Text for Today: Matt. 16:13-20 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (vs. 19).
Every door has a key that opens it, thus locating the right key is of great importance in accessing any door. As co-heirs with Christ and His representatives on earth, we have the right to exercise power over the enemy in Jesus’ name.
We have territorial rights too. Legal power usually involves a particular jurisdiction. Jurisdiction implies the ability to administer justice in a specific area. The word “kingdom” in our text for today, refers to royal power and dominion involving the license or authority to rule.
Jesus placed the keys of the kingdom in the hands of the church. We not only have access to them but also have the right to use them.
In the Bible and in Jewish teaching the handing over of keys implies promotion to full authority. But what is our actual appointment? Jesus stated that He would give us the authority to bind and loose.
The idea of binding and loosing was a concept commonly used by rabbis to signify the judicial authority to forbid or permit. Though we do not have the right to tell God what to do, we do have the legal right, authority and power to forbid what the Lord tells us to forbid and to release and welcome what He has designed for us to set free.
Therefore, we have permission to forbid on earth what is already found guilty and forbidden in heaven, and we have the right to allow on earth what is found right and permitted in heaven. Knowing this, the enemy and the powers of darkness—instead of attacking us—should be trembling in fear, thinking:What are they going to do to bring us harm?
You are a Champion!
Further Study: 2 Cor. 5:9-20.
- Father, I thank you for the gift of this brand new day.
- I take authority over every plan of the enemy against me.
- I refuse to be a victim in the hand of the devil.
- My glory shall speak louder the remaining days of 2022.
QUOTE: “WE HAVE PERMISSION TO FORBID ON EARTH WHAT IS ALREADY FOUND GUILTY AND FORBIDDEN IN HEAVEN.”