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There are two powerful human tendencies that lead to disobedience: doubt and pride. Both can be dangerously misleading.
- Doubt is a mental struggle over whether or not to believe God's promises. From our limited perspective, we cannot understand how God works. Sometimes His way does not feel like the right path, so in order to obey, we must step out in faith. Then it can feel as though we are jumping off a cliff and trusting God's invisible rope to hold us. If we listen to our doubt, we will surely transgress.
- Pride is the sin that caused Satan to fall from heaven, and it is a deceptive obstacle for believers as well. Pride has to do with thinking that our way is best, putting more faith in our ability than God's promises, and desiring praise. Anything we do out of pride is rebellion against the Lord.
The Enemy wants to lure us with doubt and pride: both feel right and are easily justifiable from our human perspective. He loves to intice beleivers to rebel within the church against spiritual heads of authoirty. Any act of rebellion towards a spiritual head of authority, or those that spiritual rule over you can disrupt your life and cause cataclysmic reactions.
Believers should follow Joshua's wisdom instead: "Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15).