Demonic Invitation Pt.6
There are many different forms of rebellion, but just like there are many different types of cookies, the fact of the matter is, they are all still cookies no matter the type. Its the same with rebellion, no matter what form the rebellion is, its still rebellion. Now God's word warns us about the terrible danger of rebellion.
1 Samuel 15:23a "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. . ."
Rebellion is that voice that tries to make us break from the sound laws and doctrine that God has commanded us to follow, directly or indirectly. Rebellion is a fruit of selfishness, it causes us to be self centered in one way or another, seeking only our own personal gain or comfort. Rebellion causes us to focus on ourselves & trust in our own intuitions. Now The Verse above tells us that rebellion is counted as witchcraft. Not saying that when you rebel you are preforming witchcraft, but that rebellion & witchcraft are the same amount of evilness so to say. Now this says something about the way God treats rebellion. Lets first understand what witchcraft is. Witchcraft is a demonic art of practicing magic such as black magic, white magic, wicca, enchantments, incantations, spells, hexes & witchery of any kind to summon spirits. Now for a person to be involved in such evil; they are more than likely separated from God either by ignorance or by avoidance of God, basically shutting God out of their lives. Now God views rebellion in the same way, as separation from God either by ignorance or by avoiding Him, directly or indirectly. Thus, shutting God out of their lives whether they are conscious of it or not.
Now that is some serious stuff. When someone is practicing witchcraft of any kind they obviously do not have the Holy Spirit operating in them, therefore they have demonic spirits operating in them, due to the access that the person gave them. The same is with rebellion. Rebellion opens the door for evil spirits to have legality in our lives. Rebellion is simply resisting authority or any kind of control. God does not condone rebellion of any kind. He frowns at rebellion against our parents, against authority, such as government, work, church, school, etc. When we rebel against authority, we are rebelling against God who is the author of that authority.
Hebrews 13:17a "Obey your leaders and submit to them. . ."
The above verse is a command by God. As hard as it is to believe, we must understand that none of the world leaders whether corrupt or just, today or in the past got into power without God’s consent. John 3:27 “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. No one in the world today got into power without God allowing it, this is why instead of complaining about our leader we report them to God. Therefore, we obey authority of all kind because by doing so we are ultimately obeying God.
Ephesians 6:7 "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people"
The consequences for rebelling against God are serious and should not be taken lightly. When we rebel against God, everything God has created starts to work against us. Notice in Jonah 1:1-7, when God told Jonah to go and witness to the people of Nineveh & Jonah refused and boarded a ship going in the opposite direction. Everything God created began to work against him, first it was the great wind on the sea; this wind almost broke the ship into two. Then when the men on-board found out that Jonah was the source of the problem, they threw him overboard. Then when Jonah got thrown into the ocean a big fish swallowed him and tried to digest him. It was while this fish was trying to digest Jonah that he came back to his senses; he repented and asked for mercy. But we see here how everything starts to go down hill when we are in rebellion.
Lets take a mercy break, by simply pausing & recognizing God's mercy. The story of Jonah has God's mercy written all over it. It first shows up when God told Jonah to witness to the people of Nineveh. See the people of Nineveh was very wicked and they were responsible for killing Jonah's family, which is the very reason Jonah chose to rebel against God. It was because of Gods mercy that He commanded Jonah to witness to such wicked people, so that they may be offered forgiveness. God's mercy shows up again when Jonah boards the ship and started in the opposite direction. The mighty wind at sea was strong enough to break the ship in two, but because of God's mercy that the ship wasn't damaged. Then God's mercy shows up again when Jonah was thrown overboard. It was because of God's mercy that Jonah didn't drown or was eaten by a shark, but was instead swallowed by a big fish. Then His mercy shows up again while Jonah was in the fishes belly. It was because of God's mercy that the fish did not digest Jonah but spit him back up onto shore. How has God's mercy shown up in your life? Praise be to our mighty heavenly Father for His unlimited mercy, Hallelujah!
God's word is very clear on the consequences for rebellion.
Proverbs 17:11 "A rebellious person seeks evil; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
Who is this cruel messenger?
Cross references of God's word helps us to understand who the cruel messengers represent. In 1 Samuel 16:14 we see God sending an evil spirit to Saul as the cruel messenger due to his rebellion. In Revelation 8:6 we see that the cruel messengers are the angels that ministers the wrath of God before the coming our Lord Jesus. We also see in Exodus, God sending cruel messengers against Pharaoh & Egypt to carry out God's wrath through the ten plagues. The cruel messengers are typically referred to the office work of the destroying angels that ministers God's wrath against those who rebel. Just like how an earthly king would look upon anyone rising against authority, any effort that is a treat against authority. In wrath that king would take the necessary precautions; sending messengers of law enforcement against them. In the same way God sends cruel messengers to those who are rebellious to His authority.
Proverbs 16:14 " A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it."
So I myself encourage you in the Lord, to do away with all forms of rebellion. Swallow your pride and abandon selfishness because it only leads to stubbornness and rebellion & neither are of God. Since those things are not of God then they can only be from the prince of darkness, the devil himself and when we operate in stubbornness & rebellion, we are operating in the character of Satan, which invites evil spirits into our lives to manipulate and bound us.
Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows."