Stubbornness is not a gift given to us from God.
Dictionary: “If you’re the kind of person who takes a stand and then refuses to back down, your friends might say you have a stubborn disposition, a word that implies an innate resistance to any attempt to change one’s purpose, course, or opinion. People who are stubborn by nature exhibit this kind of behavior in most situations,”
“Stubbornness is obstinate, headstrong, willful, strong-willed, pigheaded, obdurate, difficult, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, inflexible, iron-willed, uncompromising, unbending; informal stiff-necked, bloody-minded, balky;” Dictionary
Stubbornness is not of God! Yet, God has plenty to say about it.
1 Samuel 15:23: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity (immoral or grossly unfair behavior) and idolatry (extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone). Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king.”
Psalm 78:8: “… a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
Proverbs 7:1 “She is loud and stubborn, her feet abide not in her house;”
Stubbornness is really the opposite of skillful and godly Wisdom. It (S) causes one to worship themselves, or their issues, or seek their own ungodly words and deeds for their issues rather than obeying God’s instructions. Stubbornness brings a dimension that at times may be hard to detect. We learn something along life’s journey and we are set in our ways to believe we are right and refuse to change. Which most likely is laziness. Laziness is always a form of stubbornness because it does things only when it feels like doing them, and only the things laziness wants to do. “A lazy person has trouble all through life.”Proverb 15:19 NLT
Fear always manipulates its way into a form of stubbornness. Fear refuses to see and act on godly wisdom. Fear will always see things that it encourages itself to see. Fear is a selfish, unloving, unkind and ungrateful act. Fear refuses counsel from the mind and heart to face issues and deal with them in a healthy way. Fear is a maniac’s way to look at things to please self. 1 John 4:18 “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. ”
To try and hide iniquity is stubbornness. Truth is light and light is life. To live TRUTH and to speak TRUTH is the opposite of stubbornness.
Stubbornness turns off the ability to reason. Stubbornness turns off decision making abilities when faced with choices in life.
This is just a small window into stubbornness. We have come to believe that the state of our minds and hearts have a lot to do with how healthy we live. So Stubbornness may be affecting your health.
Blessed (happy) is the one who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding,
for wisdom is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with wisdom.
What gifts would you like for Christmas and what gifts are you giving? If the counsel you give yourself or others is not bringing health, restoration, life, light than try the source. Are you a well of deep wisdom? Does your life coach or friends or counselor give you deep wisdom? We need deep wisdom to overcome. Wisdom comes through knowing and applying THE TRUTH.
Christmas is not a folklore of a baby in a manger. It is about a baby that embodies the power of creation. The baby created you and me and set the galaxies and set the stars on its course. This is the decree of the “All Mighty, the Full of Knowledge.” He is Wisdom and He freely gives wisdom to those that ask.
Let’s have an open dialogue on stubbornness vs. wisdom. I sure want to give light, hope and truth to myself and family. As I decorate our tree with wisdom lights and wrap our packages in a bright color of truth and bow it with excellence of attitude, I have hope that we will always embody wisdom. I seek to hang an eternal wreath on our open door of communication so that we will seek wisdom and act on knowledge and shine brightly and not always be shorting out.