I know your works – Part 4
Text: Revelation 2:1-19; 3:1-15
Key Verse: Revelation 2:2, “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” (KJV)
God knows all things and there is absolutely nothing that God does not know. No sin is hidden from Him and nothing can be hidden away from Him. He records every word you say and will someday call you to account for every careless, thoughtless, unkind and unchristian comment (Mathew 12:36). He sees everything you do in secret—both the good and the bad (Mathew 6:4).
No human being anywhere on earth can deceive God; the person will be deceiving himself and will be utterly foolish to deceive God. He knows our works, thoughts, designs, desires and plans. He knows everything. Do you go about hating people? You hate this brother and the other sister? Apostle John says He that hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. God knows all the murderers and he that hates anyone anywhere is a murderer.
Blessed is the man who does not sit with ungodly people to talk, plan, laugh and put it somewhere and say we are going to execute it. In the book of Acts, great things were happening in the church. Barnabas sold his property and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet for support of the ministry (Acts 4:37). He was not looking for recognition and was not looking for human praise and he does not even want to be made a Deacon and didn’t want office in the church. He did something for God. But there was another man, Ananias, who was looking for recognition (Acts 5:2). He wanted recognition, it was not that he loved the Lord and cared for the good of the poor.
Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, came to give to God in pretence of having sold their property. They sold their property and kept part of the money for themselves, but they came and laid the other part of the money at the apostles’ feet claiming it was the full amount of the land they sold. On the day they planned to give, Ananias came first with a Pentecostal dance, but Peter full of the spirit knew that Ananias was telling a lie. It was unfortunate that everything about Ananias was a lie. His appearance was a lie, his dancing was a lie and his offering was a lie. Everything was a lie and God was looking at him. On that day, God decided to set an example with somebody, Ananias died in the presence of God and great fear fell on the people (Acts 5:5). There have been occasions when God decided to set an example with some people in the church.
The wife came later after 3 hours and Peter gave her opportunity to repent, to tell the truth and she wouldn’t have died, but she toed the husband’s path of lies. Peter said to her, “why is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord?” Have you agreed together with someone behind closed doors to do evil in the house of God? If you have agreed together with anybody to do evil anywhere, reject it now and let God have His way in your life. Do not encourage, uphold, love, welcome, promote, broadcast and preach evil. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked nor sits with sinners.
Today’s Nugget: Don’t be a promoter of evil.
Prayer: Lord, help me not to be part of evil anywhere.
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Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.
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