Tag Archive | disobedience

Proverbs 1:23 ” If you had responded to My rebuke, I would have poured out My heart to you and made My thoughts known to you.”

The Amplified Bible pens the above Scripture this way, ” If you will turn (repent) and give heed to My reproof, behold, I (Wisdom) will pour out My Spirit upon you.  I will make My words known to you.”  This admonishment then is two-pronged.  First, we must stop and agree with God we’re going down the wrong path.  Now our stubborn carnal nature will usually reject this idea at first…that’s because nobody likes to be told they’re wrong!  But it’s the second part of this Scripture that’s even more important.  For if we do turn back to God, He promises not only a renewed relationship with Him, but an outpouring of His Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding…that we may know Him more intimately.

Micah 3:8 ” But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgressions, to Israel his sin.”

The prophet Micah had to make a very personal and difficult decision…be quiet and allow the greed and injustice he saw to continue…or speak out, denouncing the willful rebellion and habitual sinfulness he was witnessing.  For Micah, the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit far surpassed any threat in the world…and the righteous indignation within drove him to openly condemn the ungodliness he saw.  As Believers, we’re filled with the same Holy Spirit as Micah…the same knowledge between right and wrong…the same ability to bring light into darkness.  I pray that a spirit of righteous indignation rise up among God’s people, causing us to boldly speak truth where there’s lies and  deception.

Deuteronomy 11: 26-28 ” See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.”

When God created us, He didn’t build robots.  Instead, He gave us a free will to make decisions and act on them…whether wise or foolish.  But it’s also our free will that gets us into trouble most times.  We bristle at being told what to do, and obeying the rules, in our mind, is optional.  Yes, our free will can become problematic!  So in this passage, the Lord is quite concise and deliberate in His laying out of our options.  We are given the choice…the decision is ours.  Will we obey and receive a blessing, or will we rebel and experience a curse?

I John 2:3 ” We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.”

Our walk with the Lord is a process…a long, sometimes difficult passage, from what we once were, to what we are becoming.  But what happens many times,  we end up feeling stuck in the middle of our old and new self.  So that’s when it’s time to take inventory.  Turn around and take a critical view of your old self…not a pretty picture, right?  Now, ponder where your life is today with the Lord’s help.  It’s nothing short of a miracle in how you have grown in the knowledge of God…and with that knowledge, how you have been changed.  None of us will every be able to say, “I’ve arrived!”  when it comes to the full knowledge of God…but as long as we continually strive for more of Him in our lives…we’ll be making headway.

Deuteronomy 1:42-43 ” But the Lord said to me, ‘Tell them, Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.’ So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the Lord’s command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country. “

Moses was speaking to a defiant and rebellious Israel in the desert wilderness after they had returned from a disastrous battle with the Amorites.  The enemy had chased the Jewish army down the hillside like a swarm of bees…beating them back…resulting in heavy casualties.  The old saying, “I’d rather ask for forgiveness than ask permission,”  just doesn’t work with God!  Anytime we think we know more than God, we’re treading on thin ice…and anytime we act on it,  we too will be marching out minus God’s blessing.

Lamentations 3:40-42 ” Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: ‘We have sinned and rebelled…’ “

Admitting we’re wrong and asking forgiveness is hard to do.  And when it comes to acknowledging our sin before God it gets even tougher.  It’s not that we’re deliberately rebelling against Him…of blatantly and conspicuously sinning for all to see.  No, it’s rather sins by omission that really mess us up.  These are secret sins that are easy to hide…things that only we may know about.  These sins of omission are things neglected and left undone in our lives…like regular time in the Word, or prayer.  Or they’re things we chose to turn a blind eye to…knowing the Lord wants us to act,  but choosing to be apathetic instead.  These sins of omission are disobedience at its best and need to be dealt with, for as time goes on, it becomes easier and easier to allow these sins to hide in our sub-conscience and justify them rather than admit they are wrong.

Isaiah 1:5-6 ” …Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart affected. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness – only wounds and welts and open sores…”

Why do you persist in rebellion?  Great question, right?  We stubbornly continue down paths of disobedience and willful defiance against God…knowing full well, it’s only hurting ourselves.  And if we think about it…most of the injuries we receive are self-inflicted because of the foolish choices we make.  Jeremiah 30:17 says, “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the Lord.”  Disobedience causes unsoundness within us.  But God wants to come and restore us back to health…returning us to wholeness and peace.