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Binding and Loosing--What do you mean? Message
Rev. Fred & Donna Ping
Feb 16 2006 10:03PM
All of us, at one time or the other, have either been in a church service or read a message that someone had written and they used the words “binding and loosing”. A lot of times, even, these two words are used together, almost as if they were one and the same; however, these two are actually different words, with totally different meanings, but used together they are one and the same insofar as their legal description is concerned. That is to say that even though they each are different in the natural, physical realm, but when spoken of or practiced in the supernatural, spiritual realm, they are done in conjunction with one another.
Let’s explore this a little further. To best get an idea of what we are talking about when we, as Ministers, speak of “binding and loosing”, we need to refer to our dictionary for a formal definition of these two words.
Let’s begin with the word bind. There are several definitions, and one might get lost just trying to choose one that would apply; so, to prevent further confusion, we have combined several of the definitions here, and they are:
To tie up, or secure as with a rope or cord; to hold or restrain with; to unite; to be tight or restricting.
Next, let’s take a look at the description of loose. There are also several definitions, and we have also combined some of those for greater understanding, and they are:
To let loose; to release; not fastened, restrained, or contained; not bound; to make less strict; to release pressure.
When one understands the actual, literal definition of these two words, a light can actually come on, and our understanding of the terminology “bind and loose”, comes into focus, and we can see more clearly what the speaker is trying to establish in his message.
For the most part, you hear this terminology more in the Full Gospel, or Pentecostal churches. Some folk who have never gone to a church of this denomination might never have heard it used, as it is not just a common, every day, expression used in sermons in all churches. I know that it is not always used in ALL churches, as I was raised for the most part in a Baptist Church, and when I began hearing the Pentecost preachers, and the Full Gospel Evangelists speak of binding and loosing, it took me back a bit. I became more focused on what they may have meant by that expression than on the total sermon, and it slowed me down some. That experience, along with a whole lot more, has given me an understanding of just how people can get confused, and by not understanding ALL that the preacher says, it can cause us to MISS what they are saying that we need to hear.
You see, we preach a lot regarding the Scripture in Hosea 4:6, that says “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” This could very well be one of those instances of people perishing because they did not understand what the preacher was even talking about. We see some blank looks on some folk’s faces when this terminology is used. Some people do not have a clue what we are talking about.
One would think that there is not much said in the Bible about actually binding and loosing, but we have found that upon researching and studying out this phrase, there are a lot of different places we can refer to in our Bible to help to make it more clear to those who do not understand.
We’ll begin by referring over to the Book of Matthew, Chapter 18 :18 & 19—Jesus said: 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For us to understand what Jesus said in those passages, we must understand what He was talking about. Therefore, we have already learned that when we bind something, we are tying it up, and that when we loose something, we are releasing it or letting it go. A good example of this is: I bind confusion off this person, and I loose freedom and clear-thinking to this person. Now we must state right here and now that we CANNOT and MUST NOT try to bind or loose in our name (or on our own accord). We MUST do so “in the name of Jesus”. Remember the Scripture in Acts 19:20, that says: And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? (You see, God had done some mighty works and performed miracles by the hands of Paul, and of course, Jesus. So, when the 7 sons of Sceva decided they would like to go and be able to do that, they found out really quick that the evil spirits did not have to obey them—We can only bind them in the name of Jesus. Suffice it to say, right here, that one must be born again and blood-washed in order to bind anything spiritually in the name of Jesus.)
Those of us who have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and have the gifts of the Spirit in operation many times will feel led to bind a particular spirit, and/or to loose a particular spirit. These are discerned by the Spirit of God and it becomes necessary sometimes to pray for a release of the bondage that a certain spirit or spirits has that person bound in.
You see, when we talk about a person being in bondage, that means that a person is bound (or tied up, restricted) by something—usually by something that comes from the spiritual realm. Anything that comes FROM the spiritual realm has to be dealt with IN the spiritual realm.
In 1 Corinthians 2:14 Paul tells us – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.
When Jesus was here on earth, he performed many, many miracles, laid hands upon many, cast out demons, etc. from people. Jesus had two parts—He had the “man” side, and the “Spirit” side. The spirits knew Him and would cry out—Jesus cast them out by His Spirit, healed them by His Spirit, and in order for us to be able to do that, we MUST be born again Christians. That is why He said that whatsoever we bind on earth, will be bound in heaven, etc.
He told us in John 14:12, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. Folks, this was not just for His disciples . . .it was for all of us! In Luke 10:19, He said, Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
This is where a lot of people get stumped . . . they have sometimes been taught that that was only for His disciples, but it says right there in HIS WORDS, that “he that believeth on me”. Folks, He was talking to US.
To emphasize our point here, we must stress that this was Jesus talking here, and that while He was still here on earth, He was teaching the way in which we MUST come against the evil ones of the spiritual realm. OH, YES!!! The spiritual realm DOES exist! There are those of you who would rather not believe that there is, but we must ask you right now. . . What is God? (Spirit) Where is heaven (in the Spiritual realm) What is satan? (spirit) Where is he? (in the Spiritual realm) All of satan’s evil ones (spirits, demons—whatever you prefer to call them) are in the Spiritual realm. They are very real in our lives today. . . yes, in each and every one of our lives today.
God has been revealing a lot to us lately, and He is really impressing upon us the fact that whatever happens in the natural realm happens in the Spiritual realm first. That is where the battles (the ones we don’t see) are fought out—in the spiritual realm. Satan has his workers (evil spirits) and God uses His angels to fight out the battles in the heavenlies. The outcome of those battles, are what actually manifests itself in our lives, here, in the natural realm. Our prayers are what moves God’s hand in our situations, and as we pray, He releases more of His angels to war for us. In order for us to be able to pray effectively, we must understand how God set it all up for us to be able to bind (tie up) the forces of the enemy, and how to loose (release) the good forces of God. This is where the binding and loosing come in.
We need to all understand that once we have been saved, and we are living righteously we have the authority through the shed blood of Jesus to bind the evil ones that are sent to buffet, control, or harm us. We also have the authority to loose freedom, peace, and joy into our lives. Remember that Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:7, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
We can bind ANY spirit that tries to interrupt, tear up, disturb, terrorize, control, or destroy us, and we have the authority through Jesus to loose mass confusion in the enemy’s camp, and loose total peace and contentment in our lives.
Jesus defeated satan at the cross, yes, but that doesn’t prevent satan from sending forth his evil spirits to try to steal, kill, and destroy all of mankind. That is what he does—the battle starts in the mind and he convinces us that he has power.
Remember, Jesus gave us power over ALL power of the enemy. Its time we stand up and use our power—greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
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