Sunday, September 21, 2014

Papers Please?

Are you a Citizen?


What Country were you born in? What Country do you call Home? Chances are, you have something in your wallet, purse, or pocket, that identifies you are a Citizen of that land. Many have left their Birth land and have moved to another. America is made up of those who did just that.

From time to time, you are required to show Proof of Citizenship. Many have pride, and pull out their ID with a smile, and present their "Papers" to proof they belong. They have pride that they are a part of their Country. Many, that have just come to America, can't wait to show their Proof of Citizenship. They worked hard to get it.

I got news for you. You are not a Citizen. Not anymore. Not even Duel Citizenship. You are now a Stranger in a strange land. But I am not talking about the Country you live in. I'm talking about the whole World. Remember what Jesus told us?
"If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." {John 15:19}
In his Prayer, Jesus said this,,,
"I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world."{John 17-14:18}
Notice He said, twice, "they are not of the world." However, He did NOT say you will be taken out of the World, but that He was sending you into the World. This is where that popular phrase "In the World, not of it."comes from. Next time we will talk about not praying for the World, but for our fellow Brothers and Sisters. We are no longer OF the World and this is why the World hates us so.

Once you accept Jesus, once you receive The Spirit of Adoption, once you become able to call the Alpha and Omega, The beginning and the end. The Creator of all that is, was, or ever will be, Daddy, you are no longer a Citizen of Earth.
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." {Romans 8-14:17}
Paul wrote to the Church in Ephesus
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;" {Ephesians 2:19}
You are a Citizen of Heaven. The Lord of lords, and the King of kings, is your Daddy. You are a Prince or Princess of HEAVEN. It doesn't matter who you are, or rather who you were,,
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." {Galatians 3:28}
We are all the same. We have all been washed clean with the Blood of The Christ. The Blood of Jesus. We have all been Adopted into the Family of God. We are all now Citizens of Heaven. This is why we are not to be conformed to this World.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." {Romans 12:1-2}
We are not to do the things they do, but we are to be the NEW Creatures God made us to be. His Children. James warned us about being a friend of the World..
"You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." {James 4:4}
Let the World be the World. It's fate is sealed. Let the dead bury the dead. Their fate is sealed. Let them love Money, their fate is sealed. Be the Child of God HE called you to be. Be a Prince or Princess of Heaven. Be an Ambassador. Be a Sower of the Seed. Tell the Truth.

If someone asks you to show them your papers? Show them your Works. As James told someone who asked for proof..
"But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."{James 2:18}
Jesus said,,
"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."{Matthew 7:20}
What fruit?
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: "{Galatians 5:22-23}
If someone claims that they are fellow Citizens, and yet, you see they are producing fruit that is,,,,
"Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:" {Galatians 5:19-21}
You know they are lying. They are of the World and NOT of God. Have nothing to do with people like this. Do not Pray for, conform to, or become as, the World. You are above all that. God is your Daddy. You have Citizenship in Heaven. Your Treasure is in Heaven. Your Reward is in Heaven. You are on your way HOME. Be the Child of God you are. Produce good fruit. Do your Father's Will. Keep Jesus's sayings. Rest in the Fact, you are now a Stranger in a strange land. Your Home is not here. It is awaiting for you to come.

Are you a Citizen of Heaven? Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

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