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Spirit of Rebellion
By Marc Millan - April 23, 2013

A spirit of rebellion is a very dangerous and harmful thing. Let me start by saying it was Satan himself that rebelled against God first, he did not desire God's will nor did he desire to obey God above all he did not desire that God receive all the glory, he rebelled against God and took angels with him. After that it still wasn't enough, he invaded the Earth and got a humans (perfected) to rebel against God as well. That one act of rebellion sparked our sinful nature which desires to rebel to this day. Don't believe me? Look at a small child, you never have to teach them to rebel against you no matter how well you treat them, they want THEIR way and will fight as hard as they can to get it. Rebellion is a real and serious thing and it exists in the hearts of many today who call themselves believers.

Listen to what God's word says in 1 Samuel 15:23 "Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft (divination), and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols."

Rebellion in essence is desiring a different type of intervention, stubbornness is a heart focused on a different answer and power, other than God.

The easiest time to rebel is when the situation doesn't benefit you anymore, or when someone has hurt you. Sometimes a person or leader might offend you or even cause you to lose trust in them which leads to pride, resentment, bitterness and among other things, a spirit of rebellion. Why discuss this today? Why does it matter? I believe the spirit of rebellion is completely demonic in nature and highly influences people to make choices they should not, you see even when the situation doesn't benefit you anymore, you can still trust God to work it out, that is called faith. It also affirms what scripture tells us in the New Testament over and over again, if we live with Christ we must also be willing to suffer for Christ.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

IF you don't like your leader, your boss, your manager- the situation, don't allow bitterness to grow within you and give birth to a spirit of rebellion, ask God to purify your heart, seek forgiveness and healing so that rebellion will not get a hold of your heart.

Remember this:

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:4-8


Marc Millan
Associate Campus Pastor, Worship
Marc Millan is the Lead Worship Pastor at Rock Church and is a growing, learning, Christ-follower, who is saved by grace and seeking to improve his world daily through servant leadership.
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