Sunday, November 21, 2021
“The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.” (Luke 12:16) My Bible has sections called, “Kingdom Dynamic’s” and these thoughts come from there.
“Jesus declares the advance of the kingdom of God is the result of two things: preaching and pressing in. He shows the gospel of the kingdom must be proclaimed with spiritual passion. In every generation believers have to determine whether they will respond to this truth with sensible minds and sensitive hearts. To overlook it will bring a passivity that limits the ministry of God’s kingdom to extending the terms of truth and love – that is, teaching or educating and engaging in acts of kindness. However, apart from 1) an impassioned pursuit of prayer, 2) confrontation with the demonic, 3) expectation of the miraculous, and 4) a burning heart for evangelism, the kingdom of God makes little penetration in the world.
“At the same time, over statements of “pressing in” is likely to produce rabid fanatics who justify and behavior in Jesus’ name as applying the boldness spoken of here. Such travesties in church history as the Crusades and various efforts at politicizing in a quest to produce righteousness in society through Earth-level rule are extremes we must learn to reject. “Pressing in” is accomplished first in prayer warfare, coupled with a will to surrender one’s life and self-interests, in order to gain God’s kingdom goals.”
You are loved, Pastor Don