Eph 4:2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. MAKE EVERY EFFORT to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”
Rebellion is no joking matter – especially to God. Unity, the opposite of rebellion is the product of pride. The blessings of God flow from unity and love. That is the picture that God paints in Psa 133:1 & 3. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity… For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”
Rebellion and pride – the original sins of Satan when his name was Lucifer and one of God’s most beautiful of angels, are the most cursed of sins. Pride is the elevation of a perception of one’s self and opinions above what is true. That describes Satan. He elevated his perception of himself above God and convinced other angels he was worthy of following. Thus he along with his deceived followers were cast from Heaven. That sin of pride resulting in rebellion is what Satan tempted Eve and then Adam with. In Gen 3:5 we see Satan’s lying words to Eve, “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” They succumbed to his deception and sin was the result. Since that time, the sin of pride has touched every life that has lived upon this earth.
Pride is the catalyst of rebellion. Most rebellion is subtle. So subtle that most people don’t realize they are being seduced into it even today. Let me explain. The establishment of authority is God’s idea and plan. Rom 13:1-2 says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God….” It is obvious to all that there are seemly good people in authority but also evil people in authority. It’s important to understand that the good are established by God and the evil are allowed by God.
This may be over simplified but I have limited space to write and will not be able to address all the questions this might generate so bear with me. The authority people end up with has a direct bearing on their obedience and walk with God. When people walk in God’s ways and pray, God is able to answer their prayers and usher in godly authority. 2 Chr 7:14-15 can help us get insight to this. It says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
When God’s people walk outside of God, they are participating in the same sin and trash as the world. There is little or no sincerity in their relationship with God and they really have no more faith in God and in prayer than they do in a good luck charm. They only get serious with God when they are in trouble. Because they are living in sin they end up with leadership that reflects their walk outside of God. But, when they humble themselves and begin to seek God and pray and turn from sin, God answers and brings godly leadership.
When God establishes leadership, He expects us to be unified behind that leadership. No leader is perfect. They must yield to God like anyone else. A leader is given the privilege of seeing a bigger picture – more of all the facts and the wisdom of God to deal with them, than anyone else. A leader is accountable to God to make the best decisions possible for the sake of the people. Every individual is given different levels of appropriate influence. That is what you get to use in addition to prayer. Beyond that, God expects trust given, and unity maintained to those He places in authority.
When voices speak against the decisions of His leaders, it is the same as rebellion. Division doesn’t work in the home between a husband and wife. It doesn’t work in the workplace between employees and boss. It doesn’t work anywhere. It doesn’t mean the authority figure is perfect or infallible. But, if we as one under authority honor God and pray for those whose authority we are under, then He can work in their heart and guide their decisions and outcome. The Bible reveals that God has used unrighteous leaders to make decisions that blessed His people because of His influence upon their heart. That happens when we keep our hearts right and pray! God can bless us and protect us no matter what decisions are made.
It is pride and arrogance when those that don’t have all the information and big picture act like they know better than the person who has been given the authority, information, and big picture. Consequently, Rom 13:2 goes on to tell us “he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
In the story of Moses and Korah, Moses was an extremely humble man and chosen leader of God’s people. Korah was a prideful discontent who thought he was just as holy as Moses and that his decisions would be better than Moses. Korah worked to undermine Moses by recruiting others in leadership to his way of thinking. When he had recruited enough followers, he got arrogant and bold enough to pridefully confront Moses. We see it in Num 16:3. It says, “They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy; every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”
Moses was the most humble man. He did not argue. He simply fell on his face and prayed and then said they would let God decide this. The story goes on. Korah and all his followers were swallowed up in an earthquake or consumed by fire.
No matter whom tries to lead you in any form of rebellion against any leadership, whether it be personally or through media, don’t go there. Use what appropriate influence is given you to use to influence good decisions, and pray. Don’t speak words against leaders. Pray for and walk in unity with them. It’s where protection and blessings flow from.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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