Unlimited: You Can’t Bribe God

Mar 8, 2022 1248

Unlimited: You Can’t Bribe God

Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine and milk—it’s all free! (Isaiah 55:1, TLB).

The story of Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8 illustrates how Christianity was misinterpreted even in the times of the earliest church. Simon was a magician in Samaria. He liked to portray himself as having great wonder working-powers. So he offered the apostles money so that he could receive the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:18–19).

Simon tried to bribe God. He thought that if he gave God his money, that God would give him his bless. He was as mistaken as you can get.

Too many people relate to their religious experience as if it were some kind of reciprocal business transaction with God. “If I am good, then God will save me; if I follow the rules then God will love me; if I am faithful then God will heal me.”

We shouldn’t cheapen the blood of Christ by trying to bribe God

But God’s blessing is his own free gift to us. We shouldn’t cheapen the blood of Christ by trying to bribe God with the paltry, miserable things that we offer up to him.

You can’t bribe God (Acts 8:20). All religion that tries to offer God something in exchange for his favour is false religion. The only thing that can make us acceptable before God is the atoning blood of Christ that was shed for us at Calvary. – Eliezer Gonzalez

Reflection: Think carefully about your life, and about how you have tried to bribe God in the past. The truth is that we’ve all done it in some way or another. The important thing is to recognize it for what it is. Pray a prayer of repentance and ask God to help you appreciate his free gift to you.

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Okurut Martin

Mar 11, 2022

Blessed are the poor in the spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven and blessed are the humble for they shall inherit the earth . how about the disobedience what will be their take?. Obviously eternal damnation. Money and religion will not save us that day.

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