Keep Your Tourist Visa

Hebrews 11:131-6, John 16:33, Matthew 6:19-20, Christians are not citizens here on earth
When we did Christian work in Hungary, we had to get residency permits so we could live there full-time.

Living in a country gives you a different perspective than vacationing. You become a part of the culture.

But when it comes to spiritual things, we Christians must never give up our "tourist visas" or seek to "fit in" with the world. Our real citizenship is in heaven  (Hebrews 11:13-16). 

Our troubles in this world are temporary (John 16:33).  Our earthly treasures are temporary (Matthew 6:19-20). When we remember this, our perspective changes (Colossians 3:2).

That's why it's important that we occasionally ask ourselves:
If a stranger looked at my lifestyle would he think I was a citizen or foreigner in this world?

Let's not give up eternal rewards for temporary pleasures.

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Our Personal Passover

Rahab put a scarlet cord in her window, what the scarlet cord in Rahab's window representsGod knew there was a spark of faith in Rahab’s heart, so He sent two spies to rescue her before Jericho was destroyed. 

 They told Rahab to identify her house for rescue with a scarlet cord hung in the window--the same window where she proved her faith by lowering the spies to safety.

The color of the cord was significant. During the Passover, a smear of scarlet blood saved each Israelite household from death (Exodus 12).

The scarlet cord in Rahab’s window was her personal Passover. Although Isaiah 1:18 was written later, its words are fitting: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”

We who are Christians have a 'scarlet cord' too--it's hung in the window of our souls signifying the saving blood of Christ! 

Will you join me today in thanking God for our personal rescue--our personal Passover. So Awesome!
(Rahab's story is in Joshua 2 & 6.)
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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If MY People

2 Chronicles 7:14, praying for America, praying for our country
Most of us are concerned for our country, and with good reason.

We often hear 2 Chronicles 7:14 quoted, but have we read it carefully?

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Did you notice: this verse concentrates on what's wrong with God's people, not the rest of the country. It calls us to:
  • humble ourselves
  • pray
  • seek God
  • turn from our wicked ways
Unfortunately, we often spend more time complaining than doing the things listed above. That's why Scripture also reminds us:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Philippians 2:14-15

It's not that we don't have things to complain about. 

But as Children of God, complaining is not only one of our "wicked ways," it also wastes time we could be praying.
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Tickets and Laws

law, grace, salvation
When we lived in Budapest, passengers who bought bus tickets in advance could board buses without checking in with the drivers. 

However, transportation officials randomly boarded buses unannounced to fine passengers without tickets. When this happened, there were always people who moved nervously toward the doors, hoping the next stop would come before the official asked to see a ticket they didn't have. 

What a great illustration of Romans 3:20: Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

God's law is like the officials who get on the bus to catch and fine passengers without tickets. 

The Law makes us conscious of sin, and we can respond by moving toward the exit doors and hoping we don’t get caught, or we can get a ticket paid in advance .. a ticket Christ purchased for us on the Cross.
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