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Ihelen Sanders

n Matthew Ch. 16:13 Jesus asked his disciples “….Whom do men say that I the son of man am? And they said; Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus goes on to tell Peter that flesh and blood did not reveal this fact to him, but His Father, which is in Heaven. In verse 18 he tells Peter (Petros, or small rock) that upon this rock (petra large rock) that Jesus would build his church. He did not say to Peter that he was the rock that the church would be built upon, but that Jesus, himself was the rock, the cornerstone that his church would be built upon, and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it.

After announcing this he said “and I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

That same promise given to Peter and the disciples is also for us. We are His body, the Church, and we have been given the power to loose or bind. The Greek word to loose means to break up, destroy, dissolve, unloose, melt, put off. This is so powerful. God gives us authority to break off the chains of bondage, to unloose those that are bound and set the captives free. In Isaiah 61:1 is the message that Jesus preached, and that you and I should live in. It says: “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

The Word bind in Matthew 16 means to knit, be in bonds, tie, or wind (wind like in a clock). We are given the authority through this verse to bind the enemy from hurting and attacking us. We have the authority to bind and to loose. We loose ourselves and we loose others from his bondage , and we bind the enemy from continuing to bind us and them.

When we learn our authority to bind and loose, it makes all the difference in our lives. If we bind or loose on earth, it is also bound or loosed in the heavens. Words are our authority. We can also bind ourselves by speaking wrong words over ourselves that put us into bondage. We also legally loose demonic forces if we speak wrong words.

So what do we speak? We speak the word of God. We speak the promises of God. We don’t walk in fear. We walk in faith. We use our God given authority to bind and loose and to walk in victory!  

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