The Biggest Threat to the Move of God
Can you imagine what it would be like to be a part of a community where selfishness does not control the environment and everyone's needs are met in abundance?
The book of Acts 4:32 - 35 states, "All believers were in one mind and heart. Selfishness was not a part of their community, for they shared everything they had with another. The apostles gave powerful testimonies about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great measures of grace rested upon them all. Some who owned houses or land sold them and brought the proceeds before the apostles to distribute to those without. Not a single person among them was needy."
Until 2020, American Christian churches have been self-serving. Church attendance was a choice governed by convenience and pleasure. Most attendants have the attitude of "I go when I feel like and I only get involved if it does something for me".
Since the fallout of 2020, the church is in a tailspin trying to survive.
Pockets of revival give us hope that the church will rise. America will be saved and fulfill its destiny, but we have a lot of work to do to get there. It does not just happen. In the places where there is a move of God taking place, there is a devotion to prayer.
Throughout the history of the modern-day church, the responsibility for running the church has fallen on a few faithful. 20% of the congregation does 80% of the work. The early church did NOT have that problem. Everyone carried their weight and devoted themselves to prayer and sacrificially taking care of the others for the sake of the Kingdom.
There were no victims. There was no selfishness. People were not competing for control.
They were not compelled or coerced into giving their time, talent, money, or resources.
They were led by the Spirit to give their all. They willingly committed to support one another and stand with each other. They invested in the health and life of others within the community. This was a beautiful, organic movement of people doing life together on the deepest level.
Barnabas, meaning "encourager", was named after his devotion to encouraging others. He sold his farmland and laid the offering at the apostles' feet. He gave the apostles full price from the sale of a property he owned. (Acts 4:36-37)
Another spirit surfaced that threatened the move of God. Ananias and Sapphira conspired together to pretend to do the same thing as Barnabas. Except for giving all of their profits, they withheld a portion of the proceeds of the sale of their land for themselves. They wanted the full blessing of the movement, but they were trying to deceive the apostles with a half-hearted offering. It was wrong of them to pretend that they were giving the full amount of proceeds to the apostles. This was the seducing spirit. The great sin was lying about what they withheld. (Acts 5:1-11)
They hypocritically acted like they were "all-in", but they were lying. God revealed their secret to Peter. In Acts 5:3, Peter confronts Ananias challenging him to look at the door he opened in his soul to satan saying, "Why did you let Satan fill your heart with this lie?" Ananias is blind to the severity of his actions. He is trying to fool Peter and the apostles into believing he made a huge sacrifice. When he actually withheld the best part of himself.