Acts 8:18-20 When Simon saw that the SPIRIT was given at the laying on of the APOSTLES’ HANDS, he offered them money and said, ‘GIVE ME ALSO THIS ABILITY so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered, “May your money perish with you, because you thought you can buy the GIFT OF GOD WITH MONEY!
You may or may not have encountered an Anointing thief. I am talking about the HOLY SPIRIT anointing. Let me explain. Counterfeit anointing…is something that is almost as old as the world itself. Even during the time of Pharaoh’s dreams in Egypt.
Genesis 41:7-8 …Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream. In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the MAGICIANS and WISE MEN of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no-one could interpret them for him.
And long before Jesus had come on earth, God had given these instructions to the children of Israel regarding the ANOINTING THIEVES.
Leviticus 19:27, 31…”Do not practise DIVINATION OR SORCERY. Do not turn to MEDIUMS or seek out SPIRITISTS, for you will be defiled by them, I am the Lord, your God.
Centuries down the road, after Jesus had ascended back to the Father, we meet Simon the Sorcerer who for a long time had managed to amaze and mesmerize the people of Samaria with his magical powers. But one day, Phillip happened to be in town. Before he knew it…his magical powers had been undone by Phillip’s preaching of the Good News of the Kingdom of God. And Simon too believed and was baptised. But as he followed Phillip around and witnessed the great signs and wonders he performed, he got astonished. But no…not in a godly manner. Of course, he had been used to been given the same kind of treatment by the people of Samaria because of his magic.
But the greatest threat to his position of power came when He saw the apostles lay hands on the people to receive the anointing. And yes, he knew the POWER that was passed on by the laying of hands was more superior than his. And so…without willing to trade his previous magical powers, he offered the apostles money in exchange for the superior power…that is THE REAL ANOINTING!
Do you get it? There are people out there who claim to be Christ followers, who seem to have successful ministries marked with signs and wonders…but the Word warns us about such people. They are the ANOINTING THIEVES.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of COUNTERFEIT MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS,
How then can you know if the miracles are from God…or counterfeit? Simple.
The gift of God cannot be received through the exchange of money. Miracles, signs and wonders are and ought to be free. Do not defile the gift of God with money. There is a very high price to pay for the counterfeit miracles…and ultimately…it might cost you, your eternal destiny with God.
Be careful; Be vigilant; and above all, always inquire of the Lord in all matters!
God bless you.