We think we can recognize rebellion…it seems obvious, right???
The kids who kick and scream in the grocery store
The adolescent who slams her door and turns up the music
The teen who gets drunk, smokes, and dresses provocatively
Or puts up the hand and rolls her eyes, disregarding your directives
What about the wife who spends without consulting her husband or manipulates her husband with sex/favors in order to get what she wants [aka Jezebel…]
|Is this you???|
1. “Leaky faucet”—complaining and nagging until he gives you what you want. [There’s a Proverb for that!]
2. “Trial Lawyer”—out-talking him and shutting him down with your verbal skills [with your 25,000 words a day].
3. “Blame game”—making your husband feel like he is responsible for your unhappiness, anger, or sadness: “If only you were home more, had a better job, didn’t treat me like you do….”
4. “Clue”—expecting him to read your mind but giving little in the way of clues: Sighing, pouting, giving one word answers but when he asks what’s wrong, you answer “nothing.”
5. “Smoke signals”—banging pots and pans around in the kitchen to make a point that you’re doing the dishes, without actually coming out and asking for help.
6. “Water works”—most men don’t like to see a woman crying so even when he thinks he’s right, he’ll usually soften to stop the crying.
7. “Angling”—[AKA “fishing” with bait or lures] withholding sex or using sex to get what you want.
8. “Guilt trip”—laying guilt on him; telling him how disappointed you are in him or bringing up past hurts.
9. “Performance trap”—making him feel inadequate: “We’re the only ones I know who don’t have a new car, etc.”
1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…”
Witchcraft…not bubbling pots, frogs, and warts. Rebellion…
A rebel is someone who seeks to be in authority but has not been under authority. A rebel wants power without accountability. A rebel wants popularity but not conformity. A rebel is someone who craves attention and glory. A rebel is a witch. A rebel is manipulative and intimidating. A rebel is seductive in order to get what she wants. A REBEL SAYS:
The passage of Scripture in Ezekiel 3 [Click here] is a sovereign warning about rebellion. “But when I give you a message, I will loosen your tongue and let you speak. Then you will say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Those who choose to listen will listen, but those who refuse will refuse, for they are rebels.” ~ Ezekiel 3:27
“As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will cut you off completely. I will show you no pity at all because you have defiled my Temple with your vile images and detestable sins.” ~ Ezekiel 5:11
You may be reading this and thinking, “I thank God that He has delivered me from rebellion! Woe to her who is still bound!”
Let me share another story with you:
We have heard recently of this book “Strange Fire” by John MacArthur and it brought much controversy and discussion…even a rebuttal from some pastors/theologians with follow up books.
[Check these articles out for further reference: Charisma News: Dr. Michael Brown speaks out concerning MacArthur’s “Strange Fire”
Christian Post: John Piper speaks out about Strange Fire]
Now, do you know that “strange fire” is in the Bible? YES! There are accounts of strange fire, or sacrifice without order, in the Word.
To serve without order or to serve without obedience to authority is the definition of strange fire.
Nadab and Abihu were Aaron’s sons and were under his authority. Aaron was an anointed and appointed priest and his sons helped him with offerings and sacrifices. They moved on Aaron’s order and under his authority. Aaron was accountable to God and for his sons. But, his sons ventured to offer without Aaron’s order.
“Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.” ~ Leviticus 10:1-2
They saw Aaron do it and assumed they could do the same, yet had no reverence at all [fear of the Lord]…they worked apart from Aaron [the priest, anointed and appointed]. They worked or served independently.
Whoever tries to serve without first meeting authority is offering strange fire. Many people today are trying to serve God independently…uncovered and in rebellion. They have never been under authority and they sin against God’s authority.
Many people see themselves as being obedient to God but know nothing of being subject to God’s DELEGATED authority [those anointed and appointed…at home, at work, in church, and in every circumstance].
This rebellious spirit becomes obvious when one maintains one attitude towards God and another toward his delegated authority [pastors, leaders, parents, employers, policemen, government officials]. We cannot reject his delegated authority [murmur/complain] on one hand and receive God with the other hand. To be in subjection to God, we must subject ourselves and be humbled to serve under His delegated authority…UNCONDITIONALLY.
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. Repent now where there has been rebellion and let us get right and in order with the Lord. ~ Hebrews 13:17
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. ~ Romans 13:1
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. ~ Ephesians 6:1
Obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. ~ Colossians 3:22
Repent now where there has been rebellion and let us get right and in order with the Lord.
Please consider this resource to build your prayer life in binding the spirits/spiritual warfare:
Red Prayer Book page 139
Much Love and Grace to you all,