Topic: That Which Counts [October 30, 2016]
Text: Acts 8:9-25
Key Verse: "And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money" (Acts 8:18).
Countries across the globe spend a huge money trying to fight the spread of counterfeited products. Regulatory agencies deploy men and materials to rid the society of these unwholesome products. But in most cases, fake products appear genuine on the face value. Most times, innocent and unsuspecting members of the society are deceived by the fantastic presentation of such injurious products, whereas they are valueless.
Many people therefore, lose huge sums of money to purchase fake products thinking they were paying for the genuine ones. This was the case in the city of Samaria when Simon the sorcerer held sway. He enjoyed great fame while the shenanigan lasted; but the truth was revealed with the arrival of Peter and John into Jerusalem. Although he knew he was fake, Simon the sorcerer still went ahead to demand the transfer of the apostles’ power on him to enable him continue to make merchandise of the people.
Before now, Simon was respected by everyone in Samaria; he had made much money for himself that he commanded respect. But he could not withstand the genuine power in Peter and John. In order to deceive the fickle-minded, some counterfeit miracle-workers claim to possess the power to heal and perform all manner of miracles. Today, many people parade fake testimonies and powers. They, like Simon, are very bold even in their wickedness. Such fake pastors in our contemporary times lay claim to what they do not possess.
Those who deal in counterfeits are enemies of both God and the society. They kill innocent souls through their nefarious activities. Just as it does not make any economic sense to patronise those who deal in counterfeit products, trusting in fake Christian experiences will only lead to eternal death. We must always endeavour to go for the real thing.
Thought for the day: No matter how enticing a counterfeit product appears, it remains worthless.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.