Published August 29, 2017

Shelia Shares
"Your Citizenship"

Some years back, I was listening to Captain Ed Davis talk. He was the first Prisoner Of War of the Vietnam War. He was a POW for seven long years. He knows first hand what POWs go through.

Captain Davis said that the men are trained and have certain standards to uphold if they are captured. When you are a POW, you remember your citizenship. You are a citizen of the United States Of America. As such, you must behave in certain ways. You are in enemy territory. You lose your freedoms in a moment. But, you are still a citizen of the USA. That citizenship weighs heavy!

We need to pray for our service men and women. They need strength just to face each day. They need God's strength.

We also have a citizenship. In fact, we have a dual citizenship. Ephesians 2:19 says, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God."

We are citizens of heaven — fellow citizens with the saints. In a very real sense, we are POWs of this world. It is a hostile place. The world doesn't like our citizenship. It doesn't respect our beliefs. And, there is a battle.

Does our spiritual citizenship weigh heavy? Or, does it slip our minds until Sunday morning church? Perhaps, if we are tired, it even slips our minds on Sunday morning.

As citizens with the Saints, we have a certain standard to uphold. It should influence every decision we make and every step we take. To the world around us, there should be no doubt to whom we belong and where our citizenship lies.

The POWs have a standard to uphold because of their citizenship in the United States Of America. We have a citizenship to uphold because of our citizenship with the Saints Of God. In the power of the Holy Spirit, may we all be strong!

- Shelia

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