ENCOURAGEMENT TO CITIZENS OF HEAVEN RESIDING ON EARTH
As Believers, we are not only members of the Body of Christ, Saints, and Children of God, but according to Philippians 3:20, we are also citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
In the natural realm, when we are a citizen of a country, our citizenship is not transient, coming into and out of existence as we move from place to place. We remain a citizen of that country no matter where we are.
I am a citizen of the Bahamas known as a Bahamian, and I am a Bahamian no matter where I go. When in the Bahamas I am a Bahamian. If I travel to America, China or any other nation I am a Bahamian. When at home, school, work, on the beach, in the food store or driving my car, I am a Bahamian.
In the spirit realm, when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, are spiritually re-born and become citizens of the Kingdom, just as our natural citizenship is not transient, coming into and out of existence as we move from place to place, neither is our spiritual citizenship in heaven transient. We remain Kingdom citizens no matter where we are physically on the earth.
Whatever country we are in, whether India, Pakistan, Brazil, Zimbabwe, the Canary Islands, or Barbados, we are Kingdom citizens and wherever we are in that country, whether in our home, place of worship, on our job, at school, in parliament, the food store or at the mall, we are Kingdom citizens.
As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, it is important to note and remember that:
- Our ultimate allegiance is to God as our Ruler and Sovereign King.
- We are foreigners in this earthly realm.
- Our spiritual citizenship in heaven is higher than, and therefore takes precedence over our earthly citizenship, e.g., Bahamian citizenship, US citizenship, Korean citizenship, etc.
- We live in the country that we do because He has called and appointed us as His ambassadors, representatives, or agents in that particular earthly territory.
- The Constitution of our Kingdom is the Word of God; it is our supreme law and we are to obey it above all earthly laws. No matter where we are, what we face, or who we are with, our thoughts, words, morals, values and deeds are to be aligned with and governed by, God’s purposes, plans, principles, and precepts as outlined in the Word.
- The only position we are to take on an issue is that of our Government or King. We are to yield to and uphold the position of the King and to readily advance His Kingdom’s agenda in whichever earthly arena or capacity we may function.
- Our main mission is to make disciples of all nations and to thereby expand the dominion of the King on the earth. The cause of Christ is what we live for and what we are to be prepared to die for.
We are in an age of increasing opposition from the world system, the flesh, and the devil, and the cost of living as God desires is rising.
Globally these forces seem to be raging as never before to change, undermine, and if possible eradicate the fundamental tenets, standards, principles, and doctrines of the Word of God and persons who uphold them and are committed to Jesus Christ.
In spite of this, as Kingdom Citizens, and keeping in mind that this earth is not our home, may we, by the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit, make it our practice to submit to what God as our Sovereign King desires, approves of, and/or wants to accomplish in every situation and circumstance we encounter.
It is to Him, our Sovereign Ruler that we must give an account……may His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I wrote the following post in December of 2012, re-posted it last February and in light of the rising global trend of humans legislating what is right in their own eyes as opposed to what is right in God’s eyes, I thought it would be good to post it again…..be challenged and be blessed!
GOD’S LAW VS. HUMAN LAW
If God’s Law declares something to be wrong,
no human legislation can make it right.
A popular or majority vote means nothing in the eyes of God.
If every human being on this planet votes in favor of an activity or behavior deemed wrong by God,
and every nation of the earth passes laws to support the same,
in God’s eyes, that activity or behavior is still wrong and He will judge it accordingly.
Be not deceived.
No matter what man declares as right,
if God says it is wrong, it is wrong.
As we seek to live out our faith in these last days, let’s keep in mind that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, God is our Sovereign King, His Word is our Supreme authority, and we are only temporarily residing on this earth so we need to be sober, alert, walk circumspectly and be careful not to allow ourselves to get entangled in earthly affairs, to our spiritual detriment.
“Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.”
(Philippians 3:17-21 – Amplified Bible)
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges [those dishonorable desires] that wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].”
(1 Peter 2:11-12 – Amplified Bible)
“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”
(Psalms 119:89 – KJV)
“Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”
(Psalms 119:152 – KJV)
“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
(Psalms 119:160 – KJV)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
(Matthew 24:35 – KJV)
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