Let’s take a minute this morning to understand Simon the sorcerer’s sin as a new convert.
As we recall in our last blog discussion, Simon was a well-known and famous man in the Samarian community for his mastery of performance with magical arts and witchcraft phenomena. But he had a sudden change of heart when he observed Philip, an evangelist of the gospel, come into his community preaching and speaking the truth concerning Christ.
As Philip taught, the Samarian people had an encounter with Christ. As a result, miracles occurred; “for unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed, and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed” (Acts 8:7). An explosion of joy took place all across the city because of the love of Christ displayed by His authorized evangelist, Philip, who was setting the captive free (Luke 4:18).
Simon was not having the kind of influence and success Philip had because Simon did not receive what Philip received from heaven. So, while Simon was holding the people captive by means of his witchcraft and divination. Philip was setting people free through the preaching of the gospel which resulted in an outburst of miracles by means of GOD’s Spirit – HIS power.
“You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God. Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts….”
sidebar: Today, in the Church, we have far too many problematic conversions that are going unaddressed. Back to our discussion.
SIDEBAR: This is not saying that these individuals do not belong to GOD. That is not what we are saying here. Because many of them do. But these ones are what the Bible refers to as children of GOD because of their immaturity and their constant world-like tendencies and behaviors. As well as their habits to mask many of their unfruitful behaviors and character flaws instead of properly allowing GOD to touch those sore spots in their lives and helping them to grow up.
Which leads us to the sons and daughters of GOD. These ones are the legitimate carriers of the Spirit of GOD. They are Spirit filled individuals because Holy Spirit dwells in these ones.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed (Isaiah 61:1).
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free… (Luke 4:18).
…The blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me (Matthew 11:5-6).
This blog is really not about me, but more about my Father and our relationship. How we interact with one another and my response to His prompting. To be honest, at the moment, I do not know what to expect from this blog. I have no idea how personal I will get, what exactly I will share, and how often I will do it. But one thing is for certain. I will share what God places on my heart to share.