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Years ago, in the midst of a Latin American revolution, an American citizen was sentenced to death by the authorities who had seized power. As the victim was about to face the firing squad, an American officer took a large American flag and draped it around his compatriot. "If you shoot this man," he cried out, "you will fire through the American Flag and incur the wrath of a whole nation." In those days America "spoke softly, but carried a big stick," and the revolutionary in charge knew the force with which he had collided. The prisoner was released and went on his way with the officer who had come to his rescue.
If we are surrounded with the Lord Jesus Christ, then nothing can touch us unless it passes through Him. If Satan is to reach us with one of his fiery darts, he must first pierce the Lord who protects us. No wonder Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 to "put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground." two things are for sure, the days of evil will come and Christ will enable us to stand through His victory over sin and death at the cross. Isaiah called it right when he prophesied "Unto us a child is born and unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders . . . of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom . . . with justice and righteousness for ever and ever." Citizenship, like membership, does have its privileges.
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