16. September 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU REIGNING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD? · Categories: Jesus Christ, Joy, Mind, Peace, Prayer

[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT (Romans 14:17 AMPC).

Beloved, one of the things I’ve felt the Lord has been addressing this week is about our emotions and the question is; are you really experiencing peace and joy in your life? Are you really acknowledging God’s rule over your life? Are you really reigning in the kingdom of God? Is your mind always troubled over stuff? Most of us know how to talk the Christian talk, know what is right from wrong and can put on a show in public to make it seem like we’ve got it all together but behind closed doors, its tears, tears and more tears. You are always worried and anxious over the things going on around you; the things nobody else knows you are going through. You are saved no doubt but ARE YOU REIGNING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

Where’s your peace? Where’s your joy? I like how the Message translation put our feature text… God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. IT’S WHAT GOD DOES WITH YOUR LIFE AS HE SETS IT RIGHT, PUTS IT TOGETHER, AND COMPLETES IT WITH JOY.

Beloved, are you waiting for everything to be perfect before you experience real peace and joy? Didn’t they say true joy isn’t based on what is happening around you but from the Holy Spirit that flows from within you? I don’t think Jesus promised that everything would be smooth. In fact, He made sure He prepared the minds of His disciples. Jesus said… I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)

The storms of life happen to the just and the unjust but what differentiates the just from the unjust is the peace and joy that reigns over their lives while going through the storm; the kind of peace that Jesus gives that the world cannot understand.

Beloved, we’ve been given a solution for handling the storms of life… Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). So, if you are struggling with experiencing real joy, why not ask the Lord today to… restore to you the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:12) and see Him anoint you afresh with the oil of joy and gladness.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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