Religious but ungodly could best describe the case of many people who claim to serve God. This is a situation where someone claims to believe or fear God but in reality does not have God in his/her heart. You believe in God; fine, the devil also believe and trembles.
(James 2:19) "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!
It is not enough to believe that there is one God and perform some obligations in religious rituals to Him without know Him personally. It is religion which does not fulfill God’s purpose to free men from the control of sin. it only takes a man to the gate of God’s house but can not take him inside the house. Religion is powerless before sin. It does not give man the ability to be free from sinful nature. It ends in empty Outward observance of rules, do and don’ts. Religion is serving God outwardly without an inner personal relationship with God’s Spirit in Christ Jesus.
God’s intention however, is to bring all men into Himself by giving them His own life. Just as a monkey can never be human no matter the training it receives, without possessing human life. This is why God sent His only begotten Son to come to give His life to all men.
(John 3:16) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". Christianity therefore is not a religious move. It is not a call to perform some religious obligations in praying, giving offering, doing good works etc. It is a call to receive the life of God. A call to be Godly. Those who are religious without possessing the life of God, that is, without being born by the Spirit of God have not done anything beyond the devil who also believes in one God but never surrender his life to Him. This is why the Bible says those who claim to serve God but do not have the Spirit of Christ are none of His (Roman 8:9). Those who are religious are still slaves to the sin-nature, and are still under the devil’s control. But those who are Godly have received the Spirit of God which is superior to sin and are beyond the devil’s control.
HOW DO I POSSESS GOD’S LIFE?
(John 14:6) "Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth,and the life. No man comes to the father except through me.Jesus is the way for us to possess this life. He died for the sin of all men and rose again the third day. As you open your mouth and heart to proclaim Him the Lord of your life today, His Spirit will come into you and give you the life of God. You will be born as a Godly seed and you will never be the same again.
Pray this. O heavenly Father, I am grateful for this WOR you sent to me today. I desire to be Godly. I don’t want to be religious again. I accept the Lord Jesus with all my heart today as my Lord and personal savior. I believe He died for my sins and rose again. Lord Jesus, come into my heart now. Give me the life of God. Make me a Godly seed. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and write my name in your book of life. Thank you Lord, in Jesus name. Amen!