Friday, 19 July 2013

Binding and Loosing

Scripture: Matthew 16 v 15 - 19


Many people believe that St. Peter controls who enters Heaven because Jesus gave him the keys to heaven in Matthew 16. These are spiritual keys concerning the foundation statement that the Father had revealed to Peter - Thou art the Christ the Son of the Living God.

Upon the rock foundation of those words Jesus said He would build His church or His Body. The keys of binding and loosing, which is the way to Heaven, were given to Peter.  Keys are needed to lock or unlock doors or drawers or chests on the Earthly plane. So what do spiritual keys do?

When we are born again our spirit is immediately saved and taken to Heaven. (We are seated with Christ in heavenly places - Ephesians 2). Our soul - the part of us that Satan held hostage and did evil damage to - still has to overcome the torment it was subjected to before being placed in a human body on Earth. Our sins are forgiven but the consequences of sin must be worked out.

A teenage girl falling pregnant can be forgiven the sin of fornication but the baby still grows inside her. If she opts for an abortion her burden grows heavier. I have prayed with women who have had an abortion years before and have never recovered from it. Whatever happens the baby is an issue or consequence of sin.

All sin has consequences and in Romans we learn that the wages of sin is death. Harming your body and mind with drugs, cigareets or alcohol has consequences that eventually lead to death. The ultimate death is eternity in Hell. Jesus was sent by the Father to spare His children the torments of Hell.

So binding and loosing are very important. Whatsoever you bind on Earth is bound in Heaven. We need to discover through the gifts of the Holy Spirit what has got loose in our lives that is going to kill us eternally. It is always a demon. If its alcohol most of us know how a wonderful person turns into a raging lunatic when the demon of alcohol is loosed inside. Or drugs. That demon needs to be bound. It is not the drug or alcohol that causes the problems it is the inhibition those substances bring into play.  The demons are no longer inhibited they take over and cause the bad or rowdy behaviour; reckless driving which causes accidents; promiscuity or violence.

Born again Christians have the same keys that Peter was given to take authority over a demon and bind it. (Please read "The Sons of Sceva" on this blog before trying this at home!). When a demon is bound on Earth it is bound in Heaven too. It is paralyzed and gagged and unable to do its evil work on its host human. But the human needs to be loosed too.

The keys to loosing a human from demonic bondage is to minister to them to find out what the problem was that kick started their binge. What is the underlying horror they are trying to escape? When that is determined prayer and teaching are done to cleanse the soul of those experiences and memories to restore them to the path of righteousness. In Romans 12 v 1 - 2 we need to renew our minds according to the will of God. It is His will that we be free of demons and sinful behaviour. 

The disciples in Jesus' days on Earth were very excited that the demons were subject to them. Jesus warned them not to glory in it but to be thankful. When you first realise, as I did in the early 1980's, that your problems stem from something you can actually control and deal with it is very exciting. However you soon realize that it is hard work and the person you want to help is not co-operating fully. The person in need should be desperate for help before you begin.

Derek Prince used to say if you are not desperate for deliverance then come back when you are. This is very true and helps not to waste time and energy on someone who is still waffling and undecided about wanting to be free. Parents may be desperate for their teenager to get off drugs or alcohol but if that teenager is still loving his drugs time and money is wasted trying to fix the problem. You need to educate the person about the harm of drugs and alcohol, and expose them to how people become physically, mentally or emotionally diminished after years of substance abuse. 

When you understand how powerful a tool it is in the recovery of those bound by substances or witchcraft or occult involvement you will give praise and glory to Jesus for the sacrifice He made to bring Satan down so that we would be able to overcome these demons. In 40 years I have never met anyone who was completely free. I was my own guinea pig and learnt much about deliverance at the feet of Jesus.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I was so ignorant about the life of the Spirit. I bless and thank You for opening my eyes and setting me free. I pledged then and renew it now that I will delight to make the kingdoms of this world the Kingdom of our God. Every place that we spiritually walk upon or overcome You have given to us to present to You when You return. Father stir up every buried talent and bring Your army of prayer warriors to use every gift of the Holy Spirit to overcome the enemy. In Jesus' name. Amen.