Once, when I was teaching school, on the last day before summer break, a funny thing happened. A ordinarily inattentive high school student ran out of the door at the last bell. He lifted high his not-so-good report card, jumped in the air, and yelled,

Then he looked at me as if he just knew I wouldn't understand. Little did he know that I understood his feeling all too well. I was just as glad to get rid of him as he was to be rid of me!


James 1:25
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.


The jumping in the air, and yelling "FREE AT LAST" by the high school student didn't express freedom. It expressed rebellion. At summer's end, when school began again, he would be feeling frustration at having to attend. His was a commitment to rebellion and not to studiousness.

Some high school students are still quite attitudinal. They lack freedom because they attend only due to pressure. They get no joy out of school.

Rebellion is a deep-seeded emotion. It is a spiritual condition. Rebellion springs up from the way we are. It is an expression of sinfulness.

Jesus told the sadducees, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." (Matt 22:23) The power of God is displayed in the Scriptures. It is the power to set men free from sinfulness and rebellion. That power cannot be attained by rebellion. It can only be attained by surrender to Jesus as Lord, and a continued commitment to learning of Him through the Scriptures.

Many people believe they can receive freedom by an act of "accepting" Jesus. But true freedom comes only from SURRENDER to Jesus as Lord and Master of who we are. We must enroll in His school, and continue to look into the perfect law of liberty. It is by doing this that we learn more about our Lord and more about what He wants us to do.

If we continue in His Word, then we will not be a forgetful hearer, we will be a faithful doer of the work which He describes for us in the Word. Part of that work is to continue learning.

Rebelliousnes from study of the Word results in frustration, and a lack of commitment.
But, the result of being continually studious in the Word, and putting that Word into action in our lives is: - being blessed. "Blessed" means blissfully happy!

Which feeling are you expressing?

Love ya,