“And great fear came upon all the Church, and upon as many as heard these things.” Acts 5:11 (KJV)
When you read verses 1- 10 of chapter five you will understand why “Great fear came upon all the Church, and upon as many as heard these things.” It would certainly cause me to set up and notice, but then I pray today that there was such fear for the Church of God, and His people.
It all began (in this chapter) with a couple name of Ananias and Sapphira who were Christians in the new Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. There was such a move of the Spirit of God that many of the congregation had sold all that they owned and given the whole amount of the sale to the Church to support one another and the missions of that congregation.
This couple took it upon themselves to sell what they owned, keep back part for themselves; and there would have been nothing wrong with that; except they told the apostles – thus telling the Spirit of God – that they were giving all that they had received for the property; lying to them. Therefore the wrath of God fell on them, they died for their lies to the Lord, initiating the fear that we read of in verse 11.
Would to God that there was more slaying by the Spirit of those who hope to gain personally from the work of God in our churches. Is it any wonder that there is no fear of God, nor His people in the world today. That is due, at least in part, to the allowance of the world and its ways in the Church across our Nation.
May God help us and forgive us and lead us in His Spirit to be the catalyst of His great salvation once again.
Maybe if the Lord would do that again in His Church people would quit coming into worship the Lord with the attitude of “What can I get our of attending Church today?”, and start thinking with an attitude of gratitude of what the Lord has already done for us on the cross, and what He does for us daily in our lives; happy to be in the presence of the Lord… no matter what we get out of “Church”. It does need to be a matter of us dying to self, being crucified with Christ (Galations 2:20), and Christ living in us.
Turn to Jesus Christ today, and watch the power of God in you start to work.