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Bob from England
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I  believe that, had Simon been saved, he would not have asked Peter to pray for God to forgive him.  He would instead have heeded Peter's instruction and prayed himself.

Surely, the Spirit would have convicted him to pray.  But instead, when told to pray that God forgive him, he tells Peter to pray instead.

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On 8/18/2017 at 7:27 PM, Standing Firm In Christ said:

I  believe that, had Simon been saved, he would not have asked Peter to pray for God to forgive him.  He would instead have heeded Peter's instruction and prayed himself.

Surely, the Spirit would have convicted him to pray.  But instead, when told to pray that God forgive him, he tells Peter to pray instead.

You never ask anyone to pray for you? I do. Sometimes, when I feel pretty low, and don't feel like I could get a prayer through, I think (thought bubble)......"maybe my brother here is closer to God than I am, and can get a prayer through for me" sort of like this......

.....Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:3

and so........

13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The brother was of a humble spirit, and instead of getting all haughty and prideful about it, he showed the fear of God (The beginning of wisdom the Book says) and he simply asked them to pray. So I still believe I'll meet old Brother Simon up there. :)

 

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I had a good time preaching this a few weeks ago. The text says he is a believer but that he desired a power that did not belong to him and was becoming bitter. Its similar to a lot of Christians who want to serve God in certain ways or in a certain office but are not qualified to serve in that way. We get our term Simony (the buying of church offices) because of Simon. 

 

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John,

Thank you for uploading this message on Simon the Sorcerer,  Acts 8:9-25

I especially appreciate the quotation of Proverbs 27:2 and incorporating it into your message. "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips." Proverbs 27:2 And, later on your comments on 1Corinthians 12:7-12 and Isaiah 55:1 in relation to Simon and his thoughts that Peter perceived.

As you mentioned, the spirit of Simon, and his sorcery is much in evident in the Christian world today; especially in the Charismatic realm. As Simon deceived others through the desire of promoting himself, trickery and deception, the shysters in our age are all around us in the religious movements in the various denominations.

Alan

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