“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” – Ephesians 2:1-2
We all know that there are certain rules and commandments laid out in scripture for us to follow. To disobey those spiritual and moral precepts would cause us to be in sin, and sin separates us from God. For example, the ten commandments. Some would say that those commandments are law and we are not under law but rather, under grace. To them I would say “is there any of the Ten Commandments that you can break and not be sinning?” No, of corse not. We know from many New Testament verses that all liars, murderers, adulterers, idolaters, and so on, will have their place in the lake of fire. Grace does not by any means excuse us from the law but rather, it empowers us to be able to fulfill it. You see grace is not mercy. The word translated to grace in the original Greek was “charis“, which means: “God’s influence, strength, and knowledge. Therefore when we receive God’s grace, we are not receiving mercy to, or even from sin, but rather the divine power to overcome sin, abstain from it, and fulfill the law.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:17-19
However, it goes even deeper then that. Jesus said many times “if you love Me you will keep My commandments“. There are many commandments given through out scripture besides the famous ten. If God said to do it, it’s a commandment and we ought to do it, but it doesn’t stop there. When God speaks something directly to you, it is a commandment unto you and to disobey is also sin.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” – James 4:17
In other words. Something that may not be a sin to one person can be a sin to the next if it causes them to reject the will of God in their life. So if God tells you to go somewhere or do something, and you refuse, it is rebellion and rebellion is the same as divination in God’s eyes because you are choosing to be led of an other spirit then that of God’s and it will cost you everything.
“And Samuel said, Hath 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 hearken than the fat of rams. 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.” – 1 Samuel 15:22-23
Though Saul apologized to God, it was too late, the damage had been done and he had to walk out the consequences of his sin of disobedience. God has mercy on the unknowing but when He speaks something to you and you know that He knows that you know, you better obey. He has little to no tolerance for disobedience, or even delayed obedience, which to Him is still disobedience. This is especially true now that He has afforded us His grace. He knows that because of His grace, or power, we can obey. Therefore when we don’t it is not because we can’t, but simply because we wont.
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:” – Colossians 3:5-6