I think of how I have been played by Satan and because of selfishness taken the bait, using my faith for my purposes. Only by the grace of God am I alive today to tell you this, perhaps to cause you to think more seriously about what it means to be a Christian. At some level I think all of us can identify with Ananias and Sapphira. We all have talked ourselves into actions (seen and unseen) in the name of God that we come to regret.
This behavior will sever fellowship with the Holy Spirit in a nanosecond because the Spirit of Truth, his character, will not allow Him to empower deception of any kind.
To prevent this from happening and maintain a strong connection with the Holy Spirit, we must practice aggressive self-management and constantly ask ourselves: why am I really doing this? — what’s my motive? — who gets the credit? — who benefits? — who’s most encouraged?
Finally, we must also present ourselves to God for a spiritual x-ray. An easy way to do this is to simply pray the words of Psalm 139:23-24. It is the equivalent of a spiritual heart scan and a powerful way to put your motives through security. Listen to David’s words. “Search me O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Think about this. Don’t take the bait. Don’t accept the evil logic. Don’t pretend or pose. Don’t rationalize away your faith out of fear or for a feeling.
Don’t lie to the Holy Spirit.
Father, the Old Testament is full of don’ts. The New Testament is filled with the example and forgiveness of Jesus and the Power of the Holy Spirit placed within me. Thank you for your wisdom and trust in me.