God Takes the Foolish Things

I want you to see something about the anointing

of God upon individuals. God doesn’t choose whom we

would choose. God doesn’t look upon a person’s

qualifications. God doesn’t look upon their education.


God doesn’t look upon their stature. Their abilities in the

natural have absolutely nothing to do with Him placing

His hand upon them.


For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many

wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many

noble, are called:


But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to

confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak

things of the world to confound the things which are



And the base things of the world, and things which are

despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are

not, to bring to nought things that are:

That no flesh should glory in his presence.


1 Corinthians 1:26-29


A New Testament Example


But there was a certain man, called Simon, which

beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and

bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that

himself was some great one:


To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the

greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

And to him they had regard, because that of long time

he had bewitched them with sorceries.


But when they believed Philip preaching the things

concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus

Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was

baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered,

beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard

that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent

unto them Peter and John:


Who, when they were come down, prayed for them,

that they might receive the Holy Ghost:


(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they

were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)


Then laid they their hands on them, and they received

the Holy Ghost.


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.


But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee,

because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be

purchased with money.


Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy

heart is not right in the sight of God.


Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God,

if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven



For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and

in the bond of iniquity.


Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord

for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken

come upon me.


Acts 8:9-20