In honor of Women’s History Month, ladies enjoy this ”bad girl” series as we share our personal connections with women in the Bible who are notorious for being bad.
Not that I haven’t lied before, but I am an honest person who loves to give and am genuinely kind and concerned for others. People know and see me as a person of integrity and trustworthiness, so when I looked to find a “bad girl” in the Bible that I shared a personal connection with, I kept going around the one God kept putting before me. I even tried telling Him which one, that seemed a little less bad in my mind. No Lord, not Sapphira! Not she who lied, fell for foolishness (no pun intended), and received the swiftest and one of the scariest punishments I have ever heard of.
So let me tell you about it. Sapphira and her husband Ananias were living during the time of post resurrection and the time of one of the great apostles Peter. There was also great unity amongst the believers and the move of the Holy Spirit amongst them.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the salesand put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. (Acts 4:32-35 NIV)
Now Ananias along with his wife Sapphira also sold a piece of property, but I don’t believe they had the right motives behind this act. Read on:
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. (Acts 5:1-10 NIV)
Ananias perhaps only wanted to keep up face before the people and he definitely wasn’t giving generously and genuinely. He lied, put up a front, and had the galls to come before God with such dishonor. Sapphira (whose name means beautiful) knew what her husband did, she compromised, went along with such hypocrisy that even when she had a chance to tell the truth, she lied too. Lord today! Do you ladies think if she had known what had happened to her husband, maybe she would have hurried up and spilled the beans and repented?
I have learned that there have been times I have stood before God with such dishonor; I have lied, compromised, acted hypocritically, put up a front like I had it all together spiritually and naturally. The only difference between me and Sapphira is that God didn’t strike me down dead. Thank God for His mercy!
I have not always operated in full integrity and honesty. I have not always given with the right motives; I have given under compulsion or because I wanted to have control over the situation for fear of being subject to or taken advantage of by others. I have not always surrendered it all to God. I have kept some of my tithes to keep money in my pocket or pay a bill because I didn’t trust God. I have batted a blind eye to the foolishness of my family and friends. I also failed to use the influence God gave me to speak up in my relationship with my ex-boyfriend. I have also been a sugar coater, which God taught me that is a form of dishonesty too, in fear of being rejected and making someone hurt or angry. I have not always approached God with the mindset that He is holy and I am to be as He is…holy! So yes, I can relate to Sapphira!
Thank You for Your mercy and for not giving me what I deserve. Thank You that You also discipline those You love (Revelation 3:19 NIV). I release my heart into Your hands so You can cleanse it of all corrupted wisdom, pride, selfishness, and every thing that offends You. I ask that You give me a mind and heart to lead a lifestyle of repentance and humility where I can come before You with honor, beautiful in spirit and pleasing before You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to be leading ladies in integrity and be holy as He is holy! Make up in your mind that if you are going to be on God’s team, then hold fast to your position of faith, patience, Godly love, humility and integrity on His team till the end. When you have to come to give your account of what went down, you will remember that God expects you to respect Him and to come correct.
Have you had a Sapphira second lately? Share what your learned from your dishonesty below.
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”