“In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.”

Brennan Manning 

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When we left Ananias yesterday, he was in a bit of a jam, and it is about to get worse!

The moment Ananias heard those words, he fell over dead. Everyone was terrified when they heard what had happened. Some young men came in and removed the body and buried him. ~Acts 5: 5&6 The Passion Translation 

Exit Ananias.

Three hours later, his wife came into the room, with no clue what had happened to her husband. ~Acts 5: 7 The Passion Translation 

Three. Hours. Later. Enter Sapphira.

Three hours, what in the world? And where were the busybodies, the meddlers, the town criers, for goodness sakes? How did she not hear the news of her husbands demise?

From one woman to another, Sapphira, I long to know what you were doing. Off spending your hoarded cash? Booking a trip? Renting camels? Planning a new and updated home? Were you so self-absorbed you didn’t realize your man had been missing three hours.

I have come to think of this three hours as the time in between. Time for your conscious to take over and beat some sense into your lying heart. Time to realize you’ve just been had by the enemy of your soul. “Did God really say?” “They will never know you held some back.” “I mean, you are doing a good deed after all.”

But does she?

Peter said to her, “Tell me, were the two of you paid this amount for the sale of your land?”  Sapphira said, “Yes, that’s how much it was.” ~Acts 5:8 TPT

I imagine her voice dripping syrupy sweet, southern style of course, “Why yes, yes Peter it was.” 

Sapphira did not even stumble over her words, she delivers them smooth as honey. Perhaps she spent the past three hours practicing her lie to perfection.

We are not privy to the inside workings of their marriage. Was she always this submissive, or was she greedy herself. Did she have her own selfish motives for going along with her husband’s hair brained idea. Or, was she so lacking in self confidence, the thought this might boost her image was worth a little white lie?

Let’s face it ladies, we are approval seekers. A pat on the back, a kind word, social status, these things go farther than dark chocolate.

On the flip side of that, I cannot not miss the opportunity to say this; ladies if you are currently  single choose wisely, lest you get a man that will lead you down a path that leads to death. Even when he’s offering what seems to be the deal of a lifetime.

Your self worth, your identity should be placed in God, not a man, a status, a scale, your children, or your accomplishments.

By now you probably know where our story is going.

Peter told her, “Why have you agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? I hear the footsteps of those who buried your husband at the door-they’re coming here to bury you too!” At that moment she dropped dead at Peter’s feet. When the young men came in, she was already dead, so they carried her out and buried her next to her husband. ~Acts 5:9&10 TPT 

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 12:22 NIV

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