The enemy of your life never has the last word!
Acts 22:26 “When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. ‘What are you going to do?’ he asked. ‘This man is a Roman citizen.’”
Paul wrote to the Philippians saying, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (3:20)
Paul knew he had a citizenship higher than his Roman one.
Bound and stretched across a pole minutes away from his own torture he reveals his Roman citizenship. It sends the soldiers into disarray. “What are you going to do?” the commander is asked. Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. There are many who are bound and stretched in a variety of ways across the world. This world is smaller today than it has ever been. Every nation reachable within hours and yet those who are pressed down today they can feel like they are the furthest point from earth. All that they have and actually perhaps what has got them into their predicament in the first place is their citizenship in heaven. But this is the most important thing and not just for them but for all of us who are Christ followers.
The powerful truth of our eternal citizenship is effective when we know it and live our lives so the enemy knows it too.
Two years ago I met a rape-survivor of over 60 rapes abducted for 5 weeks from her home within a current African civil war. This lady had everything taken from her and also lost her husband and children. She had nothing. But I will forever remember as she joyfully told me that the one thing the enemy will never take from her life is her eternity.
What can the enemy do when you declare who you are in God and your security in Him? They can take everything but they cannot destroy you. You always live. You always have the last word. You may die but you will live.