Friday, January 25, 2019

Dutch Sheets:. Binding

After this Jeremiah records, “Then the Lord said to me,
‘You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to
perform it’ ” (v. 12). Please don’t miss this: God’s words, which
He intended to watch over and perform, were going to be those
He spoke through a human being, as verses 16–17 bear out one
more time. “I will pronounce My judgments on them.... Arise,
and speak to them all which I command you.”

The pattern could not be clearer: God’s Word, but spoken
through people. This has always been the way He has
operated. Hosea 6:5 states: “Therefore I have hewn them [My
people] in pieces by the prophets; I have slain them by the
words of My mouth; and the judgments on you are like the
light that goes forth.” God’s decrees and judgments, released
by a person’s words.

You may be thinking, “Yes, but that was all Old
Testament.” God’s method of operation hasn’t changed! The
New Testament also speaks of God releasing His judgments
through our declarations. Recall the passage in which Jesus
speaks of His ekklesia (church), which we defined as His
parliament or governing body on earth. Look at the Amplified
Matthew 16:19:

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind—that is, declare to be improper and unlawful—on earth must be already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth
—declare lawful—must be what is already loosed in
heaven (emphasis added).

(Incidentally, after this verse, the Amplified references Isaiah
22:22, which I used at the White House, about governmental
authority to open and close doors.)
Here Jesus tells us, as His government on the earth, to
declare—based on God’s will and Word—what is lawful and
unlawful, allowed and disallowed. Seemingly incredible, but
also reasonable, for how could we govern on God’s behalf
without such authority?

... as He did through Jeremiah’s
words, and the bringing forth of His plans and purposes. I
want to stress that these “enemies” are the powers of
darkness, not people.
Dutch Sheets

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