One of our verses that God has given to us as a Calling and Rally Call is:
12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. – Mat 11:12 NKJV
This violence is not like that of what we see today in the media, it is not about murdering, raping, or holding captive other people. In fact it is a violence that is much more powerful than anything we have seen!
I believe one of the most compelling stories for Spiritual Violence is found in Mark 5. We find a very powerful account of a woman who was consumed with desperation, and that desperation provoked and fueled her actions.
24 So [Jesus] went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. – Mar 5:24-26 NKJV
By this point in Mark’s account Jesus has done many miracles, He has touched many lives, and His name and works have been made known. Mark makes it a point to say that a great multitude followed and thronged Jesus. We are not speaking of a select few, we are talking about a very large group of people.
The stage is set. There is a woman with an issue of blood, for 12 years! No matter what she did, no matter what the doctors did, nothing helped. Because she was bleeding, she was considered unclean, she could not enter into any part of the Temple to worship or sacrifice, she could not even be around people. She was despised and rejected. She was an outcast. She spent her life savings on trying to find a cure, but things only got worse. She was in a very dark place.
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind [Him] in the crowd and touched His garment.
28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” – Mar 5:27-28 NKJV
BUT, she had a great hope! Jesus was in town! She had heard of this man, who healed and loved people so well! He was not afraid of touching or being with the unclean. Her desperation caused her to seek Him out! If only she could get close enough!
No longer did the cultural norm control her. No longer did the thoughts of others matter. No longer was she held captive to the darkness. Her desperation fueled a response, “No matter what, I will touch Him! Even if it is just the hem of his garment!”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of the affliction.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ “
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. …
34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” – Mar 5:29-32, 34 NKJV
IMMEDIATELY the blood stopped! IMMEDIATELY Jesus knew power had gone out from Him!
I find it interesting that Jesus does not say, “Who touched me?” but instead very specifically, “Who touched my clothes?”
And the disciples are really thinking Jesus is crazy! “Seriously Jesus? do you not see all these people!? How can you even ask who touched you!?”
Jesus then turns to seek out the person who touched Him! Upon finding her, He proclaims, “Your Faith has made you well!”
It is not a stretch to proclaim that there was something about this woman’s faith and resolve that allowed her to take something from Jesus that the crowds that were thronged to Him, could not take.
There are things for you set aside in Heaven! It is up to you whether or not you receive them!