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March 28, 2022 8:00 am
You will only get victory on earth because you have been the authority of heaven. God's way with Dr. Tony Evans says God doesn't delegate his power to battling believers spiritual authority where there is this is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker and pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative. The Bible promises spiritual authority to those of us who follow Christ. Dr. Evan says God only grants us the power to use it when we meet certain conditions. Let's turn to Matthew chapter 18, as we discover what those conditions are already maybe defined as the divinely delegated right and responsibility that have been bequeathed to believers to act on God's back to rule over his creation under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. With God's kingdom comes authority. One of the ways that that authority is grasp connected with and utilize his kingdom. Prayer kingdom. Prayer is divinely authorized access for heaven to invade earth and one of the expressions that talks about authority is binding and loosing that you've grown up in church, you heard people talk about binding Bisson binding that and what they're talking about is exercising authority and that is precisely what the phrase means what binding and loosing is not a magic formula for you to get God to do what you want yet is a powerful formula because of what stated, because verse 18 says whatever you bind goes on to say and whatever you loose. First of all, whatever.
This scope for this statement is in other words, he doesn't give an exception, he says, whatever you bind those incidents happen is not back it up, put it in contemporary words, God says I got to got you. Please notice something phrase. You are the one doing the binding, not God. You are the one doing the loosing, not God, whatever you bind and whatever you loose will have been done in heaven, so God will backup legitimate binding loosing heaven will back it up when it's done right on earth so binding and loosing is restricting or releasing it is limiting, limiting something it is again unlocking something so that's what the word means.
But how does the word work and what does the word binding and loosing a plot since we got this big. What ever standing out here. Based on this passage binding and loosing what's coming out of hell did mail binding and loosing the with the devil between binding and loosing by when you been finding something, tying it up keeping it from mobility you keeping it from moving to bind means something is coming to you that you want held back from you. You wanted to be tied up. You don't want to get through. You don't want the depth to be penetrate to its holding evil.
Satan fell off of you. Those thing is because he already got you already all up in your grill, he's already controlling something you already addicted you already living in defeat. You already relationally in discord. You already miserable and you can't get out of it and you need to be loose from the hostagetaking. He's already taken you binding is keeping him off. Whatever you bind.
I got to whatever you loose I got to heaven will back you up. Well, if the problem is the gates of hell. He says you must use the keys of heaven and you must do it in concert with the church because that's the entity that owns the keys so you will have a trafficking ring if you don't please check as the case you have to use those keys for your situation again I say to you. Verse 19. If you agree on earth about anything that they address it shall be done for them by my father who is in heaven. All now we get down to two or three, two or three witnesses is not a novel concept all through the Bible. American civil government to a large degree borrowed from the Bible and one of the things that borrow was the principle of witnesses in Deuteronomy 19 verse 15 it says you cannot accuse somebody by the witness of one person that must be two or three witnesses.
Deuteronomy chapter 17 verse six. You cannot bring an accusation or judgment by one person that must be to all three witnesses spoke to all three witnesses was used about confirming something legally convince use up trying civil cases. Jesus takes the principal legality two or three witnesses and applies it now to binding loosing why because we are seeking to do in the spiritual realm what the political realm was seeking to do and civil judgments. To do that he says you need to all three witnesses. Now this is not just to every people, out of nowhere, because in verse 17 he says tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church that it be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector, so he hasn't left the church is talking about the charge because that is the authorized legal entity from heaven to history, so let me explain something when you connect with people, even if the Christians who are not connected to the embassy.
They can help you with binding and loosing cousin binding and loosing has only been delegated to the church, not just you out here just bind and stop and I bind the devil about your nominal if you are disconnected from the embassy. That's what Misty to go to church for preachers. People need to go to church of the singing of the Fellowship Hall. Those are actually critical reason you need to be connected to the chart so you can suck up and down into history through the embassy that God has created and understood that that's what the church is in addition to these other things that would understand is a big deal to just sit in the pew. Once a week. I want to be able to legislate but now this concern is not everybody in the church on Sunday morning about two or three he says to all three gather the board gathered his use of the church leadership attempt. Verse 25%. The gathering storm of the church. He says when they are connected to all three. Now we got legal validity because that's how the word to use in Scripture we got legal authorization. So let's see how you can begin the bind and loose. Keep the devil you and whatever categories on you or get them off of you would be already locked down and loose him and get off your back. No longer is he controlling whatever area of your life that he happens to be controlling right now. He says if you come together three is a legal gathering is connected to the church and I think somebody say anything that's like whatever that means that whatever verse 19 says anything anything that they may does introduce prayer ask. So now you are asking you are asking heaven to intervene on your behalf in history for the binding and loosing as defined in chapter 16, which is the gates of hell. He says anything that they may ask you to must agree.
The Greek word for degree of leverage our English word symphony from when you go to a symphony of different instruments but don't have one song being played that was there is unity of the song while the differences of the instruments. Let me explain something.
Forget spiritual authority where there is disunity, forget spiritual authority where there is disunity. The reason why the enemy creates disunity is not just thought if I won't allow no no no purpose. He knows that lack of agreement will keep God from responding.
Now there's a theological reason for that. The Trinity is one God, composed of three coequal persons who are distinct in personality involvement sons that the spirit of three distinct persons, but they make up the one Godhead. They always operate in perfect unity with one another except when Jesus died on the cross, my God, my God was the second week because of sin, but they apart from that always are in perfect sync with one another.
So when there is not agreement connected to the church either two or three who want to see the binding and loosing what you have just done is I'm invited God to the pray just pray once agreement is lost, binding and loosing is lost so happened cannot intervene into the circumstance so he says it must be by agreement, that is, you gotta be in the same but different people, but you gotta be on the same spiritual page so he says that MNA makes a staggering promise, it shall be done for them by my father who is in heaven. So you was bind, you must bring God's perspective, the keys, you must talk to God. The prayer you must be in agreement with God. And then you must be linked to the legal entity, the local church that connectivity remotely, to a 3 foot not being in church he's talking about you being connected with church with the 23.
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You come together and he says you've done it in my name and monies of the father's will and do it but you gotta do it in my name, Matthew 2818 says Jesus is all authority is given to me in heaven and on earth.
Translation I'm in charge now I'm in charge up there in heaven, charge down here on earth and on the link between the two.
So in order to get it from heaven down to earth. Jesus is saying you gotta come to me there is one mediator between God and man. The Bible says that is the man Christ Jesus. Why go through Jesus. Revelation 118, Revelation 118 says I got the keys as I got the keys you need to keys. I got the case and I got the keys I can overrule hell I can overrule what's holding you hostage. I can lose it and keep it off when you I can find it because I got the keys and Revelation. When you sign a check your giving authorization for the check to be cash if there is no signature check will be cash if it's somebody else's signature.
The check will be cash and if somebody wrote your name and they were not allowed to do it as forgery, so it should be cash and you going to jail because you have done something illegally know why because is your name see your name is not just your signature. Your name is you is the person standing behind the signature see a lot of folk use Jesus's name.
But Jesus didn't sign as tall spiritual forgery is named Dudley.
You can tag on your prayer in Jesus name that sounds right and it sounds like he signed it, but if what he is wanting what you are doing the same thing. That's forgery as an unauthorized use of this may only give his authority when you are operating on his authority based on his keys connected with this institution done by agreement and he says that you must do it in my name, but he said something else and there am I in the minutes will see a lot of us pray in Jesus name Rocky is on the periphery, he cannot be on the periphery. He must be the centerpiece of the decision must be the centerpiece of the consideration he just can't be off when I tag along. He must be the centerpiece of it in Exodus chapter 17 members eight.
Israel is better for fighting his life and death struggle. Moses goes up to the top of the hill and Moses takes the rod. The staff that God gave him. They turned into the rod of God and Moses held it up. The rod was Moses, a symbol of authority over the Red Sea with the it was a symbol of heaven coming down to change something on earth when he held up the rod as Moses held up the rod and said Israel prevailed. But the moment Moses dropped the rod. It says the enemy prevailed women Israel down in the valley doing the best they can fight as hard as they can try as hard as they can. But whether they were winning or losing what little about what Moses was doing well enough symbol of authority. A lot of us are trying to fix a mess, get out of bed, get out of the ditch and solve this problem we try we try down here in this battle, but the problem is solved the man to give you victory down the problem occurred. However, it says Moses is all got happy words.
He got tired and put them away got sick and I started to drink and started to droop. It says the enemy began to prevail because the symbol of authority have been lost.
So Moses got to the man to come and to hold up his arms because he was tired and he was going to droop and quit and give up, but the two men held up his baby came to witnesses to supporting testimony, victory, and when they held up his and Israel prevailed over the enemies let me put it another way, was on the ground would not ultimately be determined by what they were doing on the ground. Now they still had to fight on the ground. The power and the authority for the victory of the fight was not on the ground where they were fighting the authority and victory Impala would come from what was happening in the visible realm that would determine whether they won or lost in the visible realm. If you're fighting for your marriage if you're fighting for successful single if you're fighting for the debt. If you're fighting for the addiction. But whatever the situation happens to be.
Yes, you have a responsibility to do what you ought to do.
But that's not where the authority lies whatever you bind whatever you lose itself.
I will have already done it in happening so the answer is up there so to put it another way, if you ignore the spiritual if you ignore the keys if you ignore the connection with the church. If you ignore the agreement if you ignore those things you will not get help from heaven battling the walkway on you only get victory on earth because you have engaged the authority of heaven. God's way and when you and I do that now. Dr. Evans will come back in a moment to leave us with a real-life example. Stay with us before he returns though.
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