Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Spiritual Keys


Scripture: Matthew 16 v 19: "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven."

Revelation 1 v 18: "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."


Many people believe that St. Peter controls who enters Heaven because Jesus gave to him the keys to the Kingdom. However, Jesus is the one who holds the keys to Hell and Death.  Peter received spiritual keys concerning the Christianity 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, drawers or chests on the Earthly plane. So what do spiritual keys do?

When we are born again our spirit is saved immediately and taken to Heaven. (We are seated with Christ in heavenly places - Ephesians 2). Our soul  is saved from sin (We were born in sin - Ps 51 v 5). Our sins are forgiven but the consequences of sin must be worked out.

All sin has consequences and in Romans we learn that the wages of sin is death. Harming your body and mind with drugs, cigarettes, sex or alcohol has awful consequences that eventually lead to death. Fatal lung diseases, liver diseases, or brain malfunction like dementia, HIV/AIDS are prevalent today.  These can be the consequences we have to overcome when we have abused our bodies.

Jesus was sent by the Father to spare His children the torments of Hell.  So binding and loosing are very important in the scheme of things. Whatsoever you bind on Earth is bound in Heaven. 

I was alone one morning when four woman who were HIV+ came to my home for prayer.  When I had bound the demons of the ancestors they worshipped, I commanded those spirits to leave, but that they may not wait outside the gate to afflict them again.  They left very joyfully.  

A short while later my prayer partner arrived who had no knowledge of these visitors, and asked, why are AIDS demons wandering around in the garden here?  I was astonished and exclaimed, You can see them?  Yes he said, they look like the zombie characters on the Black Pearl in Pirates of the Caribbean.  Anyway I sent them back to Hell.  People with AIDS get extremely thin, skin and bone, and their eyes bulge.  Just like those zombies.  We can beat this demonic scourge but it takes every Christian to do their bit.

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, or drugs is loosed inside.   

Alcohol is even called "spirits" and being under the influence means under the influence of evil spirits.  Same with drug addiction, sex addiction or nicotine addiction.  

That demon needs to be bound. It is not the drug or alcohol that causes the problems it is the loss of self-control those substances bring into play.  The demons are no longer inhibited because drinking, drugging and fornication puts us under the influence.  And their evil agenda is to destroy our personality, plague us with diseases and kill us and take us to Hell.

Matthew 15 v 16 - 20: "And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."


The demons take over and cause the bad or rowdy behaviour; reckless driving which causes accidents; promiscuity or violence.  Some people would call this type of misbehaviour as "being in the moment"!  Or going with the flow.  Just being caught up in activities that may suddenly escalate into violence, rape or murder.  When there is loss of control there is a danger of losing everything......marriage, family, children, self respect, even our lives.  We are at the mercy of Satan and he is merciless.  

Born again Christians have the same keys that Peter was given to take authority over a demon and bind it. 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 human host. The demons in Hell tremble when saints using the authority of Jesus under the anointing of the Holy Spirit start setting captives free.  I have been doing this type of work for forty years and a demon has never physically hurt me.  The worst they have done is try to make people see me as wrong or evil or crazy.  They tried that on Jesus too.

We need to realise that demons are not a figment of our imagination, or a random scary event.  They have an agenda for every human being, they are wily, cunning, clever, evil personalities.  They attach themselves to those who open occult or witchcraft doors through TV, especially programmes for young children that are magical.  Cute programs like Gummy Bears, My Little Pony with power items like juice and rainbows.

If a demon attaches itself to your child it bides its time to turn that alluring juice into alcohol or some other substance.  When you feel weak or powerless the magic potion of alcohol or drugs will boost your confidence and there is always more when it wears off.  It's subconscious and stored where nobody can figure out why you are so addicted.  

You watched the Gummy Bears be captured and too weak to get free until they had their gummy berry juice and then triumphed over adversity.  The demons behind these programs pounce on the psyche of the very young and unless they are very fortunate, become vulnerable to serious addictions.  True freedom come from Jesus who uses Christians to set the captives free.  With the spiritual keys that bind demons and loose people.

They attach to people with a family history of bitterness and rejection, creating misfits in society that increases those things.  They stir up memories of hurts as if they happened yesterday.  They plague our minds with temptations, sinful pleasures, destructive thoughts of suicide and depression.  They keep psychiatrists busy.

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 Bible teaching are done to cleanse the soul of those experiences and memories to restore them to the path of righteousness.

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 when the person you want to help is not co-operating fully it is futile. 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 then money is wasted trying to fix the problem in expensive rehab facilities.

We need to learn that we cannot heal a demon nor can we cast out a disease.  There are manifestations of demons that are called diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.  We have seen instant and permanent healing when those demons are bound and cast out.  It is a joy to behold.  There are deaf, dumb and blind spirits that Jesus cast out and saw those afflicted able to hear, speak and see normally.

One woman brought her very drunk husband for prayer.  He had not had a sober day for four years. I asked him to say out loud the name of Jesus.  He kept repeating "I am drunk".  After twenty minutes he finally called on the name of Jesus.  He was thrown by an unknown hand into a heap on the floor and lay as if dead.  His wife was crying.  After twenty minutes he stood up stone cold sober, went home and poured every hidden bottle of alcohol down the sink and never touched another drop.  Jesus is our Deliverer.  Note that I did absolutely nothing, not a prayer, nor cast a demon out.  Jesus took over and set that man totally free.

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. Not a day goes by when we are not engaged in spiritual warfare.

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 Kingdoms 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.