My birth city is a smaller town within one of the biggest cities in the US. The Houston Texas area covers 9,444 square miles, an area larger than five other U.S. states: New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. Impressive huh.
Oh beloved, this morning God reminds us of His wonderful truths. When we are truly born again, we become citizens of a better country. A heavenly realm that is overseen by the King of Kings. We no longer pledge allegiance to anything or anyone above this King of ours. We also claim fidelity to Him and His Word. He has breathed out an entire Encyclopedia of His nature, His character, His laws, His ways and paths for all our lives. His country encompasses, overtakes and goes beyond human earthly limits. Impressive huh.
And you precious one, have a citizenship that is in heaven. You have all the rights, responsibilities and protection of this country. As a citizen, you now adopt the culture and practices of the nation or kingdom to which you belong. This is real freedom. The freest country in all the land. And when this life on earth is over, you will be translated to Heaven – a city built for you – as Jesus said. “I go to prepare a place for you that where I AM you will be also”.
Some have a hard time juggling their city of origin with their city of new birth. Satan enslaved his citizens and holds them hostage to unbelieve, sin, and fellowship with darkness. But God has set it up so that you can know how to live here and now on earth being the Light in the darkness. Live for Jesus. Follow God’s Precepts. Keep short accounts with the Lord. Be filled with Holy Spirit. You are now an ambassador of A City on a Hill!
God loves you and He’s for you. Many voices try to convince you that it’s okay to live your life your way as though you own your own city and have your personal citizenship any way you want. But God is with you to give you the right life that brings you blessings and brings Him glory and honor. Run to Him this morning and ask for more information on how to live as a citizen of His domain. And then live in the light of His wonderful Glory and Grace!
2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Hebrews 13:14 For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.
Join me and others over at Five Minute Friday to read about the prompt “City”. https://fiveminutefriday.com/2021/09/02/fmf-writing-prompt-link-up-city/?fbclid=IwAR0C7i9Nf6s167IT49hQLlxn6zGRMUXVXtTVSSaQPZBFHzK3LCZqIpr4XNA