July 20th

“Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”  But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money.  You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.”  Acts 8: 18-21

Simon was a a man who practiced magic in Samaria, which was satanic.  And Philip comes to Samaria and preaches the Gospel, Simon gives his life to Jesus, and is baptized.

But just because you accept Christ and get baptized does not mean you do not need the a Holy Spirit to fill you and to be discipled.  The disciples are praying for people and they received the Holy Spirit!

Simon sees the Holy Spirit’s power and wants this power, but he wants to buy it.  Give me this power!  And Peter says to Simon, “Your heart is not right with God!”  “Repent!” 

Simon responds the right way, and says; “Pray for me!”

How many people want to buy the power of God? Buy or earn the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Buy the anointing or favor of God? Earn salvation?  Do enough good works do that the Lord will be pleased with us? 

We can not buy, earn or work for the gifts of God, power of God, the anointing or favor of God.  Everything we receive from God is because of His grace and He freely gives to His Children! 

We read in Ephesians 2:8-10: “For  by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them.” 

Thank you Jesus, that EVERYTHING we receive from You is because of Your amazing Grace!

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