Why is our hearts so bent toward a rebellious nature? According to the Word of God, the beginning of Rebellion begins with Lucifer (the Devil) in Isaiah 14:12-14, and seen manifested to mankind in Genesis 3 as the Devil challenges Adam and his wife to eat of the forbidden fruit. The reality is that true rebellion grows out of a desire to have or do something that is forbidden. That rebellious nature has been passed down from Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22) to all of humanity, and as a result we struggle. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” It is as we recognize the deceitfulness of our hearts that the beginning of victory is passed to us, through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. God manifests His Word in our hearts, and as a result we are able to combat the rebellious nature that is innate within us because of the principle of sin that dwells in us. May we learn to submit to the authority of God’s Word and turn from our rebellious nature.