We must learn to hate that which wars against us.
Pride and independence yield the spirit of rebellion, rebellion is Adam’s mode of operation.
There is but one way for this spirit to break its release, and that is through an open heart before the Lord, the continual work of the cross, which leads us to submit to His Lordship.
This seductive, and destructive spirit of rebellion lies like a snake in the grass, and will not rear its head unless provoked, and then the fangs come out.
“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
“I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds. Jer. 17:9, 10
Paul understood this, and expressed his heart before the disciples for all to see, keep in mind this was written years after his encounter with the Lord.
“but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind[Christ] and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.” Rom. 7:23~25
Paul’s walk in the Lord was one of constant submission, and humility before the Lord, we can do well to heed his example.