Your daily devotional by Dag Heward-Mills (25th August, 2015)

Posted: August 25, 2015 in Advice, Bible, Bible Commentary, Christianity, Devotional, Inspirational, Quiet Time, Relationship, Religion, Words Of Wisdom

August 25, 2015

SEIZE IT!

Dag Heward-Mills 

READ: Matthew 11:1-19

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of  heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Matthew 11:12

In Matthew 11:12, the Bible tells us that the violent take the Kingdom of God by force. What does this mean?

The Twentieth Century New Testament puts it this way:

“…men using force have been seizing it…”

The William’s Translation says:

“…men are seizing it as a precious prize…”

The Goodspeed translation says:

“…Men have been taking the kingdom of heaven by storm…”

The Weymouth translation says:

“…the kingdom of God has been enduring violent assault…”

All these Scriptures tell us one thing. Gentle words, nice songs, lame sermons and docile choirs cannot help much in this indifferent and uninterested world. Church games will not help. People don’t want to know. They are deceived.

They don’t care whether Jesus comes today or tomorrow. “Leave me alone,” they say. “To hell with this church business of yours.” That is why we need what the Bible calls “biazo”. “Biazo” is a Greek word found in Matthew 11:12 that means “to use force” or “to force one’s way into a thing”. We must open their eyes to the realities of Heaven and Hell….the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them…(2 Corinthians 4:4). Apostle Paul did not only give nice sermons. He was actively involved in turning the heads and opening the eyes of unbelievers. We should emulate his good example.

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