March 5th 2016
God’s supernatural power cannot be separated from His holy presence.
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. (Acts 8:18-19 KJV)
Simon was a man who routinely practiced sorcery and divination. He understood nothing of the supernatural power of God but could see this power at work in the hands of the Apostles of God. Simon desired this power which was over and above any other power he had ever witnessed before.
This supernatural power, which came through the laying on of hands, brought the Holy Spirit of God to dwell inside the heart of men. Simon desired this so much that he was willing to depart with money to purchase this power for himself.
However, Simon had no spiritual understanding or change of heart. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit cannot be purchased or bargained for. God is very clear there is only one way to receive His Spirit.