Keys of the Kingdom

Greeting to all in the name of the Father, and of His Son our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus; who freely gave Himself for us that we through His blood would be brought near as Sons and Daughters, having been adopted by His grace and brought near according to the counsel and good pleasure of His will.

In these last hours before the return of Jesus it is profitable as His chosen ones to look into the counsel of His word that we might understand more perfectly the dealings of our Father.  1 Corinthians 10:11 says “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

One example we have been given becomes clear when we look at the reign of certain kings in Judah.  We see that of the righteous kings; only Hezekiah, and Josiah brought genuine reform by destroying the high places in the land.  Hezekiah even went so far as to destroy the bronze serpent that Moses had made.  

Oh that we would today be so bold as to tear down every high place that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.  The destruction that is soon to be visited on much of the church of today is for this reason — “Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.” (2 Chronicles 20:33)

It has always been true that wherever God’s people allow a residue of evil; it always becomes a stumbling block to the redeemed of the Lord.  With this in mind, it is time for His people to take responsibility for the authority He gave us. 

Upon the revelation of Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God”; the Lord gave to us “the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you (we) bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you (we) loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  (Matthew 16:19)

The “keys of the kingdom” represent the spiritual authority that all believers in Jesus (Jews and Gentiles) are to partake of.  There truly is war in the heavenlies and much depends on our obedience.

It is now time to use the keys of the kingdom we have been given.  The complacency in the body of Christ has allowed much to be loosed in the heavenly realms.  The works of the flesh which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, have been condoned in one form or another by believers  all over the world in many assemblies that name the name of Christ. 

My brothers and sisters, these things ought not to be.  As we have allowed these vile works to be loosed in the earth through our complacency they have become strongholds in heavenly realms as well. 

It is time to return, time for His children to fully return to our God and confess that we might be truly restored to our place of authority as the purchased possession of Christ.  It is time to pull down these strongholds over the body of Christ that we might walk in the light as He is in the light. 

Ask yourselves; did the idolatry of Achan need purged from the camp?  Was not the justice of God brought forth as the Holy Spirit separated Ananias and Sapphira from the rest of the body?  Does not judgment begin at the house of the Lord?  Is not the failure of the church to prevail against the darkness directly related to un-confessed and un-repented sin in and among the people of God? 

When we do not confront sinful practices among us, we loose these as strongholds over the cities in which we live.  And these principalities have prevailed against us in greater and greater measure for one reason…we the people of God have given place to the devil.  Do I have statistical proof of this?   No, but let me ask… do you see a connection between immorality and sexual promiscuity in the church, and in the world?

Look at the sin of homosexuality as it has been condoned or rather embraced in congregations that name the name of Christ… behold how this principality that would  exalt itself against the Throne of Heaven is now being put forth even more forcefully in society.  Why?  Because we winked at this vile perversion in the midst of the camp.

I believe the Holy Spirit is saying that what we see invading our culture is a direct result of our not speaking forth and abiding by His righteous standards in the midst of our congregations.

As the corporate Body of Messiah, we can no longer condone these things.  Am I calling for political action?  Absolutely not!  What I am calling for is warfare rooted in the light of His word. 

Jesus said if your right hand offends you, cut it off… in other words the Lord outlined a process in Matthew 18:15-17 for dealing with those who are sinning.  After outlining this process; He again repeated in vs. 18 that “whatever you (we) bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you (we) loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”   Remember it is the LORD who says “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you.  It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.” 

While Paul in describing the different members of the body makes clear that “the eye” cannot arbitrarily say to the hand “I have no need of you”; this certainly does not mean that we are to give place to the devil when sin is in the camp

Those who are continuing in willful sin need to be put out of the camp, if they do not repent after being confronted… regardless of their perceived authority.   Look again at Matthew 18… right in the midst of this correction is the story of the lost sheep.  Look at the context.  Our Lord is telling us that if we will lovingly discipline the body of Christ and if, as a last resort, we have to put someone out of our midst,  the Lord Himself as the Good Shepherd will pursue the lost sheep.

We need to Trust the Lord in these things instead off giving place to a spirit of witchcraft through our disobedience.

Obedience or disobedience… this has always been the heart of the matter… it all started in the garden.

It is Time…

Let the priests, who minister to the LORD,

Weep between the porch and the altar;

Confess… Repent… Humble yourselves in the sight of God

Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Remember…

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

As our obedience is fulfilled, strongholds will be pulled down… leaving an open heaven above our assemblies…

So in closing… In the name of Jesus, I am calling for obedience… for confession and cleansing of all besetting sin in the camp… I am declaring to you that God will punish all disobedience… he will send forth the Host of Heaven to destroy principalities and open the heavens above us… as our obedience is fulfilled

Allen

 

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