You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” Acts 8:21-23
How much of what Peter rebukes in Simon – goes on among us today undiscerned? Or when it is discerned and called out, the one who calls it out is rebuked! Simon joined the church alright, but was later discovered his true heart; read Acts 8:14-25 for the full account.
We are in the adulterous and wicked generation that Jesus referred to;
But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Matt 12:39.
For there is an expectation in our Christian circles for signs and wonders. Some of us say we aren’t part of this camp because we don’t look for signs and wonders, but there is signs and wonders of another sort – when our faith is something we have that is there to serve us.
– and if we could see this group with our eyes, in the spirit, I think it would look like a spider web tightly weaved and all those of this group comfortably caught in it. Rather than feeling bound they feel safe as they are nestled in the softness of the silky web as the skillful spider masterfully wraps his deadly strands around them speaking into their ears his love song – of death! For he wraps them in their own sin and they happily play along with him.
Anyone who is under this spell will remain impenetrable from the Word of God unless they repent. As they assure us, they and God are good they have no sin to repent of for how could they, they reason, as they don’t feel like they are doing anything wrong! We are called as God’s special ops for their rescue.
Who are they among us?
They are ones who believe in a god that is there to serve them. He died FOR THEM after all. They sing songs about his love (for them) and how much he does (for them) and how wonderful their lives are for it. They preach, of how many blessings he gives them and how others should believe too so they may ‘get’ all the great things he offers also. The unregenerate soul will always remain self-serving. Though they be cloaked in piety, and love for Jesus the truth will be revealed to the discerning eye.
Where in contrast, when one has been filled with the Spirit and walks in Him, there is an unmistakable desire given by God Himself to serve Him and do His will.
We have the sword of the Spirit on our side that is like a laser beam and able to cut into that thickly woven web. As we submit to God, let us pray He will speak through us the power of the Word to those who are bound and let us take to heart Paul’s words as we do:
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. 2 Timothy 24:26.