Living Word Devotional by Pastor Mensa Otabil

Sunday, 10th November, 2019


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

I want you to get violent today. Yes, violent, determined, and zealous. I want you to get so spiritually violent that your mere presence will put the devil to flight. The Amplified Bible renders today’s scripture, “A share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion.”

Too many believers live like the Israelites in the wilderness. They wandered around in a wilderness of defeat because of fear of giants on their Promised Land. They’re robbed of their rightful inheritance because they’re afraid to fight. They sat passive hoping that somehow their promised inheritance will fall on their laps on its own accord. They were utterly disappointed! You have to make demands when Satan and his demons are concerned.

Was it not God who promised the land of Canaan as an inheritance to the children of Israel? Yet, they had to possess it through battle. There were giants on the land. He said to them, “Send the armed men to go before you.” They were to go up armed – ready for the fight. He did not promise them an easy life. What He promised them was that they’d win every battle. The same is true for you. You can’t take possession of God’s promises lying down and taking things easy. Satan is not going to let you prosper in any area of your life without a fight.

You have been sitting in the wilderness for too long. Many Christians have become spiritually lazy. The promises of God are taken through battle. So put on your amour and take possession of your inheritance by prayer, prophetic declarations and positive confessions. You have God’s permission and power to do that.

Prayer: Thank you Father for all the promises you have made. Help me treasure these precious promises fervently.

Scriptural Reading: Matthew 11:1-19


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