18 Truly I say to you, Whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middle of them.
Today you have a lot of churches that deny the power of God. They deny miracles, tongues, healings, divine intervention, raising of the dead. Yet it was very clear what Jesus told us in many places in the Gospels and Acts of who we are in Christ Jesus. Too many churches have the form but not he foundation, have the talk but deny the walk, have the words but not the power. My God is a powerful God who is Almighty in the heavens and on the earth.
Binding and Loosing is not just about demons, evil spirits and the devil per say.. It can be binding, or not allowing anything that is contrary to God’s word or God’s will for your life, anything that threatens you or your family and friends, it can be about things you aren’t comfortable with.. and Loosing does NOT suggest we will ‘loose evil spirits, demons or the Devil…’ as some have erroneously claimed as the interpretation the passage in Matthew 18:18, this says what ever you allow on earth.. God will support and help you bring it into fruition. Ever heard of the phrase ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired’?
Well, when you get fed up with sickness and disease, poverty, loneliness, depression, anxiety, fear.. etc.. you will come to the point you will no longer allow.. that is when you start to BIND these things on your life.. and when you come to the point where you simply must have the promises of God as outlined in the scripture, you will come to the point that you LOOSE these things on your life.. But you must first have those promised down in your heart.. and only through prayer and fasting, study and worship, reverence and recognition, can you make these things happen in your life.
Dancing With The Stars won’t help you. CBS Evening News won’t help you. St. Louis Cardinal baseball won’t help you. When it comes to a matter of life or death, what and how will your faith perform?
In the book of Acts, it clearly states that
Acts 2:46 AMPC
And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts,
Acts 5:42 Amplified Bible
It is incumbent on the Church to teach the people in the Gospel and sound doctrine. In Hosea 4:6 (KJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Not teaching is as bad or worse than not learning. By not teaching the people, the church becomes an accomplice.
Too many churches and too many Christians have a ‘form of Godliness but deny the power thereof…’ as we are told would be in the last days.
2 Tim 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Do you have more for a Sunday social than for a Wed. Prayer session?
How many folks has your church presented the Gospel of Christ to this week?
How many folks in your church could lead someone to Christ?
How many were at the Church league softball game?
How many times do you go to Church in a week?
Know where your Bible is?
There is a great apostasy sweeping the nation and we have more churches closing than opening every year. We have many who fall away. There are Christians who disbelieve in one or more of the ‘Essential Doctrines of Christianity’ but we have embrace the world, toned down the message of the Gospel for fear of offending someone, quit teaching the Bible to each member.
Here is a question you need to ask yourself. What is it you have to do that is more important that God and His Word? Now, I am not saying that rest, relaxation and recreation are not good. Only when they have taken the place of prayer, study and the practice of God’s will in your life.
God wants you to be powerful. God wants you to exercise your rightful authority. God wants you to have the kingdom. Yes, rest, relaxation and recreation are important and should be observed by every Christian. Just observe them along WITH God’s Word and not INSTEAD OF God’s Word.
Only through building our faith through prayer, fasting, study and worship can we become the Christians that can exert our authority over our lives and bind those things that are bad and loose those promises of God.