Rebel with a Cause

Ben CerulloBy Ben Cerullo4 Minutes

God views rebelliousness and stubbornness negatively. He says, “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is … as idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23). But Jesus took “captivity captive” and now leads us in victory (Ephesians 4:8). Jesus can redeem our rebellious, stubborn tendencies and use them for good.

Our world is in serious trouble, but as Christians, we are equipped to do something about it! Rebellion against God’s way leads only to death and destruction, but rebellion against the world is every believer’s call.

Friend, we must stand solidly on the Word of God to change the downward spiral of today’s world. Consider these important truths about this battleground we live in:

1. The world exerts a powerful influence on those who turn from God (Romans 1).

2. Satan, who hates God and believers, controls this world (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19).

3. Jesus has already triumphed over the devil and made a spectacle of him (Colossians 2:15).

4. The Spirit of God lives in you, and He’s greater than the ruler of this world! (1 John 4:4).

In a world that increasingly calls for conformity to ungodly standards, standing on God’s Word requires a strength of character that others may deem rebellious or stubborn. Are you confident enough in your knowledge of Scripture to be able to stand? There are no substitutes for the Word of God and prayer. God’s soldiers must make both a priority.

These days are not unlike the days of the early church. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus about standing firm in the face of persecution. Let’s look at his instructions:

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:13).

Do you armor up every morning? You need to – as a rebel to the world, you are in enemy territory and need to be divinely equipped. The exciting truth about your armor is that every piece represents Jesus Christ. In other words, armoring up is sheltering in Christ!

Belt of Truth – Roman soldiers used a belt to hold their tunic in place and attach weapons. As a believer, integrity to the truth is the first step in dressing for victory.

Breastplate of Righteousness – A chainmail breastplate protected the soldier’s vital organs. Your heart and mind are Satan’s primary targets. Let Jesus’ righteousness protect you.

Shoes of Peace – Cleated fighting shoes helped soldiers stay upright in battle. Peace with God provides the solid footing needed to emerge victorious from battle.

Shield of Faith – Roman soldiers used leather-covered wooden shields dipped in water to deflect flaming arrows. Faith shields you from the fiery attacks of Satan.

Helmet of Salvation – Warfare requires a sharp mind! God has given you the mind of Christ, and being sure of God’s love and salvation keeps your mind prepared for the Spirit’s instructions.

Sword of the Spirit – Soldiers demolished opponents with their swords. The Word of God is the sword that can slay your temptations and allow you to gain Kingdom ground!

Paul closed out his letter of instruction by emphasizing praying always in the Spirit. Effective battle against the evil one requires a constant conversation with the Father. He wants to hear you – and He wants to be heard. The battle belongs to the Lord, and He will direct you step by step. Will you suit up and listen up? The world is waiting on you.