“And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!”
-Simon; not the disciple but the sorcerer of Samaria astonished the multitudes with his signs & was called the great power of God. When Philip began to preach the gospel of Christ, baptizing people & performing signs & miracles, many believed including Simon. The apostles laid hands on the new believes; they received the Holy Spirit & were saved. Simon was astonished by these signs but came from the wrong premise of sorcery; offering money to receive the same anointing. He thought that Gods’ gift can be bought by money, not knowing that the Holy Spirit in His own will imparts in us different gifts. Peter rebuked him telling him that he should repent from his wickedness & pray for forgive & deliverance from bitterness & captivity of sin. Like Simon many times we have lost direction & fallen short of the glory of God. We are called to repent, believe in the gospel, be baptized by the Holy Spirit, proclaim Gods’ word to many & always have faith in Christ; an account of righteousness.
Only You Lord are holy, only You are God, have mercy on us & on the whole world. Renew our hearts & minds; & cleanse us from all unrighteousness through Your grace. Fill us Holy Spirit with Your fruit & gifts according to Your will so that we may accomplish that which You have called us to. Baptise us Holy Spirit that we may always have faith in Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior. Have mercies on us, our families, leaders & the whole world Jesus; & guide us as we walk towards Your cross that we may always die to self in humility & be saved through faith in You. We thank You, we praise You Lord & proclaim Your faithfulness now & forever. Amen
We will continue with this theme next week God willing
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