The Dangers of Rebellion and the Way Out

Holy Spirit woke me up this morning with the word rebellion. It’s something that as a pastor we never want to deal with. It’s one of those situations that we never would have to confront if it were not for the fallen state of mankind and pride.

As I started my morning devotion I came upon a blog post by Joyce meyer. Here is an excerpt and I will post a link to the entire blog post below.

The Dangers of Rebellion and the Way Out:

We need to know what rebellion is to really understand why it’s so dangerous. Rebellion is not just outward behavior but it’s an attitude problem and a heart issue. It resists authority, is likened to witchcraft in the Bible (see 1 Samuel 15:23), makes us unprofitable (see Hebrews 13:17), and brings judgment upon us (see Romans 13:1-2). These are just a few results.

But the good news is, we don’t have to live this way. I’m living proof that God can heal and change your heart to be submissive to His authority, as well as the people in authority over you that He puts in your life.


Leadership Nuggets 

3 of my favorite nuggets from the book – Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

“Leaders must always operate with the understanding that they are part of something greater than themselves and their own personal interests.”

“Even the most competent of leaders can be overwhelmed if they try to tackle multiple problems or a number of tasks simultaneously.”

“Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they figure out a way to get it done and win.”

Nuggets from This week

Concerning the “Church”

The church is a lot like Noah’s Ark. Inside its walls the ark was not perfect. It was probably smelly, dirty, had some conflict, and was not an optimal environment to say the least. But it sure beat what was on the outside. What was on the outside was death, darkness, overwhelming circumstances and hopelessness. – Nate Galloway

Concerning Young Leaders:

A sign of maturity for young leaders is making adjustments, thinking outside the box, and finding solutions when things do not go as originally planned. – Greg Cosell

Concerning Mature Leaders: (by Louis Riddick using a football analogy)

1) Even mature leaders perform at subpar levels when they do not have a quality supporting cast around them. In Eli Manning’s case, this is his offensive line.

2) Conflict and chaos can make even mature leaders uncomfortable and thus, less productive.

3) Trust is the foundation of any successful team.

Global Leadership Summit Day 2 “Nuggets”

“It is in brokenness sometimes that we understand what it truly means to lead.” – Bryan Stevenson 

“What glorious good might God do through your leadership if you were to lead without fear?” – Gary Haugen

Talent counts, but effort counts twice @angeladuckw

Nothing undermines the power and promise of a talented, trained, gifted and promising leader like fear. So be brave! Gary Haugen 

Beware the lollipop of mediocrity. One lick and you suck forever. Julie Funt 

I don’t get to choose who I respect. Everyone is made in the image of God and has intrinsic value. 1 Peter 2:17 

Our troubled world is demanding a better brand of leaders, those who put the needs of others before their own priorities. Bill Hybels 

When God calls me… my job is to show up and say YES. 

Be humble, be a leader not a troublemaker, thank your mentors, encourage young leaders, be civil, pass the baton well Bill Hybels 

Just a few nuggets from The Global Leadership Summit – Day 1

A few takeaways from the The Global Leadership Summit:You don’t get more creative by reading a book. You get more creative by DOING creative things.

“Your greatest contribution to the world may not be something you do, but someone you raise. You need to raise WOW kids.

The moment you criticize what you don’t understand, you stop learning. The moment you stop learning, you stop leading. 

“Keep your eyes and mind wide open.”

7 Habits for Better Life :)

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The benefits of a healthy amount of self-confidence are many. When you’re self-assured, it’s easier to achieve your goals, others are naturally drawn toward your charisma, and you feel more comfortable in any situation. Life is easier with self-confidence.

Add these easy habits to your daily routines and feel the difference.

  1. Dress the part. The way you dress affects your confidence. Research shows that dressing well can boost your self-esteem.


You don’t have to spend an enormous amount of money on expensive designer outfits. When shopping, be frugal but buy nice clothes. You’ll have fewer items of clothing, but the ones you have will bring you confidence each time you leave the house. The key is how you feel in an outfit. A rule of thumb that I learned was: always have a blue blazer! If you are laid back like me, just wear the blazer with jeans and then BOOM! People will see you as “dressed up”.

  1. Think positive. Each time you notice a negative thought about yourself, switch your focus to something more positive. Negative thoughts drain your self-confidence. Nugget: It takes the same effort to think positive as it does negative. Only one however is good for you 🙂

For example, if you have a thought about not accomplishing all of your goals, you can counter it with what you have Have ready answers for any negativity.

  1. Speak slower. This may seem like a strange way to increase your confidence, but research shows that those who have higher self-esteem talk slower. Learn to speak slower and pause more often. Your words matter and you don’t have to rush them to express yourself.

James 1:19 let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

People who are not confident in their words or themselves tend to speak very fast.

  1. Volunteer more often. Volunteering can raise your confidence levels in multiple ways:

Volunteering can increase your skills.
It can show you that others value your work and ideas.

It can also help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

It gives you the ability to give back and earn gratitude from others. You’ll feel better and appreciate life more.

Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

1 John 3:17 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

5. Start a healthy habit. A healthy habit such as exercising on the weekends or eating a fruit at breakfast is an excellent way to boost your self-esteem. You’ll be able to feel confident that you’re following through with your goals.

  1. Focus on your body language. Are you scared to raise your head and look people in the eye? Are you frightened to stand up straight and walk with confidence? Your body language shows the world your confidence – or lack of it.

Mimic strong body language even if you’re not feeling confident. By looking more confident, you’ll start to feel this way. Make lists.

7. Make a List! There are several types of lists you can make to increase confidence:

The first is a list of your accomplishments. Dig deep and include all of the rewards, ribbons, and other prizes you’ve won. Include things from both the past and present on this list.

The second list is the things that you’re grateful for right now. This list will show you that you have many things in your life that matter and make you happy.

Post your lists in a prominent place in your home so you can see them on a consistent basis.

If you incorporate these habits into your daily routines, you’ll enjoy increased self-confidence very quickly. The longer you follow these strategies, the greater your new-found confidence will grow.