• Ebony L. Robinson

You Have Rights

If you are a citizen of the United States, you have certain rights, which are outlined in the Constitution, specifically the first ten amendments which are called “The Bill of Rights.” It spells out Americans’ rights in relation to their government. It guarantees civil rights and liberties to the individual—like freedom of speech, press, and religion. It sets rules for due process of law and reserves all powers not delegated to the Federal Government to the people or the States. And it specifies that “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” As long as you obey the laws of the land (in a perfect world…I know, I know), you are in right-standing with the United States government. Lets flip this to a spiritual perspective.

The same thing is true with God (and He is Perfect): As a believer, you are a citizen of the Kingdom of God, and you have a right to everything in the Kingdom. I hear your question - What is the kingdom of God? Great question, simplistically – it is the rule of God/Jesus Christ on earth and the blessing and advantages that flow from living under Christ’s rule. Make sure you write that answer down. There is a covenant between Jesus and God, signed in Jesus’ blood, which provides these rights for you. If Jesus is your Lord, you are in right-standing with God—you have the righteousness of God. You have a right to everything God has.

Watch this…here is the twist… Because you are a citizen of the Kingdom of God you are faced with being attacked by weapons. A weapon is a thing that is designed to inflict pain against someone. There are weapons – people, places, and things – that are designed precisely for you to inflict pain, too divert your purpose, to make you think less of yourself. Yes, there is a bullet with your name on it. Ouch! Think about those weapons that have tried to attack you. Could it be a job situation, money issues, relationships drama? There may be more to list. The weapons will come and are coming but they will not succeed. But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken! – Isaiah 54:17 NLT (Insert shout) If you were fighting your own battles the weapons quite possibly would defeat you. But because you serve a powerful God who is strong and mighty (Psalm 24:8 - Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle.) the fight is unfair. Have you watched an unmatched fight before? Don’t you feel bad for the smaller, weaker person? The same is true for your situation. Because you are righteous the weapons that are coming your way will not take you out. You have rights that set you up for success.

As you face the weapons and engage in the battles of life, set your heart and hope on the final outcome. It’s going to end well for you.