Daniel Fast Day 6

Day 6 | Daniel Fast Devotional 
 
Philippians 1:27-28 (NLT) Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. 
 
What nation are you a citizen of? When you ask that question to most people, their first response is American, Australian, British, Colombian, Mexican, Filipino, Japanese, Indian, you get the point. Here’s a thought; according to Paul, if you are a Christ follower then your first response should be your spiritual citizenship, not your natural one. We have been born again into God’s family, and our citizenship is not a natural one but a supernatural one.
 
Paul says, unless you grasp this truth, you will not be able to live out your Christ identity. Our conduct is directly related to our understanding and acknowledgement of what Kingdom we are from. As citizens of heaven, we represent our King (Jesus) and we reflect the values and ways of God’s kingdom. That gives us the lifestyle that fits the Good News we proclaim. Paul then gives us a brief picture of what that looks like, and it is truly heavenly…
 
Standing together; meaning there are no divisions amongst us. One spirit; we are connected together through the supernatural power that the Holy Spirit gives us. One purpose; we are not confused or get deluded about the purpose of our lives. We know who we are, we know Who’s we are, and we know why we are here. We do not suffer from a spiritual identity crisis, we are born again from above to represent our King! Fighting together; we don’t fight one another, we contend for the faith and with faith we overcome. There is not one single mention of me, my and I. Why? Because “I” is too small a number to represent God’s kingdom. Heaven is not divided; heaven is united and speaks with one voice.
 
Are you living as a citizen of heaven? Then how together are you with your fellow Christ followers? Remind yourself daily what representing heaven looks like and what your part is in it.
 
Prayer:
  • Pray that you will live a life that is worthy of the Good News of Christ.
  • Pray that the Lord will help you to connect with others for the purpose of fighting together for the faith.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to give us all one heart and one purpose so we can stand united for His kingdom.
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