the violent take the kingdom by force

It has been a very busy month, I have not seen so many applications and new students in the 100% free bible college as it is now. That is a surprise to me. 

You have no idea how many times over the years I felt like just calling the college quits, one can burn out for all the wrong reasons. 

 I am falling behind in emails, messages, and other things, but this time it is for all the right reasons.

The verse in this devotion, is one I have ministered on many times. 

The word violent, does not mean physically , but spiritually violent, not giving up, not calling it quits, going forward no matter what.

It is hard to believe it's almost 2018, I am amazed where has this year gone? 

I have been learning about pressing in, not letting go, giving in, but striving to do great exploits in, and for the lord, what a ride 2017 has been. 

 NOTE: After I did this post I was in study, Spurgeons devotion spoke on the same thing and thus a confirmation I must add to this post at the end.

 Austin-Sparks.Net - Open Windows 30 November

*November 30*

 Matthew 11:12

Mat 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The Kingdom is so much bigger than conversion. Of course, if you are
going to be saved at all - I mean saved initially - you will have to
mean business for that. You will have to make it a desperate matter,
because there will be everything to stop you. But the Kingdom means a
very great deal more than merely getting into it, far more than being
converted. There is a great deal more in the purpose of God for our
lives than we have ever imagined, and if we are to enter into that,
violence has to characterize us. We must desperately mean business,
and come to the place where we say: "Lord, I am set upon all that Thou
dost mean in Christ. I am set upon that, and I am not going to allow
other people's prejudices or suspicions or criticisms to get in the
way; I am not going to allow any man-made system to hinder me; I am
going right on with Thee for all Thy purpose. I am going to do
violence to everything that would get in the way." It calls for
violence, and we have to do a lot of violence to get all that God
wills for us.

Oh, how easily many lives are side-tracked, simply because they are
not desperate enough! They are caught in things which limit - things
which may be good, that may have something of God in them, but which
none the less are limiting things, and do not represent a wide open
way to all God's purpose. The only way for us to come into all that
the Lord means - not only into what we have seen but into all that He
has purposed - is to be desperate, to be men of violence; to be men
who say, "By God's grace, nothing and no one, however good, is going
to stand in my way; I am going on with God." Have that position with
the Lord, and you will find that God meets you on that ground. No men
- not even Paul himself - knew all that they were going to know. Paul
was constantly getting fuller unveilings of that unto which he was
called. He received something fairly strong and rich at the beginning;
then, later, he was shown unspeakable things (2 Corinthians 12:4). He
was growing in apprehension. But why? Because he was a man of
violence. God meets us like that. "With the perverse Thou wilt show
Thyself froward" (Psalm 18:26). That, in principle, means that God
will be to you what you are to Him. He will mean business if you mean
business. There is a vast amount in the Kingdom that we have never
suspected. Do believe that.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: Prophetic Ministry - Chapter 6

Spurgeon Evening Nov 30

“Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.”
- Rev_12:7

War always will rage between the two great sovereignties until one or other be crushed. Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; the very pretence of it would, in fact, be the triumph of the powers of darkness. Michael will always fight; his holy soul is vexed with sin, and will not endure it. Jesus will always be the dragon’s foe, and that not in a quiet sense, but actively, vigorously, with full determination to exterminate evil. All his servants, whether angels in heaven or messengers on earth, will and must fight; they are born to be warriors-at the cross they enter into covenant never to make truce with evil; they are a warlike company, firm in defense and fierce in attack. The duty of every soldier in the army of the Lord is daily, with all his heart, and soul, and strength, to fight against the dragon.

The dragon and his angels will not decline the affray; they are incessant in their onslaughts, sparing no weapon, fair or foul. We are foolish to expect to serve God without opposition: the more zealous we are, the more sure are we to be assailed by the myrmidons of hell. The church may become slothful, but not so her great antagonist; his restless spirit never suffers the war to pause; he hates the woman’s seed, and would fain devour the church if he could. The servants of Satan partake much of the old dragon’s energy, and are usually an active race. War rages all around, and to dream of peace is dangerous and futile.

Glory be to God, we know the end of the war. The great dragon shall be cast out and for ever destroyed, while Jesus and they who are with him shall receive the crown. Let us sharpen our swords to-night, and pray the Holy Spirit to nerve our arms for the conflict. Never battle so important, never crown so glorious. Every man to his post, ye warriors of the cross, and may the Lord tread Satan under your feet shortly!