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TEACHER DEVOTION FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 26, 2016
AM I REBELLIOUS?
Titus 1:10, 15  For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.  To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure…
“You are rebellious to your husband.” I was shocked. Who me? I never considered myself rebellious. I never openly argued or talked back. How could I be rebellious? Then I heard it again. “You are not honoring your husband and allowing him to lead your family.” I knew God was speaking to me.
“Yes, Father. Show me what to do. Help me to understand.” I prayed. Then God began to deal with me regarding honor and submission—obedience from the heart. I knew it was time that I became more thoughtful regarding his opinions and needs. A few months later I heard my husband tell our friend that he had a new wife. He was not sure what happened, but he sure could tell the difference. Praise the Lord!
Passive rebellion—that is the correct term for my type of behavior. I never said no or talked back to my husband when he made a request of me, but I often ignored or forgot to do what he asked me to do. If I did not agree with him, rather than discuss my opinion and come in to agreement with him, I just ignored what he had to say and did it my way. I was not part of the team.
Do the above paragraphs make you angry? Are you thinking, “She shouldn’t have to obey her husband if she doesn’t agree with him”? Colossians 3:18 says, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” My husband’s requests were neither harsh nor excessive. Looking back now I realize that I was the one that was unreasonable.
Rebellion is rampant in today’s society. It is so common that often we do not recognize it. Isaiah 58 warns us about the consequences of rebellion. People seek God and seem eager to know His ways, but they continue to do as they please, quarreling and fighting. They miss God’s blessings and the Joy of the Lord because they choose their own way rather than the way of obedience.
Obedience and respect are at the foundation of all character. Search your heart. Are you rebellious or obedient to your leaders? Remember, “…everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher (Luke 6:40).” If you want obedient, respectful students, you must plant seeds of obedience and respect in your own life. Humble yourself before God and allow him to reveal hidden sin in your heart. You can become a new person too.
DEAR GOD, I DON’T WANT TO BE REBELLIOUS. CHANGE MY HEART, O GOD, AND RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT IN ME (PS. 51:10).
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