HEAVENLY CITIZENSHIP
This year has, so far, been quiet an exhilarating ride and I know this is only the beginning.  The beginning of
what, you may ask?

I am referring to the doors suddenly opened by the Lord. The divine changes happening in my family, the
ministry and every other area pertaining to daily living.

The many, various people I meet on an almost daily basis.  Rubbing shoulders with people from other cultures,
which can be a tremendous blessing, as well as a great challenge.  For more about the minisrty trips visit:
 
Travel Blog

For over two decades, I have lived in a nation, which is not where I was born and raised.  The culture is different
from the one I have come from and even so, I tried to fit in, I learned from this experience, that I have been  given
an opportunity to deeply understand  the scriptures about being a pilgrim, about being in this world, but not of
this world, because my citizenship is in Heaven. Being far away from all that I was used to, being away from my
family and friends, I learned to lean on my Beloved, Jesus.
The wilderness season was designed to transform me from the inside out, to trust the Lord with all my heart,
and to not lean on my own understanding.  I am learning to acknowledge the Lord in all my ways and I know He
promised, He will direct my path. My  time in the wilderness taught me, like the Shunamite woman in the Song
of Solomon, that I need to:
"Come away with Him".  
To experience His Presence, His anointing oil, to experience even the Myrrh, which represents "bitter" things in
my life. All of this has caused my restoration of my soul, I have been seated at His table, He prepared for me in
the presence of my enemies.  He has anointed my head with fresh oil and my cup is truly overflowing.  
Overflowing with His Presence, overflowing with His abundant life.  
I can declare as the Shunamite did, "I am asleep, but my heart is awake. (Song of Songs 5:2)  Awake to His
promptings and His unfailing, unconditional, unchanging love! Learning to lean on Him.
"Who is this? Coming out of the wilderness, leaning on Her Beloved!"  see Song of Solomon 8:5

Furthermore, my experience to be a foreigner, paints a picture of the scripture Apostle Paul wrote in:

1 Pet. 2:11-12, Strangers in a strange land
"Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war
against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong,
they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us."  

In order not to be conformed to this world system,  I can give my body as a living sacrifice and renew my mind
daily by the Word of God.
 Rom. 12:1-2  I do not desire to be conformed to the world system, but to be
transformed by the renewing of my mind.  It is God's kingdom and His righteousness I seek first.

What happens when I do that?  ...All things will be added to me.  Everything I need for my daily life is provided.
The Lord spoke to not worry about what I eat or wear.  The culture around me seems to demand a certain
standard of living, but I am exempt.  

Why? Because I BELONG to my Heavenly Father, therefore I am a royal priesthood,  and I am His Beloved.  

I am in this world, but not of this world, my citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20  Being a citizen of heaven
is an amazing privilege.  Some people perceive, that the nation they are from is the most desirable, but I would
never want to trade my heavenly citizenship.  I am reminded of Paul, who was a Roman citizen and the Lord
used this to get him to Rome.  It was all planned out by the Lord, so are the places we live in while on earth.  

see
Acts 17:25b-27a::... since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made
from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed
times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God.."

Since I am a part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, I am
honored to declare the praises of him who called me out of darkness into his wonderful light. (see 1 Peter 2:9)

This is why it is important to fully answer the call to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the nations, to
make disciples, to heal the sick, raise the dead and to cleanse the leper.  It is from a heavenly perspective,  
being seated in heavenly places in Him, provides the ability to affect and see a divine transformation in
everything we touch or say in this world.

You can freely declare: " I belong to my heavenly Father,  I belong to His kingdom,  I am His child and I have
overcome the anti-Christ spirit and the world system!"

1 John 4:1-4
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false
prophets have gone out into the world.  2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that
Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,  3 and every spirit that does not confess that  Jesus Christ
has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was
coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who
is in the world."

1 John 4:5
They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.  6 We are of God. He
who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the
spirit of error.

Romans 8 confirms the fact, that the carnal mind is always contrary to the Spirit of God.  
The Spirit of God, which is the Spirit of Truth residing within and the physical body is the Temple of the Holy
Spirit. Therefore, we have a choice to walk in the Spirit or answer to the demands of the carnal mind.  As long
as we walk and live in the Spirit of God, we can discern what the Lord desires, therefore the spirit of truth and
the spirit of error are revealed.  

It is a privilege to know and see God through love and live by faith working through love.

Knowing God Through Love

John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows
God.  8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  9 In this the love of God was manifested
toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  10 In this is
love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Seeing God Through Love

John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been
perfected in us.  13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  
14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.  15 Whoever
confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  16 And we have known and
believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

The Consummation of Love

John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;
because as He is, so are we in this world.  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because
fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  19 We love Him because He first
loved us.

Obedience by Faith

John 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother
whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?  21 And this commandment we have from
Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.


For His Glory,

Gabriele Gilpin

President/Founder
Soaring Eagle Ministries, Inc.  
www.soaringeagleinc.org
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