And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:14 NKJV
Have you ever been in a place where wrong was done and you didn’t think you did anything to deserve the wrong? I think I have been there numerous times. But the Lord allows certain events in our life to happen for a reason. And I believe that reason is so we will know Him more deeper—even in our sufferings—and suffering wrongly.
Jesus knew just that—the kingdom of heaven suffers violence. Just this morning I was immediately, in getting out of bed, faced with a trial battling my mind. Recently I was laid off from my job and it is truly hard to let go of something when you scratch your head wondering why it happened. Rather than being at peace and reflecting on His Word this morning, my mind raced rapidly back to the events that led up to me being laid off from my job on Friday. I could not let go—I would begin to read the Word and then my mind would drift like a boat out at sea being tossed around by the winds of adversity attempting to sink the ship so that the ship would not reach it’s destination. uggh.
I shared with Peter, my husband—I just couldn’t stop rehearsing the events of work. But what is unique is what took place when I openly shared my heart with my husband. For the Lord had been speaking to his heart this morning as well—a verse that brought revelation to our hearts. Matthew 11:14. So yes! We will suffer violent things—but we must defend our faith—to take back that which the Lord has already given us—in my case—victory over my mind—and take it back by force—proclaiming that Jesus reigns in my mind and His peace reigns in my heart. Once we prayed through the stubborness of not wanting to hear the Lord—His peace was restored and the turbulent waters and winds ceased without any striving…