The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
The violent force by which we take the kingdom occurs behind the peaceful red tape across the mouths of intercessors. Our fight is different. Our fight is not against the helpless innocence in a mother’s womb. Our fight is not against the doctors or the centers that perform the procedures. Our fight is not against the mothers warring against life. Our fight is different. Our fight is against powers, against principalities, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
What separates our fight, our force from that of any other fight is that we are for people, we are for life. We engage in war in private prayer closets and publicly behind red tape. Even our words are for the ones who seem to be our enemies.
Our violence occurs in an unseen realm, but is manifest in the natural by beautiful reports of lives saved.
Peace and righteousness kiss every time someone tapes his mouth to stand for life.
Instead of angrily boycotting companies, we fast. Instead of protests, we have prayer meetings. Instead of shouting insults or chanting slogans, we hold our peace and kiss righteousness. Instead of assaulting physically, we combat evil through intercession. Instead of petitioning people to change their behavior by force, we petition the Prince of Peace to change the hearts of men and women for life.
Our victories are seldom published and frequently skewed. Our strength is not measured by numbers and dollars and deaths, our strength is measured by eternal scales of life and joy. According to Jesus, no man can take away our joy- and no one has.
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.Romans 14:17
The same kingdom that suffers violence that is taken by force is righteousness, peace and joy.
What kind of kingdom celebrates and is advanced by violent force displayed through silence? What kind of kingdom often contradicts worldly knowledge and is justified by children? What kind of kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy?
We pray for His kingdom to come. We ask for His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Our Jesus, Himself was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer, so He opened not His mouth. No matter how many accused Him and shouted at Him– No matter how many insults, threats and lashes they brought against Him—The Prince of Peace held His peace. Life was too valuable for Him to respond to insults. Death had to be defeated, no matter the cost. Our Jesus held His peace and won the battle. He defeated death.
Peace and righteousness kissed on the cross when Jesus refused to back down or take the easy way out. We mattered too much to Him. Our lives mattered too much to Him. Our eternal LIFE was the joy that was set before Him on the cross and is the reward of His suffering.
Red tape covers our mouths. We are insulted. We are accused. We are despised. We hold our peace. We defeat death.
Biblical examples that God’s hearing is not limited to words spoken out loud, that God hears silent prayer from our hearts: Genesis 24:15, 45, Joshua 6, 1 Samuel 1:13, Zechariah 2:13, Psalm 4:4, Psalm 10:17, Psalm 15:2, Psalm 27:8, Psalm 33:15, Psalm 44:21, Psalm 62:8, Psalm 77:6, Psalm 84:2, Psalm 119:145, Psalm 139:23, Proverbs 27:19, Ecclesiastes 5:2, Lamentations 2:18, Joel 2:12-13, Matthew 9:4, Matthew 15:8, Matthew 15:18, Mark 2:8, Luke 5:22, Luke 9:47, Luke 16:15, Acts 8:22, Romans 8:26-27
Biblical examples of standing still being God’s will: Exodus 14:13, Numbers 9:8, 2 Chronicles 20:17, Psalm 46:10