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Verse 4: “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

Stress can do funny things. And I don’t mean funny ha-ha. You can tell folks that you are fine…you can appear healthy and in good spirits…but if you don’t handle negative stress in a healthy manner, it can wreak havoc with your internal physical, mental, and emotional health. You can fool some people; you might even be able to fool your family and your doctor (to a degree), but physical exams will be the tell-tale signs. You can’t fool your own body and well-being from the adverse effects of negative stress.

Peter was telling Ananias this much. He and his wife Sapphira had sold some property and were presenting the proceeds to the church, much like many believers were doing. He told Peter that these were all the proceeds from the sale; he thought he was fooling everyone (because he hung onto part of the money). But Peter, tipped off by God, confronted him. In his rebuke, he reminded Ananias: “You have not lied to men but to God”. He was reminding him that God is not fooled; He is omniscient. The penalty for their act was their very lives as they died instantly.

Jesus paid the cost for our sins on the cross. We still sin today, so the proper response, even as born-again Christians, is to confess and to repent of the sins. Tis better to confess a sin, then lie and have committed two sins. Remember, God is not fooled.

Something to think about today.

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