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Are you content to be His?

What is it about our flesh that wants to earn our way to heaven?  Why do we sometimes believe the notion that our favor with God can be increased or diminished by good works?  What a snare it is when we get our eyes off of Jesus, and on to anything else. If our enemy can get us distracted from our source of hope, faith, comfort, love, and strength; then we become easy targets for his attacks.  The Bible says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together,...

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Citizen or Captive?

How many times do you feel distant from God?  Maybe you have been obstinate, or even rebellious. Or perhaps you just haven’t felt as connected to your Heavenly Father as times past – not over as a particular sin as much as life and circumstance just getting in the way.  There can be a tendency to think we need to “make things right” with the Lord before we can worship Him.  This is a subtle lie of our enemy to keep us from devotion. In Psalm 68:18, David writes, “you led a crowd of captives. You received gifts from the people, even from those who rebelled against you.” This is an encouraging thought: the Lord led a crowd of captives, the Israelites,...

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How can this be?

You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.- Ephesians 2:19-21 (NLT) How can I be a citizen of heaven, who was once an enemy of God?  This question is a doubt that plagues many of God’s children. Innate within us is a tendency to believe anything that is not the truth of God about who we are.  The truth is we were once dead in our sins, but are now alive in Christ because of His...

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN? The following is an excerpt from the book Morning & Evening written by Charles Spurgen “Fellow-citizens with the saints” (Ephesians 2:19) What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ, the King of Heaven, reigns in our hearts. Our daily prayer is, “Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven” (Matthew 6:10). The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us. We cheerfully obey the decrees of the Great King. Then, as citizens of the new Jerusalem, we share heaven’s honors. The glory which belongs to beautified saints belongs to us, for we are already sons...

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