Emanna for 08/03/2019
What the Kingdom of God Is
Rom 14:15 For if because of food your brother is wounded, you no longer walk according to love. Do not destroy by your food that man for whom Christ died. (17) For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Words of Ministry
When you are about to receive the saints, you must realize that the saints are not to be received according to your doctrinal concepts or religious practices regarding eating and drinking. The kingdom of God is neither eating nor drinking. The kingdom of God is righteousness toward yourself, peace toward others, and joy with God in your spirit. Whether you eat turtle or cabbage means nothing. However, righteousness, peace, and joy mean a great deal, for these items are the expression of Christ. When Christ is expressed, He is our righteousness toward ourselves, our peace toward others, and our joy with God. We must be strict with ourselves and make no excuses for ourselves. Toward ourselves we must be right, narrow, and righteous in everything we do. Toward others we must endeavor to pursue peace, continually seeking to be at peace with them. However, some brothers do not even have peace with their wives, and some sisters have no peace with their husbands. We must be careful to maintain peace with everyone related to us. This peace is Christ lived out from our being. Furthermore, we need joy. Every day we should be joyful. If we cannot say, "Hallelujah, praise the Lord," every day, it means that we are defeated and are not in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of joy. We must constantly be joyful with God, praising Him, and saying, "Hallelujah." Righteousness, peace, and joy are the characteristics of the kingdom of God today.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 347. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/11/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.