Rebelling Against God

A black image with only two orange cat eyes glaring out. The words to Romans 8:7 ESV, "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot." The verse shows us that the unsaved are rebelling against God, against being under His authority.
by Beeda Speis for Peace in the Stillness

What got me thinking about this topic of rebellion was last Sunday’s sermon. The Pastor said that people who don’t accept God’s free gift of salvation are rebellious. They’re rebelling against God, but they’re really rebelling against being under His authority. They don’t want to “submit” to Him.

I’ve admitted time and time again that I struggle with this myself. It took me decades to even understand what I was doing. Sometimes, I didn’t wait on God, but I didn’t even ask God for His direction or His will most of the time.

One of the most powerful lessons Jesus taught us was in the Garden of Gethsemane as He prayed to His Father.

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

Matthew 26:39 NKJV

I reflect on that a lot during Holy Week, but need to remind myself every day of the year that this should be my prayer, “not as I will, but as You will.” Doing my own thing instead of God’s will is an act of rebellion. Even though I’ve experienced the awe of submitting to Him, I still forget or even choose not to. I’m a work-in-progress.

Pray for the rebellious

This week I’d like for us to pray for those whose rebellious acts are hurting themselves and/or others. Those who are rebelling against their parents, teachers, anyone in authority, especially against God. This includes those who are refusing God’s free gift of salvation.

Please send me their initials if you have anyone specifically for us to pray for. We can begin by praying for J.H., B.W., L.R., N., K.D., W.Y., T.Y., E.Y., D.E., K.H., B.Z., S.H., W.K. You can leave a comment below, or contact me here.

Bible Verse of the Day

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

Romans 8:7 ESV


Father, we praise You and love You. Your grace and mercy know no bounds even as we test them each and every day. Please guide those who we’re presenting to You above. Help them see their rebellion and how it’s only hurting them and those they love. Show them their rebellion is not benefiting them. Soften their hearts, dear Lord. Show them the way.
Father God, our hearts are breaking for those in Ukraine. Please help them, Lord. Please stop the war.
Lord, we also pray for the Muslims of Morocco. Show Yourself to them during this time of prayer and fasting. Send believers to boldly share the gospel with them. Keep them safe, Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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