“And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ 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” Acts 8:18-19
Simon demonstrated a wrong Mind-set after believing in Christ (Acts 8:13). Simon was a man that used sorcery to bewitch the people in Samaria, (Acts 8:9) before his encounter with the gospel through Philip. Seeing the miracles, signs and wonders done by a genuine servant of God, is not enough to transform a satanic Mind-set to that of the type of Christ.
Simon thought salvation, holiness of life, Holy Ghost Baptism, Fruits of the Spirit, Gift of the Spirit, Righteousness, Nature of God, Eternal Life, Healing, Deliverance, Financial Prosperity etc. could be bought with money. What a Mind-set?
Do you also think by paying of Tithes and Offering and all kinds of offerings that will right your wrong doings without genuine repentance and turning away from your sins? Sowing the seed of money cannot take the place of sowing the seed of righteousness and holiness. Simon wanted the Power of the Holy Spirit not through entire consecration, holiness experience and faith in God. There is no short cut to the things of the kingdom and things of eternal value on our walk with God. Set your MIND on the right things.
Simon Mind-set, was set on self-glorification. ‘’saying, give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost” When a man wants anything, he can set his mind to have it by all means. When our transformed mind is set on pleasing God, the transformed man will appropriate GRACE by all means to bring glory to God.
Are there no servants of God today that have been influenced by the Mind-set of some of their congregation because of money?
Are there no churches today, which are run solely on the Mind-set of making money?
Are there no individuals in the ministry today with the mind of seeking their own glory with the gifts of God on them?
Do you think you can use your money to get favour from the Lord without having personal encounter with Him? God does not need your money. Your financial capacity has limitation. The Holy Spirit is the Game Changer not your money.
Why do you offer the services you render in the church of God?
Thank God for Peter who understood the things of the Spirit. In Acts 8:20-23, Peter rebuke the man sharply. Peter was a disciple of Christ who was not ready to compromise the standard of God because of money. In verse 20 Peter said; ‘’Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.’’
I wish I have also the time to expatiate on this verse 20. Any money you give to God’s work with a wrong Mind-set, will bring destruction on you if not repented of. The gift of God, the favour of God, the blessing of God, the miracle of God, the life of God, the peace of God, the joy of the Lord, the protection of God, the prosperity of God, the promotion from God cannot be bought with money my friend.
When you give your money to support God’s work, it will not give you the gift of God automatically if you have not been transformed in your mind. In verse 21, Peter said to Simon; ‘’Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.’’ YOU DON’T HAVE THE GIFT/BLESSING OF GOD BECAUSE YOU GIVE MONEY, FOR YOUR HEART, MIND, SOUL, AND MOTIVE IS NOT RIGHT WITH GOD.
Romans 12:1-2, tells us the kind of mind and lifestyle that is acceptable to God. After the initial repentance and transformation of our hearts through the acceptance of the sacrifice of Christ, the Lord require us to daily examine our lives, daily transformation of our minds by renewing our love, commitment and loyalty to Christ and Christ alone. This will help us to prove what’s good, and acceptable and perfect will of God is.
You can be free from every wrong Mind-set making you to seek the gifts and the blessings of God with MONEY. Remember, you cannot use your money to corner God. If you are running ministry because of money, repent today. Peter counselled Simon in Acts 8: 22-23 to repent.
I pray for you today, that true transformation of heart will be your portion. Your mind will not be deceive through money bags. I pray you will stop seeing money as a means to connect with God today in Jesus name. All the influence of money on you to compromise God’s standard, will not overpower you. Your heart will seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and not self-glorification in Jesus name, amen.
The kingdom of God is the kingdom of the soul. The soul consist of your emotion, mind and will. God wants to control your soul. Surrender your soul to Jesus today.
Your Transformation is my concern
Fulfilling purpose keeps me excited
I celebrate you! Be healthy and wealthy in your mind!
Matthew Abolurin is the Principal Consultant/CEO of Pep Access Ltd, a consulting outfit responsible for Business conception, actualization and growth, Sales and Marketing Training and HR Management. Matthew Abolurin is the President of Transformation Network International, a multifaceted Network where wisdom is given to create a life of Purpose, Passion, Peace and Prosperity.