A frequently asked question is, “How can I really know when the Kingdom of God has come?”
Jesus answered this. He revealed tangible proof of the arrival of God’s Kingdom. It can be reduced to one word - Power! Specifically God’s power overthrowing the works of Satan.
This was our Lord’s response when accused of casting out demons by the power of Satan. After countering the ignorance of the accusation he made this statement:
“But if I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe--until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.” Luke 11:20-22 (NLT)
The Lord tells us we can be sure His Kingdom has come because the power of God is driving out Satan. This is tangible and observable. His Kingdom comes as Satan is confronted and overpowered. The Kingdom of God comes to replace the strongholds of the devil. We can pray all day, every day for God’s kingdom to come but until we become violent against the enemy that stands in opposition it will not.
The power of God manifest when the children of God put on the armor of God and violently attack the strongholds of Satan in our lives and others. This enemy is standing his ground between you and the land of God’s promises. Jesus has delegated His power and authority to you to overcome the enemy.
In other words, It is your privilege to bring the Kingdom through spiritual warfare. You must refuse to accept anything contrary to God’s promises in your life. For instance, if you are living in fear, you have to say, “Okay, enough! This nonsense needs to stop” If you’re addicted to pornography, alcohol, lust and other strongholds, you’ll say, “LORD, I’m going to stop this nonsense and I must do it right away. Devil, I’m done. I will live in the blessing. Enough!” If you’re always getting sick, you’ll say, “LORD, this isn’t supposed to be so. I’m not going to accept this suffering. I’m going to live in divine health.” That mindset is most important to violently laying ahold of God’s kingdom.
The reason the Son of God came from heaven to earth was to set you free. His purpose is to utterly destroy and completely dissolve the works the devil has done (John 3:8). Being passive will not release the Kingdom of God. Getting a violent attitude and praying violent prayers releases the strong arm of the the Lord to set you free from all the power of the enemy.
Be encourged. Today is the day for miracles!
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