SCRIPTURE:

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)

DEVOTIONAL:

Taking the Kingdom of God by Force

I tell people all the time, don’t let the devil give you anything, because if he ever gives it to you he can take it back at will, or he can control you with it.

The Bible says that those in the Kingdom of God take what they want by force… the force of faith. “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). So, we take it. We don’t compromise.

Someone might ask, “Well, how do I take it?” Part of the answer is found in Mark 3:27, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” Another translation says “plunder” his house. This means that to displace the devil and the kingdom of darkness, you first have to bind the strong man. And when you do, you are going to take everything he’s got.

PRAYER:

Dear God, I thank You for empowering me with the boldness to take the Kingdom of God—all that You have planned for me to be, to do, and to have—with the force of faith. I bind the devil in Jesus’ Name, and displace him and his kingdom of darkness. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from Dr. Bill Winston’s book, Climbing Without Compromise. To order this powerful mini-book, click here.