We know the story of Ananias and Sapphira
Ananias and SapphiraThe result (if you know the rest of the story) is that the church grew even more rapidly. That is about to happen again. It all starts with the fear of the Lord.
Acts 5:1-11 (NLT)
5 But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. 2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”
5 As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. 6 Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?”
“Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.”
9 And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.”
10 Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.
God honors Truth. The Holy Spirit is CALLED the Spirit of Truth. There is a direct relationship in health of ministries between those who preach and teach truth and those trapped by a lie. I know this from the Spirit of God tonight. God will not sanction any ministry to grow or prosper that even considers lies, myths, falsehoods or even half truths. When any ministry accepts as fact that which is untrue, it puts a stopper in the bottle. Nothing in, nothing out. To bless such would be Father doing something opposite of his Holy nature. You only have to look around you and you quickly see sincere ministers trying as hard as they can but accepting false reports as true. They are dead ministries walking.
Accepting falsehoods as truth (and worse spreading such) is taking the name of the Lord in vain, (HOLY SPIRIT, the Spirit of Truth) when that happens and it will bring to a quick halt any anointing, any blessing, any potential for breakthru. If a minister of the Gospel asks God to bless his ministry and grow it and yet is trapped by lies, in chains of untruth, committed to myths there is no way the Holy Ghost will bless that church or ministry..and in fact as in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, HE WILL KILL IT.
People are hungry for truth, God honors truth with success. Ministries that preach truth grow. Ministries that harbor falsehood and lies are locked up. They will never prosper. They are already dead.. like Ananias and Sapphira.
This will take true repentance to get away from. This will take turning around. I hear the Spirit of God saying, "I will not bless or tolerate my precious ones being lied to for another year". You must be concerned if you are in ministry. Examine everything you believe to test if it is a lie, a rumor, a falsehood or a widely believed untruth. They are all the same. Lies put you in chains.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.
Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds;
1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Scripture warns against spreading rumors and those who engage in gossip. Proverbs 20:19 says, “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.” Words are powerful. They can build up or destroy (Proverbs 18:21). James 3:2–12 instructs us to control our words, stating in verse 5: “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” Spreading “harmless” rumors, then, can cause great destruction. God desires that we use our words to praise Him (Psalm 34:1), to speak wisdom (Proverbs 10:13), and to encourage and edify each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 4:29). Spreading rumors is so repulsive in the Lord’s sight that He made a prohibition against it in the Law He gave to the Israelites (Leviticus 19:16). First Timothy 5:13 sternly warns against using idle time to spread slander. And Proverbs 17:4 implies that those who eagerly listen to gossip have low character.
So why do we enjoy the rumor mill? Proverbs 26:22 gives one good reason: “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.” Truth will make us uncomfortable. It will go down OK but then be upsetting.
I know many people in ministry struggling today and will struggle till the day they die (or their church closes up) simply because they cannot discern the truth from a rumor. God is not honored by rumor and untruth. Lying to the Holy Ghost is a serious offense. Harboring an untruth is profanity.
"You must not pass along false rumors". Exodus 23:1
God Meant it then, and he still does.. Do you want to see your ministry grow? Begin renouncing falsehood and start preaching truth, even if it's painful, even if it is unpopular. God Honors Truth-telling and condemns falsehood.