KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:18-19 ” And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 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”.
Our Lord Jesus in His introduction of the church to His disciples said among many things that, “I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
This authority was given to the church when our Lord Jesus resurrected from the grave. Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”.
Now the authority was vested in His name, and He gave us the right to use His name. Mark 16:17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues”;
The scope of the authority of His name is stated in Philippians 2:10. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth”;
From these scriptures we understand that the church of God and for that matter the Christian has a very high authority which is superior to that of the devil. If all the authority was given to our Lord Jesus, then none was left for the devil. (Matt 28:18)
Authority means the right to exercise power. Satan and his demons don’t have that right whatsoever to exercise their powers.
Whatever Satan does, is illegal and God never sanctions it.
The above teaching explains why the Lord told the church that, with the keys or authority He gives us, we have the right to bind or stop anything that is bad and it would be bound in Heaven. It means the throne of God backs or sanctions whatever we do in the name of Jesus. With this understanding, it means we have the right to stop any illegality of the devil in our lives, and the lives of others.
This is a very high privilege given to the church. We have to commit our lives to prayer and exercise this authority to see God’s will done in our lives and others as well.
If the devil seem not to yield, please don’t give up, he will certainly bow because the throne of God is backing you.
The right given to the church also says that when we lose anything, like blessings, healing, favor, the throne of God would back it.
This is a high privilege to see God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven.
The Lord Jesus through his death has obtained a perfect authority for me. I would act by the proper demands of this authority to exercise my right over Satan and his demons.
Luke 10:19 ” Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.
Hebrews 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”
Prayer Point: In the name of Jesus I command every attack of the devil as well as his acts in my life to end right now. I loose prosperity, favour and healing upon my life.