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Christ Is Truly In Zion Encouraging Newness, Saving Hearts In People!" (C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.S.H.I.P)

Ramesh C. Reddy

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21, NIV)

I asked myself what 5 things do we learn about Jesus Christ?
1. Jesus Christ is from heaven where our citizenship is.
2. Jesus Christ is the Savior from heaven where our citizenship is.
Jesus Christ is the Lord from heaven where our citizenship is.
Jesus Christ has the power to bring everything under His control.
Jesus Christ will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.

I focused on 'citizenship' and asked myself what does 'citizenship' mean and what does it give?
What came to my mind is me being a citizen of the United States. As a citizen of the United States, I am guaranteed a lot of things that non-citizens are not guaranteed. Usually, if American citizens are held captive or trapped in any country, the United States does all it can to free them except negotiate with terrorists or evil. Being a citizen is not a one way streak. The citizen pledges to be loyal to the country he decides to be a citizen of. A person can automatically become a citizen of a country if he is born there or go through the process of attaining citizenship.

I asked myself what are the implications for my own life here?
My citizenship in heaven is dependent solely on Christ who will give me access to Heaven because He has become my Lord and Personal Savior! By His power, He will bring everything under his control, transforming my lowly body so that it will be like His glorious body when I surrender my life over to Him!  Amen! Thank you Jesus!

I cannot automatically become a citizen of Heaven regardless of where I am born. I need to be chosen to become a citizen of Heaven and yield my life to the One who chooses. It is a process that began when Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for my citizenship on the cross of Calvary. Now, when I look to the cross and am covered by His precious blood to justify me by faith, I will be a citizen of Heaven having Jesus Christ as my Lord and Personal Savior. Until I reach Heaven, Jesus will sanctify me daily by His grace transforming me to His likeness. Praise the Lord.

To attain citizenship, I have to pass the ABC's: Acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of redemption, restoration, rescue, and being ransomed from the pandemic virus of sin that has captivated the universe where people are dying everyday spiritually without the Lord Jesus. Believe in my heart that Jesus Christalone, 'who had no sin' is Lord and Savior who died on the cross shedding His precious cleansing Blood for me to produce the antidote and vaccine which is the reddest antidote for cleansing to cover the sin virus by His Blood for healing so I can be made righteous before a Holy God to have access to Heaven. Confess Jesus as my Lord and Personal Savior willing to surrender my life over to Him to live for Him and be guided by His Spirit everyday.

The best way to do that is through prayer and meditation of God's Word applying it daily to my life knowing it is by grace I have been saved through faith and not of any good works that I can boast. What an awesome thing to know that Jesus wants to gift me with His grace and redemption by giving me the vaccine for the sin virus. All I need to do is take it believing in Jesus and I am a Child of God being rescued from the bondage of sin and death. Wow!

Right now with what the world is going through with the COVID-19 virus, making so many sick and even killing thousands, none of us can know if we will live another day. COVID-19 virus is no respecter of religion, education, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender. It attacks anybody anywhere.

The Bible says,
'It is appointed for man to die once and then the judgment.' (Hebrews)

Can we say we will be ready to attain citizenship when our lowly bodies start to decay and die?


Friend, with Jesus on your side, you can be confident to attain citizenship and all that comes with it! It starts with Jesus and taking the antidote for our sin virus he offers, as we think about Holy Week starting this Sunday with Palm Sunday!

Friend come as you are to Jesus Christ and let Him transform and sanctify you. Let Him be the Lord of your life and wait upon Him in this life and the life to come. There is no time to wait because people are dying all around us physically and even spiritually. Only Jesus can stop us from dying two deaths: Physical and Spiritual. When we yield to Jesus, what blessings we can have!!!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding." (Ephesians 1:3-8, NIV)

"In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory." (Ephesians 1:11-14, NIV)

As a citizen of Heaven I can enjoy all the blessings the Lord Jesus has in store for me. Once I am a citizen of Heaven, Jesus will take care of me and even when Satan tries to use opportunities to entice me to renounce my citizenship, attacks  me, and tries to terrorize me, I can be confident my Lord and Savior will rescue me as I seek His help.

"But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." (2 Thess 3:3, NIV)

When Satan tries to take me hostage by alluring me to the things of the world and take my mind of Christ, Christ will be there to help me as I stay in prayer and His Word. His Word will sustain me and you.

Since my citizenship is in heaven, it means I am an alien here on earth and just passing through. I should not give my allegiance to any earthly things. It is so awesome to know that our citizenship can be in heaven.

The apostle Peter too reminds followers of Christ not to let their earthly desires control them.

"Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 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." (1 Peter 2:10-12, NLT)

Though the apostle Paul is in jail and no matter what is happening on earth, I see him reminding the Philippians not to let earthly desires control them but to remember Jesus Christ will come and rescue them. This is evidenced by the previous devotional and the conclusion: “And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…”

This is exciting to know because it lets me know that Heaven is real and Christ resides there. One day, He will come down to earth and rescue us. This is evidenced by
“who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so they will be like his glorious body.”

This lets me know that Jesus Christ has the power that enables him to bring everything under his control. So no matter what is happening around me I need to remember that Jesus is in control and not give up. For one day, He will come and rescue us transforming our lowly bodies so they will be like his glorious body! Amen!

"I want you to trust in me in your times of trouble, says the Lord, so that I can rescue you and you can give me the glory!" (Psalm 50:15)

"Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way!" (Proverbs 20:24)

I ask you now dear friend, what C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.S.H.I.P should you desire the most?
Dear friend, of all the citizenships available in the world, the citizenship you should desire the most is a Heavenly citizenship! Praise the Lord! The exciting thing to know is that our citizenship can be in Heaven because of Jesus Christ! It is not something we attain automatically. We cannot physically be born into it like we can be born in a country and automatically be a citizen of that country. On the contrary, every human being has to attain it. The Good News is it is attainable. Jesus Christ offers us His free gift of Salvation. Receiving Salvation from the Lord Jesus Christ will make us citizens of Heaven. As we become a citizen of Heaven, we will belong to Him. We will desire and choose to give our loyalty to the One who resides in Heaven. This means we will choose not be loyal to earthly things as Paul mentioned in the previous verses. That devotional time I had is called T.E.A.R.S.

There are so many benefits of being a citizen of Heaven and every benefit is outlined and described in the Citizenship Manual of Heaven called the Bible. It also lets us know how to live as citizens of Heaven rather than citizens of earth. As we live as aliens here, we can be sure that Jesus Christ will come one day and take us home to be with Him where we ought to be! He will take our lowly bodies and transform them into Heavenly bodies.

Friend, no matter what you are going through, Jesus loves you so much and wants you to be part of Heaven. We have shared what our family has been going through in different devotionals but
Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Whatever we go through, He wants to be there for us. He will use people in our lives to show us that. He died and came back to save you and me. No matter what you have done or where you have been, you can attain citizenship as you surrender your life to the Savior.

Never think that you cannot because all of us on our own cannot but while we were yet sinners Jesus died for us. You can come to Jesus as you are and allow Him to transform your life. Oh yes, He will my friend. His love will reach you where you are. When we mess up and turn to Him, He will take care of us.

The amnesty program that Jesus Christ offers is the best program we can take part in. It is by grace through faith that we are saved and not through works so that no man can boast. It is not anything we have done to attain His favor but because He loves us and wants to bestow His favor upon us through His grace so that we can attain this citizenship. We only need the permission of the One who loved us enough to pay for our citizenship with His precious blood.

"With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins." (Hebrews 9:12-14, NLT)

Only citizens of Heaven will be allowed into Heaven. If you are not a citizen of Heaven then there is no entrance. Heaven does not allow any one to get in unless they have accepted the gift of citizenship Christ offers.

This means if a person does not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Personal Savior, then they cannot be citizens of Heaven according to Scripture.

For Jesus Himself who grants us citizenship says, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6, NIV)

Friend, won't you accept the citizenship Christ offers you while you live here on earth?

You can do it right now! Now is the time of Salvation! There is no need to wait. You may not have all the answers. No one does but Christ will reveal all the answers to you in His timing and now offers Himself to you to give you a new beginning and hope! It is an everlasting hope!

For only Christ can save others through His pardon, purpose, power, and promises giving others peace.

May you know Christ is truly in Zion encouraging newness, saving hearts in people!

Make the prayer below your prayer to become a citizen of Heaven!

"Christ Is Truly In Zion Encouraging Newness, Saving Hearts In People!" (C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.S.H.I.P)/”What C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.S.H.I.P should you desire the most?”

Jesus, you offer us citizenship in Heaven. Thank you so much for that Lord. Lord, I want to be a citizen of Heaven but many times I feel like I am trapped here on earth yielding to fleshly things. I know that is not right and need your help to turn my loyalty over to you. Please Jesus help me for you alone can truly transform my life by Your grace. Thank you Jesus for your help! I confess my sins to you and repent of them. I am so sorry for my sins. Now I turn to you and acknowledge you as my Lord and Personal Savior. I believe that you died and rose again for me to give me Eternal Life as I turn to you. Come Jesus and cover me in your precious cleansing blood to save me. I believe in you Jesus. I confess you as my Lord and Personal Savior. I acknowledge you as my Lord and Personal Savior! Come Lord Jesus and make your presence known in my life.  Come into my heart and make my heart your home. Live in me Jesus and please help me to live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you for coming into my heart and making my heart your home.  Thank you for forgiving me of all my sins and saving me by your grace. Thank you for making me a citizen of Heaven and I have the citizenship manual of Heaven to read always called the Bible. Thank you for your Word! Thank you for hearing my prayer and answering me! I turn my life over to thee. Thank you Jesus for being there for me! I live my life here on earth for you as you lead me and guide me! Thank you that I am a new creation because you have changed me and will be in me and work through me by the power of the Holy Spirit! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace, Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case. Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN! (Most of the prayer is from a vineyard song called “All in All”

If you want to give your life to the Lord. You can do it right now. Don't wait for some other time. Now is the time of Salvation.

Dear Jesus, I want to thank you for dying for my sins and coming back to life to save me as you love me so much. Your love is what has imparted to us your free gift of grace to be saved. Lord Jesus, you alone can save us and not anything we do or others do for us will save us. So Lord help us to always seek you and know from your grace alone that comes through faith alone in you is the only way we can be saved according to your Scripture alone to the Glory of God, our Heavenly Father. No matter what we do whether it is worshipping you, praying to you, reading your Word, taking communion, etc let it be because we love you and are excited to fellowship with you and remember what you have done for us. May they not be for the sole reason of being saved because we cannot save ourselves by anything we do but only by your grace!

So we thank you for your grace to help us win the race for you are our ultimate Ace! Jesus, as we give our life to you, we ask you to fill us with your Holy Spirit and guide us so that the good works we do will be the fruit of righteousness as our relationship with you. They will know we are Christians by our love shown by the fruit you display of our lives.  Help us Lord. Thank you for your cleansing blood that cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Thank you for saving us as we turn to you for you give us a promise in Scripture alone saying, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” I claim this promise from Acts 4:12. Help us to live for you and serve you Lord. Thank you for hearing us and answering our prayers. Thank you for all that I have learned from your Word. Help me to put it to practice. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help!

No matter who you are, it is not ever too late to join a Bible-believing church or a college fellowship. I highly encourage each of you to come to Small Group on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Oakland International Fellowship on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for prayer, 10:00 a.m. for Community Bible Time in Gospel of John, worship at 11:30 a.m, and fellowship lunch at 12:30 pm.

May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and forever! Amen!

Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!

Feel free to email me at reddy4hisglory@gmail.com if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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Philippians 2:3-4: "How do you respond to C.O.M.M.A.N.D.S in life?"   By Ramesh C. Reddy (Feb 11, 20, 10:23 a.m)

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Philippians 1:1: "Why should you believe you are H.O.L.Y instead of a sinner?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (Jan 03, 20, 9:53 a.m)

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