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October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013

Saints Simon & Jude,

"Conversion Leads to a New Life"

“Your name will no longer be Jacob…from now on you will be called Israel.”Genesis 32: 28

The good news about confession is that it leads to conversion. You are who you are but you don’t have to stay who you were.

Once Jacob confessed his need to be in control, rather than letting God be, things could change. God’s loving and gracious response to that confession was to give him a new identity. Now the transformation begins!

Notice two things about that:
God gives Jacob a brand new identity. The old man was Jacob, the liar, deceiver, manipulator. But that’s not who you anymore. I used to see you differently. Now I see you as a man of great potential and one who is willing to struggle, even with God. From now on your name will be Israel, one who “struggles with God.”After that night of struggle Jacob/Israel received what he really needed. The blessing he has longed for all of his life. God dislocated Jacob/Israel’s hip and gave him a gift, a limp. That limp had a purpose. It reminded Jacob to depend on God each day. The old liar, deceiver, manipulator could no longer rely on himself and his skills. Now he would rely on God. He leaves this encounter weaker, yet stronger. He has confessed his shortcomings, but has learned to rely on God.

God does the deepest work in your life when He deals with your identity, who you are, the way you see yourself and the perceptions others have of you. He does that by revealing how He sees you.

When you believe in yourself in that new way, it’s going to change your life and the way you live it. 1 Corinthians 5: 17 remains us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone and the new has come!”

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don