Monday, December 6, 2010

Daily devotional: Heavenly citizenship or enemy of the cross

Scripture
For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:18-21 NIV

Observation
Most people don't even think about or realize that they are living as an enemy of the cross of Christ. It is normal and natural for our minds to stay on earthly things. But the Christian is to think on our heavenly citizenship, to eagerly await our Savior--the Lord Jesus Christ! It is His power that transforms us as we willingly bring ourselves under His control. What an awesome reality that we get to eagerly await our Lord's coming and be transformed into His likeness in the meantime!

Application
Rather than my mind staying on earthly things, put my mind on my heavenly citizenship, awaiting my Savior and in the mean time being transformed into His likeness.

Prayer
Lord, Your glorious, mysterious plan of salvation is awesome indeed. Thank you for choosing me, for calling me out of darkness into Your glorious light. Thank you for transforming me into Your likeness in spite of all my natural inclinations and behaviors. Thank you that this life is not all there is to hope for, but that I get to eagerly await for my heavenly citizenship to become my eternity together with You. Thank you that I won't have to always look heavenward as in a dimly lit mirror but that soon I will see my Maker face to face. Oh what an awesome thing it is that I don't have to look with anxiety or fear toward that day of judgment due to my sins and shortcomings, but rather that I can come to You and claim nothing other than the wonderful grace of my Lord, and the precious blood of Jesus, my Savior, which cleansed me from all unrighteousness and makes me holy and blameless in the sight of my God. I love you, however imperfectly, and I praise You for all this.

1 comment:

  1. The brethren of The Messiah are but "aliens and pilgrims while on the earth" because their "citizenship is in Heaven" and so it is that they have taken heed unto the exhortation too:

    “Love Not The World”

    ”For the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one”.......(I John 5:19)

    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of The Only True GOD will abide for ever.”(IJohn2:15-17)

    “If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John15:19-20)

    “Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with The Only True GOD? Therefore whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of The Only True GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

    “The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of The Only True God, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

    The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”(John 5:18) Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)

    John testified: “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.” (I John 3:13) “ James testified, “Whoever would be a friend of this world is the enemy of GOD”(James4:4)

    "Come Out of her, MY people"!

    Global warming, polluted air, land and waters, toxic wastes, sexual perversion, evil inventions of destruction, greed, hate, carnal warfare, dis-ease(no-peace),,etc,, are all destructive processes that have their root in “the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life” all of which fuel the fires of mankind’s “imag”ination ;-(

    "Come out from among them and be separate"!

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it's systems of religion, for "the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one" indeed and Truth......

    Truth IS, a lie never was and is not.......

    Abide in Truth....... francis

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