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Governed By God Part II

Governed By God Part II

They're Not All Israel

But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel& Romans 9:6 (NKJV)

In Part I of this devotional we looked at the life of Jacob and how he wrestled with trusting God throughout the first part of his life.  He never fully trusted God for providing for him, and therefore he took matters into his own hands, often times doing things in a deceiving way.

One day Jacob came to the end of himself and he called out to the Lord and he physically wrestled with an Angel of the Lord all night long.  When it was finished, Jacob would have a limp for the rest of his life to remind him of this encounter.  He would also be a different person.  He would be fully committed to trusting God for all of his provision.  And he would be given a new name, Israel, which literally means, Governed by God.

In today's devotional, we're going to take a look at verse 6 in Romans 9.  The Apostle Paul wrote, For they are not all Israel who are of Israel.

And what Paul was telling the Church in Rome was that just because a man says, I am an Israelite, it does not necessarily mean that he is Israel, or Governed by God.

And it is the same for Christianity--Not everyone who says, "I'm a Christian," is really "Christ-like", or "Governed by God."  That's what God calls us to do--be Christ-Like.  We are told in Ephesians:

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. Ephesians 5:1 (NKJV)

I believe that there is a fundamental reason why there are some people who call themselves Christian, and yet they don't act Christ-like.  

The first reason I believe this happens is because they never made Jesus the Lord of their life.  They may have accepted Jesus as their personal savior, and even asked for forgiveness for their sins.  I believe they may have done this with the utmost sincerity, but they didn't abide in that commitment.  

When someone accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, they will usually immediately feel all that pressure and condemnation be relieved from them; there is a sense of calm and an indescribable peace that permeates their whole mind, body and soul.  Life is good, and there is a fresh start.  They are excited and ready to go in another direction.

Unfortunately for some, this is a brief feeling as they delve back into the things of the world.  They do this for various reasons, but they are all driven by ones desire to feed the desires of the flesh.  The faith that they placed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior has been somewhat redefined.  Their faith is hollow as it lacks all those defining attributes that should accompany true saving faith, such as submission, duty, fidelity, allegiance, or obligation.

It is easy to say that one has faith if you don't have to change your life, or lifestyle.  I guess for them it is merely saying that they believe in Jesus, and adding him to their other beliefs and lifestyles much like adding hot fudge to the ice cream.  Sorry, but it doesn't work that way.   When we come to Christ and lay our life down, we must seek Him daily through His Word, for it is by His Word that we are changed.

Jesus said, He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me (John 14:24).

And we're told in James:

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. James 1:22-24(NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today, let Jesus be the Lord of your life.  Let Him govern your thoughts, your actions, your words, and all that you will do. Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men (Col 3:23).  Know that you have a helper to do this, and that helper is the Holy Spirit of God who lives within your heart.  You just have to purpose in your heart today who you will serve.

I like what Pastor Chris Fraley says, "It is the Word of God in the hands of the Holy Spirit of God that accomplishes the work of God through the man of God."

Let's make it our goal today to be Governed by God.

STUDY QUESTION: What does James compare those who only hear the Word of God, but they do not put it into practice?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you putting everything you hear and read about the Word of God into practice in your life?  Are you allowing Jesus to be Lord of your life?  Are you being governed by God?

APPLICATION: Read daily, spend time with the Lord daily, and then apply what you're learning each and every day.  Now share it with others.

Father, it is my desire to lay my life down before You.  I want to be governed by You, and You alone.  Help me to remember this when I place my attention on the things of the flesh Lord.  It is my desire to be a man of God.  May Your Word be used mightily by the Holy Spirit through me today.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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