Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Heart of Rebellion

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.
                               I Samuel 15:23 KJV

      I like speed. I like to drive fast, ride motorcycles, watch NASCAR and drag races. I like to get where I am going in a hurry. One night, on my way to teach a women’s Bible study, I was doing my obligatory five miles per hour over the posted speed limit. I worked all day, was running my usual five minutes behind schedule and needed to get to church before my ladies arrived.

     Suddenly, I heard the voice of God in my spirit saying, “Five miles over the speed limit is a heart of rebellion.”  Whoa! The loud voice caused me to look at the empty passenger seat. Immediately, my foot lifted from the accelerator.

     I have never considered myself a rebellious person. Having a heart of rebellion would have been the last answer I would have given someone asking me to list my weaknesses. Yet, there it was—undeniably revealed by God. “So,” I asked myself aloud, “Just what are you going to do with this?”

     I knew the Scriptures teach that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. I remember thinking, “That’s pretty strong language LORD for five miles an hour over the speed limit.” But I soon realized that the speed limit did not concern God. The attitude of my heart—the “I have the right to do that” attitude, which surely filtered through to other areas of my thinking, that concerned God—a rebellious heart, sin, alive and well in me.

     I immediately repented and asked God to forgive me. I needed His help in breaking the bondage for I enjoyed this sin. I will not tell you that I never speed. I will tell you that it is no longer intentional. When I look at the speedometer and see the needle rising, I lift my foot off the accelerator and my head toward heaven audibly repenting.

     How about you? Do you have something in your life that is not pleasing to God? Perhaps, like me, you would not list this particular item as one of your less desirable qualities. Perhaps you think it is so small that God won’t notice or perhaps you enjoy it.  

     Search your heart today. Ask God to reveal to you any attitude that is not pleasing to him, any action that is contrary to His will, any desires that are not holy unto the LORD and anything in your life that would cause you to have a heart of rebellion.  


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