"And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost." Acts 8:18-19
See how throughout all generations people have desired to have this power, but based on selfish reasons - “so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!” Acts 8:19. Simon said let me have this power too, and he offered money to buy this power!
"But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity." Acts 8:20-23
A few blunt lessons on this;
- Flashing money in church is proof that your heart is not right before God.
- The gifts of God cannot be bought, period.
Offering money or asking for it on what’s freely given is out and out wickedness. Every believer should have clear understanding of things that are freely given to us of God. Things which can’t even be redeemed by or be exchanged with money or gold which perishes.
What should you do when people offer you money or ask you to buy this power?
Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money, Acts 8:20. The gifts of God can’t be bought ful stop.
And Acts 8:22 also says, "Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee."
I said above every believer needs to know those things that are freely given to us of God, even knowledge of God is free. The free gift of life came upon all free of charge. Isaiah 55:1 says, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." And Paul asks, "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth." Romans 8:33
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