Binding & Loosing – rediscovering an important aspect of walking in Victory.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 NASB
“Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18 NASB
What is “Binding & Loosing”?
The Encyclopaedia Biblica (public domain) says, “Binding and loosing is originally a Jewish phrase appearing in the New Testament, as well as in the Targum. In usage, to bind and to loose simply means to forbid by an indisputable authority and to permit by an indisputable authority.”
One result of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the authority given to Christians. It is often called the “authority of the believer”. Simply put, when a person (any person) receives Jesus as Lord of their lives, they carry authority. This authority comes from God. It is born out a person’s submission to Jesus Christ.
What good is the authority if you do not use it?
An illustration is important at this point. Say that a police officer is seeing a problem with a stop light of an intersection. Chaos is resulting because the traffic light is broken. The police officer has the authority to do something. People would be justifiably upset with the officer if no action is taken.
Why are the people justified in being upset with the officer? The answer is because the officer is not using the delegated authority to help the situation. The authority is only useful if it is invoked.
When we bind and loose we are releasing heaven upon the earth.
We release God’s Will (not ours) upon the earth. When we see anything that is not in alignment with God’s Will on the earth, we are to “take authority” over it in the name of Jesus Christ. This would include sin, sickness, and satan (I purposely do not capitalize his name).
Here is a link to a scholarly article by Dr. Paul King, that gives a history and theological foundation for this very important doctrine. I encourage you to read it.
Are you ready to bind and loose?
Include “binding and loosing” in your prayer time. Even as you go throughout your day, bind sin, sickness, and satan in the name of Jesus Christ. Also loose righteousness, healing, and angels upon the earth.
Let’s bring heaven to the earth.
“not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 NASB
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