Deuteronomy 9:23 Do Not Rebel

And when the Lord sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You did not trust him or obey him. Deuteronomy 9:23

Very few people actually like to be told what to do. Most people like to be free and be able to do what they want, how they want and when they want to do it.

As a result, most people will rebel against authority and refuse to obey the commands.

Moses reminded the people how God had given them a command to take possession of some land, but they rebelled against God refusing to trust or obey God.

Being rebellious against sinful or wrong leadership can be a good thing, but most often people are rebellious for personal, selfish reasons and choose to rebel against God. People want their own way. Believers can often become rebellious against God in choosing to follow the ways of the world rather than obey God.

God’s first desire is to never destroy or harm a person. His love is so great that all He wants to do is bless and build up a person. In order to do that God will guide and direct the path of a person to accomplish His goal. This means that He will give commands that need to be followed.

No matter what the command is or how crazy it sounds, the believer must be willing to trust God with all of His heart, soul and mind, knowing that God knows what is best. As he trusts in God, he must then be willing to obey God and not be rebellious against God.

Trusting and obeying God will bring about far greater results of life than rebellion and disobedience.

Regardless of where you are in your life, God has some commands for you to follow. He knows what is best for you to build you and to build His kingdom through you.

Do not allow the corrupt and sinful ways of this world cause you to rebel against God and not trust or obey Him. If God loves you so much to send His Son to die for you, He will only command what is best for you.

If you trust God for your salvation, trust His commands also and don’t be rebellious as some are.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God is commanding you to do; that you will obey God’s commands for you; and that God will strengthen you to not fall into the rebellious ways of this world.

Hosea 7:13 Talking Bad

Bridge over river

Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me falsely. Hosea 7:13 

There are times when a person wants to be friends with someone who has turned away. All that occurs is one just speaks false lies about the other. No chance is given to amend the friendship and it stays broken.

It is common for people to only think about themselves and talk bad about other people. They have their minds made up that others are bad, whether they are or are not. They refuse to look at the true facts of a person or a situation.

God is warning Israel of coming destruction for them because of their rebellion against Him. He wants to save them, but all they do is tell lies about Him. He is unable to save them from the coming destruction.

Over time there has been some people who have walked away from God. For some reason they have chosen to no longer be a believer in God. As they walk away, they also begin to bad-mouth God, speaking lies to all who are willing to listen. They judge God as being false, not real or not really loving.

Often these judgements are based off of reactions of people and not God Himself. God is a loving, compassionate and patient God. He does not want anyone to be punished or die in their sins. God is always reaching out in love to forgive and restore people, however, many do not want to be restored.

Those who are believers today, must always keep their mind on who God is and what He has done for them. They must never allow the thoughts that God is unloving or uncaring, regardless of how hard of circumstances they must go through.

You may have gone through some tough times in your life. You may have times where you are questioning God’s love, care, and power.

Take a moment to read the Bible and then think about what God has done in the past for others and for you. Now remember those things and talk about those things. Do not allow your heart to grow cold against God and walk away from Him.

God does love you and is concerned about you. He only wants what is best for you. Trust Him in knowing what is best and don’t believe the lies of the enemy and begin talking bad about Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will always remember the good God has done for you; that you will not rebel against God and walk away from Him; and that you will tell the truth of God’s great love and compassion for others. 

Lamentations 1:20 Inner Turmoil

Over rough waters

See, Lord, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death. Lamentation 1:20 

Stress and inner turmoil are very common feelings for people all over the world. People are striving to have more, do more, experience more than is possible, which, in turn, causes more stress and inner struggling.

The majority of the world feel as if they know what is best for themselves. Yet, as they fight to get what they feel is best, they feel more empty inside and as if they have not gained anything or enough yet.

After the fall and destruction of Israel, Jeremiah was weeping over the loss. He struggled in his heart for the rebellion that he had done and Israel as a nation had done against God. He knew the level of sin that had occurred.

While the world struggles enough with inner stress and turmoil, the believer who walks in sin struggles even more. The believer knows the right that he should be doing, but does not do and God is pulling at his heart.

As the world struggles with things, they do not really know the truth as to what they should be doing, the believer knows the truth. God’s Holy Spirit is reaching down to bring the believer back into a right relationship with Him. Where there is sin, there is no real peace.

The believer walking in a sinful habit may not go into physical exile, as the Israelites did, but he will feel a distancing from God in his heart. His heart and mind will know that he is doing wrong, removing all peace.

All that needs to occur is for the believer to turn away from the sin in repentance and turn back to God. God is ready to forgiven and forget, restoring His peace.

Examine your heart and determine if your heart is disturbed and in turmoil. Are you going through an inner stress that should not be there? Is the cause of it some sin that you are holding on to and refusing to give up?

Be willing to turn away from all sin and obey God. Do not allow yourself to be like the Israelites who were rebellious and God had to put them into exile. Repent and know the love and peace of God in your life today. God is willing to restore the joy of your salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin; that you will not rebel against God; and that you will know God’s peace in your heart and life. 

Deuteronomy 9:23 Being Rebellious

Rebellious child

And when the LORD sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You did not trust or obey him. Deuteronomy 9:23

The thought of rebellion brings up the thoughts of teenagers, motorcycle gangs, people dressed in weird ways, and those are always fighting against someone. It is seldom thought of as just people refusing to do something that they are supposed to do.

Simply put, rebellion, is going against the rules that are set in place. While most people do not think of themselves as rebellious, being rebellious is a very common trait among humans. Driving down the road shows that over half of the people are rebellious. These are good, high society people who are rebellious. Very few people follow the rules of the land by going the speed limit. It is a rebellion against the government.

Moses tells that the Israelites had rebelled against God in the taking of the land as He told them to do. They refused to obey or trust Him and lived in rebellion against God.

Most believers do not think of themselves as rebellious, especially against God, yet many are. How many believers actually believe God’s word to them and act accordingly?

God’s word tells every believer that he should be a witness, yet, many believers never tell someone about Jesus. God tells believers that path He wants them to take, yet, they turn down a different path. These actions are done out of fear. They do not trust God’s word or the people, so they do not do what God asks them to do. They are being rebellious.

Any person who does not trust and obey God, is being rebellious. He is fighting against what God desires. Yet, God only desires the best for each and every person who follows Him.

Think about your life. Like most you probably don’t think about yourself as a rebellious person. However ask yourself how many times have you refused to do what God as asked of you, or showed hatred toward someone instead of love, or refused to be a witness to those around you, or you feared the situation, rather than trust God?

Do not allow yourself to be rebellious, but trust and obey God. God loves you and only wants the best for you, so trust and obey Him, rather than be a rebellious person.

I pray today that you will know what God wants of you; that you will trust God’s word for your life; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that you will never rebel against God and His word.

Hebrews 3:15 Do Not Harden Your Heart

 

Hardened heart

As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

People will often harden their skin in order to be able to do more things without as much pain. In the martial arts there are some who will strike their fists into sand in order to harden the skin on their hands. This allows them to hit something harder, such as a brick, without feeling as much pain or getting hurt. In this type of hardening, it can be a good thing to do.

However, along with hardening their hands or other parts of the body, there are many who will harden their hearts or minds. Many people have hardened their hearts against someone because they had been hurt by that person. They refuse to talk or be with a family member, because of a past hurt. They have hardened their heart.

Hardening of any type, does not occur instantly. It is a slow, built up process that takes time and effort to occur. Hardening the heart or mind against someone also takes time.

One thing that many people have hardened their hearts to is God. They refuse to listen to Him and do what He says. Some have hardened and never come to hearing God’s voice in their lives. Others have believed, but hardened against Him.

This is seen in a believer who begins to purposefully live in sinful ways, refusing to repent anymore. It is seen in a believer who refuses to do what God is calling Him to do.

This type of hardening usually occurs slowly over time. They start out sinning a little. They feel God’s tug on their hearts, but ignore it and keep on sinning more and more, refusing to listen to and obey God.

Eventually, they no longer hear God at all. Their heart is hardened against hearing Him.

The writer of Hebrews repeats the words of Moses saying do not harden your heart. Take a look at your life. How well are you hearing the voice of God in your life?

As you hear Him say not to do things or to do something, how well are you following those instructions?

Do not allow your heart to get hard against hearing God. Be willing to always listen and obey God in every situation. God is always speaking. Are you listening?

I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will obey what God says; that you will keep your heart soft and open to God; and that you will never turn away from God.