Friday, April 23, 2010

Church: No Witches Allowed

I am not expecting a lot of applause at the end of this.  I recently had a conversation with a friend of ours. During this conversation they mentioned that God had convicted them of certain behavior and that they were 'working on it'.

Unfortunately, I believe a lot of the church is where this dear friend of ours is in their walk.  A lot of believers are 'working on' something and living in disobedience.

In chapter four of his book, Spiritual Boot Camp, Jim McIver talks about obedience.

I actually sat under the teaching of this chapter the night before my conversation and was amazed at the parallels that could be drawn.

When God, and as our friend had stated, other people, comment on certain behavior tendencies that they notice, and they do so in a biblically sound manner, and we refuse to heed that counsel, we are in disobedience to God, and in rebellion.

The issue that was addressed in private through their friends (and the Spirit of God) was not corrected.  Repeated attempts to correct the believer had met with rebellion.  That believer that does not heed the counsel of others in private should prepare for an open rebuke.
1 Samuel 15:23:
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
In the book, Bishop McIver writes:

"Just think, disobedience is an act of departure from God.....God is not impressed with our good ideals.....All that is necessary in following God is this: be led by His Spirit and obey his commands.  Anything that is contrary to God's command is witchcraft and idolatry....There is no rocket science concerning the Will of God....In every area of our lives where God has made His Will clear, we are to obey regardless of the cost."

If God has indeed made His Will clear to you, then 'working on it' is not an option.  Apply the blood to it? Yes!  Pray through it? Yes!  Rebuke it? Bind it? Curse it?  Yes! Yes! and Yes!  But while we are 'working on it' we are still partaking in it and that is disobedience.  That is rebellion.  That is witchcraft.  In fact, the more I think about it, if I am 'working on it', I have either denied the Power of God or not given Him full control over that area of my life.  We all have had that something that we worked on, and, truth be told, we liked it too much to let it go.

So what is it for you?  What have you been working on?  Stop practicing witchcraft and obey God.


Anonymous said...

Three words.. I love it!