This sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. It will break in pieces like pottery.
Isaiah 30: 13-14
In the previous chapter, Beth illustrated several characteristics of a rebellious child of God.
In this chapter we will visit the 5th & 6th characteristics.
5. A rebellious child of God depends on deceit.
6. A rebellious child of God runs from the real answers.
These characteristics deal with running from the truth of God's Word and depending on satan's lies. Satan wants to distract the believer and use unhealthy attachments to things or people to lure us away from the truth of God's Word. The lies that Satan creates is to keep us in bondage. I have purposed in my heart to live the abundant life that Christ paid for me to have. Why settle for less dear brothers and sisters?
I have lived seasons of my life when I have fled from the only one who can heal me. Confronting the truth of who I really was..was simply to painful and I decided to deceive myself thinking that things were fine just the way they were. How wrong I was! When we make the decision to cut all chains that binds us to sin we experience a freedom that surpasses anything we could've ask or imagined.
Satan wants us to keep quiet and not confess our sins. I sincerely encourage you that if there is unconfessed sin in your life seek healing from the Lord. Please also prayerfully consider speaking to your church elders. There are areas in my past that needed to be confessed with the leaders of my church and ministration from Holy Spirit. You don't have to suffer in silence!
We can picture God being merciful and forgiving when we get into trouble accidentally, but we forget how compassionate God is when we are outright rebellious. His love extends to us even when we have rebelled against HIM.
Which characteristics of rebellion have been your tendencies?
Which do you find more difficult, returning to God or resting in HIM?
In my personal walk with the Lord, it has been more difficult for me to rest in HIM. My reasoning takes over and I tend to think of everything in a logical way. When situations arise my mind races and thinks of different ways to resolve. I have to confess my immediate thought is not always how will God work it out for my good. I do not want to insult God with my lack of faith because I know it is impossible to please HIM without it. Instead, I have to tell the Lord, I believe but help my unbelief.
May our merciful Lord continue to bless you on your breaking free journey!