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The Rebellious Spirit

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Jonah 1:1-3
(1) Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
(2) Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
(3) But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

What does it mean to rebel, but to go the opposite direction in which one should go. To rebel is the call of the backslider. It is so easy to backslide and not remain within the wall of the congregation of a church. The church should be a place of comfort. I never been inside Godís house where there was not comfort though sometimes within the wall of the church there is turmoil of not all in agreement. Yet scripture is clear that when unison arise that the church needs to work toward agreement. The only way to work toward agreement when it is a scriptural matter is to discuss it. When it is a color design issue just best to walk away. Unless it is a really bad design that clashes. The issue of rebellion against God seems like something a new believer can not fathom of ever doing, yet it does happen. It happens because God ask one do something and they are not ready to do the total will of God. One rebels because of a crisis in one family, one social surroundings. One rebels because they just can not handle the pressure. One might choose to do something they would never do in this rebellion like drink, drugs and smoking. Others go on a journey in the opposite direction to get away from the place they are to go. Rebellious act is showing up in the next town or state instead of the appointment for work. Rebellion is going to place of no real destination and planning to keep going if caught.

Something or someone has to turn a person around in order to stop the rebellion. A person might be motivated by their own common sense, or it might be motivated fear to flee, or rebel. Yet it might take someone else to be persuasive speech to cause someone to turn around. It might be a speech to oneself, from someone else, or even legal law, depending on how far rebellion goes. Yet it might take illness, or some other unforeseen event to cause one to go back to their roots. To go back to their calling. For Moses it was burning bush. For Jeremiah it only took Godís instruction. Absalom never got to turn back, his rebellion lead him to be hung by his own glorious beauty. If one rebels no guarantee you will get opportunity to repent. Peter found himself in denial, only to later repent after the prophetic words of the rooster corwing three times. Yet Judas would die for his rebellion against a friend. Satan himself was father of rebellion, he deceived Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. In the process of deceiving Eve, he got himself thrown out of paradise. Not all rebellion is caused by the devil. Man is able to rebel by their own conscious.

Jonah rebellion was his own choosing. Satan did not whisper in his ear he was going to fail. The devil did not tell Jonah he was a loser, or enable to do the task God called him too. Devil did not put the thoughts in Jonah head that Tarish was a better town. Jonah received a call from God and the message said go to Nineveh and Jonah said no. Jonah will took him on a rebellious road to Tarish. Away from the will of God and going toward a sailing ship fixing to deal with a dangerous storm.

God had a plan for Jonah and Jonah step out of the will of God. Yet God used that rebellion to teach Jonah about running. Jonah could not go from Godís Spirit. Moses found himself in opposition to Godís will, yet he went anyway. The compelling of God is unavoidable. The calling of God is irrevocable. Yet that does not sound like free will. Jonah was prophet of God. He knew when he said send me Lord, that it might not be to religious people. Yet he did not want to go to a place of rebellious people. Nineveh was a place of rebellion against God. Yet God prepared Jonah through his own rebellion. Nineveh repented upon hearing the word of God. Jonah repented upon feeling the wrath of God in a storm and in the belly of a fish. What is it going to take for you to obey God. Moses hit a rock twice because of his rebellious spirit and lost his entry into the promise land where he was taking the people. Jonah found himself in the hot sun twice once protected by God and once not after Nineveh repented. Why because his rebellious spirit caused his anger because he did not think others deserved the same mercy. Jonah calling from God was his job. A prophet calling is to obedience to God, the decision made long before ever the first sermon. It began with faith, and continue with walking with God. Yet whatever Jonah knew about Nineveh kept him from wanting to obey God. Naaman rebelled against God when he refused to dip in the Jordan river seven times, but went anyway because of persuasion of his own servants. If God called you to a place of ministry do you not think He will not provide. Yet missionaries have died on the mission field. Jezebel killed all of Godís prophets but one and his name was Elijah and God allowed him to run to teach him that He was with him and cradled in Godís arms.

If you are in rebellion today or been through rebellion you know Godís provision and calling are irreversible. God will accomplish his will with or without you. He knows how far He can push you and pull along. Better to not rebel, but if you do, then know if God makes provision for you to repent you better. Godís mercy is great. Yet his patience is only for so long. His judgment comes and will shake the very walls of oneís house.

Dear Heavenly Father as we yield to your call in our life, help us to stay on the straight and narrow away from the rebellious spirit of destruction if one remains. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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