REBELLION and LIVING UNDER THE LAW
Living under the law leads to lust. Lust leads to reasoning and reasoning leads to flat out
rebellion. People believe their reasoning is acceptable to God because they are actually
deceived and in rebellion. The door is open for Satan to steal from them.
One passage you can refer to is the account of Adam and Eve in the Garden when Satan
tempted Eve to disobey God.
Eve resorted to reasoning in the Garden of Eden and questioned the goodness of God.
Adam rebelled against God’s instruction and Eve was deceived by Satan.
Rebellious people view God’s Word as a restraining law rather than as protection in life.
Why would someone choose to willfully disobey God’s Will? His Will is His Word. That is
an extremely important question–one that reveals the motive of a person’s heart.
If you have ever played the game MONOPOLY, you know you can see the entire board
before you make a move. Think about this for a moment. Life is much like a MONOPOLY
Board–but one where GOD can see everything. He knows what is best and what is
around every turn. Choose to trust Him. He desires the best for His children.
Take a look at the following passage: “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is
the law” (1 Corinthians 15:56). Sin receives strength from the law. The law actually has
the power to arouse the desire to rebel because rebellion receives strength from the law.
Let me explain. Let’s talk about driving the speed limit. Without the law there can be no
rebellion. If you are driving 80 mph in a 55 and keep going onward, eventually you will get
a ticket. If you are distracted, perhaps by talking on the phone, you may realize you are
speeding without knowing it. Therein lies the difference. One is intentional and one is
due to distraction and not paying attention.
Either way, the law is being broken. But look at the difference in the motivation of the
heart. On another note, if you are feeling pressured to obey some religious tradition or
requirements in order to remain under God’s grace and blessing, you are under the law. Ask
yourself this question, “Do I actually obey God due to fear of consequences, or do I obey
because I don’t want to displease the Heavenly Father?” Grace causes you to want to obey
God because you love Him. What is the motivation of your heart?
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