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Ten Violent Weapons Of Victory

How violent are you willing to go to take the kingdom of heaven?

While living in the wilderness, John the Baptiste preached that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. His role was to prepare the way of the Lord and to make His path straight.

John spent his entire ministry in the wilderness preaching repentance and baptizing the people with water. He was preparing the people for the kingdom of heaven.

I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8)

I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8)

John was also preparing them to receive the baptism of fire with the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ (Matthew 3:1-3).

Jesus, the one whom John was preparing the people to accept, did not consider Himself too high to be baptized by John.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.  And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”

But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17)

As soon as Christ was baptized, the heavens were opened to Him, and the Spirit of God descended upon Him like a dove.

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27)

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27)

The voice from heaven confirmed that He was the Son of God and the entire kingdom of heaven was poured out on Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Since the beginning of John the Baptiste’s ministry until Christ’s ministry, the kingdom of heaven suffered violently (Matthew 4:12-17; 11:12).

John suffered hardship in the wilderness; Christ was tempted in the wilderness; John was thrown in prison then later beheaded; Christ was despised and rejected by His own people.

He was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53). Jesus was persecuted, falsely accused and finally crucified.

Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? (Matthew 20:22)

Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? (Matthew 20:22)

The Kingdom of Heaven (Jesus Christ and His ministry) indeed suffered violently, but the grave was not the end because Christ arose triumphantly on the third day and gave us the weapons of victory.

How to access these weapons

You must be violent because the violent will take back the kingdom of heaven by force!

Bear in mind that our violence is not like Satan and the world who are brutal and vicious. Our violence means having an intense and radical spirit to enforce the kingdom of heaven on earth in our daily lives.

  1. Be violent in humility for the poor in spirit will inherit the kingdom of heaven.

When you are converted and take on the characteristics of a child, you will be great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3; 18:1-5).

     2. Be violent in righteousness (Matthew 5:10, 20; 7:21).

     3. Be violent in doing good all the time (Matthew 13:24-30).

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

  4. Be violent in your faith even as small as a mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32; 17:20).

  5. Be violent in the time spent in the word of God because it is your nourishment for growth (Matthew 13:33).

  6. Be violent in your love for each other because the kingdom of heaven is valuable (Matthew 13:44-45; John 13:34-35).

  7. Be violent in your forgiveness of each other (Matthew 18:21-35).

  8. Be violent in your obedience and diligence to Christ (Matthew 19:23-30).

casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:5-6)

casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:5-6)

 9. Be violent in your preparation by becoming the oil and wine (Matthew 20:1-14; 22:1-14; 25:1-13).

10. Be violent in your investment in the kingdom of heaven by developing a relationship with God (Matthew 25: 14-30; Ephesians 1:15-22).

Christ also called these weapons keys to the kingdom of heaven which He gave to us to bind principalities and powers of darkness and to loosen the infirmities, the captives and those in bondage (Matthew 16:19).

For additional weapons recap the Daily thanksgiving Devotion for the month of February.

February is the month of Godly love, but instead of featuring interpersonal relationships we focus on loving ourselves because you can’t love someone else if you do not love yourself.

Learning to love yourself is the pathway to blend the colors black and white to become beautiful shades of gray so that we can live in harmony without the bitterness of racism and discrimination.

We must, therefore, continue to sing the redemption song until all shackles of slavery are banished from our mind.

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. (Psalms 19:1)

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (Psalms 19:1)

God is ready to reveal His mighty work in our midst. Therefore, He wants us to look into our hands and identify the gifts and calling that He placed there so that we can use them to benefit ourselves and for His glory.

The process of accomplishing your divine destiny and gaining freedom lies in your determination to achieve your full potential.

As you begin your journey draw strength from the lessons of the great leaders in the past and present.

Encourage yourself in the word of God, trust in the Lord and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Know that you can do it, yes you can! (Obama)

Share with us your weapons of victory.

Source: LYBIO.NET

Source: LYBIO.NET

5 Comments »

  1. “You must be violent because the violent will take back the kingdom of heaven by force!”

    …..So true……so let us march forth with our Gospel Armour on and shout “Onward Christian Soldier! “

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  2. The word violent in the above scripture can send different messages to individuals. Some people believe it is to take up arms and defend the gospel but I believe it is our determination to live a holy life to God while on earth.

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  3. Amen Beverley! ……and

    It is supremely sublime
    With weapon number nine
    In the process of time
    We are becoming the oil and the wine.

    Like

  4. I love this: having an intense and radical spirit to enforce the kingdom of heaven on earth in our daily lives. Amen!
    Popped over from Harsh Reality.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Liked by 1 person

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