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Summary: We must be like John, fearlessly striving ahead in the gospel; forcefully making our way into the Kingdom; staying there, and helping others to enter in.

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Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.

E-Mail: Mentorship2003@yahoo.co.uk

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Thank you.

Herman Abrahams,

Cape Town, South Africa.

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FORCEFUL MEN LAY HOLD OF THE KINGDOM

Matthew 11:12

INTRODUCTION

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Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. (NIV)

The work of John the Baptist had not been in vain. He had pointed away from himself towards Jesus, and the crowds had followed Jesus (John 3:26).

John’s preaching had contributed towards paving the way for Christ.

We must be like John, fearlessly striving ahead in the gospel; forcefully making our way into the Kingdom; staying there, and helping others to enter in. John paved the way for Christ’s ministry; we are called to pave the way for Christ’s second coming.

John was the Herald who announced that, "After me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire" (Matt 3:11). We are the Heralds announcing Christ’s second coming and the need for all men everywhere to repent and be born again. Jesus himself said, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit" (John 3:5).

1. ’MAKE EVERY EFFORT’

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The kingdom, says Jesus, ever since the days of John’s first appearance upon the scene has been pressing forward vigorously and forcefully. The Kingdom is doing so now: the sick are being healed, lepers are cleansed, the dead raised, the blind see, the lame walk and sinners are raised to a new life in Christ. However, not everyone has entered in. Many, multitudes, even now are refusing and resisting. Many people groups remain unreached with the gospel. But vigorous and forceful men, who will not compromise with the world, who are prepared to follow the whole counsel of God, no matter what the cost to themselves, such individuals are eagerly taking possession of the Kingdom. They are going after it with all their might, with every fibre of their being, working out their own salvation in fear and trembling, and eagerly, vigorously and forcefully, helping others to get there through a fearless proclamation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What Jesus is emphasising in Matt 11:12 is that we cannot sleep our way into the Kingdom. On the contrary, entrance into the Kingdom requires earnest endeavour, untiring energy, utmost exertion:


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Glynn Dickens

commented on Mar 18, 2009

Herman Abrahams is to be commended for his explanation of kingdom warfare as described in Mt 11:12: it can only be waged by truly Spirit-filled believers who invade the devil''s stronghold with the mighty weapons of the Spirit''s might and "lay hold of the KINGDOM." GOD BLESS!

Herman Abrahams

commented on Oct 14, 2013

Hi Glynn, it's a mega blessing for me to be of help. All glory to the Lord!!

Michelle Beal

commented on Sep 10, 2011

Beautiful! I love how you broke this down. I''ve read this passage many times. But I feel we "ARE IN THE LAST DAYS", and the enemy does not want the Kingdom of God to go forth. Therefore, it''s applicable more so now, than ever before. Though this message was submitted in 2004, NOW IS THE TIME TO "LAY HOLD OF THE KINGDOM" LIKE NEVER BEFORE"! God bless, Evang. Michelle Beal

Michelle Beal

commented on Sep 10, 2011

Beautiful! I love how you broke this down. I''ve read this passage many times. But I feel we "ARE IN THE LAST DAYS", and the enemy does not want the Kingdom of God to go forth. Therefore, it''s applicable more so now, than ever before. Though this message was submitted in 2004, NOW IS THE TIME TO "LAY HOLD OF THE KINGDOM" LIKE NEVER BEFORE"! God bless, Evang. Michelle Beal... o(Los Angeles, CA)

Herman Abrahams

commented on Oct 14, 2013

Thank you Michelle. Glory to God.

Kym Brown

commented on Feb 18, 2012

Great word!

Anonymous

commented on Jan 20, 2016

wonderful. timely word that has touched the debt of my heart and encouraged me to soldier on with the battle, for one thing is assured of, the reward at the end.God's blessings Herman

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