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ANANIAS

Scripture:  Acts 4:31-5:11

Our text is found in Acts 5:3

Act 5:3  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

Ananias why hath Satan filled thine heart?

THE Bible doesn’t give us a direct answer in Acts chapter five to the question that Peter asked of Ananias but the Bible does give answers that not only answer this question about Ananias but also why every backslider, hypocrite and unsaved phony lets Satan fill their heart with lies.

IN ACTS 4:31 – 5:11 THE HOLY GHOST SHOWS US TWO DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE TYPES OF PEOPLE.

BARNABUS IS IN ACTS 4:32
Act 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

ANANIAS IS IN ACTS 5:3
Act 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

WE ALSO HAVE ANANIAS’ WIFE SAPPHIRA

1] BOTH ARE GUILTY

HERE WE SEE THE ANTITHESIS OF A CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE.

A] THESE TWO SHOULD HAVE BEEN UNITED IN THEIR LOVE FOR JESUS AND SERVING HIM THROUGH THE CHURCH.

B] THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN READING THE BIBLE TOGETHER

C] THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRAYING TOGETHER

D] THEIR HEARTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN KNIT TOGETHER IN THEIR LOVE FOR JESUS

INSTEAD Satan filled THEIR hearts.

AND IT COST THEM THEIR LIVES.

THE GREATEST JOY AND HAPPINESS A MARRIAGE CAN HAVE IS TO MAGNIFY JESUS.
THEY REJECTED THAT

  • OUR LIFE IS AN EITHER OR TYPE OF DAILY LIVING.

Luk 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

YOU ARE EITHER FOR CHRIST OR YOU ARE AGAINST HIM

YOU SAY NOT ME I’M NOT FOR HIM NOR AGAINST HIM.

JESUS SAYS THAT IS NOT TRUE

Mat 12:30  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

BARNABUS WAS WITH JESUS IN ACTS 4:32

Act 4:32  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

Act 4:36  And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Act 4:37  Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

BARNABAS COULD SEE AFAR OFF.

HE KNEW THIS LIFE WAS A VAPOR

Luk 12:15  And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

ANANIAS WHY HATH SATAN FILLED THY HEART

BECAUSE HE WAS NEAR SIGHTED.

why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost?
MAYBE ANANIAS WASN’T SAVED

JUDAS: PREACHED – CAST OUT DEVILS – HEALED

When Jesus told His apostles that one of them would betray Him,
NONE THOUGHT IT WAS JUDAS – EVERY APOSTLE ASKED, “IS IT I?”

IN MATTHEW 13:24-30

JESUS TELLS ABOUT THE WHEAT AND THE TARES

THE LOST AND THE SAVED

LET THEM BOTH GROW TOGETHER SO NONE OF THE WHEAT IS LOST.

TODAY WE SEEM TO HAVE MORE TARES THEN WHEAT.

MORE ANANIAS’S THEN BARBABAS’S

LET ME ASK YOU  ARE YOU AN ANANIAS OR ARE YOU A BARNABUS?

ANANIAS MAY HAVE BEEN SAVED

ANANIAS MAY HAVE BEEN INCLUDED WITH BARNABAS IN ACTS 4:32

Act 4:32  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

WE ARE NOT SAVED ALL OVER

SOME CHRISTIAN WONT STRAIGHTEN OUT TILL THEY STRAIGHTEN OUT IN A COFFIN.

1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

1Jo 5:16  If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

BARNABAS HAS BEEN DEAD FOR OVER 2000 YEARS

ANANIAS HAS BEEN DEAD FOR OVER 2000 YEARS.

BARNABAS GAVE ALL

DO YOU THINK HE IS REGRETTING IT.
HE MOST LIKELY ISN’T EVEN REMEMBERING IT

ANANIAS WANTED IT ALL AND WAS WILLING TO LIE TO GET IT

DO YOU THINK HE IS REGRETTING IT.
HE MOST LIKELY CAN’T FORGET IT

YOU WILL DIE
IF YOU GET A BILLION DOLLARS YOU WILL DIE
AND THAT BILLION WILL MEAN NOTHING

ANANIAS: why hath Satan filled thine heart?
BECAUSE HE WANTED THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THEN THE PRAISE OF GOD

John 12:43  For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
why hath Satan filled thine heart?

ANANIAS WANTED TO BE KNOWN AS A CROSS BEARER WITHOUT A CROSS

Mar 8:34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Mar 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. Mar 8:36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mar 8:37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mar 8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

ANANIAS WANTED THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

IT WILL COST YOU TO LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

IT WILL COST YOU TO BE GOD’S WORKMANSHIP
GOD WOULDN’T FORCE IT ON ANANIAS and HE WONT FORCE IT ON YOU 

2Samuel 24:24  And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing.

IT WILL COST YOU TO LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE
TIME
MONEY
TREASURED THINGS
FRIENDS
MAYBE EVEN YOUR HEALTH

Phi 2:25  Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. Phi 2:26  For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. Phi 2:27  For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

ANANIAS HELD BACK WHILE PRETENDING TO GIVE ALL

Jam 1:14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Jam 1:15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Jam 1:16  Do not err, my beloved brethren.

ANANIAS ERRED AND GOT INTO 1 TIM 6:8-12

1Ti 6:8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  1Ti 6:9  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  1Ti 6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1Ti 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED YOU NEED TO GET SAVED

YOU NEED TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE WITH JESUS CHRIST

A PREACHER LED THIS MAN TO CHRIST ON HIS DEATH BED
THE MAN WEPT
WHY ARE YOU WEEPING
I HAVE WASTED MY LIFE
IN TEARS HE SAID
OH HOW I WISH I COULD HAVE SERVE HIM

My friend at work lives on a lake.
He can sit in his front room and see a full view of the lake.
He told me a few days ago about some kids that went out on the lake to play hockey. They were too far out and Dan was worried that the ice wouldn’t support them
He knew that if they fell through the ice he would not be able to help them
It would be hopeless
Yet he knew that if they did fall in he would have to make an effort and most likely die doing it or be haunted by the image till he died.
So he said to his wife
“Close the blinds”

I think we as Christians do that all the time.
We just close the blinds.
When it comes to seeing people as God sees them we shut the blinds

have you closed the blinds?

HAVE YOU SHUT THE BLINDS ON  SOUL WINNING?

HAVE YOU SHUT THE BLINDS  ON PRAYING?

HAVE YOU SHUT THE BLINDS ON PEOPLE GOING TO HELL?

BEFORE IT’S TO LATE

OPEN THEM UP AND LET THE SUN SHINE IN

IF YOU ARE LOST
YOU NEED TO GET SAVED

NORTHERN ENGLAND
The EGGS OF SEA BIRDS are a delicacy.
THE BIRDS BUILD THEIR NESTS ON LEDGES 200 TO 300 FEET HIGH

BRAVE MEN  GO OUT ON THE EDGE then lower THEMSELVES on a rope  TO GET THEM

THIS GUY HE SEES THE EGGS BUT he is to far away to reach them

HE  SWINGS BACK AND FORTH IN AN EVER INCREASING ARC UNTIL HIS FOOT TOUCHES GROUND

HE MUST KEEP HOLD OF THE ROPE

BUT IN HIS EXCITEMENT HE LETS LOOSE OF IT

HE STANDS AND WATCHES AS the rope moves away from him

Then it  BEGINS TO TRAVEL BACK AGAIN

HE KNOWS HE MUST LEAP AND GRAB THE ROPE OR IT WILL BE FOREVER TO LATE.

HE IS SCARED
HE KNOWS IF HE FALLS IT WILL BE A TWO HUNDRED FOOT DROP TO CERTAIN DEATH

HE LEAPS AND WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARMS AND A POUNDING HEART HE GRABS THE ROPE

You must grab the THE  ROPE OF SALVATION because it may never again be this close

SAPPHIRA CAME IN AFTER HER HUSBAND’S DEATH

PETER Asks HER

Act 5:7  And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. Act 5:8  And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

SHE STOOD ON THE LEDGE

THE ROPE WAS THERE FOR HER TO GRAB ONTO

BUT SHE STAYED ON THE LEDGE
Act 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.

IS GOD GIVING YOU ONE LAST CHANCE TO REPENT

ARE YOU ON THE LEDGE AND THE ROPE IS SWINGING YOUR WAY.

EACH TIME YOU REJECT CHRIST THAT ROPE GETS FARTHER AWAY.

DON’T DELAY COME TO HIM TODAY.

If God took the life of every Ananias there wouldn’t be many left.

God gives repentance

God gives forgiveness

The blood of Jesus covers it all

ANANIAS WHY HAS SATAN FILLED THINE HEART

1] HE MAY HAVE BEEN LOST

2] BECAUSE HE WAS NEAR SIGHTED.

3] “Closed the blinds”

4] BECAUSE HE WANTED THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THEN THE PRAISE OF GOD

5] ANANIAS WANTED TO BE KNOWN AS A CROSS BEARER WITHOUT A CROSS

6] ANANIAS WANTED THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

WHAT DO YOU WANT???????????????????????

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