Citizens of Another Kingdom
We are told that we “are in this world, but not of this world”. In the season we are in, there is much going on around us. When His disciples went to Jesus privately and asked Him “What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus then warned them about deception within the Church.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man ‘deceives’ you.5 For many shall come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and shall ‘deceive’ many.
The remaining text tells us the truth so that we can be prepared for what is ahead. Jesus marked these prophets as deceivers and workers of iniquity:
11 Many false prophets shall rise and shall ‘deceive’ many.12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.13 But those who endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.14 And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.24 For there shall arise false messiahs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, even the very elect should be deceived.
We are to live in this world as citizens of another world. As the citizens of that world live, so must we live in His Kingdom world so as not to be deceived. We are to be God’s People of Truth, Love, and Righteousness.
Philippians 4:8 KJV 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
We are to Put on the Mind of Christ!
Philippians 2:5 begins with a simple word, but the weight of this word birthed the creation of God by His decree. The word is: “Let…”5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
Among all that is about us, we are not of this world, neither are we citizens of this world. God’s gift to us is freedom from the devil’s grasp of suppression, control, deception, and manipulation that he seeks to impose by force. And the present strategy of the world is to take what belongs to another and make it their own. Of that kingdom we are no longer citizens. We no longer think the same. We think as our Creator thinks.
We partake of what He partakes of. As sons and daughters, we look like Him, talk like Him, and think like Him because He is spirit, and we are born of His Spirit. HALLELU-YAH!
We are under a different set of laws, a different set of spiritual supernatural principles. Even our composition is different. Our DNA is different. We are not dead spirits as the devil, but alive onto Christ. We are life giving spirits like our Father and His Son, Jesus are. We are born again and connected to Him by a umbilical cord if you will, by “His Spirit”.
Romans 8:2 NIV
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Colossians 1:13 KJV
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His Dear Son.
In Philippians 4:8 We are told to keep our minds guarded in that pertaining to holding on to those things above that pertain to that Kingdom and not to allow our imaginations to wonder into places that belong to the devil, his kingdom, this world or those things that are contrary to Jesus and His Kingdom.
When Jesus stood at the place of judgment before Pilate, Jesus answered, Him His Kingdom is not of this world otherwise His subjects would come and fight for Him.
Pilate was asking the question, “What is Truth”? Before Him stood the absolute Truth in it’s purest form.
The Truth is, Jesus will come one day and judge all. His kingdom will reign over all creation but for that present season, for the Redemption of God to fulfill the restoration of all things, God had placed the authority to judge our Savior in the hands of Pilate.
And the Truth is that we are to no longer live in the old life that is ruled by the god of this present age; that subject people in negative emotions, drugs, unforgiveness and uncommon acts only to name a few. But rather in the newness of life as the citizens of Christ’s Resurrection.
2 Corinthians 10 KJV 3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience (the lies that attach our mind).
Jesus always told us the absolute Truth. Not in part, but in all. His Spirit is the Spirit of Truth that guides us into all Truth. Our God is incapable of lying. God our Father has spoken and delivered His Truth to us by His Holy Spirit through His personal witness, by the former prophets, eyewitnesses of His resurrection, so that we can fulfill the complete call of God in our lives and live in complete victory even at the cost of our own blood.
As it is written:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The false, the fake, and all the realities that part of an opposing kingdom
The fake looks like the world. It smells like the world. And represents a kingdom that is in direct opposition and rebellion to God.
It keeps its mind and heart to love the world, it’s deception and it’s pleasures..
We are to set our hearts on those things above where there is no resemblance of moths eat away and rust rots away.
The truth is always pure. Not only in part, but in all. Every generation has wrestled with persecution and conflict. From the Revolutionary War. To the Depression. From the Civil War to the 1st and 2 nd World war. There is so many that could be addressed right now.
Still there is only one question? being this. What will stop you from serving our God even should great persecution should come our way. This is no time even for compromise or to yield to deception.
Compromise is the mixture of a pinch of lie mixed with just enough of the truth to deceive completely. But a lie, no matter how small when mixed with the truth is still an absolute lie.
Jesus is coming soon. He is coming for the citizens of another Kingdom. A bride without spot or wrinkle. Those that love Him. Those that have their eyes set on His soon coming.
Surrender your heart to Him today.
And one day, He will snatch you away.
You will see Him face to face. In a joy that no one can erase.
When He says, enter in, not only my good and faithful servant but also calls you friend.
David and Kathy Andrade