This is Part 4 of a study of Matthew 16:13-20. Part 1 – 3 are below. Just scroll down.
May God bless you abundantly as He manifests Himself to you in this important teaching about who you are, and our assignment together as The Glorious Church.
Pause and pray in the Spirit for a few minutes before continuing on so that the mysteries of His Kingdom will be understood.
“…I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19
The gates CANNOT prevail against The Church.
Who is The Church? It is a living, moving, massive amount of born again people who are one in Jesus. It is you and it is me. See Jesus’ prayer in John 17.
God’s church on the earth for the past two thousand years has, at different times, almost come to a halt in its mission to preach the gospel and make disciples. Do you suppose as previous generations were born they forgot they were given keys that were to be used against those gates of evil? Nevertheless, The Church is still here, Praise God, and stronger than ever with hundreds of millions of Spirit-filled Christians in every nation, who are fervent to bring in the world’s harvest.
What do you think would keep God’s people from using the keys?
Let’s look again at what these keys are. Notice there is more than one key.
- They come by revelation.
- They operate by faith through love.
- These keys prevail against the gates of hell.
- When you need access, keys will open every door.
- These keys dominate over evil.
- They are to bind and they are to loose.
- It is not up to Jesus to use these keys. They have been given to The Church. That means you and me have the responsibility to use them.
- The world has no knowledge of these keys because Jesus did not give them to the world.
Where are these keys from? Heaven! Think about that, dear one.
“And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, 'You are My people.’” Isaiah 51:16
Power keys come forth through The Glorious Church on earth to do work in the spiritual realm. They loose heaven’s ways upon earth. They can control anything. They put us in authority over the whole natural system.
These keys only work in conjunction with the Holy Spirit.
“A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.”
“But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
How do we activate power from Heaven? Know that it is within us!
Your Mouth——Your Words
Activation of power keys comes by revelation, knowledge, action and continual practice! The power is locked up in God’s word for a reason. But when faith in God’s word is deposited in the heart, that which we speak has dominion to bind and loose and change things. After all, that is the process that led to your Kingdom birth!
“…He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit…” John 7:38-39
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23
When we believe (faith) that our words are accompanied by the power of the Holy Spirit, they become the sword of the Spirit. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing…” Hebrews 4:12
This brings us back to God’s armor and His power weapon: the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful...” This sword will lie dormant until it is spoken by unction and command. See Ephesians 6 17-18.
What these keys produce:
- God’s Presence
- God’s Power
- God’s Authority
- God’s Dominion
And they loose God’s blessing: His abundant goodness and love for His creation.
When we use the keys of Heaven correctly they produce manifestation, anointing, and demonstration.
Operation and access to the keys and the power they produce flow through the vine, who is Jesus. When we abide in Him and His word abides in us we can ask whatever we desire and it shall be done for us.
He controls the magnitude of this power. He said: “Without Me you can do nothing.” Read John 15:1-12
But with Him, all things are possible!
- What are you binding and loosing in prayer?
- Are you praying from your seat in Christ Jesus?
- Are your personal needs being met?
- What are you binding and loosing over your cities and counties?
- Are you praying in the Spirit? Remember, it strengthens you.
God never gives you an assignment without providing the provision to succeed, and to overcome all the works of the devil. That’s why you have those keys!
Walk by faith, live in love, pursue your destiny keeping your eyes on Jesus the Author and Finisher of your faith. Today could be the day of His return!