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Week of September 29, 2013

"Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord."  -Psalm 25:7

Rebellion is anything that goes against God’s word, His truth, His will. Rebellion is any act of disobedience. Even seemingly harmless, “small” compromises (little foxes) are considered rebellious in the face of God, and they can bring grave consequences in the form of dishonor, wrecklessness, frustrations, even death.

People often rebel when they think God is mad at them or when they feel ashamed. And when people don't know God's power and love, they are more inclined to seek alternatives sources. But beware, this is the enemy’s ploy to get you off track from God’s best plan for you.

Rebellion’s outward appearance can come in many forms, including strife, envy, lying, slander, boasting and even murder. Rebellion will cause delay and defeat in our lives, even physical disease. Deuteronomy 30:19 warns us: "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."

Whenever we are afflicted, we must be quick to forgive. Whenever we sin, we must be quick to repent. When issues settle into our heart, they will defile our heart, take root; and we will speak and act accordingly, creating more sin upon sin. This is a layered death spiral that will manifest in further frustration and holding us back from excelling in life, career, relationships, etc. Ask the Holy Spirit to expose the root to you for the purpose of repentance and forgiveness, which will set you free and facilitate manifest breakthrough in your life.

Rebellion that we act out of is sometimes deeply rooted in pain—a hurtful event or past, where the plague of unresolved issues—such as rejection and fear—are allowed to operate in one’s heart and mind. Those issues do not just go away. So how should we process through them?

Proverbs 4:23 states, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

But what do we do when we were afflicted as children, growing up amid dysfunction? If we didn’t know Jesus at that time in our young lives, to whom did we turn? The good news is that Jesus desires for us to receive His restoration that He completed at the cross, and it’s not too late to begin. If you are willing to let Him lead you through a healing journey, He will see you through the process. He will give you revelation in His word to guide you, to comfort you, to restore you. He will lead you to sources and resources that can help you, such as a counselor, a prayer partner or a friend.

James 3:16 tells us, "For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” So what happens when we have carnal desires, unmet needs and ungodly thoughts, and we feel ourselves acting out upon them? We must ask God for His help. Confess every sin that we know to confess. Repent of them. Then ask the Holy Spirit (our Helper) to reveal the root of our hidden sins to us so that we can confess them and repent. Otherwise, we can make the biggest mess of our lives that may affect not only us but others.

Galatians 6:2 tells us, “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” The enemy likes to hide issues and to deceive and shame women. He likes to cause women to feel alone in their sin. If you are carrying a heavy burden alone, ask the Holy Spirit to provide a safe person or safe group of people you can share your burden with, people who can walk through it with you. When you discern safety, ask others to pray for you.

Romans 8:1 tells us, "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus." The Holy Spirit brings conviction, not condemnation. Condemnation is from the enemy. Whoever ministers to you should do so with love, and they should always point you to Jesus. If you have been behaving rebelliously for quite some time, God may be quick to reveal the root cause through others and will lead you to overcome it. He will give you an exit strategy. He is lovingly waiting for you to return to Him.

1 Samuel 15:23 tells us, “Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.” God takes rebellion seriously. Knowingly or unknowingly coming against God and His word opens the door to destruction in our lives. Hosea 4:6 tell us, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge . . . “ The everyday ungodly choices we make can also open the doors to demonic activity in our lives on earth until we get right with God. Yes, even among Christians.

I believe that God doesn’t send anyone to hell but that people send themselves by the choice they make to not accept Jesus as savior. As Christians, we are saved for eternity by grace without exception. When we are disobedient to God’s will and ways on earth, however, our will, our choices of disobedience allow the enemy access to afflict us on earth until we repent.

1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” There is a difference between wearing a gown of salvation and wearing a robe of righteousness. And our only hope for peace and restoration is the power and love of God through Jesus to deliver us.

What root issues do you need to resolve? Are you willing to take hold of courage and step into the eternal and everyday freedom that Jesus died to give you? Isaiah 42:16 says, "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them."

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16
Margaret D. Mitchell

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