1 Sam. 15:23 π Ezek. 12:2 π Ezek. 14:7-8 π Hos. 5:15 π Lk. 16:31
Samuel said, “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity…” ( 1 Sam. 15:23 ) Rebellion is also idolatry and the idols are in (our) their hearts; their (our) flesh is in rebellion against God and the flesh must die. Anything we put ahead of god is idolatry and rebellion. These are not called evil spirits but works of the flesh, and can not be cast out as spirit but must be burned up in God’s crucible, the furnace of affliction. In Hosea it says, “…In their affliction they will seek Me early (earnestly)” ( Hos. 5:15; top ); conversely, without affliction they will seek God late.
When we want our will rather than God’s, we are setting ourselves up as a god and worshipping a false God, which is idolatry and witchcraft. Today the Church world is ruled by the flesh, and the fruits of the flesh predominate as our entire culture is in rebellion. A spiritual person asking the question, “Why?” over a situation in their lives is an indication of a rebellious heart. Our own rebellion is disguised by us by blaming the devil for all our shortcomings, but the real enemy is our own self-life. Ezek. 12:2 : “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see and see not; they have ears to hear and hear not; for they are a rebellious house.” (top)
Rebelling and questioning can provoke the Lord and you can get you and your family, friends and possessions a quick exit via a pit in the earth. “But,” we quickly say, “well, that is Old Testament. And besides, I am born-again and baptized in the Holy Spirit, and an elder in the church.” However, the New Testament of Luke says, “If they will not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.” ( Lk. 16:31; top )
Korah, of the priestly tribe of Levi, Dathan and Abiram, were not the average type of Israelites. They were famous in the congregation and men of renown. Their rebellion was against Moses’ leadership, and this attitude swept 250 princes of the assembly, along with 14,700 others, to a sudden death.
Submit to the cleansing of the burning now rather than later, when your self-life may be stronger and the fire hotter.
“For everyone of the house of Israel…which separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart…I will set My face against that man…and I will cut him off from the midst of My people and you shall know that I am the Lord.” ( Ezek. 14:7-8; top )
The greatest competitor of devotion to the Lord is service for Him; even one’s ministry can be an idol.
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