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#141: Addressing the Rebellious Spirit in the Church

September 2, 2023

Do you think Jesus was a rebel?

Think past the cute Christian statement t-shirts emblazoned with those words and dig into scripture instead. What do you think you’ll find? Listen, I’m going to spill the beans . . .

While Jesus was definitely a “disrupter” and went against the grain of culture and those in authority, He was perfectly submitted to His Father and aligned with perfect authority. He was the furthest thing from being a rebel you’ll ever find! It’s this watering down of rebellion (and the twisting of its real nature) that’s got the Church in a tight spot these days.

A few months ago while sitting in a quiet time with the Lord, I heard Him say this thing to my heart: “Erica, tell the Church: Listen to Me. Do it like this. Do it now.” And immediately my heart was flooded with the sense that the heart of the Father was longing to pull His kids out of oncoming traffic that was sent to wreck us. His mercy, mixed with urgency and power, was palpable. This is a NOW Word out of the throne room, Church. This is a message I’m obediently delivering and I pray you will allow the Holy Spirit to have place in your heart as this word finds it’s planting place in you.

On this episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast I’m addressing the spirit of rebellion that’s infiltrated the Church and convinced her she has to protect and provide for herself at all costs. I’m exposing the roots of this insidious spirit and declaring the antidote so we can be rightly positioned and prepared for what’s just up ahead in these end times. Are you ready? Grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!

NOW OPEN: JOIN US IN THE JESUS GIRL GANG! Hey, Sis! Have you been looking for a community of like-minded, like-spirited women to run with? Transformation and breakthrough are accelerated when you’re in community with other Jesus Girls like you! Today is a great day to get registered for the JGG and see your life level up. This is a space where you can experience real relationship with other Holy Spirit-filled women who are cheering you on as you GO with God. Head over to revivewoman.org/JGG to connect and let’s run together!

Scripture References Mentioned in This Episode:

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Romans 10:9-10
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Matthew 28:19-20
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 18:15-17
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Matthew 16:18
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

THE JESUS GIRL GANG IS NOW OPEN! Hey, Sis! Have you been looking for a community of like-minded, like-spirited women to run with? Transformation and breakthrough are accelerated when you’re in community with other Jesus Girls like you! Today is a great day to get registered for the JGG and see your life level up. This is a space where you can experience real relationship with other Holy Spirit-filled women who are cheering you on as you GO with God. Head over to revivewoman.org/JGG to connect and let’s run together!


Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.

REVIVE Church of Tampa

REVIVE Church of Tampa streams service live on Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find that livestream on our church Facebook page:

Live Service – Sundays at 11am ET

If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:

The ROCC: REVIVE Online Campus Community


About this podcast:

Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.

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