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Murder Mystery

‘Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.” ~ Acts 5:5

Let’s face it; if we really believed that God killed Ananias and Sapphira for lying to Him, then none of US would do it! The problem is that we want to categorize this event from the Early Church with the accounts from the Old Testament so that we don’t have to think about what really caused Ananias to fall down dead. Did the Holy Ghost kill him? The Bible doesn’t say so. The Bible says that when he heard Peter’s words, Ananias fell dead.

It wasn’t Peter’s might and power that caused this man to drop dead; it was the anointing on the Church. Think about it…if an Old Testament priest had even the slightest bit of sin in his life when he entered the Holy of Holies, he would fall down dead and others would have to drag him out of the Presence of God with a rope. Well, where is the Holy of Holies today? Where is the presence of God today? Is it in Heaven? No! It is in US!

The Early Church was so filled with the Power and Presence of God that sin and sickness could not stand before the believers anymore than it could stand inside the Holy of Holies. We say we want the power of God today. We say we want to see signs and wonders and miraculous healings such as those recorded in the Book of Acts. But can we withstand the Presence of God that accompanies such Power? If we want New Testament Power, we have to be ready for New Testament Presence. Are YOU ready for the days of Ananias and Sapphira to return?

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