“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Romans 14:17 KJV

Many people associate the kingdom of God with regulations on what to do and what not to do. You hear some people arguing about which days are godly and which days are not, what meat to eat and what meat not to eat, among other things. (Romans 14)

We must be careful not to use the better part of our devotion arguing needlessly about what should or should not be eaten. Why? Because the kingdom of God is not about eating and drinking, rather it is about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17)

The kingdom of God is righteousness because the moment we believed the gospel, Christ began to dwell in our hearts. He became sin for us so that we can be made righteous in Him and because of His sacrifice on the cross, we are right in the sight of God through faith (Romans 5:1, 2 Corinthians 5:21).

The kingdom of God is peace. The birth of Jesus birthed peace for all who believe in Him. While His presence in our lives doesn’t mean the absence of troubles, it assures us of peace in the middle of troubles. The peace Christ gives is not like that of the world (John 14:27). Hallelujah!

Finally, the kingdom of God is joy in the Holy Ghost! Like we learned yesterday, there are different kinds of joy (although temporary) that can be derived from worldly or material things. But this joy in the Holy Ghost is not dependent on circumstances or material things and it is permanent! It’s eternal joy!

This joy is a miracle that proves that the Holy Ghost in our hearts has re-engineered our priorities in a way that even in unfavorable circumstances, we are joyful. Even in the face of persecution, we can rejoice and be exceedingly glad because we know that our reward is in heaven (Matt 5:11-12).

Brethren, our joy is different from the joy of the world. We’ve got joy in the Holy Ghost.

SAY THIS: My joy is not based on feelings, circumstances or material things. My joy is joy in the Holy Ghost. My joy is eternal!

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 21:29-38, Hebrews 3, Proverbs 20:16-30, Isaiah 11-13