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Monday, February 28, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT: FORCEFUL PEOPLE #1

The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something -- war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce. Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Matt 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN NEEDS FORCEFUL PEOPLE
The word forceful means:
Powerful, Dynamic, and Effective. God requires us as Christians, to have this type of attitude today. In essence Jesus is saying that since John the Baptist, the Kingdom of heaven has been forcefully pressing forward towards its goal, and in order to maintain this momentum, it needs powerful, dynamic and effective Christians!

The proposal here is… that before John the Baptist, the Kingdom of Heaven could only be seen in the light of prophecy, but now it is PREACHED and DEMONSTRATED, by people who are pressing into it, with a zeal and eagerness resembling VIOLENCE or DESPERATION, to get rid of SIN and all satanic powers that are trying to destroy God’s people. But we need to stand true against anything that opposes the Kingdom of Heaven and its coming!

The devil will try and subdue us… he does not want us to succeed. Our opponent will try everything in his power to stop us moving forward, but Jesus wants those who are possessed of enthusiasm and the passion for God, to fight the enemy on all fronts, reminding ourselves that... The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Cor 10:4

How do we achieve… this FORCEFULNESS? Tomorrow we will look at implementing the first of four principles, which I believe will help us.

Loving Father, I thank you for your word that helps me to realise that your desire for us is to keep the kingdom of heaven advancing. Help me through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be a warrior for you. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.

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