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A Force To Be Reckoned With

Matthew 10:34; 11:12
34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword..."
12 "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force."

These are two of the most difficult of Jesus' statments. They seem to contradict His message of love and peace. For me today, they scream loud and strong a message of urgency.

The issues of life are literally matters of life and death (eternal and everlasting). Jesus' sword (which in other places in the NT represents the Word) seperates that which will produce either life or death in my life (Heb 4:12). The Truth always produces conflict because it wages war against my flesh, dividing my soul and my spirit, and discerns my thoughts and intentions. Jesus did not come to passify mankind - He came to deliver us, to seperate us from sin and bring us into freedom.

In the same way the Jesus has contended (and throught the HS, continues to contend) for our freedom, I must now contend for that which has become my life's cause - the Kingdom of God. And as a warrior, I must not be entangled with the affairs of the world (2 Timothy 2:4). I want to please Him and pleasing Him requires a violent, radical, forceful obedience on my part.

Lord, I want to be a force for you in my world.

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