Daily Devotional
Are You Acting Like Satan?

“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

Ponder This

Saul lost his kingship because he would not submit to spiritual authority. Who was Saul’s spiritual authority? Samuel the prophet. Samuel was a man of God and had told Saul, “Saul, this is what you are to do: you are to utterly destroy the Amalekites.” And rather than destroying all that God said to destroy, Saul spared King Agag and the best of the flocks. Saul said, “The reason I did that is I’m going to sacrifice those animals to the Lord.” Now I want you to notice what Samuel said to him. “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…” What is the sin of witchcraft? The sin of witchcraft is following the devil. It is dabbling in the occult. But why did he say that rebellion is like witchcraft? You are never more like the devil than when you’re rebellious. The devil himself became the devil by rebelling against spiritual authority.

  • Based on today’s devotion, when are you most tempted to act like the rebellious devil?
  • How does this change your perspective on the seriousness of disobeying God?

Practice This

Take time today to recommit yourself to the spiritual authority of the Lord.