The Prophet Speaks
“2021 – The Year of God’s Kingdom”
By: Pastor Milton Coats
Romans 14:17 says “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”.
I Corinthians 3:13 NLT says “But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value”. This verse has future application when believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. During that time the motive for their works will be judged. Works done with the wrong motive will be consumed by fire. Aside from that, the fiery tests and trials of 2020 have made it crystal clear much of the church works and programs have a lot to be desired when it comes to the kingdom of God. God is calling the church back to kingdom works.
Again, the Apostle Paul declares the kingdom of God is not meat and drink. The kingdom of God does not consist of meat, drink and outward religion. It consists of three things: righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost!
The kingdom of God is first righteousness. Righteousness is God’s way of doing a thing. We are told in Matthew 6:33 to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
The kingdom of God is secondly peace. In Isaiah 9:6, one of the names by which Jesus would be called was the Prince of Peace. When Jesus was born that Bethlehem night a multitude of the heavenly host struck up a chorus singing “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men”.
Thirdly, the kingdom of God is joy in the Holy Ghost. The kingdom of God is full of joy and rejoicing. The Holy Spirit permeates every dimension of God’s kingdom. Psalm 16:11 says “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”.
People of God, my heart is stirred and encouraged because we are entering a great season of the Kingdom of God! 2021 is The Year of God’s Kingdom! Have a Blessed and Very Prosperous New Year!