*Fair warning: I might just overuse exclamation points in this post.
The other day I was spending some time with the Lord and somehow I got to Matthew 16. I have no recollection of how I ended up there so I have a sneaky suspicion God really wanted me to see it. Here’s the passage – one most of us are familiar with.
I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.”
–Matthew 16:19 (AMP)
I think that there are some kingdom principles many of us are walking by in part but don’t fully understand. Maybe fully understanding the impact of a kingdom principle is a pipe dream for now but I think we can all agree that we have the ability, and permission/encouragement from God, to grow in our understanding of him and his kingdom.
Sometimes all it takes to open our eyes is for a familiar passage to be worded just a bit differently than we’ve always heard or read it.
I’ve been living by the principle in the above passage for a number of years; at least according to my understanding of it. But when I read the passage in the amplified I saw something I hadn’t seen before.
The amplified translation let’s us know that the things we are supposed to bind on earth are the things already bound in heaven, and the things we are supposed to loose on earth are already loosed in heaven!
I got fired up after reading that and if you want to take a minute to shout and dance DO IT! (and then send us the video hehe). There is power in the revelation that things we want to see manifested on earth like healing, restoration, resurrection and so much more, are the same things that are already running rampant through heaven. We are releasing things on earth that are already alive and active!
In the same way the things we want to see bound on earth are the things that are already bound in heaven. Things like fear, sickness, death, abandonment, brokenness, hopelessness, despair, heaviness, oppression and more, are already bound! They are already defeated!
Now it’s time for us to assert that authority on the earth. Gone is any room we’ve given the lie that there is no power behind our prayers for healing and against the enemy’s influence in our lives.
So after I processed this for a bit I heard the Lord continue with a follow-up. He said, “It’s important to know what has been loosed and bound in heaven so that you can walk in that authority.”
Now that is a statement with some depth. Some of the things I’ve already mentioned – Healing, love, life, hope, peace, joy, resurrection. But what else is already loosed in heaven? How ‘bout angelic encounters, heaven experiences, traveling in the spirit, etc.? Get out of the box andThis is the key to the kingdom – loose the things already flowing through heaven and bind up the things that… Click To Tweet ask God to show you the things already flowing through heaven so you can release them into your life and the lives of others.
And what are the things already bound in heaven? I mentioned fear, sickness, death and some others. What about poverty, religion, demonic influence, etc.? Ask God to show you so that you can bind those things in your life and the lives around you.
This is the key to the kingdom – loose the things already flowing through heaven and bind up the things that aren’t! Seems simple. Well, a lot of times the kingdom of God is a lot simpler than we tend to make it.
You are a beloved child of God created to experience and live in the abundance Jesus came to bring and establish. Be an active participant in that.
What has God shown you that is already loosed and bound up in heaven?
Jesse and Kara Birkey
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