Matthew 16:19…And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven , and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
When a house is bought or rented, the key to the house is always given, because every house has an entrance with a door, and only those who have the key can enter the house. The key is an important part of the house and since you cannot get into the house without it, you need to safeguard it. When Jesus talks about the keys of the kingdom of heaven, He is making us to understand that nothing can be done on earth without the approval of heaven. He told His disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the father, ” which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence” (Acts 1:5). The promise of the Father was fulfilled in Acts 2:1-4 when they were baptized with Holy Ghost and with fire and the power from on High came upon them and they started to speak in unknown tongue. The power released from heaven upon them that day (Day of Pentecost) opened doors to preach the word of God with boldness so that those that heard it had their hearts pricked and about 3,000 souls believed the word , and were baptized. So the first demonstration of the power of the keys of the kingdom was to break loose those who were bound by the chains of sin. The Word of God was the key used to set them free. John 8:32 says “Ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set you free. The next demonstration that was recorded was the healing of the lame man at the beautiful gate..Acts 3:1-6 says that this man was expecting to receive some money from Peter and John, but Peter looked at him and said “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” This man rose up and walked in the Name of Jesus, the Name that is above all other names. Heaven honored the name of Jesus and set him loose from his captivity (disability). Again many people were set free from their own spiritual captivity, seeing the miracle of healing of this man, believed and were added to the church, they were about 5,000 men. What they received was the keys (plural) of the kingdom of heaven with which they were able to endure persecution. and their faith increased as they witnessed more and more miracles being wrought through them by the Holy Spirit. With the promise of the Father, which is the baptism of the Holy Spirit and power, each of the disciples moved as the Holy Spirit led them from city to city and from nation to nation unto the time of their death.
The promise of the keys of the kingdom of heaven is also to every believer today. As Jesus walked with the disciples, and has also walked with many men and women of God before us and even among us, we should remind ourselves that the promise is still as active as ever. His promises are “yea and amen”, He is an unchanging God. For us to live a victorious life, we need the Holy Ghost and His Power. Many people (believers) are still bound in their sin and many are struggling with one addiction or the other. Many are sick because they are bound by Satan. Though we go to church, many of us are not aware of the power in the name of Jesus to loose and to bind. It is our Faith in this name that can deliver and set us free. The truth is that we need to release ourselves to Him, for cleansing with his blood, and then separate ourselves from any form of contamination. We make conscious effort to stay away from anything that can defile us (self-control), and ask continuously for His empowerment. When the LORD sees your effort to stay clean and live a holy life, then He will start filling you up with His own desires. You will want to know God more and you will spend more and more time with the scriptures. Remember that the disciples separated themselves for many days while they were waiting for the promise. The power that you will receive when you subject yourself to this separation, will empower you to be strong in Him, and your inner man will start to reject what God does not like. You will not like to defile yourself, and you will be prompted by the Holy Spirit to start to speak the Word of God to your life. The more of these words in your mouth, the more your spirit man will absorb and the miracle will start to happen in your life. The Bible says “the yoke is broken by the reason of anointing” (Isaiah 10:27). Nothing can withstand the power of God, the word of God can break the toughest chain. Jeremiah 23:29 says, “Is not my word like as a fire,” saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore the power in the word of God will set you free from any form of addiction, affliction or sickness. Believe in the Word of God, speak it into your situation, and whatever you bind, shall receive power from heaven to stay bound, and whatever you decree to come into your life will also receive approval from heaven and will be established. I pray that the Word of God will become REAL to you, and you will start to enjoy the freedom and the abundant life that is meant for you because you are serving the living God. God bless you.
Prayer…Lord help me to understand the power in the Word of God. Make it real to me so that I can benefit more in what you have given to me.