KEYS TO VICTORY
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13)
We are hearing the report from many prophetic voices warning that the next few months are going to be intense. This message is not to invoke fear, but to spur us to prepare physically and mentally as well as spiritually for anything that may arise. No matter how fierce any battle may be or seem to be, God gives us the keys to unlock the victory every time. Our discipline is to still ourselves, sit before Him and hear what He is saying to us. When the enemy attacks, one of the reasons he does is because he is testing to see if we fully believe that we can do all things through Yeshua, the Messiah, the Anointed One. If we believe and prepare ourselves with the tools of war (God's Word), the enemy knows that we are fully CAPABLE of obtaining our goal. (Phil. 4:13).
THE KEYS OF BINDING AND LOOSING
Yeshua (Jesus) Himself has given us the KEYS to unlock the KINGDOM of GOD. Given those keys, we are now authorized to bind and loose (an Hebraic idiom defining a legal designation). In Hebrew, "binding and loosing" are the words "asar we-hittir." To bind in Hebrew means to forbid. To loose means to permit. To see an example in the Scriptures, we examine James, the Pastor of the church in Jerusalem in Acts 15:13-20, practicing his authority to bind (forbid) when the Gentiles were required to abstain from four pagan practices.
Peter was exemplary in the practice of loosing (permitting) when he made a ruling that Jews and Gentiles are saved by faith, and not by the ceremony of circumcision. (Acts 15:9). Effective binding and loosing requires a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures.
The Word of God is the most powerful defense we possess in overcoming the enemy. "Unless your law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction"(Psalm 119:92). Interestingly, this Scripture appears in the 12th section (Lamed) of the Hebrew alphabet revealed in Psalm 119. Number 12 in the Hebrew alphabet is the Lamed, a letter that represents Authority.
THE KEY OF THE WORD OF GOD
The birthing of something new in your life can provoke an enemy attack, usually in the form of other (jealous) people. There will always be some who are not happy about any progress you are making in the Kingdom.
When Herod the King heard that the King of the Jews had been born, he was troubled, and ALL Jerusalem with him. (Matt. 2:3). When he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, he was exceedingly angry and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem and in all the coasts. (Matt. 2:16). In Exodus, when the new king of Egypt saw that the Israelites were fruitful and increased abundantly and multiplied, he spoke to the Hebrew midwives to kill all the newborn males. (Exod. 1:8-10, 16). If the enemy attacks when something new is being birthed, your key to combat him is the Word of God.
In the 13th section of the Hebrew alphabet in Psalm 119, you find the Hebrew letter, MEM. Mem represents water, and in Hebrew thought, water can also represent a crisis. "You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me" (Psalm 119:98).
To demoralize and ultimately defeat the enemy, you must know how to use the weapon of wisdom. As new things are being birthed in this season, remember the enemy is awakened to come against your plans and proclamations. Even as some who are close to you focus on your weaknesses, the LORD encourages you to focus on your dream. Your dream is exactly like a child growing in the womb. You need to use the key of wisdom in knowing when to speak and when to be silent. Never forget Joseph and his family. Only when he revealed his dream, did the war ensue. Satan attacks the person who is next in line for a promotion. He can also use someone close to you (someone who is somehow compromised) as an entry point to discourage you.
Don't forget that your faith will work for you 24 hours a day. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Rom. 10:17).
Please do not be discouraged by our focusing on the war today. This message is meant to give you hope by reminding you of some of the victory keys you possess. You never outgrow the possibility of having to face warfare, but as you stay steadily in God's Word, you do become more and more skilled in learning how to fight and win.