The King of Rebels

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:11).

All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons (Romans 8:14). You have a divine stamp of approval on your life by your Father, the King of heaven and earth, and there’s a mission signed and sealed by God with your name on it. You have a Holy Ghost protocol.

So, why do you feel so unworthy of it?

If you could see God handing you a note with a mission on it, would you hesitate to accept it for fear that you couldn’t complete it?

So many of us are still stuck in the garden. In the beginning, there was no sin and no separation between God and humanity, but there was a forbidden tree. Adam and Eve ate from the tree first, but that tree dropped fruit all over this earth—it’s spread into every corner, and we are still fighting against the grain trying not to eat it.

Unfortunately, sin tastes good. It’s addictive, and it’s fun. That’s why our natural instincts are always at war with our moral compass. Satan loves to see us take our eyes off the promise of bounty and blessing that God has, and he entices us to want the thing we can’t have, whispering in our ears, “If God really loved you, He would let you have this.”  

Christians are not immune to temptation. Even Jesus wasn’t immune to temptation. Therefore, we must be on guard because Satan is looking for any excuse to trick you—he’s looking for every opportunity to kill you. The devil wants your heart, and he’ll do anything to wreck your life and testimony to get close to it.

Don’t be surprised when your flesh craves forbidden fruit. Don’t be shocked when guilt emerges in your gut because you found yourself wanting to sin or succumbing to temptations. We’re all attracted to the idea of rebellion when we think the forbidden tree tastes better than the Tree of Life.

Satan loves to flaunt that he is the king of rebels—the ones who broke the rules and found a richer, more exciting life. But the rebels of the earth are the ones who choose the contrary choice. Everyone eats the bitter forbidden fruit, but not everyone finds the sweet fruit of Life. The King of rebels is the One who rescues orphans, calls them sons and daughters, and sends them out to retrieve other orphans. He knows that all of hell is trying to break His children, so He tells us to be as shrewd as serpents and as harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). We are the outlaws of the earth.

When you feel that you can’t complete your mission because you are too tempted, you are too guilty, or you are too enticed by the forbidden fruit, don’t throw away your mission. The Spirit that is in you is greater than the schemes of hell.

When the devil tries to dance with you, take it as a compliment because he’s afraid of what you might do. And he should be—you’re carrying the Holy Ghost.

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