Wednesday, August 05 2020
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS PART III
"Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:18-20
The power of three to agree is the key to pulling down strongholds and setting captives free of demonic possession and destroying the works of the devil. In this day and time, it is unusual to find anyone willing to agree with you, but in the body of Christ, it is imperative that we stand in agreement in order to receive the power of God!
United we stand, divided we fall as the old saying states, but there is great truth in this statement! If one can put a thousand of the enemy to flight, and two, ten thousand, twelve can put 100 trillion of their enemies to flight! This is why Jesus chose twelve disciples because twelve is the number of God's government. When the one hundred twenty disciples, sold out to follow Jesus were in one accord and the Holy Spirit was poured out on them, the immediate result was signs and wonders that produced a harvest of 3000 people getting saved!
Jesus asked His disciples who men said that He was and no one but Peter knew, having spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit was saying, another key to defeating the enemy: a revelation! It was Peter who got out of the boat and walked on water, it was Peter who preached at Pentecost and 3000 got saved, Peter had revelation knowledge and was hearing from the very throne of God! Peter told Jesus that He was the Christ, meaning Anointed One, in other words, the source of power!
Jesus said, "I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH
"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 16:19
The rock that Jesus was talking about was not Peter as many suppose, but the revelation knowledge of the Holy Spirit! This is the foundation of the church of Jesus Christ! We must have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is speaking so that we can be led by Him!
Christianity is a supernatural organism, a living breathing entity born of the Spirit, led by the Spirit and empowered by the Spirit! To try and walk in the natural things of the world will only result in failure, but to walk in the Spirit will yield supernatural fruit! The Word says not to lean on your understanding or logic, being of the world, but to be led by the Holy Spirit in order to reap signs, wonders, miracles, and supernatural results to your requests!
This is why being baptized in the Holy Spirit is so important to the believer to have his spiritual eyes opened and to see in the Spirit otherwise he will walk in darkness! Remember we don't wage war in the flesh, we war in the Spirit, defeating our enemies with supernatural weapons!
"Therefore, whoever hears (in the Spirit) these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock." Matthew 7:24
BUILDING ON THE ROCK
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built." Luke 6:46-48 (NLT)
In order to build a solid foundation, one must mix his concrete with just the right amount of water, too much and it won't hold, not enough and it won't set and so it is when building a spiritual foundation, the Word and the Spirit will provide a solid foundation when mixed with faith!
When dealing with strongholds or with principalities one must be on a solid foundation of truth and faith in order to defeat the powers of darkness. David went out against Goliath knowing who fought his battles and was led by the Spirit in warring with the giant who he defeated with his weapon of faith! Beware of the counter-attack that will come once you have engaged in warfare and stand firm on solid rock lest the enemy blows you away with his lies and deceit!
David was a brilliant military commander and a mighty man of God but at the end of his career he grew tired and didn't go to war and that is when Satan took him down with his beautiful neighbor's wife, Bathsheba. Happens all the time, even with the Son of God after His heavenly Father had spoken to Him in an audible voice saying that He was His beloved Son in whom He was well pleased. With the first engagement with the devil in the wilderness he said to Him, "If you are the Son of God!"
"But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the sand without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great." Luke 6:49
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin