Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”
The Amplified Bible says, “A share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion.”
We must realize that the “Kingdom of Heaven” is our possession. Everything in heaven can be experienced now, in this life. Too many people put off experiencing heaven until after they die and leave earth. When our days on earth are done, there will be no resistance to experiencing heaven. Why wait when Jesus said in Matthew 6:10 that the will of God is to be as real to us on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus said, “Your Kingdom come!” What a promise!! That promise belongs to every believer. It’s unfortunate though, when we believe that every promise from God is His responsibility to deliver to us, no matter what. In other words, the belief that if God wants me to have something, He will just give it to me, is a false religious belief. Every promise from God is already available to every believer. It has been included in the redemption that Jesus gave His life for. The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For ALL of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “YES!” When Jesus said, “it is finished”, God’s promises were made complete and available to all of us.
But too many believers are like the Israelites. They are wandering around in a wilderness of defeat because there’s an enemy in the Promised Land. They are being robbed of their rightful inheritance because they’re too lazy or too afraid to fight him. They keep hoping that somehow, they will find a way in without using force – but they won’t. You have to make demands where Satan and his companions are keeping you from what belongs to you. Remember that the enemy is a thief, a robber, and a liar. He will lie to you and attempt to get you to believe that God’s promises aren’t for you. He will say things like, “You’re not good enough” or “that doesn’t happen anymore.” One of the biggest lies that he has gotten many to believe, “Those gifts and promises passed away with the apostles.” If that is true then God wasted a lot of time and effort writing two-thirds of the New Testament. He could have stopped writing after Christ’s resurrection.
When God sent the Israelites into Canaan, He said, “Send the armed men to go before you.” They were to go up armed, ready for the fight. He knew that they would have to fight to take the land. He never told them they wouldn’t have to fight, but He did promise they would win every time. The same is true for you. You can’t just lie down and play dead when you’re dealing with the devil. He’s not going to let you stroll into the “Promised Land” without a fight. He will attempt to keep you from every good thing you are entitled to in your life: your health, your finances, your joy, every good thing. He’s not going to give up unless you force him. That is why Jesus said, “The violent take it by force.”
Quit sitting in the wilderness looking at the Promised Land. Quit sitting around while the devil steals the blessings of God out from under you. You already have God’s promises, His power, and His authority – everything you need to take the land. Get violent enough to do something about it…today! Stand up in the authority of Jesus and command the devil to take his hands off what belongs to you. Walk into His promises for your life.
My prayer for you today is that you will rise up in “Holy Boldness” and stand up for what Jesus gave His life for – your inheritance. It is available NOW!