My Beloved. I have raised you up for such a time as this. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, but My Mighty men and women take it back by force! The force of your faith!
I have trained your hands to war. I have given you a “violent” faith. A faith that will not bow down to the enemy’s demands. A faith that rises up at the first sign of an assault of the enemy’s forces.
Your faith is a shield against the fiery darts of the enemy. I am standing with you, Mighty Warrior. I have given my angels charge over you and your family. GREATER are those who stand with you than those who stand against you.
They fight for you every day. Don’t draw back from an attack, My Child, for I have made you MORE than a conqueror. Don’t let the enemy take what I have given you.
EVERY battle has been won by the Blood of the Lamb. Keep up the good fight of faith, Beloved. You are part of My triumphal parade. To the victor belong the spoils.
“Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is LEAST in the kingdom of heaven is GREATER THAN HE! From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force,” Matthew 11:11-12.
The Greek noun is without the article, “men who are violent or use force.” The meaning is determined by the preceding clause. The “violent” are men of eager, impetuous zeal, who grasp the kingdom of heaven — i.e., its peace, and pardon, and blessedness — with as much eagerness as men would snatch and carry off as their own the spoil of a conquered city. Their new life is, in the prophet’s language, “given them as a prey” (Jeremiah 21:9; Jeremiah 45:5) (Ellicott Commentary).
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, JESUS took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And having SPOILED principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it” Colossians 2:14-15.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place,” 2 Corinthians 2:14.
~Deborah Waldron Fry