(So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. "The LORD did it!" David exclaimed. "He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!" So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means "the Lord who bursts through").
Singapore, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful cities of the world. It is also the home of Pastor Joseph Prince. The church Joseph pastors, “New Creations Church” numbered some 2,000 members in 1997, and this has grown to more than 31,000 members today. Pastor Prince can be seen on the TBN network, The Word Network, The Church Channel, and on Daystar. Recently Pastor Prince and his congregation completed a phenomenal church edifice. It is estimated that that the construction of the church cost 1 billion dollars. The climate of this delightful city ranges from about 75 to 85 degrees year around. Architecturally speaking one cannot ask for more. Singapore is a very modern city. It is said that the people of this city are friendly and very accommodating.
If you were to visit the city of Singapore and take a tour of the city, as you neared the downtown area you would notice large illuminated signs that say: Restricted Zone. It is here that the business district of the city is located, inside the restricted zone. This is a place where important decisions are made and millions of dollars change hands every few minutes. Zoning for a restricted area was granted by the cities’ civil engineers to avoid congested traffic in this extremely vital section of Singapore. A daily pass is required in order to have access to the restricted zone. However, anyone is permitted to enter in if they are willing to pay the price for the pass. It becomes a question of how bad they want to enter the restricted zone. I’m preaching already. You’ll catch on in a minute.
Spiritually speaking there is a restricted zone as well. But regardless of skin color, nationality, or status in society, all human beings are candidates for entering into the kingdom of God. Salvation is free. Any doctrine that would suggest otherwise is not Biblically sound. The opportunity to become a son of God is available to all. The perquisite does not involve money or earning theological degrees from acclaimed seminaries. Submitting blood samples, enduring physical examinations, and visiting a consulate to acquire a visa is not necessary. The only stipulation for entrance into the kingdom of God is you must be born again. The arms of the Lord are open to accept all who obey the gospel message.
Now, once we enter into the kingdom of God we have to decide how close we want to get to the King. Will we be content to live as subjects in a vast domain, never having viewed the inside of the throne room or, will we seek every opportunity to establish an intimate relationship with the Lord?
The kingdom of the Lord is different from any other. People whose pasts are blemished with sin, regardless of how distasteful, are not prohibited from touching Jesus, but are given total and complete access to God. In the Kingdom of God failure is not final, but failure can be used as a stepping-stone to get to God.
David committed adultery with Bathsheba. When he learned she was pregnant with his child he conspired to have her husband killed. But David did not go out and hire a team of attorneys to represent him before the courts of the land. David did not seek to defend himself. David did not compare his transgression with others in the land. Instead he paid his dues to God and after repenting and suffering the consequences for the sin he committed, he still merited a status given to no other. He was called in scripture, “A man after God’s own heart.”
He said, “Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me oh God. Against thee and thee only have I sinned. Cast me not away from thy presence.” David repented.
How can this be that an adulterer who committed murder would not be restricted from the kingdom? That is the unparalleled beauty of true contrition and true repentance. When we mess up, we can get up, if we refuse to give up. Our pasts cannot stop us; excuses will not exonerate us, nor can Satan keep us from finding our place in the kingdom. In order to fulfill your purpose in God, He may have to turn up the pressure in your life and mine. Pressure is not your enemy. Pressure is the force needed for you to break through locked doors of opportunity. Just because the door is locked, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have access to it. Some doors are closed because the devil closed it and because that is where the blessing lies. But if the door is locked, I must apply the pressure necessary to break through. Pressure might include, praying, fasting, disciplining oneself in the area of finance, preparing educational wise, etc.
Don’t let anyone or anything hinder you, box you, or try to convince you to remain in a restricted zone. God is the God of the Breakthrough! He will give you the strength to break through barriers, obstacles, walls, and doors that have been closed in your face. The Bible says, “The Kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent take it by force.” ( Matt. 11:12). Use the authority, anointing, the Word of God, and plead the blood of Jesus over life’s opposing forces. Remember, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4 NIV)