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Are You a Citizen?

August 28, 2018

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Are You a Citizen?

News headlines are filled  with the heated debates  about border control.     Some boldly claim  they have the “human right”   to cross over our borders,  in order to have a better life  in the United States.     They claim  they are providing a necessary service  to this country  and are entitled to come,  even though it is  against our long-standing laws.     Some want the “privilege” of trafficking drugs  or carrying out  other illicit activities.

Now they are claiming  that our immigration laws  are  “un-American”.     They want us  to change the laws  that have been on the books  since the founding  of the United States.     They don’t put up an argument  about their “right” to enter illegally into any other country,  where they would be shot,  imprisoned,  or deported.    They have no desire  to enter those countries,  anyway.     They just want  the best of the best  and claim it is their “right”.

All this demonstrating,  marching,  and screaming  made me think  about my citizenship  in heaven.     Aaach!     Heaven has closed borders.     Nobody gets in  unless they fulfill God’s requirement  for a true faith  in Jesus Christ  as our Lord and Savior  from all sin.     If you don’t believe you’re a sinner  in desperate need  of forgiveness  through Jesus alone — and humbly repent,  asking for forgiveness — you simply can’t  be a citizen  of heaven.    Revelation 21:27 says  about heaven,

And nothing unclean  and no one  who practices abomination  and lying  shall ever come into it,  but only those  whose names are written  in the Lamb’s book  of life.

And then,  Jesus succinctly says  in Mark 16:16,

He who has believed  and has been baptized  shall be saved;  but he who has disbelieved  shall be condemned.

Some feel  that just might get them  into heaven  because they have been baptized  and they realize  that Jesus lived  and died  on the cross.     But  —  they won’t repent  of their sins  because they are  of the opinion  that Jesus has to accept them  on account of  their efforts  to be half-ways decent  in this life.     They claim they have not committed any major sin  that would land a person  in jail.

Their self appraisal  and self commendation  is not good enough  in God’s eyes.    Jesus very plainly lets us know  in Matthew 7:21,

Not every one who says  to Me,  ‘Lord, Lord,’  will enter  the kingdom of heaven;  but he who does  the will  of My Father  who is in heaven.

The will of the Father is  that we repent  of our sins  and put our faith totally and only  in the merits of Jesus Christ  on our behalf.     None of our good works  make us good enough  for heaven.     And,  repentance means  that we change our ways  because we realize  the great depths  of God’s love and sacrifice  for us  in Jesus Christ.     Just knowing  that Jesus loves us,  even when we are still sinners,  leads us  to want to live  according to His love,  because He is so gracious to us.

So,  when we are repentant sinners,  looking to Jesus only  in a true faith,  we can call out, “Lord, Lord!” and Jesus will gladly say  to us,

Come to Me,  all who are weary  and heavy laden,  and I will give you rest.     Take My yoke upon you,  and learn from Me,  for I am gentle  and humble in heart;  and you shall find rest  for your souls.    For My yoke  is easy,  and My load  is light.       Matthew 11:28-30

Citizens of heaven  have the peace and rest  of forgiveness  while traveling  through this world — and eternal rest  for our souls  in our real home  in heaven.     We can freely  cross the border  to our heavenly home  because of God’s promise  to all who honestly trust  and revere Him.

Come Judgment Day,  the opinions of the unbelievers  will not get them  into heaven,  no matter how much they object  to the border controls  for entering heaven.     If they feel  they have a human right  to enter heaven — or that God’s judgment  is ungodly — or that they  should be able  to carry out their illicit activities  in heaven — or that God should  change His rules — their arguments won’t stand a chance.

Are we trying  to get into heaven legally  or illegally?     Now’s the time  to do things God’s way,  so we can be assured  that our names  will be written  in the Lamb’s book of life  and that we actually are  bona-fide citizens  of heaven.

Thinking about our freedom  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Jesus,  You have given me  a free home  in heaven forever  and ever.     All the glory belongs to You,  for You alone  have done all things well  in the depths  of Your love.     Thank You  for Your tremendous grace.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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