Sunday October 13, 2013 – Learn how to prepare for raising a teenager and dealing with the four characteristics of a rebellious spirit: defiance, rationalization, defensiveness and resistance.
You’re developing and shaping a life. There is nothing else more critical in the development of a persons life…than the issue of rebellion. – Pastor Dwayne Terry
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Stages of Life, Part 02
Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV) – Where there is no vision, the people perish.
1 Samuel 15:3, 8-9 – 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ” … 8 He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. 9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs–everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
Four Characteristics of a Rebellious Spirit
- Defiance to get what you want.
- Rationalization and cover-up when confronted.
1 Samuel 15:13-15 – When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.” 14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?” 15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them…”
3. Defensiveness when approached.
1 Samuel 15:15b – …they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to
sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”
4. Resistance to accountability.
1 Samuel 15:20-21 – “But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.
One Way God Sees Rebellion
1 Samuel 15:22-23 (NKJV) – So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”
Three Steps Downward to Rebellion
- Childhood: the traits of rebellion are born as parents surrender power.
- Adolescence: the spirit of rebellion is encouraged by peers.
- Adulthood: the life of rebellion has to be crushed by God toregain power.