The Spiritual Problem Of Rebellion

by Neil Anderson


December 15

1 Samuel 15:23 

Rebellion is as the sin of divination (witchcraft), and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry
If you fail to bring your child under control during his early years, problems may not show up until he hits the age of identity, around 12. Most parents respond at this time by trying to control the child. But the authoritarian parent is most likely to produce a rebel. “But we have to reprove rebellious kids, don’t we?” Actually, the Bible tells us not to reprove a scoffer (Proverbs 9:7-9). Why? Because rebellion is a spiritual problem, and it requires a spiritual solution.
Saul, the first king of Israel, rebelled against God by doing his own things, making his own rules, and worshiping the way he wanted to. God sent a prophet to confront him. Part of the prophet’s stinging rebuke was, “Rebellion is as the sin of divination [witchcraft], and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23). As a result of Saul’s disobedience, “an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him” (1 Samuel 16:14).
God can use any means He chooses to discipline His children. Even Satan and his evil spirits can be an instrument in the hands of God (1 Corinthians 5:5). I’m not suggesting that you turn your child over to Satan. But willful disobedience usually cannot be dealt with by human reasoning. have you ever tried to reason with a rebellious child? Prayer is our weapon for bringing down strongholds raised up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
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  1. When I was 12 I was aware like a wheel had broken in my life! Eventhough I was going to a Pentecostal church & put in a private christian school, my teen years was absolute pure hell , though I was a christian youth! The ministry of the church was corrupt, the kids in the christian school were not really living the christian life! My parents both had mental issues & would argue over scripture! Also my parents never bought me a Bible! I had old Bibles from the library of the christian school! that were always falling apart! Eventually I was given a Gideon’s Bible! My parents gave super-massive money to the church! I was in the Boy-Scouts wanting to be an eagle scout but it fell apart after one year! I worked(had a paper route over three years) &work kept me from the temtation to become a juvenille-delenquent! There was a girl shortage(boys,boys,boys & more boys)! I had only brothers, no sisters! By the time I was 20 my mother was kicked out of three churches! I was given “bad-advice” about life in general & by the time I was 26 I was in no church because there were not too many twenty/thirty somethings in the church!! Also never went to college or bible school! I was directed down rabbit trails that led nowhere in life! Iam now 58 divorced with no children living alone!!!!!! My young christian life was 100% pure insanity!!!!!!

    • Hi Ron,
      I’m sorry to hear things were so difficult for you. Life can be tough Christian or not. I hope you do not judge all Believers by the unfortunate experiences you have had. There are many loving caring people out there. 🙂
      I hope you continue to spend time with the Lord each day. I prayed for you today Ron and hope life has or will continue to improve for you.
      God bless

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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