Why The Kingdom Suffers 11.1.16
Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and violent men take it by force.” 
While in prayer this morning, out of my mouth comes this statement, the kingdom of God suffers violence, and the violent take it by force, then I continue to pray. After I was done praying, the Lord highlighted this verse to me, so I sat down to study it and what I discovered opened up an understanding I had not seen before. Here is what I learned…
1. John the Baptist inaugurated the kingdom of God on earth. He was the last Old Testament prophet who spoke of Yeshua and His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
2. Suffers violence means to rush into; seek with eagerness; enter into without information of the price, persecution or pressure of being a kingdom citizen. 
3. Violent men means one who uses force, one who hurries to appropriate without measuring the consequences. Those who came to John to be baptized without repenting of their sins. A vehement desire for anything. #strongsconcordance
Therefore, what I heard the Lord say is, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force means, people rush into it with their words, prayers, or actions without counting the cost, knowing the responsibility involved, without repentance or an understanding of the kingdom culture. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence because people want to stay the same and yet claim they are citizens of the kingdom. 
The kingdom of God is an invitation to lay down your will, your way, your desires, your thoughts, and to become a kingdom citizen. In order to do this, you need to understand the kingdom’s culture, the way the kingdom operates, what they kingdom says, how the kingdom says it. The kingdom suffers violence because people have forced their way into without repentance and without a desire to take on the King’s culture. They want citizenship, benefits and safety that comes with this kingdom, but they don’t want the customs, cultures and commands of this kingdom. This is why the kingdom suffers violence, because violent men have claimed citizenship without adopting its culture. 
Remember Daniel and his 3 friends when they were invited to serve in the king’s court (Daniel 1). They had to be taught the king’s literature and language along with obeying the king’s commands. They had to do this for a wicked king in order to serve in his court, how much more to serve in the King of kings court? The difference between these two kings is that there is nothing to resist in the King of king’s kingdom, because everything gives glory to the King, Yeshua!
Here’s the point, the kingdom of heaven is suffering violence because violent men have taken it by force. Many people who say they are kingdom citizens are not representing the King or His kingdom as it is. They want it their way, their thoughts, their plans, their control, and yet they want to call it kingdom of heaven, so then people who don’t know the King or His kingdom, see “kingdom citizens” and say, there is nothing about this kingdom worth inquiring about or coming to. Until the people who claim to be apart of this kingdom take on the King’s culture and obey the King’s commands, the kingdom of heaven will continue to suffer violence. And honestly, they will never serve in the King’s court, even though they claim the King’s citizenship. We must repent if we want to see a change in our culture, because they need to see people who are representing another kingdom and His culture. This is why the kingdom suffers.

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