You know, while I was working on my thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer, I was also chatting with some others, and they were discussing several different things. But one that caught my attention was how calloused and casual some have become about our faith. You see, we are always talking about Jesus being the “Lord of our life . . .” and indeed, that is our hope. In fact, Romans 10:9 says that if we confess, “Jesus is Lord,” we will be saved. However, if indeed we want to claim Jesus as our Lord, He will want to be “Lord.” If Christ reigns as the supreme authority over his kingdom, and we are his subjects, then our lives must be governed by him. Okay, then what does it mean, exactly, to be governed by Jesus?
According to the dictionary, to govern means “to guide, to direct, to control all actions and behavior of those under authority.” What this means to me is that Jesus must be allowed to guide and direct all of our actions and behavior, and influence every thought, conversation, and deeds.
Don’t be fooled — we do not need to submit our lives to the whims of the Republicans, Democrats or any human authority. We do not have to be controlled by Wall Street or big business entities. We don’t have to submit to any power, earthly or supernatural. We can allow our Father alone to be in control. He will sit as King of kings and Lord of lords, ruling and reigning over every detail of our lives from his heavenly throne.
All across America we are seeing moral decay, the rise of the occult, rampant approval and even encouragement to pursue various sexual deviations, raging “in your face” atheism who have declared war against The Church. We see attacks against The Church coming from outside — as well as inside. Some Christians are afraid that the hordes of hell are slowly taking over our nation, establishing Satan’s kingdom of darkness.
We don’t need to worry about that. Isaiah assures us,
“The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of rulers . . . How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground — mighty though you were against the nations of the world . . . But instead, you will be brought down to the pit of hell, down to its lowest depths. Everyone there will stare at you and ask, “Can this be the one who shook the earth and the kingdoms of the world?” (Isaiah 14:5, 12, 15–16).
Look, our Lord is not one bit anxious or fretting about Satan. He isn’t rubbing his hands together, worrying over what we see as an evil takeover of our nation. With just one word from our Lord’s mouth, Satan will be gone forever, tormented for eternity. So, we are to fear no evil.
In no other kingdom does God rule as supremely and as powerfully as in his own kingdom—the one he has established in the hearts of his people. Jesus said, “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). It is within this kingdom—the realm of our hearts—that our Father rules supreme over His people, guiding us, healing us, governing our actions and behavior.
“His government and peace will have unlimited growth . . .” (Isaiah 9:7). This verse is talking about our Lord’s endless rule throughout eternity. Yet it also has another significant meaning: We must always increase our submission to our King’s rule.
Let’s be honest. Can you honestly tell me that day after day, Jesus’ government over you is increasing? Are you bringing your behavior more and more under his authority? Now, you might be thinking — If Jesus is in heaven, ruling in all authority at the right hand of the Father, how does he go about governing his kingdom here on earth? Well, we can find the answer in the book of Hebrews. The author tells us that in the Old Testament, God spoke to his people through the prophets. But today, the Lord has chosen to speak to us, through his Son (see Hebrews 1:1–2).
Jesus is God’s explicit message to us — the divine Word made flesh. In turn, the Father has sent the Holy Spirit to us today to remind us of the words Jesus spoke while on earth. So, Jesus governs us by the written, revealed Word of God. The Bible is our ruler’s scepter, by which he makes his Word known to us.
If you want to hear the testimony of a man who was governed by God’s written Word, you can find it in Psalm 119:11,
“I have treasured your promise in my heart
so that I may not sin against you . . .” (Psalm 119:11)
The Psalmist didn’t stop with that:
“Your word is a lamp for my feet
and a light for my path . . . (Psalm 119:105)
My eyes are strained from looking for you to save me
and from looking for the fulfillment of your righteous promise . . . (Psalm 119:123)
Make my steps secure through your promise,
and do not let any sin control me . . . (Psalm 119:133)
I find joy in your promise
like someone who finds a priceless treasure . . . (Psalm 119:162)
So what does your heart say today?
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