Rebel: Young girls and boys have been vulnerable because of one small decision made out of rebellion and human traffickers were they to take advantage.
But our ancestors resisted following You. They were arrogant. They were proud. They refused to obey Your commands, plugging their ears. Knowing what You had done for them in the past, They willfully forgot it in the present. Stubborn. Rebellious. Instead of following You, They appointed their own leader to take them back to the land of their oppression—to Egypt! But You are not like us, God. You are filled with love, compassion, and forgiveness. You endure much with your anger and display Your loyal love; You did not abandon them, Even when they molded a cow out of gold for themselves, saying, “This is the god who rescued us from Egypt.” They committed horrible atrocities.”
The Voice (VOICE)
A girl named “Rebel”
I spent most of middle school wanting for people to tell me what to do; just so I could do the opposite. Time and time again I proved that no one could tell me anything, and if they did I didn’t care because I was going to do just that. If my dad told me to pick up my clothes, I’d pick them up and throw them on a different piece of the floor. I only picked them up because I knew they would be a beating if I didn’t. If my mom told me I couldn’t go somewhere I would sneak out and go.
Rebel, at that point it should have been my name. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t obvious about being rebellious, I was sneaky, on the down low about it, sometimes I got caught and sometimes I didn’t.
Then I met a guy who loved that about me, he was older and I thought he was super cool. If he asked me to do something I wanted to do it because he told me what I wanted to hear like “You can make your own decisions’ and They don’t get you.” He never asked me to do things I didn’t want to at least not at first. Then it all changed, he started controlling me, making me do things that were wrong. One day he got mad at me and took his hands, wrapped them around my throat and started to choke me. As I tried to loosen his grip from my neck with my legs two feet off the ground I started to pray “God help me” at that moment someone walked in and he dropped his hold.
Many people tried to tell me this guy was not right for me, they said he was going to cause me pain and get me in trouble. But my rebellion was like wearing dark glasses at night, I couldn’t see it. Everyone wanted the best for me but I was too busy caring about not being told what to do then doing the right thing, so all I did was make bad choices.
Even though I had turned my back on God through my rebellion He never turned his back on me. I changed that day and asked God for forgiveness, and He forgave me.
Are you making chooses because you don’t want someone telling you what to do?
If someone tells you what to do, do you do the opposite to show him or her wrong?
Is there someone telling you what you want to hear but you know they aren’t good for you?
Father, forgive me for being rebellious and doing things that I know are wrong. Thank you for Jesus because through you, I am forgiven and changed. I choose to be obedient to you and ask for your wisdom in all my choices from this day on.
My Generation Prayer:
Father, remove rebellion from my generation help us to be like Christ and follow after your ways everyday. Give us strength to choose what is right in your eyes, and protect us from evil.
Choose to follow Gods ways and be obedient to Christ first, if you know what is right choose to do it even if it’s seems really hard. It will be worth it later. If you feel like your not strong enough ask for Gods strength.
The above is an excerpt from the new devotional “Not My Generation: Slavery” coming out summer of 2013.
Rebellion in our life is a huge deception. When we are rebellious we aren’t doing what we want or what God wants, we are doing what the devil wants. Don’t be deceived in thinking that rebellion is being strong-willed either that will just keep you locked into a life of frustration.
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