The Difference God Makes

Today’s devotion for Blogging Through The Bible in 2020 comes from Genesis 35. Genesis 35:1-2 says, “Then God said to Jacob, ‘Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.’ And Jacob said to his household, and to all who were with him, ‘Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.'”

God has changed Jacob! The wrestling match that Jacob had a few chapters ago not only had a physical impact on Jacob, but it also symbolized a spiritual impact that God had on Jacob. Jacob is no longer being deceitful. He is now being a godly leader. This is the transformation that God does when a person surrenders to His grace and is saved.

The biggest takeaway from this story is the power of God to change us. The biblical word that is often used is the word repentance. To repent means to have a change of mind and a change of heart. It goes hand in hand with faith. When God saves a person two things take place. First, we recognize our sin and turn away from it (repent). The second thing is we turn to God, trusting in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus as the only way we can be saved (faith). One important thing to remember about repentance is this, it isn’t just a one time thing. Repentance is a lifestyle, it is something that we are to do every day. Every day we are to die to ourselves and turn towards Jesus in obedience. As we surrender ourselves, God is able to transform us into the person He created us to be, and to help us do the works He created us to do. In order for this to happen, we must surrender to Him. We must admit that we can’t, but He can. Have you repented of your sins and turned in faith to be saved? Is there something in your life that seems impossible to change? Just remember this, the same God who created everything we see, the same God who raised Jesus from the dead, lives inside of every born again child of God. While true change may be impossible for you and I, nothing is impossible for God!

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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