Taking Decisive Action

Daily God Walk for Sunday, August 28, 2011

 From the time of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it. – Matthew 11:12

Old Testament prophets spoke of a time when the Messiah would rule the nations with a rod of iron. The Jews looked for a Messiah who would, with great force, establish kingdom rule. Jesus was responding to that concept in this passage.

John the Baptist was in prison and he had sent his disciples to determine if Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Jesus sent them back to John with the message, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me” (v4-6).

These were all signs that would accompany the Messiah and Jesus not only wanted to comfort John that his work was done, the Messiah, or the Christ had come, but he wanted to inform the people of the same truth. He was the expected Messiah.

Then he addresses the idea of the Messiah establishing a kingdom by forcefully conquering his enemies. However, the violence, or forcefulness he referred to was the battle which raged in the spirit realm. Jesus said, “the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing,” or as the KJV reads, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence.”

God was establishing his kingdom on earth through Jesus the Christ and there was in fact war raging in the heavenlies. The forces of God for good and the forces of Satan for evil. Then Jesus concludes that forceful men enter this battle and move forward with the kingdom of God. That requires decisive action.

The kingdom of heaven is still forcefully advancing and forceful, decisive, men and women are still joining this battle. God is looking for people of character who will fully commit to this war of the spirit and move forward with his kingdom. All he asks of us is to take decisive action and join the fray. Are you up to it?

 Prayer: God, grant me the strength of will to take decisive action.

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