A man named Simon had previously practiced sorcery in that city and astounded the Samaritan people, while claiming to be somebody great.
But when they believed Philip, as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Then even Simon himself believed. And after he was baptized, he went around constantly with Philip and was astounded as he observed the signs and great miracles that were being performed.
When Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power too, so that anyone I lay hands on may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter told him, “May your silver be destroyed with you, because you thought the gift of God could be obtained with money! You have no part or share in this matter, because your heart is not right before God. Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
Acts 8:9, 12, 13, 18-22 HCSB
You cannot lie, pay, bribe, cheat, manipulate, or hoodwink your way into God’s grace—or into heaven—whether you believe it a place here on Earth or a place far above the clouds, in another level of existence. You can’t even access it through prayer and good deeds. It is God who determines whether your heart is pure, right, and just.
God knows our hearts. He knows are intentions, plans, fears, doubts, and thoughts long before we comprehend them. Your abilities come from Him, whether it’s the ability to heal or help others in different ways, only our Father can bless you with those gifts.
The only way to access gifts and use them fully is to free yourself of Y-O-U. Get out of your way. Get out of your mind. Be open fully to God. De-clutter your life, mind, and heart.
May I always remain humble in Your eyes Father. Keep me focused Lord. I pray for strength, vision, courage, humility, and clarity. Let me see all that I need to see, let me see through the veils people wear, and please reveal to me when I’m wearing a veil. Let me see my hypocrisy and help me to make right the wrongness that I arrogantly walk upon.
Realign me Father. Place me back on Your straight path, and when my feet begin to turn, I pray that I never stray or become disloyal in any way—as I already have—and the pain of my disobedience is embarrassing, because I know better but keep doing wrong. Purge out the junk that I carry within me. Everything that is not of and by You, help me to remove and not reclaim. Keep me focused on the mission Father. May I joyfully serve for Your glory. Amen.
Love always your sister in Christ,
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