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No Time for Minute Men

August 31

"Make me to go in the path of THY commandments; for therein do I delight."   Psalms 119:35

"At the essence of rebellion is the unpardonable sin!"


There is, about each Christian, a not so subtle residual of rebellion.  For some it is subdued; for others it is kept as an outer garment to be put on in a moments notice if circumstances dictate.  For all, it must be confessed and forsaken as the most odious of sin.  There is no time for Rebel’s ‘Minute Men’ in the fight of faith.  “For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against GOD.”  While sin is sin is sin … there are some points of distinction regarding it, to be found in the Word of GOD.  ‘Secret’ sin can be embedded to a level which even the sinner himself has to go looking to find (cf. Psalm 19:12).  A ‘besetting’ sin is that recurring kind which visits with some regularity, but is not welcome.  ‘Presumptuous’ sin shows up with an invitation and is embraced as an old friend.  “Flee also youthful lusts …” Sins that ‘overtake’ are the speedy ones which outrun the spiritual sluggard, or happen upon us if we become wearied in the race.  Rebellion however, is the quick match able to ignite them all; as volatile as nitroglycerin; and capable of leaping over tall saints in a single bound.  “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft … Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, HE hath also rejected thee …” At the essence of rebellion is the unpardonable sin!

Rebellion enters in when we just simply lie down under the load of temptation, and like the foolish ass, we refuse to move.  The Psalmist rightly recognized our propensity to walk with the LORD until the incline of HIS steps become intolerable to us.  Today's prayer in Psalm 119:35 is a rare, but honest, admission of inadequacy.  Though there are many pleas in the Bible that we might be shown, taught, and\or led regarding GOD’S will of direction and pace: “Shew me THY ways, O LORD; teach me THY paths.  Lead me in THY truth …”  Rebellion is truant to all that, it must be made to go the way it does not want.  It is that “body of death” Paul spoke of, which is lashed to the believer till he\she reaches Heaven’s shores.  The only anecdote for rebellion is to take the “sword of the SPIRIT”, kill it off, strap it on; and be vigilant of any attempt on its part to revive along the way. 

 “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD … HE will teach us of HIS ways, and we will walk in HIS paths …”

For Love of Country
 Nathaniel Hawthorne  (1804-1864)
(American author)
"What is the Unpardonable Sin? asked the lime-burner ... It is a sin that grew within my own breast ... The sin of an intellect that triumphed over the sense of brotherhood with man and reverence for GOD."

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