Binding and Loosing by Pastor Don Moore

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Binding and Loosing by Pastor Don

Someone came to our Friday Bible study and asked Pastor Don about binding and loosing spirits.  What I love about our Bible studies is, when a question comes up, Pastor Don is able to speak about it, using the Bible, and at the drop of a hat come up with many Scriptures to support the teaching.  I pray that one day I have that kind of Bible knowledge.  It also makes for interesting Bible studies, because there is a spontaneity that occurs when that happens – very energizing.

Pastor Don first quoted from his book Christianese (pp 65-66) You can read this book online here. It will bless you for it defines many of the terms we use, not realizing that people around us do not understand what the terms mean. Someone had the book at Bible study, and Pastor Don read the following passage:

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“Exorcism:

A specific event or encounter to accomplish deliverance through spiritual warfare; prayer of binding and loosing, casting out, removal of curses, forgiveness, salvation, recommitment to Christ and covering in the Blood and Name of Jesus. Covering someone means to pray a prayer that dedicates, protects or commits their person to a protector; i.e. Jesus and good angels.

In all of the Gospels, Jesus gives the born again believer the authority and the ability to do spiritual warfare, to deliver people from demonic presences, as well as fight against the forces of darkness. In the Bible this is described as defeating satan, stepping on scorpions, combating the dominion of darkness in high places, prayer warfare, binding and loosing of demons, casting out of demons. All of these terms refer to using prayer and Faith to overcome the actions and work of evil. The book of James tells us, “resist the devil and he will flee”. Further Scriptures point us to the fact that we have been given dominion over the forces of evil. That does not mean us individually, but that the Name of Jesus, His authority, His power, and His angels work in our behalf against evil. His Name brings the absence of fear when confronted with supernatural forces. The Name, coupled with Faith in God’s Word and His promises to us, causes the demonic forces to be defeated. It is a bold statement, but nonetheless true. Demonic forces only have authority over the believer who will yield to their authority and allow himself to be dominated.

The Name of Jesus and the belief in the gifts that Jesus has given to believers is sufficient to withstand the onslaught of the evil one. The Name of Jesus means in the authority, purpose and Person of the Messiah, the Anointed One and His Anointing. The Name used without relationship will not result in a demonstration of power.

***The use of the Name of Jesus identifies a person as having a right to access the Power of God and be a part of what the Spirit of God wants to do.

Therefore, training and detailed study of the Word is necessary to raise a believer’s experience and Faith to the point that he knows how to use the Name of Jesus to protect himself and do spiritual warfare.

This requires learning to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and to move in cooperation with Him. If a believer has his personal sin confessed and the power of the Holy Spirit is present and is moving through him, a demonic force will always be dominated by the believer. Faith in the Name, the power, and the promises of God will not be held hostage to familiar spirits or demonic presence; whether oppressed or possessed.”

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Then we went to the Bible to gain further understanding.

Matthew 16:19 (Jesus speaking)  “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 18:16  But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’

Prayer of agreement

Matthew 18:17-20 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. (18)Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (19) Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. (20) For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

Notice it says where 2 or 3 are gathered in MY NAME. Jesus was delivering this message about the Kingdom of Heaven and different aspects of the Kingdom of Heaven.  This was not just limited to ecclesiastical authorities (like priests and pastors), but this involved everyone in the Kingdom of Heaven.

This is dealing about a spiritual reality, and we want to tie up, bind something so that it makes no effect.  Kind of like you bind up a robber or a murderer so that they can no longer do harm against you. 

What is tied up down here on earth is tied up in heaven.  We receive power in the natural realm from the spiritual realm.

In verse 18 it tells us WE have authority, this is not just clergymen.  The authority of clergymen has no greater authority than our ecclesiastical authority. We can all do this. 

When Jesus left the earth, He gave authority to everyone who said they were a disciple.  Jesus delegated authority to fishermen with no education, regular people who put their shoes and socks on just like us.  Anyone can do what Jesus does if they are a disciple. Anything in earth can be bound up, with spiritual backup.  We bind in the natural, Jesus binds in the Spirit. 

We are all addicted to something – TV, stuff, drugs, booze, our sorrow, our desire to criticize, talking, gossiping, chocolate.  If we add to the flesh addiction a supernatural element it becomes a demonic presence.  The physical addiction takes on a whole new dimension.

Pastor Don told us his wife loves her coffee with whole milk.  If she got to the point where she had to carry her specific brand of coffee, had to bring a cooler with whole milk, the coffee pot she loves to use,  and all of the other things she may want to add to her coffee, she would be bound by this, and unable to freely travel or move around. 

This kind of bondage can happen in all realms of existence.  There are spirits of gambling.  If a man of God stops going to a casino to gamble, if there is a supernatural element to his addiction of gambling, the man may start making risky trades on the stock market, buying penny stocks. This may be legal, but it is still a form of gambling – taking an unnecessary risk. 

We could bind a person on earth, lock them in their room, and throw away the key.  They are going to be frustrated, and even though they are pent up, the spiritual force will still be affecting them.

If we decide to stop smoking, a spiritual force may be there putting temptation in our path and frustration in our path to cause us to “need” to pick up that cigarette.

If we commit to something on earth, but there are problems in keeping that commitment we may have a bad spiritual authority over it. Sometimes we bring a sin to the Lord, but then a negative spiritual force finds a new way of pulling the us down into the same sin.  We live on earth in the flesh. We have to speak God’s Word to our situation.

Romans 4:17  (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.  We need to call those things that do not exist in the flesh as though they did.

Mark 11:22-25 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

We bind on earth if we pronounce it, if we speak it on the earth, we have spiritual authority to bind the force against us.

Matthew 18:18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

You have to bind it and speak it in the NAME OF JESUS.  Your Word and faith releases energy on the earth, and it is bound in Heaven.

We can bind financial stuff. Pastor Don said that if every time we sow a seed (donate or give to help as God directs) if you keep getting choked financially, or if your financial solutions or jobs do not produce financial freedom, it may be that something is holding back your blessings.  We need to examine our sin walk.  Examine our faith to believe we have authority to say to the devil, loose my blessings.  What is loosed on earth is loosed in Heaven.  You need to tell the devil to take his hands off of God’s property.  God loosens in Heaven and tells the devourer to leave your finances alone.

Matthew 18:19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”

Someone asked about praying in agreement, and what happens if you are alone with no one to pray in agreement with you.   Pastor Don said that we can be in agreement with the Holy Spirit.  And when we pray, when we are in agreement in prayer with others and the Holy Spirit – where 2 are on earth agree, it will be done for them. We can pray in agreement with the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Don said we need to know what the person is praying or believing for, because to be in agreement you need to agree.  If you are not in agreement, how can you pray the prayer of agreement?  Sometimes husbands and wives are not in agreement. 

Pastor Don then told the women in the Bible study a bit about men and women’s temperaments.  He told us that women want to be heard (men are not to comment, just listen attentively).  And men want to be respected.  He then had us laughing when he said ask your husband, “Honey, what do you think?  How can I do this?”  He then told us we have to give our husbands respect and listen to their opinions.  Men want their opinions heard. He told us not to disagree after your husband expresses his opinion.  He knows what He is speaking about for after that we congratulated him on his 39th wedding anniversary which was August 15.

God repeats himself in verse 19 – talking about agreeing on earth.  God doesn’t say something more than once if it isn’t important to Him.

Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

When two or three are in agreement on earth, gathered in Jesus’ name, then He is in the midst of them.  The Holy Spirit will not bother correcting the situation if people are not in agreement.  Pastor Don then told us that even if the wife is 100% right, she can be 100% wrong.

1 John 5:14-15  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

The key is that we have to ask in HIS WILL. According to the will of God, and then we know He hears us and that we have those petitions.

We want to align ourselves with God’s will for our lives, for that is the best for us.  God knows the whole situation.  God is sovereign, and only God has the vantage point to see the whole puzzle.  God has the whole picture, we only see certain pieces.  Things may not turn out the way you think they should, but God sees the whole picture, and He is working out something more than we can perceive. 

Pastor Don gave an example of seeing someone who is homeless, and praying that God intervenes in their case.  But we don’t know the whole picture.  Sometimes someone has to hit bottom, to be totally destitute, to have nothing so that they realize that they NEED GOD.  And God may permit the tough times just so the person gets what is the better thing, the relationship with God.

Another example is someone who realizes that jobs are scarce in Kingston, and think that they have to move to another city to survive.  But if we stay were God wants us to be, and if that is Kingston, even though jobs are scarce, God will prosper us.  We can become richer than ever, but it may not always be monetary riches.

We bind and loose on earth.

Then Pastor Don gave us another situation of binding and loosing in a different context.

Matthew 16:16  Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Simon Peter is given the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Only God could have given Jesus that revelation.

Matthew 16:18-19 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 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.”

If Peter gets this revelation that Jesus is the Christ, he did not get it from earth, God only knew that secret in the spiritual, but it wasn’t realized on the earth until God showed it toPeter.

Then we went to the Bible to gain further understanding.

Matthew 16:19 (Jesus speaking)  “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 18:16  But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Matthew 16:20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

They are to tell no one the secret to what the key is. The Key is who is He? In this Jesus was talking to the DISCIPLES, not just the Apostles, and not just Peter, but to all the disciples or else verse 20 would not be there.

Who do we know is the authority of who binds and looses and steps into spiritual authority?

Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

He gave the keys to the kingdom to his disciples. If the Church is built on Peter, then it was not a firm foundation because Peter still made major mistakes.

Matthew 16:22-23  Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”  But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

The church would be built on weak shoulders, for Peter was listening to satan and his opinions, rather than God’s will.

Matthew 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

Peter had the revelation of who Christ is before anyone, the Father revealed the truth to Peter.  This truth belongs to everyone, but we can only access it by faith and the NAME OF JESUS.

Our Bible study was over way too soon, we never got to Hebrews, but this answer was a blessing.

Have a great week!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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