Causes of Disloyalty Part 1
Proverbs 26:2 – As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
It is necessary to define disloyalty and enumerate some of the causes of disloyalty again. One of the definitions of disloyalty is stated as deserting one’s allegiance. I call it the loss of first love. When the excitement and joy of the love you first had for someone or something dies or becomes lukewarm, then disloyalty has crept in. People become disloyal for various reasons. Disloyal people are not born disloyal, something led to it. For a person or a group of people to become disloyal, one or some of the following have or are taking place:
Hurt and offence
Proverbs 18:19 – A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
When people are hurt or offended, their level of devotion and commitment to the vision is likely to drop drastically. And as hurting people hurt, offended people spread offence. I want you to know that people will hurt and offend you, and I mean Christians, but you don’t have to hold on to the offence. The way I deal with offence is by not taking it. When people go out of their way to hurt my feelings and offend me I choose not to take offence because the value I put on the anointing of God on my life is too precious to me to allow the devil to drag me down. At first, it was difficult but later I began to develop spiritual stamina to withstand the pressure that comes with it. The easiest way to lose the anointing is by taking offence or causing offence. The Bible states that offences will come but woe unto him that brings offence. So avoid breeding offence and don’t hurt people. If people tell you you’ve hurt them make a sincere apology because if you don’t it’s a seed and you will reap it. Disloyalty thrives in an atmosphere of offence and hurt so never give place to the devil.
Ignorance and Carnality – Spiritual immaturity
2 Samuel 15:10-11 –But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron. And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.
1 Corinthians 3:3 – For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Spiritual immaturity is another cause of disloyalty. Most of the time, young and unsuspecting Christians are the victims of this deception because they have not built up their personal conviction with regard to God’s Word. They are easily excited and they fall for anything labelled ‘God’. At this stage, they don’t know better. Please be aware that you can be a Christian for several years and still be immature. It is by your fruit that we know if you are mature and not by your years of salvation or carrying the Bible around. That is why Jesus indicated that there would be serious judgment for those who lead these young ones astray.
Matthew 18:6 It takes one to make one. Some of the people leading people in disloyalty are not even aware of the terrible consequences involved. If people look up to you be careful that you are not a bad influence on them regarding their loyalty to God. The reason why people sometimes fall prey to the wolves that peddle disloyalty is because of low self-esteem. These wolves, as I call them, have psychologically searched out the unsuspecting victim’s esteem and image problem. They start greasing their ego for them and making them feel good about themselves to gain ground and sufficient trust to influence the decisions of their victims. They use the trick the devil used on Eve in the garden. Please read the following account slowly and meditatively:
Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. You know the rest of the story.
So be wise and avoid the smooth operators that lure you away into disloyalty.
For Further Study
James 3:16; Luke 6:39, Ephesians 4:14
Personal declaration for the day
I dissociate myself from every form of disloyalty.
Questions for you to reflect on
Have you taken the loyalty test?
What are the things people can do to you to make you disloyal?