When speaking about the kingdom of God, Jesus in one place exhorts us to “receive the kingdom of God like a little child.”Yet, elsewhere He says “the violent take it by force.” These two ways of advancement in the Kingdom seem to contradict each other. Yet both are true.
One way we experience breakthrough is simply by learning to receive our inheritance because of our identity as a son or daughter of God. It is not based on anything we do but solely on His grace and favour. We rest and position ourselves to receive.
However, there are also times when we need to war, to contend for and passionately take hold that which God has said is ours. There is a future that you will need to fight for. In this case, the weapon we use is the prophetic promises of God. Your destiny is often on the other side of a battle and the only way to win is by decreeing what God has said over your life.
The key is in determining what season you are in and discerning the will of God for that area of breakthrough. When you fight for that which you can only get by inheritance you get exhausted. When you rest when you should be battling you will be frustrated. In your life right now, what do you need to rest and receive? What do you need to contend and fight for?
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”
1 Timothy 1:18
“This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.”
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”