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25. November 2013 03:29
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WHERE THE VIOLENCE IS LOCATE

25. November 2013 03:29 by don | 0 Comments

These words suffers, violence, violent and force are all related words with muchthesame meaning.  They picture vital energy and activity used in forcing or crowding oneself into something.  To interpret these words of Jesus one needs to know the location of theKingdom of Heaven. 

 

 Violence can only happen where an adversary is located.  Surely, up in God’s eternal heaven, there is no violence, as Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”  Today we know that the Kingdom of God is within you (Lk. 17:20-21). 

 

 

Can we not see by this that the Kingdom of Heaven can suffer violence only within the life of the believer where both the Spirit of God and the spirit of the adversary function, where the spirit and the flesh indeed war with one another, where the mind of Christ and the carnal mind both exert themselves to control.  I am sure that Jesus is not referring here to armies or physical violence.  The violence He is talking about is violence that is done to SELF the fleshly nature, the carnal mind, the human will which wars against the life of God and prevents one from entering into the Kingdom.  Sometimes we must be violent in our own land, with our self, with obstacles within and without, in order to possess the promised Kingdom.

19. November 2013 15:03
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The Violent take the Kingdom of God by force

19. November 2013 15:03 by don | 0 Comments

 

 When our blessed Lord came teaching the Kingdom of God throughout the province of Galilee, He made it abundantly clear that possessing the Kingdom is not an easy thing.  It is not so difficult to see the Kingdom, as Moses saw the promised land from the heights of mount Nebo, but to possess the Kingdom takes a definite effort.  Jesus spoke of this when He told the Pharisees, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it” (Lk. 16:16).  It is doubtful if any of those who heard these words had the remotest idea of the effort involved in possessing the Kingdom.  Let me put it this way.  It takes an added effort after you have already put forth an effort!  Like a sprinting race, it is that final thrust at the end where the contender puts forth all of his complete energy.  He will press forth with all the strength he can muster to win the race.  In like manner it takes running, pressing, and even violence in one’s effort to take the Kingdom.

   “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Mat. 11:12).  Some say that this is a negative statement, that Jesus is not talking about the necessity of taking the Kingdom by violent effort, but that in the hour when the Kingdom was announced many carnal people sought by the violence of carnal effort to seize the Kingdom for their own ends.  These words of Jesus in Matthew are, however, a sequel to the words written by Luke.  Matthew says that since the days of John the Baptist, the Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force.  Luke says that since John the Baptist the Kingdom is preached, and men press into it.  Each of the Gospel writers expresses in his own words the thought given  by Jesus.  The backdrop to this is the conquest of the land of Canaan, the Old Testament type of our possessing our inheritance in Christ.  No one can dispute that when Israel went in to possess their inheritance that the land of Canaan suffered violence.  Ah, yes! they pressed their way into the land and violently took it by force.  That is the picture the Holy Spirit has drawn of what it means to take the Kingdom!

 

3. November 2013 15:06
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The failing of Evangelism

3. November 2013 15:06 by don | 1 Comments

I have had a huge burden for evangelism for over 38 years.  The USA has fallen prey to demonic attack against evangelism.  Sadly his scheme has worked.  Politics is not the answer for our great country.  Winning the lost is our answer.  

 

Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ. 
Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ. 
Less than two percent are involved in the ministry of evangelism. 
Seventy-one percent do not give toward the financing of the great Commission.

One particular denomination did a survey on its leadership ministries. The results are as follows:

  • 63% of the leadership in this denomination, including deacons and elders, have not led one stranger to Jesus in the last two years through the method of “Go Ye” evangelism.
  • 49% of the leadership ministries spend zero time in an average week ministering outside of the church.
  • 89% of the leadership ministries have zero time reserved on their list of weekly priorities for going out to evangelize.
  • 99% of the leadership ministries believe that every Christian, including leadership, has been commanded to preach the gospel to a lost world.
  • 97% believe that if the leadership had a greater conviction and involvement in evangelism, that it would be an example for the church to follow.
  • 96% of the leadership believe their churches would have grown faster if they would have been more involved in evangelism.