For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20
If anything becomes more fundamental than God to your happiness, meaning in life, and identity, then it is an idol.
We all know someone who is rebelling against God, but says that God will forgive them anyhow. Others think that they are not sinning at all because they do not know what the bible says (or worse off, do not believe in the bible). So after all, is God wrong or are we?
To be rebellious is to deliberately disobey someone in authority (God, Husband, Spiritual leaders). And to have a rebellious attitude is choosing to be different from everyone else, and resisting to submit to what is expected. Rebellion grieves the Holy Spirit and causes Him to be our enemy! (Isaiah 63:10). Who would want this!?
God considered the Israelites behavior as rebellion during their journey in the wilderness: The Israelites were actually complaining, and being ungrateful. The Israelites were not defiant in the instances which God refers to, but they did come against their leaders : Moses and Aaron. They spoke up against Moses, they grumbled and complained against their leadership.
We should evaluate whether we are in rebellion towards God, because God says that this sin is like the sin of witchcraft. And witchcraft is the summoning of spirits to manipulate circumstances in individuals lives. For instance, if we spend more time and energy on other things and spend minimal time with God… we may be committing spiritual adultery, which is rebellion towards God. Rebellion opens doors to the demons in our lives, and certainly brings consequences with it as well.
The world’s view of rebellion is a strict defiance of the law or of authority, but the truth is different with God. It is along the same lines, but it is also a covert and subtle path of deception. And we must all be aware of our flesh and it’s will. We rebel against God every time we choose to please our flesh, our ego, and choose our own understanding instead of choosing God’s standards and what His word asks of us.
Father God, you are the Just God and the omniscient One. I pray that You warn us when our hearts are tempted to turn to rebellion, whether it is by complaint, murmuring, contentions or defiance. We ask you to forgive our rebellion, and choosing our ways instead of your ways. We do not want to insult You, or grieve your Spirit with our arrogant and self involved decisions. And Lord please soften our hearts, and increase our spiritual senses to discern when these temptations are on the horizon. And restore us if we have been in rebellion, whether we know it or not. In the name of Jesus, Amen.