Principles of Life 10 Part II
Abnormal Social Developments that leads to rebellion
Here are some visible symptoms:
Communication break down- silent at the dinner table, etc.
This is a symptom of a crushed spirit. A crushed spirit is injury to any area of our soul or spirit faculties - mind, emotions and will. It is injury to the unseen areas of our being.
Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up do hinder, and by it many be defiled. (Hebrews 12:15)
A joyful mind maketh age flourishing: a sorrowful spirit drieth up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)
The spirit of a man upholdeth his infirmity: but a spirit that is easily angered, who can bear? (Proverbs 18:14)
Both the easily angered spirit and the sorrowful spirit are in other words a crushed spirit.
Ungratefulness- They weigh the benefits his parents provide against their offenses.
Ungratefulness is a sign that the rebel has alienated there affections.
J. Edgar Hoover observed that one of the Chief characteristics of a juvenile delinquent is the attitude that society owes him a living.
Stubborness- Rebels do not follow through on orders.
Stubborness is a sign that the rebel is rejecting Authority.
Because it is like the sin of witchcraft, to rebel: and like the crime of idolatry, to refuse to obey. (I Kings 15:23)
Open Rebellion-They Desire an equal voice with the parents.
They establish themselves as there own Authority. The basis of Satan's rebellion and downfall was his desire to be on an equal level with God.
Wrong Friends- Rebels are drawn to wrong friends.
When the rebelious person is looking for others they are compatible with, they look for those who are rebelious.
Some characteristics of wrongs friends are:
- They serve fleshly appetities.
- Find humor in there shame.
- Have no concern for eternity.
Whose end is destruction; whose God is their belly; and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things.(Philippians 3:19)
Defense of Sensuality- self authority produces relative standards
The rebel makes excuses for why he can or why he wants to fulfill his' or hers sensual desires.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Condemnation of others-They are focusing on the hypocrites.
When a rebel does this, they are showing signs of a deep sense of guilt.
For wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself. For thou dost the same things which thou judgest. (Romans 2:1)
A lack of seriousness and fits of depression.
They tend to joke about everything and have thoughts of suicide.
Four types of suicide:
Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, and mourning taketh hold of the end of joy. (Proverbs 14:13)
Job dealt with thoughts of suicide.
My soul is weary of my life, I will let go my speech against myself, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. (Job 10:1)
Parents response to abnormal social developments that lead to rebellion.