When ordered not to speak in Christ’s name, Peter and John replied, “Is it right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God?” Later they prayed, “Enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (Act 4:18-31). It wasn’t a matter of being difficult or uncooperative with the authorities, rather their priority was obeying God with boldness and a determination not to be shut down, while prepared to accept any consequences.

Our response to those who mean us harm is to come from the opposite spirit – not returning evil for evil but with good, blessing those who curse us (Mt 5:44; Rom 12:20; 1 Pet 3:9).

Do I react in the flesh or respond in the Spirit?

Living God’s way brings blessing which is the opposite of Satan’s which results in defeat and death.

Adam and Eve acted contrary to God's instructions (Gen 2:17, 3:6). Rebellion and not behaving as directed has continued to blight humanity ever since. The sexual lifestyle of many is contrary to that instituted by God (Gen 2:24; Rom 1:26,27). The carnal flesh and the spirit are contrary to each other (Gal 5:17).

See also: civil disobedience, contradiction, opposite spirit, opposition, reaction, rebellion, response.