May God open up to you the hidden mysteries of the Kingdom of God that you may prosper in all you are assigned to do for Him.
This is Part 3 of a study of Matthew 16:13-20. Scroll down the page for Part 1 and Part 2.
From Matthew 16, write verses 17-19 in your journal today.
Write down what you think is the most important point in each of these verses.
Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
Then in vs.15 He asked the disciples, “But who do you say that I am?”
When you were asked that question and believed in your heart what Father had revealed to you about His Son, you were born again by grace through faith, not of yourself but by the glorious gift of God! You were born of an incorruptible seed through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit, not according to the will of man, but of God. You became a new creation in Christ Jesus, a member of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. This is a great mystery…Christ and His church.
The Glorious Church
“I will build My church…” vs. 18
Who is the Builder and who does The Church belong to?
Is it a building down the street from you?
Oh, the glorious church is a body of believers without spot or wrinkle, sanctified by continual washing of water by the word of God, a church holy and without blemish! Jesus, the Head of The Church, is very much at work in His body in our day as revelation knowledge and hidden mysteries are being opened up to our generation. Why? The End Days church has a specific and spectacular assignment to harvest the world. That’s why you were born in this time.
Your sanctification, cleansing and separation from the world’s evil system are absolutely vital to you personally. Ephesians 5:26-27. Also, how you live your life will affect the rest of His body. As you grow, I grow. As I develop, you develop. “But now indeed, there are many members, yet one body.” The Spirit Himself is distributing to each one individually, as He wills. Praise God, you are vitally needed! You are to be growing up spiritually and maturing every day.
Everyone who partakes of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, but filet mignon is served to those who are of full age! The stronger we get, the stronger we get. See Hebrews 5:13-14.
Sanctification activates the shield of faith and affects all of God’s armor. Why? How can you effectively fight and defeat an enemy if you are eating the goodies he has prepared on his table? No, no! We should not partake of darkness.
“In this the love of God is manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9. This is the only way The Church becomes an effective witness.
This glorious church assigned to operate on planet earth today is to make known the manifold wisdom of God to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places…which He has already accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access…Ephesians 3:9-12
That’s why Jesus has given you keys that keep Heaven open, keys to bind up and keys that loose. You must be wise and be led of the Holy Spirit to use Kingdom weapons which are NOT carnal.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20
Make a list of God’s armor that you are required to wear.
Do you remember reading the book of Nehemiah? He was on assignment to lead God’s people to rebuild the shattered wall of Jerusalem. In spite of great opposition and harassment from their enemies, Nehemiah and the people worked continuously with “construction tools in one hand and weapons in the other.” Nehemiah Chapter 4 is a great example of determination, purpose and victory. Do you know how this great victory began? See Chapter 1.
They did the impossible because God was with them, completing the wall of Jerusalem in only 52 days!
“…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.”
The Church has many, many assignments: Preach the gospel of the kingdom to every nation, make disciples of all nations…teaching, casting out demons, healing the sick. We are to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world! And, of course, there are assignments within the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, equipping the saints for the work of the ministry in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Praise the Lord!
Power prayers that operate by faith make a way for the other parts of the Body to function safely and effectively. Power prayers go into the future to change things that desire to hinder, block and prevent the gospel from operating in its dominion. Power prayers for The Church loose Heaven’s resources to accomplish the impossible.
Intercessors have two birthrights to operate from. One birth certificate declares our constitutional rights from the United States Government. The other unseen document and far more powerful birthright is from the Kingdom of Heaven out of which came forth all that exists.
Let’s pray from our Heavenly seat of authority in Christ Jesus which is far above all principalities, powers and dominions. Loose the dominion of light, life and love as you pray for The Church, The Lost and Elected Leaders!