When people think of rebellion most think about teen-agers, but most Christians
fall into rebellion against God.  What is rebellion?  Rebellion is stubbornness,
disobedience, unbelief, sin.  Rebellion is knowing God’s word and not following it.  
The strongest rebellion is directed against God’s word (Malachi 3:13-14) “your
words have been stout against Me, says the Lord Yahweh.  Yet you say, what
have we spoken so much against You?  You have said, it is vain to serve God,
and what profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked
mournfully before the Lord of hosts?”  I don’t say this to condemn anyone.  
Romans 8:1-2 “there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death”.  We
have to be more sensitive to Word of God.  Jesus told Peter, when he was
concerned about what was going to happen to John “if I will that he tarry till I
come, what is that to you?  Follow you Me”.

All rebellion is against God, and opens people up for the devil to reign in their
life.  Stop talking about what the devil is doing in your life.  Jesus said “don’t take
a bad thought saying” (Matthew 6:31).  Paul tells us “casting down imaginations
and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5).

Isaiah said “who has believed our report?  And to whom is the arm of the Lord
Yahweh revealed?  The Bible tells us in II Timothy 3:16 “all scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness”.  We have to think as the Bible says, “we have the
mind of Christ”, He lives in us.  Paul told us in Philemon 6 “that the communication
of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing
which is in you in Christ Jesus”.  We are not alone anymore.  Jesus said “I am with
you always, even to the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).  We are told “submit
yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near
to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:7-8a).  Let us learn from Israel’s
mistakes, they rebelled many times against God and God lifted His hand of
protection from them and they suffered many things, but when they cried out to
the Lord Yahweh, He would take them in.

Rebellion is a choice.  The people had to decide whether they would obey the
Lord Yahweh, who had proven His trustworthiness, or obey the local gods, which
were only man-made idols.  It’s easy to slip into a quiet rebellion, going about life
in your own way.  But the time comes when you have to choose who or what will
control you.  The choice is yours.  Will it be God, your own limited personality, or
another imperfect substitute?  Mary told the servants at the wedding of Cana
“whatsoever He says to you, do it” (John 2:6).  What has God told you to do, that
you have not done?  Joshua and Elijah both made the people to choose (Joshua
24:15).  Joshua said “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord
Yahweh”.  Elijah defeated the prophets of baal, and the people saw God’s power
and made a choice to follow Him.  Once you have chosen to be controlled by God’
s Spirit, reaffirm your choice every day.

Rebellion leads to judgment.  Jude gave 3 examples of rebellion: (1) the children
of Israel, who although they were delivered from Egypt, refused to trust God and
enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:26-39), Jude 5 “I will therefore put you in
remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the
people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not”; (2)
the angels, although they were once pure, holy, and living in God’s presence,
some gave in to pride and joined satan to rebel against God (II Peter 2:4) “for if
God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered
them into chains of darkness, to be reserved to judgment”; and (3) the cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah, the inhabitants were so full of sin that God wiped them off
the face of the earth (Jude 7) “even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities
about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after
strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal

Study by:  Harriet Bond
Date: January 2, 2007
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