Psalm 69:6b – He (God) leads the prisoners out to prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Rebellion – What does rebellion mean? Refusal to come under the authority of someone who is above you; open resistance.In Biblical
terms, it almost always refers to man rebelling against God.
God HATES rebellion!
Many people rebelled in the Bible, and paid a great price for doing so. I will name a few.
Moses rebelled and was not allowed to enter into the land of promise.
David was not allowed to build God’s Temple because he had the blood of too many people on his hands. Let’s lsiten to what God says to him in 1 Chronicle 22:8 – But this word of the LORD came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.
1 Samuel 13-16 chapters – Saul was removed from being king and the Holy Spirit withdrew from him. King Saul rebelled against God’s authority to kill all of Israel’s enemies including the king and every live stock. Because of his rebellion Saul found himself in a dry place. Separated from God!!! The bible says that the “Spirit of God left Saul and an EVIL spirit came upon him.”
Jonah was swallowed by a great big fish because of rebellion!
Where has rebellion against God or His authority landed you on this morning?
Are you rebelling against God today? If you are, I know without a doubt that you have found yourself in a dry place because of it. God’s Word declares it.
Here are a few scriptures in the bible concerning what God says about rebellion.
Isaiah 63:10 – But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; therefore He turned to become their enemy and Himself fought against them.(
Psalms 107:10-11 declares – Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,
prisoners suffering in iron chains, 11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High.
1 Samuel 12:14-15 – If you fear the LORD and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the LORD your God—good! 15 But if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.
Isaiah 1:19-20- If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 20- but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Isaiah 30:1 declares – Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me;
Nehemiah 9:26 declares – Those who commit rebellion will be delievered into the hands of your enemies.
And in our text today – Psalm 68:6 – The rebellious dwell in a dry land.
When we hear the word rebellion, many thoughts come to mind of chaos, revolt and people who are acting in a disorderly manner.
When we make a decision to rebel against leadership, especially God’s leadership and authority, we set ourselves up for failure. God honors those who honor Him and His authority.
Scripture declares that those who honors God are like prisoners that are lead out of prison into prosperity! In other words, when we go along with the plan and will of God for our lives, we prosper!
We live in a world where rebellion and lawlessness is normal. People seems to have no problem with this type of behavior. It has become a way of life and acceptable to man. As a matter of fact, it is often encouraged by some.
In our text in Psalm 68:6 God gives us the consequences of being rebellious. It says, “the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” To dwell in a “dry land” is to live a life that is marked by spiritual and natural “drought.” One who is dead to the “Spirit” of God that brings life!
From a spiritual view, this means the blessing, divine wisdom, and supernatural power of God is missing in your life, which eventually leads to destruction of your life. Numbers 16 give us a clear picture of God’s judgment on the children of israel as a result of God’s judgment for their rebellion against Him. READ IT IN YOUR SPARE TIME!
God give us an example of the soul of a lost man. One who willfully chose to rebel against God and His authority. The man who rebells against the love and goodness of God and refuses to have relationship with God. He dwells in a dry land and his end is Spiritual death. Eternal separation from God.
Rebellion is taking place in just about every area of life. I will name a few: Against parent/children relationships, against marriages, against people in authority-either in Church or the work place, etc. Rebellion is seen everywhere and of course, everyday!
Sad to say, there are people who have no problem challenging the leadership in these areas of life. Rebellion can be in the form of words or deeds.
The whole message of the Gospel, is that God wants to redeem and restore relationship with fallen man through the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ. Without God, we are nothing! God is the True Vine and if we are in Him, We are the branches! Apart from Him, we dwell in a dry land. In other words, WE DIE SPIRITUALLY!!! A branch can not live apart from the trunk of the tree on it’s own, it eventually dies!
Regardless of all the riches you may have accumulated for yourself in this life, none of it is enough to fill your heart with the peace of knowing that you are really not alone!
The rebellious dwell in a dry land. What a scary and horrible place to find yourself in.
We will never have rest or peace as long as we are comfortable in our sins and refuse to turn from them through rebellion against God.
According to John 16:8 We have help-(Holy Spirit). And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment.
Hopefully, we will receive the help of the Holy Spirit’s conviction of our rebellion and turn back to God and His authority in our lives.
As Christians, we must keep the eternal perspective in view! Everything here on earth is temporary.
Rebellion is a open door for the enemy to wreck havoc in your life.
God’s Word is clear that rebellion is a great way to find yourself in dry land spiritually.
Rebellion shuts a person’s ears from being able to hear God when He tries to speak to them. Romans 10:17 declares that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Without God’s Word, we eventually die a spiritual death and end up in a dry land. A place of separation from God now and in eternity!
If you have been rebellious, STOP! Forsake your rebellion and turn to the Lord. Repent of your ways so that ye may find grace and mercy in time of need.
Rebellion is an open door to satan’s forces of evil to run rampant in your life. God’s Word warns us that rebellion darkens your spiritual eyesight (discernment), and it deafens your ears to hear God’s voice.
REMEMBER: THOSE WHO DISOBEY AND REBEL AGAINST GOD WILL END UP IN A DRY LAND, SEPARATED FROM GOD! IS THIS A PLACE WHERE YOU WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
IF NOT, NOW IS THE TIME TO REPENT AND TURN BACK TO GOD!!
Which will you choose on today? To rebel or to obey?
The bible declares that obedience is better than sacrifice.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
GOD BLESS AND DO TELL THE LORD THANK YOU FOR A SPIRIT OF OBEDIENCE ON THIS MORNING!
I LOVE YOU ALL WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST.