Since the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of God suffers violence, and violent men take it by force. Matthew 11:12(NKJV) –  a scripture that I have been meditating on recently and has been such a blessing.  I hope it blesses you too.  Let me say what led me to the scripture was in response to praying for a friend, and it became clear that the lack of victory in some areas of his life were because of lack violence in his life.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart –
Psalms 37:4  further it’s written in  Matthew
6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Which is true but it’s also true that nothing comes on a silver platter – meaning nothing especially those that are of value come easy. We need to work hard to achieve them. Pastor, Priscilla Shirer once preached and said, “God allows the violence.” and I concur. I believe He allows this violence or this attitude of fighting for blessings so that we can know the value of blessings and not take them for granted but rather fight for and  protect them so that they are not attacked or stolen from us by the wicked or the devil.

Who or what suffers  violence? According to the scriptures the kingdom of God does and everything about it.

Who is in the kingdom of God? You and I who are God’s children through His son Jesus Christ.

Now, if we are in the kingdom of God and we do that which pertains the kingdom – spreading it’s power around us, then we suffer this violence. Peace, joys, breakthrough, love, unity, togetherness always suffer violence so that they are not able to stand or hold together and do the works they are purposed to do. We suffer violence so that we can fail in doing the works of the Father. So that we can have miserable lives, give up, quit even want to die without achieving our purposes or living out life in full as we ought to.

People who suffered violence in the Bible:

  1. Mary and Joseph – when Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under – Matthew 2:16. The devil introduced violence to the family of Jesus through Herod but luckily they fled to Egypt and stayed there until the King died.
  2. David the King suffered violence through Saul. 1 Samuel chapter 18,19,20 speaks of David’s success in battles and  victories and how and Saul became jealous and wanted to kill David.
  3.  Joseph suffered violence through his brothers who because of jealousy wanted to kill him but instead sold him as a slave to merchants.  Genesis 37:18-28
  4. Uriah – Bathsheba’s husband was murdered in battle however it was a planned murder because David wanted his blessing(Bathsheba) and so the devil used David to bring violence into his life which actually finished him.

Those are few people who suffered violence from the devil. But all in all they became victorious because God has the final say.

Violence is real and is expected but we are assured of victory. So what next…prepare for the to be victorious. Victory does not come by accident.

1). Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in preparation for battle ahead. Jesus heart’s desire was to win our souls from the kingdom of darkness to that of his Father. He knew the battle will not be easy so he fasted to start His mission towards victory.

2). Esther fasted for 3 days to be able to speak to the King and defend the Jews so that Hanan does not success in his plans to kill Mordecai and the jews. Esther 4:15

3). Esther prepared to be victorious among the ladies who were to be chosen to be the king’s bride. It was not by chance but she actually prepared for victory and God favoured her.

Grace Mwai a gospel artiste in Kenya sings in her song titled Kirathimo,”I want a blessing from you Lord that will change my life.” Blessings change our lives. Think about it:-

  • Employment – eliminates poverty and allow the economy of a country to grow.
  • Blessing change our status from single to getting a partner whom married we can share ideas with grow…God said man is the head and woman is a helper…that a blessing right there. Someone who we can confide in, share ideas and grow and have children.
  • Education is another blessing that will help us blend in, open doors for us through careers and we move from dependent to independent
  • Friendships – that no man in an island is true because alone we cannot handle the challenges of life for they can easily weigh us down. Even in the joys of life we need people to share our ideas, success and happiness with. Friends are a blessing. Some act as connectors to propel us to next level in life – jobs, spouses, mentor ship. Moral support through counsel and prayers.  I have a friend whom I value because she helped me grow in ministry. She somehow understood my challenges in ministry, she did not judge me but, took me in, mentored me, prayed for me, challenged me to growth in ministry. I remember she used to say, “Grace you have potential.” And now through constant mentor ship and love I am not scared to stand and minister the love of God through praise. I thank God for bringing someone along to way to help me through.

Blessings change our lives like Grace Mwai says in her song, ‘Kirathimo.’ and because they do, they therefore meet violence. She, further says that, we need to fight for our blessings and hold on to them because of the mere fact that they will change our lives for the better and who doesn’t want that? I know I want friendship that will grow me and I appreciate good health among many others.

What blessings do you have? Can you count them? Are you grateful for them? Are there blessings you wish they can your way in future?  And what are you doing about it? What are you doing to achieve your blessings? Are you positioned for them?

Blessings; peace, joy, success, stability are fought ruthlessly and our ignorance does not calm the storms.

 Matthew 11:12  reminds us to be alert and prepared because we are coming of harvest and if we are not ready then we risk losing it all in the battle but God is good and merciful that we get second, third and fourth chances but then again what’s the point of wasting time moving round in circles if we can walk into our blessing .

Be prepared for your blessing.

If a blessing comes to change our lives then it means we need to be prepared for it so that it is not attacked to the point of death.

Jesus taught us to be prepared. He fasted for 40 days and nights in preparation for the battle ahead that may arise against our blessings. His mission and goal was to win our souls back from the devil to the Father. Now, that was not going to be easy and if you noticed the challenged Jesus faced to the point of death you will discover it was not easy and so Jesus came prepared. I believe the fast graced him for the ministry ahead. It allowed the Spirit in Him to be strong and the flesh to be weak. This is what fasting does to us humans, it allows the Spirit of God to be strong in us while the power of the flesh becomes weak. Alleluia!  Jesus was able to attain victory over His blessings and one way is that He came prepared. In the bible it is written that He would often go to lonely places to pray and I think it was for the mission ahead.

Esther was prepared to be queen. She didn’t go to a losing battle, she actually prepared to win. She was prepared to be presented before the King. She didn’t just appear and magically expect her beauty to help her she, among other ladies had to prepare for 3 months before meeting the King. Her level of preparedness plus favour from God is what helped her stand out from the rest and become queen {Esther 2:5-18}.

The devil will violently attack us whether we are ignorant or knowledgeable, naive or experienced. He will do it to to prevent the kingdom of God from moving forth. You see when we are successful in achieving our hearts desires which are according to God’s will then the kingdom of God spreads of which the devil doesn’t like. He doesn’t like us to be happy, he doesn’t like us to be at peace and he doesn’t like our success at all.

I consider us blessed to know this scripture – Matthew 11:12. It gives me strength to know that I am not the only one under the sun who meets hardships, all who are in the kingdom of God do and if God allows a violence then he has provision for it. We are graced for this life. We are graced to do his will. We are graced to live out our purposes unto his glory. We are graced to be victorious. Harreruuyaaah!

In conclusion

1). Be prepared and be alert. I think it’s the worse thing to go about life and we seem not prepared for blessings/ opportunities. It’s sad. It does happen, it has happened to me and it’s painful. Let’s be alert and prepared.

2). Be focused – Lack of focus in life is enough for devil to attack a blessing. The devil thrives in confusion. If we are focused towards success in a particular area chances are we will get it – what the mind conceives it achieves👍

3). Be self aware – Awareness of your lives and type of battles ahead of us helps us to understand the level of preparedness or violence we need to put up.Take for  example. Two people who want to scale the ladder of education. Both want to achieve a doctorate in their field of choice(heart’s desire). One person named Lucy comes from a family where the highest level is form four. another named Carol the least is a grandaunt. Lucy’s battle will be harder that Carol’s. Lucy will have to deal  with lack of motivation and mentors from within the family because they might not see the essence of climbing up the ladder of academics.  In some families they suffer addictions to alcohol and drugs. Someone from such a family will meet a tough battle in trying to get out of such an addiction. The violence towards freedom from addictions will be high because you will be alone in this fight so you risk emotional hurt, being abandoned in the fight towards freedom because the innermost circle(family) is not helping instead it’s like you are being pulled down – case in point Joseph attacked by his brothers.

We can be violently attacked and not know it and hence do nothing about it. I remember sometime back, the Spirit of God nudge me to pray for marriage but i would be hesitant and be like,”Jesus, I am not ready but if you want me to get married fine.” and that and would be the end of that but on other matters I would pray aggressively until I get a breakthrough. With time i came to learn that my hesitation in this area of marriage was that I fear a marriage like my parents. I thank God for my parents and i love to bits but to be honest my dad’s weakness made me fear marriages. The thought that i could like with a man in one house was scary. I was scared the man might want to harm me and deny me the freedom to be myself and so for me the idea of marriage was not so appetizing. I thank the Lord that many years down the line, He has healed me and I am slowly but surely coming out of a manipulation that men are bad. They are good and human just like me but the understanding of this faces a lot of attacks but I know i will see the end of this. I have come from far and i don’t believe God has brought me this far to live me!!!

So, even in your case you can be experiencing something in your life, maybe a past that is painful and it makes you shudder at the thought of realizing a dream. Whatever it is, may the Spirit of God shed more light on the matter and direct your path towards victory. Amen

Awareness of your life, your goals and aspirations and what is required to get them can enable one to know what kind of battle is ahead. But not matter what, we give God glory because He already won the battle on the cross and we are now victorious. This means we have the ability to fight through Jesus and emerge victorious no matter what.

Victory is ours through Jesus Christ.

Joshua was told be strong and courageous for I am with you. And that every where you step I shall give to you. Joshua was skilled, true. But he became victorious because God made him so. Sarah had all it took to be someone’s wife but it took the hand of God for her to be married to Tobias. Hannah had all she need to be a mother, she was of good health, had a husband but it took the hand of God to bear children. We could have all it takes to be successful but it takes hand of God to make us victorious.

So let’s be humble and walk with God, let’s invite him in all our plans for His wisdom, direction, and even when it gets tough we are assured of victory{John 16:33}.

“I have told you these things, that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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