Forerunners with Holy Violent Love
Imitating John the Baptist's Extreme Devotion to Jesus
In these teachings Mike Bickle describes four spiritual dynamics that are embodied in John the Baptist’s life and forerunner ministry. In Matthew 11 Jesus makes the surprising declaration that the kingdom of God can be taken, or experienced, by the holy forcefulness of spiritual violence. The Lord uses the example of John the Baptist and his fasted lifestyle to communicate the spiritual dynamics that are vital in a prophetic generation. This “spiritual violence” focuses on our internal life, rather than involving military or political activities. Spiritual violence is an expression of extravagant bridal love that confronts all the inner hindrances and barriers to the grace of God being fully experienced in our hearts.