More than magic…

‘Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 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 could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.” After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages. ‘

Acts 8:9-25

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When Simon heard the message of Jesus, he believed and was baptized.

Simon made his living and was famous for his sorcery and witch craft and yet it was this guy who saw power that was real and knew the difference between real power and his. Demonic places to draw in people’s attention.

Earlier we had read the apostles remained in Jerusalem and yet the others are scattered and preaching the gospel.

Stayed in Jerusalem because it was under siege and weren’t going to leave the new believers alone

The message got back to Jerusalem and how people are turning back to God, there was a revival going on.

Let’s believe for a revival today!

Let’s read God’s Word and be drawn into being a part of God’s story

The people weren’t receiving the full power of the Holy Spirit. So Peter and John come.

There was a need for more mature leadership to help them move forward

People are believing and getting baptized but they haven’t received the baptism of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit is our comforter and guide and will guide us into all the truth!

Jesus wants us to know who He is and to receive the fullness of the Spirit

Do we need laying on of hands? No – but there are times where we see that the laying on of hands is a part of it. Where God moves in certain moments

A God ordained moments – there are layers!

700 years of conflict and racial division in Samaria and so something significant with the Apostles coming onto the scene – in Samaria like Jesus said from Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria

God’s not just looking at the outside but He is looking at the heart

The people were ready and started to receive from God!

When the Holy Spirit moves, it is so profound that it got Simon’s attention and is blown away and bringing breakthrough and blessing and he offers money to get some of this power.

He is ready to cash in demonic and darkness to get a piece of this

There is a problem and Peter sees it. He see the heart and calls out that there is a problem in his heart

Believing vs Receiving!

Even the demons believe and shutter.

It is about receiving and having a heart filled relationship with Jesus

We still have people today who try to wow the crowds and become people because of spiritual things

Walk in power and relationship and glory in the name of the Lord!

It needs to be relational rather than transactional!

Let’s be about leading people into a relationship with the Lord! Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!

The devil will never release you out of bondage, he will just shift where the bondage is.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. — John 10:10

We have nothing transactional to be able to offer to God!

We are saved by receiving the mercy and the grace Jesus has given to us!

It looks like there was a Pentecost in Samaria when Peter and John laid hands on the people for it to make Simon so amazed. He saw the blessings and the joy and the speaking in tongues!

Looking back to Acts 2:

‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. ‘

Acts 2:1-4

Be seekers of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in your life!

Let’s move closer to God!

Let’s be seekers of God!

We don’t want transactions with you God we want a relationship!

Let’s go to God with a repentant heart!

Is your heart right with God?

Have you received Jesus as your Savior?

Will you accept the Holy Spirit and ask Him to fill you?

It’s more than magic — it’s the power of God!

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