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Acts 8:5-25

HOW TO BUY POWER WITH GOD

May 16, 1965 pm

MEN HAVE ALWAYS SEEN THE RESULTS OF GOD'S BLESSINGS, AND HAVE TRIED TO CLAIM THEM THROUGH SHORTCUT WAYS!

  • Cain killed Abel because his short-cut sacrifice was not honored. 
  • Jesus rebuked those who counterfeited the principles of obedience - hypocrites.
  • Peter rebuked Simon because he tried to purchase God's gifts with money.  After we distinguish between salvation and rewards, we can see that much of God's blessing can be purchased - but not with money!

SIMON'S SHORTCUT OF BUYING THE HOLY SPIRIT RISKED HIS SOUL

THE RECEPTION OF A DOUBTFUL CONVERT - SIMON MAGUS

  • Previous history - profession: A sorcerer - mentioned by Josephus, a great one?  v.9-11
  • Circumstances- preaching of Philip, conversion of people, baptism of many, great joy v.12
  • Evidence of conversion - confession, baptism, adherence to Philip, admiration of miracles v.13

CONFIRMATION OF SAINTS AND THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST

  • When the apostles heard of the revival, they came to confirm the saints v.14-16
  • They had not received the Holy Ghost in miracle power, though salvation itself is of Holy Ghost
  • The apostles laid on hands, and the power of Holy Spirit was given.

THE DETECTION OF A HYPOCRITE

  • Simon's proposal - v.18,19 purchase of this power with money - the ability to bestow Holy Ghost
  • Simon Peter's rebuke v.20 - thy money perish with thee - 21 though hast no part - heart not right
  • Peter's solution - repent v.22, pray God for forgiveness, perhaps thought of heart - forgiven, but - v.23
  • Simon Magus was alarmed, v.24, wanted free from penalty, but much is lacking.

THE GIFT OF GOD CANNOT BE PURCHASED, EARNED, OR MERITED

WE ARE TOLD TO RECEIVE WINE, MILK, BREAD, WITHOUT MONEY, WITHOUT PRICE (Isa 55:1-3,6)

  • We are told to come - everyone that thirsteth, come to the waters-
  • Water, wine, milk, bread - as John 6:27 If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.
  • Seek the Lord while He may be found (Isa. 55:6)

THE GREATEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE - GOD'S GIFTS - ALL WE DO IS RECEIVE THEM - Eph 2:8

  • If we will just believe - God gives us freely - without any cost or effort-
  • Forgiveness of our sins, salvation of our soul, gift of eternal life, ministry of Spirit.

THE POWER OF GOD THROUGH OUR LIVES IS PURCHASED, EARNED AND MERITED

WE ARE TOLD TO BUY GOLD, WHITE RAIMENT, AND EYE SALVE (Rev 3:18)

  • Penitence, zeal, and prayer will buy holiness, peace and joy - tried in fire - found pure.
  • White garments - true holy life, covers our nakedness and sin
  • Eye salve - vision to see what needs to be done for the Lord, and to do it.

OUR ACTIONS PURCHASE FAVOR AND POWER WITH GOD "IF THOU DOEST WELL, SHALT THOU NOT BE ACCEPTED?"

  1.  A clean-cut confession of Christ as Saviour
  2. Personal prayer time
  3. Personal Bible Study and application
  4. Baptism - to instill all righteousness
  5. Local Church membership
  6. Faithful stewardship of money - 15% tithing
  7. Faithful attendance in Church
  8. Faithfulness in service in Church and out of Church
  9. Separation from worldly habits and amusements
  10. Personal soulwinning

PLEASING GOD - AND WHAT HAPPENS
Pr. 16:7- When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
I Th 2:4 So we speak, not as pleasing men, but God which trieth our hearts
I Th 4:1 .. we beseech you.. exhort you.. as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
Heb 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased

PERSONAL HABITS THAT LEAD TO OUR BEING HEARD OF GOD - PERSONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS

  • Cleanliness, industriousness, willingness, promptness, honestly, loyalty, helpfulness,
  • See the Beatitudues - Matt 5:3-12, Fruit of Spirit - Gal 5:22,23, clothing of new man- Col 3:12-17

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE GIFT OF GOD?

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE BLESSINGS OF PLEASING GOD?

  • If not - repent - and start DOING right - now!

• Invitation