It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

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 Allegiance to King and Country – King: Jesus-God’sCountry: Kingdom on Earth

Christ followers, who are truly born again, should understand that they have died to their old life and all that they were in this fallen world system, whether it be culture or ethnicity. Jesus is now our King and we are part of the family of God. Our allegiance is no longer to this world but to God’s kingdom, His society and His culture. We are to represent Jesus our King and His kingdom on earth. Our citizenship along with our true allegiance must be transferred from this world to the Kingdom of God or our allegiance will be divided between doing the will of God or the will of our natural but fallen culture. 

Joshua 24: 14-15   “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” NKJV

This fallen world has tried to cultivate a lifestyle that leads people to live in an irreligious context, where they speak with a since of spirituality, but live a life far from God.  The world will say, everyone is doing it or no one can live a righteous life, and they will try and simulate true believers of Christ into their way of living. Followers of Christ are called to live as pilgrims and strangers in a foreign land. We are told tobe ambassadors for Christ and His Kingdom, to show this lost world the truth of God’s love and His kingdom on earth. The world wants Christians to be uncommitted, to be neither hot nor cold, but this will not only lead to failure but also destruction.

Revelation 3:15-17  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. NKJV

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul  

The world system wants Christ followers to seek after the things of the world, to be prideful and selfish concerns and to keep their roots, their allegiance to their natural pride and their socioeconomic status. The enemy of God does not want God’s people to fully commit to Christ, so when difficult decisions come their allegiance will sway between theworlds way and the word of God.  True followers of Christ must be fully committed to their God and King, if not their loyalty will be pulled into two different directions, between the social and financial pressures of the world and the word of God. 

Our hearts will develop idols that will compete with our allegiance and commitment to the love of God.  When we allow ourselves to be distracted and continuously gaze at the things of this world, these thingswill become our priority, our heart idols and the center of our affection.The world has so many attractions that will try to lure the eyes of Christians from word of Christ. We are told to let our eyes be focusedon what is good and that is the light of Christ. If people allow this world to become their main focus they will eventually find themselves living in darkness. 

Matthew 6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

The life of a Christ follower is simple, our allegiance is to God our King and His Kingdom and we are to show the love of God to this fallen world as representatives of His kingdom on earth. It is simple but not necessarily easy. We are called to love God above all else even self. These are some hard lines drawn for true followers of Christ to live by,but it is a choice, we are not forced to come. Everyone is allowed to choose their destiny as an act of their own will and as a result of their own actions and decisions. 

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.NKJV

The Bible says many people are deceived by the prince of darkness and he has blinded them to the truth of God’s word. Many believe they can live life the same as the world and still call themselves Christian but the word of God tells us we cannot be a true follower of Christ and live as the world.  We can test the authenticity of a true believer in Christ, because true believers choose the love of God above all else. They also,choose to show the love of God and the light of God even in a hostile and dark place. We display our allegiance to King Jesus by the love we show to God’s creation, His image bearers and his kingdom. Our desireis to show God’s love to those who may not be lovely. 

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

The world will know our allegiance is to Christ and His Kingdom by the love we have for one another and by obeying His commandment, to love others as He has loved us. Christ loved us while we were at enmity with God in our minds and our actions. Christ loved us unconditionally; we did not, and could not earn His love. Christ’s love was sacrificial. Jesus gave His life and He died so that we could have eternal life be with God. We are called to die to self-pride and who we were in this fallen state so that we may live a life that will give love to others unconditionally and to show the love of God to those who are lost. This is how we display our allegiance to Christ our King.

 

 

 

 

 

We Are to Have the Same Mind as Jesus

We are told to let the same mind that is in Jesus be in us! What a thought? To know that it is possible to have the same mindset as Jesus. It must be possible or the word of God would not have directed us to do so. To have the same mind as Christ, we must first know the mind of Christ and that is found in God’s word. The lies of the enemy say we cannot be like Christ because Jesus was God and we are sinners, but we are made righteous by grace through faith in Jesus. The world has told us we should not try because it cannot be done and they would have us focus on our own selfish lives and failures rather than the completed work of Christ. 

The reason Jesus came was to restore us back to the image of God so that we would be made righteous before God and so that we could be in fellowship and in the family of God, but we received much more thanwe lost in the fall. Before the fall we were the highest created creatures of God, but now Jesus has come and made us children of God. What the enemy meant for evil God has made it for our greater good.   Jesus died on a cross to pay our debt to sin, to break the curse that was ours so that we may receive His abundant and eternal life in the family of God. Jesus came not only to restore to us what we lost in the fall; our relationship with the Father, our identity as image bearers of God, but He gave us a greater position as children of the Most High Kings. Our createdpurpose is to show the love of God on the earth. 

Philippians 2:58 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. NKJV

The mind that was in Christ Jesus was one that did not think He was robbed or that God had failed Him when He went through problems. Jesus did not seek to be famous or seek to have a reputation among the masses, but He humbled Himself to be obedient to the word of God,even at the cost of His life. The world will say that this is impossible to do because self-preservation is the first law, of fallen mankind! This was not our created state of being; we were created in the image of God to be in a relationship with God and to reflect His love and purpose to all His creation on the earth. 

We are called the Beloved of God and we are told not to think it strange when we go through trials, loss and chaos as though something is wrong with us or that God has failed us. This is a trick of the enemy to get us tobe faint in our own minds so that we will not persevere and finish our purpose, which is to show a lost world who God is in our lives.

When we know and understand the true Gospel of God, we will focus on the life of Christ, who came and died that others may live. We too can choose to die to self-centeredness in every situation that we experience loss and chaos. We can choose to respond as the world or we can choose to let the life and light of Christ rise in us and shine in those dark situations. God is exalted when we respond in love by the power of the Holy Spirit with a heavenly kingdom perspective lived out on earth in us. God has sent His sons and His daughters into the world that they may show His love to a lost world so others may come to know Him through His children. 

If we suffer for doing what is right, we are told to rejoice and we can rejoice, only when we die to our self-centeredness and to the pride of life, which wants to lift self above the word and knowledge of God.  When God chooses to make us broken bread and poured out wine to save a lost soul, it is then that we should let the mind of Christ be in us. We are not to look for immediate gratification of self but we are to look at God’s eternal purpose and let His kingdom come on earth in us. Though we may go through humiliation at the hands of others, it is only a temporary state, but the possible eternal salvation of a soul is worth so much more than the passing shame and embarrassment we may experience in this life.

1 Peter 4:12-14Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;  but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you NKJV

It is through our suffering that the world will see and know the Holy Spirit who lives within us. It is when we experience hurt and pain in our lives that we have an opportunity to respond like Christ, to reflect our true belief in God and His word. If our selfish ambitions rise in hard and difficult times then we will be responding just as the world. We too will allow self and pride to sit on the throne of our hearts and the world will not see God’s power and love. When we humble ourselves under the hand of God and allow the love of the Sovereign God to reign in our lives, even when we are unjustly treated, then the world will see the life of Christ in us and the true Image of God reflected on the earth.   

When Christ was being beaten and whipped by the Romans, He was still the Son of God. When Jesus’ hands and feet were nailed to the cross, He was still the Son of God. When Christ died and was buried, He was still the Son of God. Nothing we go through will change who we are, but how we respond to what we go through will reflect who we are. The righteous tree will bear righteous fruit; a good tree will produce after its own kind. 

We are to let this mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus; though we are children of the Most High King we are not to seek a reputation for ourselves. We are to humble ourselves under the hand of God our Father and die to the need of immediate self-gratification and allow God to exalt us in due season. We can cast and hurl all our problems and concerns to God. We can trust God to handle them, to vindicate us when we need vindication and to be merciful when there is need for mercy.  We know He loves and cares for us in ways that no one else can.  

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

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