THE KINGDOM OF GOD SUFFERS VIOLENCE
Matthew 11:12 (King James Version) 12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
I have always read this passage and within the first few years that I gave my life I always stumbled on understanding it on account of the fact that Christians are supposed to be meek and mild and , they are to be gentle. So as a Christian I became mute, I became a spectator in life and I stopped engaging in life and became relaxed leaving all to Jesus to handle for me and “fight all my battles”
. Needless to say the devil took advantage, I and my family suffered some terrible losses financially as well as spiritually, before our eyes opened to the above scripture.
To enter the kingdom , to maintain the kingdom and live in the kingdom we must understand that only the violent in spirit take it by force. There is opposition from forces against kingdom life,. The devil does not want us to have righteousness, peace and the joy of the Holy ghost, nor the blessings and the power of the kingdom, so he fights .
. The devil is not alarmed by you saying you are a Christian; he fights you living the kingdom life. It will take violence in the spirit to get kingdom life and maintain it. The devil will do anything to keep you silent and make you passive.
Your victory is already won by Christ, yet Christ in his word maintains that you must take a stand to enforce that won victory .
We read above that the kingdom of Christ can only be entered by exertion or force “ and the violent take it by force”. Meaning we must be rigorous in working out our salvation. must condemn tongues risen against our faith in Christ and belief in judgement , just as Christ spoke out against the Pharisees , we must arise in the power of the Holy spirit to stand against all works of the devil in our lives ,families , family of birth , family of marriage , our churches etc . There is no vacuum in the spirit.
To fail to stand where God has placed us is for thieves and robbers to take over. A passive Pastor will have the house he has been set over become a playground for demons, people will be sinning without conviction, a passive Christian will have all sorts of spirits operating in him and around them , passive parents will have their children lost to the world, passive family will be cut asunder by agents of the enemy. If you see agents of darkness, and works of the enemy fighting your peace, joy and righteousness never be passive around them; confront them in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is not an Old Testament idea, Peter spoke directly against Simon the sorcerer, Jesus spoke directly against the spirit using Peter, and He spoke directly against the Pharisees and those who said he was used of the devil. He stood up to declare directly the word of God against those who follow him for bread and not for the Spirit. In one day he lost 5000 followers and returned to 12 disciples.
To enter heaven, to enjoy the Christian life here on earth, which is kingdom life, we must maintain that kind of lifestyle. If we will not be lost in the maze of the world we must maintain the violence in the spirit and the oneness of Vision towards our goal to connect heaven irrespective of all others things.
America in wanting to maintain peace in the world even though they do not want to fight are drawn into battles against the bad Guys , who only understand violence. You see you can’t beg the devil and his cohorts , the only language they understand is violence ,If an agent of darkness like Simon the sorcerer comes around you and you feel you will use love to convert them you are in error. They may spoil a lot of things before you learn your lessons.
I am experientially explaining this here, Resist the devil, rebuke him that is the word, not beg him, That was why Jesus confronted the devil in Peter.
The Early Disciples always openly and directly addressed demonic manifestations around them .You can’t beg anyone possessed of the devil. . the church must go back into balance so that we stop losing battle . There are key points in the scripture below , that I now began to understand by the help of the Holy spirit , as I studied more the revelation came to the word in Matthew 11:12 (King James Version) 12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven sufferes violence, and the violent take it by force.
1.The kingdom is only entered by forceful people in the spirit 1st not in the physical. This spiritual confidence enables them to exercise authority , not fight, in the physical. They are committed to *Breaking away from the immoral and sinful practises of humanity *Such people must be ready to pursue Christ, his words and His righteous ways at all cost.
* In pursuing after Christ they must pay the cost by living a life of denial to self , separation from all that is ungodly and evil including
* Ungodly friends Psalm 1:1-6 1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish
• And even Family loyalty must come secondary to loyalty to Christ and his kingdom. We are bond servants who serve the one who purchased us by his blood first .
Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Matthew 10:37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me
Matthew 12:49-50 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Matthew 19:29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life Mark 10:28-30 28Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life
Luke 14:25-27 25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple Even though, else where we are told in scripture that we are to honour parents and care for them by ensuring their needs are being met , yet Jesus insists that balance must be maintained as we are doing our duty to family. We must realise that Family takes secondary position to our relationship with God .
Being Violent in the spirit dictates that we are even ready to forsake all we have and all we are and who we are for the sake of Christ and his gospel. Our dreams , self, ungodly friends, Houses , relationships , including family etc , become secondary to Christ .
We must love them less than Christ , If there is ever any need to chose we must choose Christ .If family will not accept your consecration and honour it , you must be ready to forsake them in your heart and embrace Christ .
In saying Hate Jesus was saying , love them less than you love me . In other words he must be all in all . As a minister I have seen many Christians not connect with Kingdom living on account that they do not place Christ in the place of pre-eminence in their lives.
If Christ is not on the throne of your life , you can’t enjoy the victorious kingdom life style in your life , family etc . May you enthrone Christ today in Jesus name
2nd place given to Christ in your life will not let you enjoy Kingdom living. Please let him take his place and watch him exert his authority to bring his order, peace and righteousness, blessings and power, into your life.
• CASTING OUT DEVILS .We must take a stand against all ungodliness and evil , including demonic manifestations in our environment , families and churches
Matthew 12;28-30 28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Jesus latter condemned the Pharisees for sinning against the spirit by saying he was used of the devil as he healed the deaf and dumb . He then explained what he was doing in the passage above. Without casting out devils the kingdom of God never comes in a place.
Jesus was in fact saying in the above passage that the BUT , or the reason the kingdom of God Comes is when Kingdom authority is exerted in a place to subdue and cast out the powers of the devils in such a place., If Demonic manifestation is in a family church , the people used of the devil will be reigning in such a place and all other people submitting to them are mere puppets .
It takes the power of Chrits kingdom To enter into such a strongmans house and spoil his goods. After binding the strongmen …………….Next Sermon / Part 2 ,we will continue In conclusion , The kingdom of heaven is a earnest endeavour with Constant exertion . It comes with so much blessings and power available that to connect it, is a fight. It is a fight of faith .
There must be a strong will to resist Satan , sin , all that is ungodly and the perverse generation we live in and to follow Jesus. We must cast out devils, speak against evil and take a stand everywhere we are .
To stand for nothing is to fall for anything. The passive , lukewarm uncommitted , compromised and friendly Christians to the ungodly[ even though they are the most acceptable by the worlds system ] are not the one that will connect with the kingdom of heaven , only the violent in the spirit and radical in faith and separation can connect the kingdom , The kingdom suffers violence only the violent ones can take it by force . To get kingdom power, kingdom resources , and most importantly kingdom peace , joy and righteousness , today start the fight of faith follow Jesus’ LIFESTYLE