In my last post, The Liberating Truth About Submission, I mentioned that God works in logic-defying ways, ways contrary to conventional wisdom. As I journey down this road of seeking God's face and asking the hard questions about healing and deliverance from the mental torture of depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts and other destructive thought patterns, God continually shows me His plan -the keys to the kingdom of heaven - keys that defy logic.
According to the two scriptures below, God has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven - the power to bind and loose:
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven
God has given us, the followers of Christ, the authority to make binding contracts on earth, whether written or spoken. God is a God bound by His word. God so values the spoken word that whatever we bind/commit to, He considers it bound in heaven as well and intends that it should never be broken.
On the other hand, we also hold the key to loose. This is not the authority to break the previous bindings, but rather to loose the powers that hold us captive. We have the power to loose or free ourselves from the torture chamber of the enemy if he takes us captive unaware.
It defies logic that God would give us these very powerful keys, but He loved us so much that he turned the keys over to us and gave us full authority to use them! WOW! In the Lord's prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray, "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
The following prayer came from Shattering Your Strongholds by Liberty Savard.
The Training Wheels Prayer
Lord, I'm standing on the truth of you Word. You said you would give me the keys to the kingdom, that whatsoever I would bind on earth would be bound in heaven and whatsoever I would loose on earth would be loosed in heaven. Right now, in the name of Jesus Christ, I bind my will to the will of God, that I will be constantly aware of His will and purposes for my life. I bind myself to the truth of God that I will not be deceived by the many subtle deceptions of the world and the devil.It is vital that you pray this prayer out loud - your spoken word is binding and the enemy will then hear that he is being loosed.
I bind myself to the blood of Jesus that I will never take it for granted. I want to be constantly aware of it's miracle-working power to restore and heal and keep me safe. I bind myself to the mind of Christ that I will be aware of how Jesus would have me think in every situation I come into this day. I do not want to react out of my own human, carnal thoughts when situations arise suddenly. I want to think and act as Jesus would have me act.
I bind my feet to paths of righteousness that my steps will be ready and true all day long. I bind myself to the work of the cross in my life so that I will continue to die daily to my own selfish desires and motives and be more like Him. I bind the strongman (Satan) so that I may spoil his household and take back every bit of joy, peace, blessing and freedom that he has stolen from me. I take them back right now! Satan, I loose your influence over every part of my body, soul and spirit. I loose, crush, smash and destroy every evil device you may try to bring into my sphere of influence during this day.
I repent of every wrong desire, attitude and pattern of thinking I have had. Forgive me, Lord, for holding onto wrong ideas, desires, behaviors and habits. I renounce and reject these things. In the name of Jesus Christ, I loose (destroy, crush, break, smash, melt) every wrong attitude, pattern of thinking, belief, idea, desire, behavior and habit I have every learned. I loose the strongholds around them that keep me from being completely surrendered to the will of God in my life. I loose all doubt and confusion from myself. I have bound myself to the mind of Christ and I loose every wrong thought and evil imagination that keeps me from being in sweet unity with Jesus. I bind and loose these things in the precious name of Jesus Christ, who has given me the keys to do so. Thank you, Lord, for the TRUTH. Amen.
As you seek to rid yourself of unstable thought patterns and align yourself with the mind of Christ - who has not given us the spirit of confusion but of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) - my prayer is that you will commit yourself to the renewing of your mind and that you will be set free from your strongholds.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance today~