Acts 5:1-5 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. 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.
Dear Warrior Poet,
When we lie to ourselves, others and the Holy Spirit, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. Christian community and fellowship is designed for us to be open and honest. We keep secrets because we want others to think of us a certain way, and at that moment, we have made an idol of our reputation and the perception of others. When we cast our actions and motives upon God, then we misrepresent Him. Is there an area of your life kept hidden? Is there an area where you have used God to justify your action? Humility is willing to be held accountable.