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I MUST KILL MY REBELLION                                 By Phil Guerena Sr. 

Rebellion is betraying someone or something.   It is interesting to notice that before Judas betrayed Jesus, Satan had put it into his heart do it, (John 13:2).  Betrayal is usually due to unfaithfulness and ungratefulness, (II Tim. 3:1-5).  If it is done against a righteous person or righteous cause, it will deceive you in a manner which you will least expect it. 
Without realizing it at first, it will teach your children and descendants a false definition of happiness.  Happiness is doing what you want and not what you should.  When they go astray after drugs and godless living, you must take the blame for giving them a bad example.  I have learned that in order to teach your children and grandchildren faithfulness, you must swallow a lot of pride.  This has to be done continuously to remain loyal and follow the positive instructions of the Bible.   “I hate and abhor lying, your law do I love.” Ps.  119:163
Now we have to face the reality of what rebellion is.   It is stubbornness, pride, covetousness, disloyal, ungrateful, disrespectful, disobedient and unforgiving.   It is a terrible example to give to our children, friends and disciples.  If and when they break down into lawlessness, they were given a very bad example to follow.  However, some of these will fall into disrepute even with good role models.  But it is best to give them a very good heritage. 
In the Old Testament, God commanded King Saul to wait for the Prophet Samuel who would offer a sacrifice.  However, King Saul was impatient and he personally offered the sacrifice, which was done only by God’s priests.   Just then Samuel appeared and confronted the King for his error.  The reply was that he, the King, was only following God and the request of the people.  Samuel and answered and said that:  “God delights in obedience for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry,” I Samuel 15:22-23.  
Witchcraft is definitely disobeying God and following your own gods which you control.  The Bible teaches that anyone who sacrifices to idols does it (worship) to demons, I Cor. 10:20.  Also stubbornness is associated with rebellion.   This is refusing to be thankful, humble and faithful.  Covetousness seems to be the main reason for betrayal.  There is certainly a time for rebellion when it is done against evil.  This would be stubbornly refusing all views that would condemn lawful righteousness and godly precepts. 
When rebellion is done against righteousness, it tries to justify its unfaithfulness with false accusations, lies and even anger.  (See the Book of Job)   Witchcraft is evil because it is anti-God and against the Bible.  It disregards The Ten Commandments and morality as defined by them and anyone who seeks to be guided by its teachings.  Many who attack the Scriptures deliberately worship Satan and much of creation.  The devil is an angelic beautiful creature.  In heaven, he wanted to take the place of God.  His pride and foolishness caused him to be expelled from the heavenliest with all the rebellious angels who backed him up.   So it is no wonder that today many people are open to disorder and evil.  The antidote to all of this disobedience is meekness, humbleness and loyalty. 
A teachable heart is certainly the desire of the meek, Proverbs 25:12.  “Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuke to an obedient ear.” “And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God,” Ps. 78:8.   God wants holy children who are obedient to Him.  We must be a living example of this.   Otherwise, they might follow those who seek always their own ways which gives place to wickedness. 
Staying faithful to your wife, children and friends will make you very open-minded and forgiving.  There will be many times when disagreements will occur, but they must all be understood or at least given an opportunity to express themselves and not necessarily accepted.  Giving in to your pride will always make you believe you are right while at the same time rejecting those who think differently.  Our stubbornness will lead us astray.  Loyalty is part of being meek and lowly like the Savior we follow. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30. 
  
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