May 8, 2016 Sermon Excerpt
Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) thought God wouldn’t notice, but Peter was clear, “You have not lied to men, but to God.” God knows our actions. He knows our motives. He knows our hearts. He knows what goes through our minds. If you don’t believe that, your god is too small and He’s not the Biblical God. God is fully aware of who you are and what you’re doing.
Ananias and Sapphira stood by their lie and God judged them immediately. They dropped dead! The truth is, they didn’t fear God. I don’t mean, like a boogie man type fear. I mean a fear that demonstrates awe and reverence. The type of fear that realizes God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present.
Where has our fear of God gone? Do we think God doesn’t know about our gossip? Do we think God doesn’t see our looking at pornography? Do we think God doesn’t notice our judgmental heart or our complaining? When we’re so focused on ourselves and we’re unwilling to deny ourselves we don’t fear God.
And if we don’t fear God than we’re in danger of believing that our actions don’t have consequences.
When Ananias and Sapphira both dropped dead because of their sin, did you notice the response of the church? “Great fear came upon all who heard of it” (5:5). “And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard these things” (5:11). The early church knew…you don’t mess with God. Where has our fear of God gone?
We fear so many things, yet we’ve all but lost our fear of God… Ananias and Sapphira feared that they wouldn’t be praised the same as Barnabas. What do you fear? Loneliness? Singleness? Losing a loved one? Being jobless? Being judged or made fun of because of your faith?
Here is what I know… When the fear of God overtakes your heart, then and only then, will we be free from the worries, fears and anxieties of life. Why? Because it’s about perspective. If we truly believe that God is all-powerful and all-knowing and He rules this world for His glory and our good than we shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the things of life.