“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:”
Rebellion in the Scriptures is never painted in a good light. God’s perspective of rebellion is that there is no difference between rebellion and witchcraft. God said to Saul in 1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” It was Saul’s rebellion that led to God’s judgment on his life, and it was Israel’s rebellion that led God to judge this nation.
In the verse above, God pronounces a curse against the “rebellious children.” God was lamenting the fact that His people had become rebellious. As God lamented the fact of their rebellion, He also showed what led to their rebellion. There are five actions the rebel takes to lead them to the point where God would say, “Woe to the rebellious children…” Let me point out these four actions that you need to avoid.
First, the rebel gets guidance from the wrong place. You will notice that the rebel doesn’t get guidance from God’s Word. It is always interesting how a person who “feels” they are doing right has never asked the authorities in their life to help guide them through their decisions. The rebel isn’t interested in getting guidance from spiritual authorities because they have already made up their mind what they are going to do. Going for guidance to a spiritual authority with your mind made up is not getting counsel, it’s informing them of your rebellion. The person who has a heart for God will keep an open mind when getting guidance from a spiritual authority.
Second, the rebel is covered with the wrong spirit. The verse above talks about the rebel being covered with a spirit, but not of God’s Spirit. The best way to keep from being rebellious is to allow the Holy Spirit to fill you. The rebel can’t be filled with the Holy Spirit because their spirit of resistance has resisted the Holy Spirit. You cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit when you are resisting the Spirit of God by not following the Word of God. When you obey God’s Word, you will find it is much easier to be filled with God’s Holy Ghost.
Third, the rebel is ashamed of the wrong things. You will notice that the rebel adds “sin to sin.” The rebel is not ashamed of their sin or rebellion; instead, they flaunt their sin and disdain holy living. You cannot embrace the world without being ashamed of holy living. When you lose your embarrassment of worldliness is when you have stepped into the rebel’s life. When it doesn’t bother you to continue adding sin to sin is when you will find yourself a step away from the judgment of God. Sin should be an embarrassment to every believer, but when you rebel against the LORD, it won’t bother you to live in your sin.
Fourth, the rebel gets their confidence from the world acceptance. Israel went down to Egypt to get their strength instead of getting their strength from God and His Word. You are living in dangerous territory when you are emboldened by living in the world. If your desire is to get the world’s acceptance, you are only a step away from becoming a rebel.
Let me ask you; are you living the rebel’s life? Do any of these four actions seem to mirror your life? Let me encourage to get right with the LORD when any of these actions are a part of your life. Don’t let your stubbornness lead you into the rebel’s lifestyle just to prove you are right.