Are you more loyal to your selfish way of living than you are to God?
Have you openly rebelled against wise counsel and found yourself stuck in a rut, going nowhere?
Does a war break out in your flesh every time someone in authority tells you what to do?
If so, you have likely declared:
- “No one is in charge of me!”
- “I didn’t ask for your advice and I don’t want it!”
- “No one tells me what to do!”
Destructive rebellion can be fleshly resistance to change or a full out war with an evil spirit that is intended to thwart your destiny with God.
Paul talked about that fleshly battle with a sinful nature in Romans 7 & 8 as an inward struggle with sin.
My Personal Story
To be honest, I struggled this year with wise advice that was given to help me advance. It set a fire alarm off in my soul because it meant giving up most of my free time and becoming submitted to extensive training. I am grateful that I confined my kicking and screaming to my prayer closet and listened for Gods guidance instead of crossing over into sinful anger.
But it hasn’t always been that way!
In my past I dealt with an evil spirit of rebellion that caused me to refuse all advice and left me very unteachable, angry, and stuck in a rut. My way was the best way, because it was the most comfortable!
Rebellion is easy to agree with because it lines up with your selfish desires!
One of my clients told me her heroin addiction was due to her grandmother saying, “I would rather have you addicted to heroin than dating a girl.”
That rebellion sabotaged this young woman and left her broken and in a battle for survival every day. In hindsight, she knew the word curse her grandmother had spoken over her caused her to rebel and sin. She confessed it had gained a stronghold in her teens.
Fleshly battle? Evil Spirit? Either way it is most likely holding you out of the fullness of your future.
If you are feeling the conviction of this war, here is a prayer you can pray today to get your feet back on the road to your future.
Prayer of Release from Rebellion
Lord, I confess and repent for willfully choosing not to listen to your direction for my future. I know that you speak through your word and through many wise counselors you have placed in my life. Today is the day that I will no longer lean on my own understanding, but instead trust that you will order my steps as I walk on your path. I take every angry and rebellious thought captive today to the obedience of Jesus Christ. I plead the blood of Jesus over my mind, will, and emotions. I promise to listen, be slow to speak, and slow to anger. I forgive those who have offended me and I forgive myself. Thank you God that you are merciful, even to rebels, if we confess our sins and return to you. Amen.
If rebellion is something you have dealt with most of your life, and you can see how it has stagnated your walk with God, then deeper understanding of its roots are necessary for your freedom.
It may be tied to a generational sin that you have seen repeating in your family bloodline, a word curse, or an act of revenge. No matter its origin, God always provides a way out.
Remember obedience brings blessings, disobedience brings curses, and Deliverance brings freedom!