Can you keep a secret?

Do you think God will let you get away with a sin that is secret – a sin that you commit when no one else sees or that does not affect someone else? Maybe you think it is just a minor sin – no big deal especially since you are not hurting anyone else. Why don’t you ask a man named Ananias that? Or ask his wife Sapphira?

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. Acts 5:1-10

Ananias and Sapphira agreed with each other to give to the Lord the amount which they received when they sold their land. However, when they did sell the land, they kept back part of the money. No big deal you say? It was their land after all and they didn’t have to give any of the money if they did not want to. But they told God they would – they lied to God. Some may say it was just a little, white lie – it didn’t hurt anyone. God thought it was a big deal. He killed them for their little, white lie.

What secret sin are you hiding from men but God sees? What sin are you committing that you think is no big deal but God thinks is worthy of death? You better do some re-evaluating and forsake your sin.

But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

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