Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.

– Acts 5:3-5 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

This is a very dramatic story of a couple that tried to deceive God in the midst of a great outpouring of miracles. True revivals have been historically marked with unique displays of God’s power and public exposures of sin, so when we pray for revival in our communities, realize that the same Spirit that does miracles also reveals our wickedness. We are in desperate need of revival, but are God’s people ready to have their secrets brought out into the open? The answer to this question could be connected to the amount of the Spirit’s power we see in our generation.

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