You Cannot Buy Him
The Spirit Of The Lord
28: You cannot buy Him
Simon saw that the Spirit had been given to the believers when the apostles placed their hands on them. So he offered money to Peter and John, and said, “Give this power to me too, so that anyone I place my hands on will receive the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:18-19
But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you (Acts 8:20 – 8:22 ESV)
You cannot pay for the Holy Spirit. Simon offered money to Peter and John to receive the Holy Spirit and it was a great evil worthy of harsh judgement. The same mentality is still resident in some insincere believers – unbelieving believers. They offer money to false prophets, pastors and magicians to lock God up, in bottles of water and oil, salt, mantles etc.
They insult God and end up worshipping idols and demons who live in temples made by human hands. God cannot be bought. They believe that the oil and water is the power of God – the Holy Spirit locked up to be used and controlled at will and on demand. They believe that the Holy Spirit lives in the bottle of oil, water or other objects and keep the materials in their rooms or homes to have on demand protection, healing and prosperity.
However, the God who made heaven and earth cannot be bought and sold. On the other hand, demons and idols can be bought and sold like objects.
And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Revelation 22:17 ESV)
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. Acts 17:24
The unbelieving believers still behave like Simon and will receive their due judgement and reward if they do not quickly judge themselves and repent of their great idolatry and evil.
We cannot pay for the Holy Spirit because life resides in Him and He is the author and giver of life and all things. He does not engage in trade by batter. May we constantly honor Him as Lord of life and Lord over all things.