Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | April 24, 2010

Overcoming Rebellion

Many people who come into our church’s (including seasoned Saints) come from abusive backgrounds. Some have made a conscious choice never to be pushed around again and have become rebellious. According to 1 Samuel 15:23, “Rebellion is as the sin of divination (witchcraft) and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry” (NIV). WOW!!!! Thats some powerful words the Bible uses to describe a person who operates in rebellion. Did you know that defiance against authority places us in the camp of the enemy and subjects us to his influences? The god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, is roaring around like a hungry lion “seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Did you also know that Satan was the originator of rebellion, so when we rebel, we are following his lead (Common sense right? But a lot of people don’t know this or rather CHOOSE to ignore that they are following Satan’s lead).

We live in a rebellious age. Everyone sits in judgment of those who are in positions of authority over them. We go to church and critique the choir or the music instead of entering into the experience of worshipping God. We sit in judgment of the sermon instead of letting the sermon sit in judgment of us (Oooooooooooooo Weeeeeeeeeee that will preach!!!!!!!!!! YES LORD). How many times have you heard people coming out of church criticizing the music or the message? We bad-mouth our president, our governors, our pastors, our teachers, our spouses and our parents. The truth is, we are commanded by God to submit to and pray for those who are in authority over us. (Romans 13:1-2). It’s high time that we start to learn to overcome this rebellious spirit that has overtaken the lives of individuals.

Understand this, submission is a relational matter between the creature and the creator. When we know who we are as children of God, we do not have to rebel; we do not have to dominate and control. We yield to the lordship of Christ, secure position in Him, and we relate to others with love and forgiveness. God’s order is: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Submitting to God enables us to resist the devil.

The prayer that begins this submission is a commitment before God to forsake rebellion and choose a submissive spirit. (Oooo God give me that, you know I am preaching to myself now). Next, recognize and then pray to God for you to submit yourself in every area of rebellion. Thank the Lord for forgiving you of having a rebellious spirit. Choose to be obedient to God’s Word by telling the Lord every area of rebellion you are having a problem with.

In conclusion, I understand because of abusive authority and legalistic teachings, the term “submission” has a negative connotation for many people. To them, a submissive person is a doormat who never questions those in authority. Some accept the doormat role and identity, while others deeply resent all authority figures, including God. By no means is this lesson teaching you to overcome rebellion by being a doormat. What I’m trying to get you to realise is that rebellion will lead to malice, guile, hypocrisy, envy and slander (1 Peter 2:1) Bottom line, when we submit to God and resist the devil (who will flee from you once you resist him through the power of the Holy Ghost) we will be free to be respectful and submissive to those that have authority or rule over us. This is the reason why it is so important to stress being Holy Ghost filled. The Holy Ghost gives you the power to be submissive and to not live a rebellious lifestyle.

Remember, the first step to overcoming rebellion is to admit that you have been operating in rebellion. Afterwards, we can lean and depend on the Holy Ghost coupled with the Word of God to steer us into being the submissive Christian God has called all of us to be.


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