Reeni Mederos: “A NEW YEAR ‘REVOLUTION’ FOR 2007–DARE TO BE DANGEROUS”
“The New Year will pose many new and unusual challenges that will require personal choice and self-determination.”
It’s A New Year Revolution
It has been proclaimed that the year 2007 will be the “Year of Heaven.” There is great anticipation in the air as the promises of God are waiting for each and every one of us to seize the moment as the New Year unfolds before our very eyes. At the same time, the Lord is saying, “Dare to be Dangerous in 2007.”
As many are starting the New Year with traditional New Year’s Resolutions, the Lord is revealing His heart’s desire instead, for a “New Year Revolution.” This revolution is about to split wide-open in the hearts of those that are willing to take the Kingdom of God by force with their whole heart and for those who don’t give up. He says, “The New Year will pose many new and unusual challenges that will require ‘personal choice’ and ‘self-determination’ to obtain and execute the promises at hand.”
God’s Prototype Foreshadowed in the Spirit of Elijah
In Matthew 11, we clearly see that John the Baptist was a dangerous Warrior in the Kingdom of God and dared to be dangerous in his day, as God’s prototype foreshadowed the Spirit of Elijah upon his present generation. He had great prophetic insight and foresight, and could see far further into the future than most people of his day, as he dared to pave the way for something far greater than he, himself. Jesus describes John’s life purpose in verses 12-15 in these familiar words when He said,
“And from the time John the Baptist began preaching and baptizing until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people attack it. For before John came, all the teachings of the Scriptures looked forward to this present time. And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand.”
Jesus wasn’t talking here about some passive stance of standing by on the sidelines, carelessly waiting for someone to snatch the Kingdom of Heaven right out from under our feet. That was the problem Jesus had with most of the religious people of His day. They allowed the devil to take the Kingdom away from them before they could enter it, while they were passive and too blind with religious pride to see it coming. It is God’s pleasure to give us the Kingdom, and it is also satan’s pleasure to take it away from us if he can. In Matthew 11:18, Jesus said,
“For John the Baptist didn’t drink wine and he often fasted, and you say, ‘He’s demon possessed.’”
Jesus pointed out that John the Baptist was very active and did not drink the wine of passivity and unbelief of that generation, but chose the key elements of active prayer and fasting to pave the way for his mission. John faced many challenges and yet took the Kingdom of God by force with determination to finish his mission in the face of religious enmity and deadly opposition. He was not one to give up so easily, and certainly, was not passive about his mission and calling as he “Dared to be Dangerous” in his day for the sake of Christ.
How Dangerous Are You?
The Lord is saying that if passivity is tolerated in the slightest amount, there could be something of great value lost in the process, and even crucial elements to the promises of God can be forfeited by a lack of Godly aggression to secure the manifestation of those promises for your life, and for generations to come.
What does this mean for us today? God is simply asking, “How dangerous are you?” In other words, the Lord is asking, “How dangerous are you willing to be?” It is obvious there is no room for passivity in the Kingdom of God, especially not for this coming year. God’s people just can’t afford to tolerate it or they will lose gained ground from previous victories.
Godly Force and Godly Violence
“The use of Godly force and Godly violence in the Kingdom of Heaven, is the use of delegated authority given by Jesus.”
“…the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12
The Greek definition of “violence” means to use force; to apply force; to inflict violence on; to press; forcing his way. The Greek root definition of violence means life; life extensively; the period or course of life; that by which life is sustained, resources, wealth, goods; to live.
In other words, as we take hold of the Kingdom of Heaven, pursue it, and make it our own, the use of force and violence is NOT the act of a crime or the act of violence as the world’s definition of the word. The use of “Godly force” and “Godly violence” in the Kingdom of Heaven, is the use of delegated authority given by Jesus, Himself, as a way of life, life extensively, or even life abundantly. When we execute Godly force or Godly violence, it is a matter of life and death; life for us, but death blows to the works and the kingdom of darkness, and death to the works of the flesh.
If we don’t use or execute Godly force or Godly violence in the name and authority of Jesus Christ in our determination to lay hold of the promises of God, we actually lose something very valuable in the process. We then have the potential to lose stability in our lives, our resources, our wealth, and our goods in every area of life. That means that the devil will have an open door of opportunity to enforce his authority to steal, kill, and destroy through passivity and apathy. Being passive and apathetic in the Kingdom of Heaven simply means, “One who lays down his or her Godly authority allowing for another to pick it up and take over (or takes control).”
The Effectual Fervent (Violent) Prayer
Webster’s definition of “violence” means “the exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse (as in warfare effecting illegal entry into a house).” It also means vehement feeling or expression. The synonym for “violence” in Webster’s dictionary is FERVOR and PASSION. This brings to mind James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” It could also be said this way, “The effectual fervent (VIOLENT) prayer of a righteous man avails much.” The Amplified version of the same verse says, “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working).”
This not only affects our prayer life, but executing Godly force and Godly violence as God sees it, affects our worship, our witness, our families, our destiny, our Churches, our nation, and the list goes on. If we take a passive stance, and do not seriously consider what the Spirit of the Lord is really saying concerning advancing the Kingdom of God with “Godly force, Godly violence, Godly fervor, and Godly passion,” we will have missed out on the blessings of the Kingdom that rightfully belong to us, even to the extent of changing the course of a nation.
We will not be able to blame passivity on the devil, because as stated earlier, the Lord says, “The New Year will pose many new and unusual challenges that will require ‘personal choice’ and ‘self-determination’ to obtain and execute the promises at hand.” It is the element of PERSONAL CHOICE and SELF-DETERMINATION in every child of God that will be the deciding factor if successful advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven is to be achieved within each individual life and their respective spheres of influence.
The Kingdom Received as Little Children
If the Bible says in Luke 12:32, “For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom,” then why does it also say in Matthew 11:12, that “the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force”? Why do we have to take with violence something that has in fact already been given to us? The King James Version, “suffers violence,” means that the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and it continues to do so through every violent opposition and violent aggression in both offense and defense since the “time” or “days” of John the Baptist.
In actuality, the Kingdom of Heaven requires two things:
1) It has to be given to us by God and received by us as little children in order to enter it and for it to enter into us.
2) The Kingdom of Heaven has already been fought for and won for us by Jesus at the cross, but there is also the element of fighting the good fight of faith which must be won by every individual child of God. Each person is responsible for walking out his or her own salvation, and maintain and advance the Kingdom of God in their own lives with their own choices they make.
At the same time, the violent opposition and aggression forces the Kingdom of Heaven to advance within each individual, much like weight training and warfare. The more resistance there is, the more strength and overcoming power is developed within. Without the strength that opposition and resistance cause, there can be no real growth or advancement in the Kingdom of God, which ultimately lies deep within the heart of each believer and every child of God.
The Ultimate Time Travel
In essence, the Spirit of Elijah that was upon John, was much like how Elijah out ran the chariots of God in the Old Testament. John was so on fire for God with ardent zeal, that it propelled him in time to see into the future, where he beheld “The Lamb of God” with his own eyes. John would not have been able to accomplish his mission without this one vital aspect of prophetic foresight. It is what kept him alive and well, aggressively advancing the Kingdom of Heaven until he finished his mission. Then and only then did he die. John saw the excellencies of the glory of God “from another time,” descend upon Jesus like a dove. His heart was connected with eternity so much, that he prophetically saw all that he would preach of, speak of, and live for.
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
When John said, “behold”, the Greek definition says this means to perceive, discern, and discover, as John had been given the privilege to see deeply into the future events of the glories of Heaven, even before the future was ever manifested in the now. This is the ultimate time travel if there ever was one.
John was Ahead of the Times
“We are to advance ahead of the times to bring the realities of Heaven into the manifestation of the here and now.”
Simply put, John was a prototype as “ahead of his time.” As with this present generation, which is ahead of the times, who will be bold enough and daring enough to travel through the times of God’s heart? This means that we are living in a day and age where the power and anointing of God is so present, that we will go ahead in time through prophetic foresight and prepare the way of the Lord, prophetically speaking. That is why the year 2007 is especially the “Year of Heaven” as God has declared it to be so. We are to advance ahead of the times to bring the realities of Heaven into the manifestation of the here and now and into our present time.
Jesus meant what He said back in the day of John the Baptist, and He still means what He says for us today and even for the year 2007. John dared to be different as he pursued the Kingdom of Heaven with the most ardent faith and tenacious perseverance until the day he died. John was a Warrior and a revolutionary that preceded Jesus, as many are doing so today in the same spirit of Elijah. He was dangerous and threatened the powers of darkness through his warfare and violent advancement for the cause of Christ. Heaven would never be the same. John was persecuted and hated by the religious, as well as sinners who could not stomach his message of Truth, but was loved, honored, and adored by Jesus Himself, as family, as a friend, and as his Savior.
John’s mission was to pave the way for Jesus, and we learn from his life that Godly violence is not a matter of crime, but rather a matter of love. The real crime is to do nothing, to be passive, to allow apathy to settle in, and to become indifferent to the precious gift of salvation that Jesus poured out with His very life blood. The love of God is the most violent kind of love there is and ever could be. His love was violent enough to snatch each and every one of us from the grips of hell for the simple price of self-surrender. Jesus demonstrated how violent His love for us was, is, and ever will be on the day He died and bled on that cross.
The Kingdom of Heaven Manifested
“We are to keep the flame of our first love burning deep within.”
Our challenge now, is to dare to express and violently pursue this same fervency and ardent love for God in the year 2007, and in the years to come, by not giving into passivity and inactivity. We are to keep the flame of our first love burning deep within, which fuels us in the first place, to do what we do in the Name and for the sake of Jesus. John went against the grain of the average person of his day, and far surpassed anyone in pursuit of the Kingdom of Heaven. His eyes were not only focused upon the Kingdom of Heaven, but the eyes of his heart were completely fixed as he gazed upon the one and only Lamb of God.
He perceived that the Kingdom of Heaven was about to split wide open in greater advancement and he allowed himself to decrease as Jesus increased evermore deeply within him. Maybe it was his love for his cousin, or maybe it was his love for his Savior. The violent love of God within John ultimately drove him to the extreme of literally putting his neck on the line for Jesus as a violent forerunner of the Kingdom of Heaven for generations to come. John did not allow passivity, inactivity, apathy, or complacency to rule over him or creep in subtly. If he had, it would have cost him his real life…which was his life in Christ and the preciousness of the life of Christ within him that he cherished so deeply.
The Kingdom of Heaven is being manifested, and Jesus is making Heaven real within the hearts of those that He loves.
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