After reading Matthew 11, I came across this verse and the Lord wanted me to look into it and understand what it really meant, as a good reminder. I pray this bible study can assist you too.
Matthew 11:12 (KJV) ~ And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
The post above goes into the strongs concordance meaning of the word “biazo” which is suffereth violence. I have also looked into the cross references to assist with the context of how it is used.
What this verse in essense is telling us is that those who work out their salvation with fear and trembling, those who fight for their faith, fight to make it, will make it and seize and take hold of heaven. This shows us it is indeed a narrow path, and we have to be willing to FIGHT to make it to our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a test to see if we really love Him. Are we growing daily in Christ? This is a stern reminder to me too. I don’t believe Lord Jesus Christ would be pleased if we are not growing in new levels in Him and through Him working in us.
Given the time that we are in, can we really shy away from spiritual warfare too ?? I think spiritual warfare is so much a part of our walk, it’s not the only thing, but we need to also be aware that as we get closer to the great tribulation that the forces of darkness, and witchcraft against the saints of God is at an all time high. If we are able to – a part of putting on our breatplate of righteousness is standing up… (This doesn’t necessarily mean doing something violent like joining protests etc, a lot of prophetic voices have been shown that we as believers should actually steer clear of this , as these are traps etc) … But are we praying and standing up spiritually for those that are weaker , e.g. praying for innocent children , praying against the abomination of evil wicked doers and the elite that force these abominations on us. This is just an example of going the extra mile.
We need to examine ourselves daily and ensure we are fighting for our faith!!