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The Heart Has An Attitude
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise. Ephesians 5:15 (ESV)
As we advance into our study of the heart and its attitude, we see when that which hinders is cut away, there will be a submission to the will of God and the end of stubbornness. This week we are looking at the heart of another, who’s heart was not in the right place again. We will visit the book of Acts 8:18-19 about a character named Simon. Simon had previously been a sorcerer. He heard the word preached by Philip and he believed and was baptized as the scripture has said.
“And when Simon saw that through laying on of the Apostle’s hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money. Saying, give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” Now, Peter immediately saw that the thoughts in Simon’s heart were wrong. Bitterness is the opposite of sweetness and its an attitude of anger, hurt or resentment. All wrong actions are rooted in the attitudes of the heart. So Simon’s request was not an innocent misunderstanding. Inside he was feeling bitterness because he would no longer be the big important sorcerer. There are times it is hard to let go of past habits, ways and doings. Before, Simon had (Acts 8:9) bewitched the people of Samaria, professing out of himself that he was true. Even though Simon made an outward profession of faith in verse 13, did he really believe? We must watch what Peter says to him in verse 21.
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