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. 1 Samuel 15:23 When you think of a “witch” don’t you see a kind of a “hag” figure with wild scraggly hair, long nose with a wart, a high pointed hat and a broom stick on which she is riding high in the sky? If you asked a child in grade school to draw one that is the picture you would have. You would be in shock if I told you that someone in our congregation was a practicing witch! If I said that they were actively using witchcraft so powerful that it had entrapped whole families in your own church wouldn’t you think that was terrible? Yet we ourselves might just be that person! There is a form of witchcraft among us it is called rebellion! The prophet Samuel says that rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft, why do you think he said that? A witch casts spells and summons spirits to try and make people do what they want, to alter the natural, to take authority that they have no right to take using deceit and lies. Rebellion is your attempt to control your circumstances independent of God, to make your own rules regardless of what the Word of God has to say about anything. Rebellion uses disobedience, disharmony and disunity to gain or maintain control of a situation. Either way when you’re trying to rule from “I can,” rejecting any notion of “God can” you are operating in the wrong spirit. When you do that, you are becoming one with the enemy! One of Satan’s best tools is a “wedge” which is the tool that separates churches, friends and family. Don’t fall into the sin of witchcraft by trying to always be in control, but don’t allow yourself to be controlled by anyone but the Spirit of God only! “Not doing what God tells you is far worse than fooling around in the occult,” 1 Samuel 15:23
I know you would never think of yourself as being a witch, but if you are trying to control anyone or their circumstances then you are operating in that very spirit. If someone is trying to control you, then they are operating in that spirit.
Haggai 1:5 Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”
Before we start thinking of people that might fall within this category maybe we need to take stock of our own attitudes and see if this rebellion lies within our own mind!