How do we develop an art to something? I would say that we practice until it becomes second nature to us. I had a startling moment the other morning. I was praying for two folks who are at odds with one another. The Holy Spirit interrupted me as I was praying for them. It was still dark, but I got up and wrote His words in my notebook.
How do they strike you? The art of rebellion is premeditation. Let me unpack the word rebellion first. Our definition comes from 1 Samuel 15:23. The words were spoken to king Saul because of his disobedience to do the Lord’s command.
The Lord had told him to utterly destroy the Amalekites. Saul was to enact the fulfillment of God’s declaration in Exodus 17:14. It says, “…I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.”
King Saul’s disobedience was rebellion against God’s word. Why did he disobey? He was a man pleaser. When he was caught in the act, he shifted the blame onto others. Read his words carefully and assess your own life through them.
1 Samuel 15:20-21 says, “…I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people…” Have you ever blame shifted to get yourself out of hot water? Blame shifting is a man-pleaser tactic. Paul said something in Galatians 1:10 that we need to endorse. It says, “…For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”