Lesson (vol.18)
Stake Your Claim



Jesus said,"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."(Mt 11:12). You must agressively go after the Kingdom of God in order to reap it's benefits. Too many Christians have this attitude of nonchalance thinking that they no longer have to make any effort at all after they receive the gift of Salvation, and that now God will just do everything for them.

The Bible says,"Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it."(Ps 34:14) To "pursue" something is described in Webster's Dictionary as "to find or employ measures to obtain or accomplish ". This takes effort ! It doesn't just come automatically. There is something you must do. What is that something ? You must exercise your muscles of faith and claim it !

OK, what is faith ? The Bible says, " Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."(He 11:1). By faith you posess the substance of the things hoped for. By faith you posess the evidence of the things not seen as yet. The world says, "seeing is believing !" whereas the Bible says, "believing is seeing !" You believe it by faith and the physical evidence comes later.

You have to claim your place in God's Kingdom ! You have to want it and pursue it. We are told to run with patience the race that is before us (He 12:1) and to pursue (employ measures to obtain or accomplish) peace. It's there, but you have to claim it !Like a piece of luggage put aside in your name and God's given you the ticket (the Bible), but you have to be the one to claim it or you'll never get it. It's not automatic ! Jesus said,"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:"(Jn 14:27) It's there, but you have to accept receipt of it. You have to reach out the hand of faith and claim ownership of it. You have to seek (look for) peace and pursue it.

"As much as is in you, live peaceably with all men"(Ro 12:18). And if you have Jesus you have allot of peace for He is the Prince of peace, but you have to make room for it. It's there if you have Jesus, but you have to claim it for your life. Jesus said,"... for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."(Lk 17:20). When you have the Word of God living within you, you have a piece of the Kingdom of God, so stake your claim to it. Take posession of it, by faith. All is yours is Christ Jesus !

May God bless you with His Love, Peace and Truth.



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