Deeper Day 160: Rebellion

There is a lot going on right now and I notice everyone is deciding where they fit within the current state of things. Each side is attempting to force others into the narrative they’ve so skillfully woven. Except, that’s not how things work. We are all made individually. We are all different. Many of us are created as carriers of joy and peace and find our most powerful weapon is gentleness. Others may claim it’s weakness, but what I’ve discovered is that it takes far more strength to hold back and weigh your words and intentionally look for the good and be an agent of true change, than it is to shout and scream and use broad strokes when you paint the way you see the world. What about the heart? What about the life I’ve lived to get where I am today?

Many who are the first to say that we should champion individuals, are also the first to berate anyone who shares a differing opinion. Let’s suffice it to say that in today’s climate it can be a real challenge to not feel bitterness, no matter which side you are on.

One thing I will say with definitive conviction is this, rebellion is not ok.

 Rebellion: An act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler. The action or process of resisting authority, control or convention.

For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you from being king. 1 Samuel 15:23

Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2

There are many scriptures pertaining to rebellion and none of them represent it in a positive light. We must remember to lay aside our rights to immediately react to things, and instead follow Jesus’ lead to be still first. He spent so much time retreating to the quiet place. It’s the only way we can remain truly grounded in Him.

It can be so easy to get carried off in the tidal wave of emotion, but that’s not what we are called to do. We are called to mature.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14

Prayer Moment: God, show me the truth. Remove anything that may be a veil over my eyes, obscuring the truth and moving me toward rebellion against You. Hold me close, God. So close that when You move, I have no doubt that You are moving. Let me be so sensitive to Your Spirit that I always know what direction You are moving, so I can follow You. Never let me be led astray. Hold me close and wrap my life in Your grace. In Jesus name, Amen.

Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20

(I wanted to share a poem I wrote for a devotional a few years ago)

The Voice I Have:

The voice I have, it may seem small, but it carries the authority of Heaven.  At one note sung, the warring angels have already surrounded to hear where they will go.

I know my voice, it may sound small, but it carries the voice of Eternity.

The voice I have is all I’ve got, and I’ll use it loud and proud.

The voice I have, it has wings and flies in many directions to slay a giant or comfort a heart, whatever the Father’s instructing.

My frame may seem so slight and small but when I walk in the anointing, the steps I take cause a great earthquake and the impact shakes to the heavens.

I am the only “me” I’ve got, so I will do the most I can, but I know that because I carry God inside there’s nothing I can’t command.