|KHANDIE'S KORNER - July 3, 2005|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
Now when the
apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they
sent unto them Peter and John: who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they
might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then
laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the
apostles hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also
this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with
thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for
thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent
therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may
be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art
in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of
these things which ye have spoken come upon me. And
they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem,
and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
Here in these scripture passages is a perfect example of one who though he believed on Jesus, and was thus baptized in His Name, there was not present in him an INWARD CHANGE.
was a man who once practiced sorcery until the preaching of Philip to the people of
is a representation of so many professing believers today. So many have confessed their faith and
belief in Christ, many have also been baptized, and yet STILL REMAIN UNCHANGED. If they are still living the lives once known
before Christ, what sets them apart from the man of this world? What makes them differ from an unbeliever? Who can differentiate the two if both behave the
things Simon lacked upon his belief in Christ and baptism in His Name. The first is though he believed the
words spoken by Philip concerning Jesus he did NOT REPENT of his sins. He only confessed his faith and was baptized and
then followed after Philip and the others looking for rewards and blessings. This is typical of many today. They hear the word and believe, but remain
unrepentant in their hearts and yet still seek the Lord for rewards and blessings. It baffles me how many always expect to receive
something, but yet REFUSE to give anything. When
Simon was openly rebuked by Peter he did not confess his sins and REPENT as instructed by
Peter, instead he said to Peter: Pray ye to
the Lord FOR me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. The words given to Simon by Peter were
not that HE himself would pray for Simon, but his first word of instruction to Simon was REPENT
. Repent therefore of this thy
wickedness, and pray God, IF perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Upon hearing this from Peter, Simon should
have fell on his face before the Lord seeing as the sins of his heart were exposed as
nothing is hidden from the Lord, and cried out in sorrow and repentance for his
wickedness, but he confessed NOT and thus begged Peter to pray for him instead.
second thing Simon lacked was The Holy Spirit. His
lack of the presence of the Holy Spirit was his own fault for while Peter and John were
laying hands on the people of
creates an INWARD CHANGE in an
individuals heart and life once they believe on The Lord Jesus is their willingness
to REPENT of ALL SIN and allow then the Holy Spirit to begin an awesome work of
transformation within. Living our lives as we
did before the knowledge of Christ doesnt signify a new creature in Christ,
nor an inward change, It only signifies that such is no different from one who
never knew Christ as Lord. One may confess
faith in Jesus and accept him as Lord of their lives but where then is the evidence of
change if their lives are no different from one who does not believe. Again, who can differentiate the two if both behave
the same? Will your speech alone suffice? Would they (the world) not call you a hypocrite for
out of your mouth you speak one thing, yet your life speaks differently? According to scripture the believer is the salt
of the earth and the light of the world, but how can one guide another
if he himself is still stumbling around in the darkness?
So, its not just by your speech that the world would know you are His,
the word of God says: Let
your light so shine BEFORE men, that they may SEE (not hear) your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We are to be a reflection of the Lord, yet how can one do so and remain
in WILLFUL sin? Therefore, it is the believers
RESPONSIBILITY to REPENT! Repentance is an
absolute MUST to begin that inward change for In order for there to be inward change what
once existed inwardly must become null and void. To put it bluntly, DEAD! Those who are in Christ Jesus MUST be dead to sin,
and ALIVE in Him. We must repent of our sins,
and give ourselves over to the Lord allowing the Holy Spirit to create the change in us. Our part is to REPENT and SURRENDER, The Holy
Spirit will do the rest. However, hes
not going to work against the will of someone
who wish to remain as they once were! The
inward change will not be forced upon the professing believer, he/she must welcome the
change. If a believer is truly serious about
his/her relationship with the Lord Jesus, he/she would reject the sins they once knew, and
open themselves up for change.
Brothers and sisters, what the Lord asks of us is not impossible for the work of the Holy Spirit in us. We cant do it but HE CAN. And knowing that we can do nothing of ourselves, God in his mercy has given us His Spirit to comfort us, lead, guide, strengthen and TEACH us the things of God. By His Spirit he reveals to the heart of the true believer ALL truth. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
The step that is required for us to take is to REPENT, and repentance is truly not difficult for the one who GENUINELY loves The Lord for when you love someone, you choose not to hurt him and seek to do those things that are pleasing to Him, and not yourself. Consider your own husbands, wives, relatives and friends, if you knew that your deeds would hurt them would you do it anyway, having no concern for his/her feelings? Of course you wouldnt. Then, why would you choose to continue in the deeds you know would hurt the one that gave HIS LIFE that you may live? I would think ALL THE MORE He deserves consideration Wouldnt you think so to?
I love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
The Lord be with you this day and always! Shalom Uvracha (Peace and Blessings) ..
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Holy, Holy, Holy
May the peace of the Lord be with you today and alwaysKhandielese
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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