KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:26-27 ” Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:Neither give place to the devil”.
In our previous study we looked at the teenager or child who falls or slips into sin. We would now consider the one who has become a rebel. Rebellion normally proceeds from an unresolved hurt.
Absalom became a rebel because he was deeply hurt as a result of his sister being raped by Amnon. (2nd Samuel 13:21, 22)Teenagers also become rebels through a misunderstanding of an action from their parent, or the parent provoking them unintentionally or intentionally. (Ephesians 6:4)”Father’s provoke not your children to wrath.” Please note, parents provoke their children when they fail to act in line with God’s word.
Our key scripture tells us not to let the sun go down on our anger, and to give no place to the devil. When a hurt is not allowed to die that individual gives a place to the devil. Every rebellious child is under the influence of a devil.
What are the signs of a rebellious son or daughter?
- He or she is withdrawn and does not participate in the cooperate activities in the home.(2nd Samuel 13:22)
- He or, she would give simple answers. Example yes or no. His words become few although he used to talk a lot.
- Easily burst into anger and may scream or beat up young ones who may offend him.
- He hardly admits he is wrong. He would always put the blame on others. Will easily tell a lie (1st Samuel 13:10–12) King Saul is an example of a rebel, he always put the blame on others. (1st Samuel 15:5–31)Please read through these references and see how rebels always defend their actions.
- Rebels are very selfish and always seek their interests.
- Rebels do not slip or fall into sin but willfully commits the error.
7. A rebel will act to offend the parents.(Some may start using drugs,drinking, or will not go to church etc,)
How do you help your rebellious child?
(to be continued )
I pray and declare that my children shall not be dominated by the spirit of pride and arrogance. They will always yield to the word of God to overcome satanic influences.
Proverbs 16:32 ” He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
Ecclesiastes 7:9 ” Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools”.