Saturday, July 26, 2014

Root Out Rebellion!

Happy is the man that is reverent always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into calamity. (Prov. 28:14) 

In a world hell-bent on having it's own way, it is terribly difficult to cultivate the right attitude toward authority. The "QUESTION AUTHORITY!" mentally is so interwoven into the fabric of our society, it seems impossible to counteract it. Realistically, about the only place we can come to terms with it is in our homes. Are you doing this? Be honest, now. Within the walls of your dwelling are you maintaining the controls? Maybe these three warnings will encourage you to stay at it . . . or start today. 

Childhood. A rebellious nature is conceived in a home where parents relinquish control. 

Adolescence. A rebellious spirit will be cultivated among peers who resist control. And if it isn't curbed there, it culminates at---

Adulthood. A rebellious life must be crushed by God when He regains control. 

And take it from one who experienced it and deals with it week after week, nothing is more painful to endure. 

Strengthen Your Grip 

In my honest opinion, rebellion is like a double-edged sword. Huh? How is rebellion like a double-edged sword? Rebellion, in my opinion, is like a double-edged sword from the perspective that it can be both a good and bad thing. That all depends on the motivation and the cause behind the rebellion. 

Anyone who rebels against God and His children are doomed with trouble unless they encounter the living Christ and repent of their rebellion. In spite of all the negativity that surrounds the word rebellion, there is a different type of rebellion that is actually positive in nature. That kind of rebellion happened on the day when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 

There were moments that clearly stuck out where Jesus went against the grain of society of His time. One such moment came when He walked into the temple and turned over the tables and threw things around as He accused for converting God's house into a den of robbers. He also rebuked the Pharisees too. Remember that?! In the eyes of both the non-believers and the religious establishment, Jesus was essentially a rebel. The only difference is that Jesus was a "rebel" with a cause. What was Jesus' cause (purpose)? To bridge the gap between the lost humanity with His heavenly Father. Jesus is my kind of "rebel" and the type of rebel that I would love to continue to emulate in every single area of my life.

Would you like to be that kind of "rebel"?

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).