THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 23.

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”.

In our last study we said, Satan has no authority to perpetuate his activities. The devils succeed in taking advantage of the people of God when they (the Christian) acts against the word of God. Whenever we speak against the word of God, we are snared by the words of our mouth.(Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.).When we speak in unbelief, God cannot stand along with such words. (Romans 14:23)

One other area that God cannot back our actions is when the child of God acts in fear. Fear is a work of the flesh and God does not act on the works of the flesh, rather He acts on the works of the spirit (faith).

In Matthew 16:19 the Lord showed us how to exercise the authority He has given to us. “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 shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. This verse instructs us to determine how situations and condition must respond. He said whatsoever we bind, prohibit and terminate on earth, heaven or God’s throne would also back us. This gives us a very great assurance to face every opposition of darkness with all the boldness. The Lord said whatsoever we bind on earth. This means we can stop every level of opposition that rises against us. . Any form of attack that comes against you can be stopped.  Every demon including Satan can be stopped. The Lord said the authority of heaven would always back our command.

Your part after you have commanded the condition to comply is to believe in your heart that everything would be as you have said.(Mark 11:23) Stop worrying about the outcome.

 No child of God should be afraid to challenge anything that he or she does not agree. I mean anything that opposes the will of God in your life.

Many of us have not exercised this rights  because of unbelief. Some of us did not know. From today you have been made aware, don’t allow demons to play around your life   Dear child of God the Christian stands in the place of Jesus on the earth, exercise the authority He gave us.

  CONFESSION

As a Christian I have the highest privilege to stop any satanic activity that challenges the work of God and also release or call on the blessings and favour of God into whatever condition that would foster the work of God.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 14:13-14 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it”.

Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.

Prayer Point: O God my father open the eyes of understanding of all Christians to these truths in Jesus name.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 22.

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.

CONFESSION

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.

FURTHER STUDIES.

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.

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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”.

The Lord said that,” the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church”. Men without Jesus are held in chains of darkness. They are bound under Satan’s power (Acts 26:15). These ones must be set free. 2nd Corinthians 4:4 says “in whom the God of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not…” Many of those who believe not the gospel have been blinded by the demons of hell. They have all been bound by sin, and many are tormented with sicknesses.

It is our duty to set them free. Prayer, consistent prayer is one main means to break the power of the darkness over these souls. Jesus said my house shall be called the house of prayer (Matthew 21:13). The church must be a place of prayer. The individual Christian is the temple of God and must pray for the salvation of these men. Remember James 5:16 says “The effectual fervent (heart felt, continuous) prayer of righteous man makes tremendous power available and it is dynamic in its working. (Amp bible)

Many people see the church as a place where their prayer needs would be answered. Yes, God answers the request of His children, yet the main purpose of the church is to destroy the works of the devil. This includes saving the lost, healing the sick and virtually every work of the devil in the lives of men must be broken.

If you have been in the church for over one year and all your concern and focus is to ask God to meet your needs ,forgetting about winning the lost, then you have not come to terms with your reason to become a Christian.

It is very unfortunate to find certain churches who do not focus on winning lost souls and for that matter, they do not prepare their members for soul winning and interceding for the lost souls.

Be an intercessor for the souls of men.

 CONFESSION

I have given myself over to interceding and winning the lost. I will depopulate hell to populate heaven.

 FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 12:23 ” Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way”: Matthew 21:13 ” And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves”.

Prayer Point: In the name of Jesus may all those that Satan has blinded their minds be set free.

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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”.

We continue with our Lords statement to the disciples about the church.

We now look at the third point which is, the warfare and the victory of the church. He said “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church”.

Please note the following about the church. The church presently consists of all believes in our Lord Jesus who are alive and those who are dead and have gone to heaven. (Hebrews 12:23, Ephesians 3:15). All the Christians or saints in heaven are called the church triumphant and those living on the earth presently are called the church militant. This implies that the church is a militant group warring to establish the purpose of God on the earth. The purpose of God is shown in Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith, that is in me”. This message was given by our Lord Jesus to Paul, yet it applies to us too. This is God’s purpose for every Christian. We are at war against Satan and his agents for the souls of men. Please our main warfare is not to secure our comfort, but mainly to set men free. In doing this God secures our comfort, blessing and prosperity. Matthew 6:33.

The Lord said, the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. Gates always symbolized the security of anything. Once the gates are possessed, you have no defense.  Gates are therefore secured with the best security. The gates of hell in our context is the forces of darkness that will stand to oppose us from setting their captives free.

Ephesians 6:12 declares, for we wrestle not   against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.(this kind of conflict is mainly to sway us off our feet, either  to minimise our impact or totally defeat us)

These beings also form the gates of hell. The Lord says they shall never prevail against us.

 Dear child of God, is there any condition defeating you. Please understand that the divine verdict have been established that these beings shall not overcome the church. Don’t let them overcome you.

Maintain your ground and refuse to be defeated.

 CONFESSION

The church of God is engaged in a warfare. A warfare for the souls of men. I have enlisted in this army to seek the salvation and deliverance of humanity from this bondage of hell.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”.

Prayer Point:  I command every power of demons of hell, holding anyone under my sphere of influence to be broken in Jesus name.

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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”.

The Lord Jesus said in our key scripture that, He would build His church. The church is owned by the Lord. It is His very temple and body as well. 1st Corinthians 3:16, 1st Corinthians 12:27)

No one must claim any particular congregation is His. Some general overseers speak and say this church or congregation is mine. Please, no one must claim ownership of any church.. Jesus is the sole owner of every Christian organization. All leaders are stewards of His church. Everybody would give an account to Him at that great judgement day. 2nd Corinth. 5:10

Jesus is the builder and the founder of the church. He gave birth to the church after His death and resurrection. (John 20:22–23).He is the teacher of His church. Jesus said in Matthew 4:19 that “…follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. The Lord clearly reveals the task and one main function of the church. It is to be fishers of men. Setting men free from the clutches of sin and satanic bondage. The Lord says we must follow him. The Lord is described as the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews.12:2).

The Lord Jesus is the life of the church. (Galatians. 2:20, Col. 3:4). The church or Christians are physical representatives of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 9:4). The Christian is also one with the Spirit of Jesus (1st Corinthians 6:17). The church in actual fact is Christ who has built himself into us. The Bible says this   is a mystery. Col.1:27 put it this way “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.

When the Lord declared that he would build His church, in actual fact He was going to build His very nature, life, power, glory into the church. The church is a mighty force on the earth. The Lord also shows this building process in Ephesians. 4:11-13. Ephesians. 4:13 shows the Lord’s vision for the church and it is “Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.

Jesus has made us like himself and seeks for us to measure to the full stature of Jesus Christ Himself. No Christian organization must project any other person except our Lord Jesus Christ.

CONFESSION

The Lord Jesus is the builder of His church. He is the life and the author finisher of the faith of the church.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Ephesians 4:11-12 ” And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

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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 Christ makes mention of the word church in our key scripture for the first time in the New Testament .The word church is the Greek word, ‘Ekklesia’. This word is a joining of two Greek words,’  ‘ek’ which means ‘out of’, or ‘from’, and the other word is ‘kaleo’ and it means to ‘call’. The meaning of the word church is ‘the called out ones’. You have been called out of the world to project the purpose of God on the earth.

From our key scripture the Lord Jesus made the   following points about the church. These thoughts are drawn from our key scriptures. They reveal the church as a supernatural building in dwelt by God to be a representative of His, presence, power and works on the earth.

  1. The foundation upon which the church would be built and materials for the building.
  2. Who is the builder of the church?
  3. The warfare and victory of the church
  4. The authority of the church and application of this authority.

We look at each point in detail:

1 The foundation upon which the church would be built and the materials for the building.*

Matthew 16:18a “And I say also unto thee that thou art Peter and upon this rock…”

The Lord said you are Peter; Peter is the Greek word “Petros” which is ‘a stone’ he continued and said; “upon this rock”. The word rock used in this subject is the Greek word “Petra”. This is a bigger rock or a rocky ground. This implies the rock on which he would build the church is not Petros which means Peter but Petra which is a large stone or a rocky ground. Jesus himself is that foundation upon which the church is built. 1st Corinthian 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus is also the Chief cornerstone (Ephesians. 2:20). As the foundation of the church it means nothing can ever shake us.

The strength of every structure is its foundation. The church is built on an indestructible foundation. The Lord describes this foundational stone in Matthew 21:44 that anything that comes against it shall break up, but if this stone comes against anything that thing would grind into powder.

 Dear child of God as a member of God’s church never consider any condition or situation as impossible to be defeated.

   CONFESSION

The church of God on the earth has the most secured foundation. Nothing can shake it. Nothing can overcome it. Victory is the constant experience of the church.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Matthew 21:44 ” And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder”.

Ephesians 2:20 ” And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”

 Prayer Point:  In the name of Jesus, I have an indestructible foundation and nothing can overcome me.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 17.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24 “And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”.

We would look at the last part of our verse of discussion Mark 4:24 which reads “and unto you that hear shall more be given”.

God, acts on His words. Where there is no word of God, there is no substance for the Spirit of God to work with.

 Galatians 3:5 shows us how God works miracles ” He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith”.  The phrase “the hearing of faith”, means “the hearing that produces faith”. The presence of God’s word in you always gives birth to faith.

The scripture said “and unto you that hear shall more be given”. Every man who hears, has the word in him. The word in you would produce your miracle

Now the real challenge is how to keep the word in you. Satan’s attacks against the Christian is to prevent him from keeping the word in his heart. When the Lord Jesus was explaining the meaning of the parable of the sower, he said about the seeds that fell on the stony grounds this way, ” And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended”. (Mark 4:17) The affliction came because of the word in him. Now to be ‘offended’ means to give up on the word. Don’t give up on the word. One major reason for Satan’s attacks is to get you to give up on the word from your heart.

You can’t be denied your miracle so long as you have the word in your heart. Remember it is the ground with the planted seeds that would germinate and bear fruits.  Stop giving attention to the problem. Focus on the word and your miracle would not be denied.

 If you have the word in you, then you would surely receive your miracle.

  CONFESSION

God’s word in me is the seed for my miracles. I focus always on the word which gives birth to my miracles.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 4:12, “for the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.

Isaiah 55:3 ” Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David”.

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