul says all the other Fruits compound in this Fruit named love. Love is unique in itself it cannot be compared to patience but has a nature like it. Patience is not a Fruit but more of a Fruit salad, but love is as Fruit and still requires other Fruits for this Fruit to grow.

 

In today’s message the Lord is telling us let us not think it is love when we agree with any person to go against the plans of God, even if that person is a Man or Woman of God or even family. That does not mean we revolt against people. We need to be gentile in our ways like the Lord is with us but we should not give in along with the other person to test the Lord.

 

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You came as man and showed us true love and became love manifested in the flesh. If it was not for You man would have never known love. Lord we pray let our love be not a misled love that pleases and leads to destruction or vanity. We pray Lord we grow in wisdom and discernment so as to know how to love one another, we also pray we grow in the other Fruits so as to know how to sustain this love and grow in it. It was misled love that caused man to sin and we know it is your true love that saves us and makes us overcome sin…

 

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 3:6-13,16-19

6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

8  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

9  And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11  And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13  And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

 

1 Timothy 1:5  Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

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