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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.
We must understand that there is a difference between believing and professing to believe. Simon probably was taken more by the healing power of Philip than by his message. When he asked for the gift and offered money for it this response demonstrated his lack of spiritual life. When our heart speaks, then and then only the real you shows up. It’s been said that we can come to church and pretend for 2 or 3 hours at the most, but the real person always come out sooner or later. If this is so, then who are we fooling? The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the good and the evil. He sits high and looks low. Our next step is to ask the Lord to help us be real and desire the heart of Jesus.
Simon completely misunderstood the power of God. Wrong desire, wrong reason. Simon wanted the gift that the Apostles had because he still wanted to be the one who performed great miracles, the one everyone looked up to. He wanted to continue holding a magical power over the people. Even when Peter told Simon to pray and repent for offering money for the Holy Ghost, he did not. He asked Peter to pray, not for repentance nor forgiveness, but for the judgment that Peter had alluded to him not come to pass. Therefore we must watch our hearts as we live our lives before people from every walk of life and all that we can’t do we must ask Jesus to help us.There is no greater love than the love Christ provides for His people. I challenge you today, to ask God to reveal to you “areas” where you need to change and improve, but allow Him the lead in the restoring process. For our help is in the Lord!
Written by Evangelist Dorothy Johnson