To Bind And To Loose And Their Need To Be Defined

*** WARNING! ***

There is something that has become of a grave concern. From what has been seen in countless prayers (mine and of others), it seems to be clear that many aren’t aware that they are doing this. And so I feel there is a great need to bring it to your attention. This has been discovered through study, using the Word of God, the dictionary, and the Strong’s Concordance.

*** According to Matthew 16:19; 18:18 ***

Did you know that when you pray to “loose” the love and truth of the Word of God that you are actually praying for it to be destroyed or broken from something or someone? Did you know that when you pray to “bind” the love and truth of the Word of God that you are actually praying for it to be knitted, tied and joined to something or someone?

Yes, it’s true! I had to learn this after God showed me that I had been praying the wrong way for so many years. He led me to define these words in the Bible Concordance, and I was blown away at what I found.

My reason for sharing this is to make us all aware of the way that we pray for binding and loosing. Personally I’ve seen us (myself included) using the word “loose” in a way that doesn’t mean what we think it to mean. (Ex: “I loose the love and truth of the Word of God.”) It is my hope to see this change in our prayer lives.

When we bind the devil, we are not destroying his works, we are tying/joining them to something. But what? (Back to the pit of hell, I hope). To loose the devil is to destroy his works. When we loose God, we are not asking Him to be connected to our lives, but destroyed from our lives. To bind God is to be knitted, tied and connected to Him. (Ex: “We bind Your healing power to the lives of Your children.”)

Below, I share with you all of the meanings connected to the two words that I found.

• The first set relates to the word “bind”.

• The second set relates to the word “loose”.

I encourage you to look them up for yourselves. Search the Scriptures even. Do not take my word for it, but study it out for yourself.

May I make a suggestion?

Let us be very careful and specific about what we are binding.

We don’t want to bind (tie) the works of the enemy to our lives. But we do want to bind his works to hell, right?

Check out this sample prayer and tell me if you notice the difference in light of what I’ve shared.

This is not to condemn anybody’s prayers, but to shed light where there is believed to be some darkness on the matter at hand; that we may all grow and properly mature in Christ.

There is not pretension here to know it all. Constructive feedback is welcomed. The Word of God says that Iron sharpens iron.

It is hard to believe that Satan and his works will be bound (knitted) to heaven. But it’s not hard to believe that he will be loosed (destroyed) from heaven. #Blessings

“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 16:19

““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.” ~ Matthew 18:18

When Someone Comes Asking – “What’s Your Secret?”

“How do you do it? What’s your secret?”

Have you ever been asked that as a believer? Finally, you’ve come to that place in life where you’re no longer emotional about every little thing. That quick temper that you once had is gone. Those nasty words you used to say….well….you don’t say them anymore. When something suddenly changes at your job, you no longer act as if it is the end of the world. You embrace the change and continue to effectively do your job. When problems arise in your family, you no longer fall apart like you used to. And even if you suddenly did, you find Strength to pull yourself back together.

Those who have become a witness to your change of character, who aren’t used to seeing anyone act or respond the way you do, are left asking the question(s) above. They can be the very person today that you used to be 5 years ago. And after having been witness to how you remain in control, they want to know what it is you do. They want to know your secret. The only answer is that…..

 

 

 

There are just a Person and an encounter. Now that they have asked, you have the chance to gladly share your experience with them. That’s the privilege that you, as a believer, have been given. Never turn away from it.

God and His Son are so worthy to be known. The encounter you had with them, was no light matter. Something happened on that day. Your whole life changed. You became a new creation.

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,

he is a new creation; old things have passed away;

behold, all things have become new. 

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Not only did you become a new creation, but you became a witness for the life of Jesus who now lives inside of you. The person who has been asking or will ask, “What’s your secret?”, is getting a taste of what that newness of life in Christ looks like through you. You may not have done it in words, yet, your life has become a witness to something greater than what they have been previously experiencing.

There was a sermon preached on American Family Radio that spoke on the subject of families. The pastor giving the message was saying that how believers raise their children should leave those of the world asking them “What are your strategies? How do you do it?” 

My Sister, your life will do and should do the same. And when they come asking, freely share what you have been given. God has called you for this very reason. Your life as a witness to the life of Jesus is how someone else will be led to knowing Him. Remember always, that in living for God there is no secret. 

 

Freely you have received, freely give. 

~ Matthew 10:8b

Every One Can Do This

 

God is not just speaking to the Saved when He says, “Come”.  No. He’s speaking to you who are unsaved.

Now let me say it this way too. God is not just speaking to the unsaved when He says, “Come”. No. He’s speaking to you who are Saved.

Oftentimes, whether Saved or unsaved, we think that we have to have it all together before we can come to God. Our i‘s have to be dotted and our t’s crossed. There is to be no flaw in us, right? This is not true. God knows that we are far-from-perfect people; full of flaws and imperfections. He doesn’t want us to have it all together. In fact, He wants us to be broken and in pieces when we come to Him. Why? Because He is the One who can put us rightly together and make us whole.

 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

a broken and a contrite heart –

these, O God, You will not despise. ~ Psalm 51:17

God bids us come. He loves it when we approach Him in whatever state that we are in. The Word of God says that those who God chooses and causes to approach Him are blessed (Psalm 65:4). It’s okay for us to not have it all together. It is in not having it all together that we are blessed. Take a look at these reasons why:

  • When we walk in darkness, God becomes our Light.
  • When our lives are filled with sin, God gives us His righteousness.
  • When the enemy attacks us with lies, God reveals to us His Truth.
  • When we are full of doubt, God becomes our Blessed Assurance.
  • When there is hate in our hearts, God fills us with His love.
  • When we are weak, God’s strength makes us strong. 

 

In coming to God as we are, we are able to find two things: 1) Rest from all of our strivings. 2) What is acceptable to Him.

 

Come to Me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads,

and I will give you rest. Accept My teachings and learn from Me,

because I am gentle and humble in spirit,

and you will find rest for your lives. 

~ Matthew 11:28,29

The awesome thing about it all is that………God sees everything. God knows everything. There’s no need for hiding or pretense. Sister, just simply “Come.”

 

Why I Chose To Blog For Compassion

 

When I was growing up as a little girl, I would always see videos and images of children around the world who were in poverty, and it would break my heart. I couldn’t stand the sight of looking at those fragile bodies suffering from lack of proper nutrition, food, and clothing. My heart literally cried out from within, wishing that I could help them all. I told myself that when I got old enough and able, I was going to sponsor a child.

For years, I was a skeptic about doing it. I had heard that those kinds of programs were a scam. And so I worried about someone stealing from me. I even worried about what my family would say if they knew I had decided to sponsor a child from another country.  After my daughter died back in the year 2004, I was standing in front of the television in my living room when another World Vision commercial had come on.

Once again, my heart couldn’t take it. So I immediately picked up my phone and became a child sponsor.

 

 

Finally, I had peace, and I was happy to know that I was contributing to making another child’s life brighter. I had children of my own at the time. I couldn’t imagine if it were my own children being in such predicaments.

To make a long story short, my first child sponsored was a boy. Then I came into some hardships financially and had to stop sponsoring him. When I was able to do it again, I went back for him, but he had already had a new sponsor. So, I gained a new sponsored child; a girl.

I came into some financial hardships again and had to stop sponsoring her. It broke my heart to have to give up sponsoring children for a while. I prayed unto God and said that there had to be something I could do. There had to be another way. 

 

 

While on the internet one day, in my search for another way, I came across the words, “Blog for children in poverty.” At first, I was like, that can be done, really?  I had never heard of such a thing. So I decided to dig a little deeper to see just what was required.

Without hesitation, I signed up and became a blogger for children in poverty with Compassion International. I figured that if I was not financially able to sponsor children as my heart desired, I could raise awareness of their need to be sponsored until I am able to sponsor a child again. Here’s a little excerpt from my Become a Compassion Blogger’s Page.

I feel so privileged to take part in such a great cause. Our children are our next generation. They are the ones we will be passing the baton of the Kingdom to. Wherever they are, whether in Africa, Asia, Latin America, God desires to use them for His kingdom. I remember growing up, not having everything I wanted. But never was I in any situation as some of the children who are in other countries.

Over the years I have realized that we, here in America, are blessed more than we realize. We have so many resources that we can use to bless the life of someone else. Why not become a sponsor to give another child life and hope? Would you miss the money once it’s gone? If you kept it, what would you spend it on? I have been a witness (having done it myself) to people having money and blowing it on things they didn’t even need. They spend it because they have it. But why not save it and use it for a good cause? Why not give to a child in need?

 

Are you a blogger? If not sponsoring a child, how about joining the Compassion Bloggers team. We would love to have you. Think about it. Pray about it.

 

 

 

#CompassionBloggers

One Woman’s Story – Gessica Rodriguez

“My name is Gessica. It’s pronounced like “Jessica”, but spelled with a twist. I was conceived by my young Sicilian parents back in the early 1990’s. As excited as they both were, only one of them could make it to the American delivery room that night.

My father had issues entering the United States, so my mom raised me alone until she met my sister’s dad. I was a couple months shy of 3 years old. That’s where my recollection begins.

My mother carries a strong presence. She is hilarious and full of life and laughter. She is not the bashful type, but quite the contrary; she can make anyone feel at home within minutes, and her warm personality will have you feeling like you’ve known her for ages.

She’d always battled an inner sadness, however; and due to her very traumatic past, she had a tendency to react out of defense and anger. My upbringing can be personified as a shaky, wooden roller coaster. There were many ups and many downs.

I’d like to think that my life is more colorful because of my mom. She taught me how to laugh and how to feel others’ pain. She taught me how to be affectionate, caring, and family-oriented. I watched her cook and clean religiously, and those things have stuck with me.

On the other hand, I picked up some bad habits, too. I grew up emotionally UNstable. My temper had a fuse as long as a fingernail. I suffered from constant anxiety. I felt I was being eaten alive by depression. I ate and ate to compensate for my powerful feelings. I had no control over my thoughts or emotions. My life felt very chaotic, and it was discouraging when my mom couldn’t help me stand up. That’s because I’d already watched her fall the exact same way I did.

I’ve been faithfully following Jesus Christ for almost 6 years now. I made the decision to rededicate my life to Him while my mom was away on a trip. Though her absence hurt me deeply, I encountered the most amazing Gift a person could ever receive, and that was the love and salvation of God’s only Son, Jesus. The more time I spend in God’s presence, the more my heart heals.

I’ve been married for 3 years, and now that I’ve had the time to look back and reflect on what it means to be a Godly wife and woman, I see that it was definitely not modeled in my home.

With that being said, I am all the more inspired and motivated to be the best woman, wife, and future mother that I can be because I understand the vital importance of leading by EXAMPLE. Before giving my life to the Lord, I never really considered what my words or actions would do to somebody else, but now I’m aware that everything I say and do is not only seen by our heavenly Father, but is affecting those around me.

As a woman, I have a position of influence on my husband and my future children, and I have to make a conscious decision every day of whether or not I’m going to walk as Jesus calls me to walk. I have the power to set the tone in our home’s atmosphere, I have the power to uplift my husband’s confidence, and I have the power to instill Godly principles into the lives of our children.

It’s an honor to be a woman, and not just any woman, but the woman that God has called me to be. May the Lord of Heaven be glorified forever and ever!!!”

~ Gessica

 

** Gessica is currently a housewife who blogs at gessicaparisi.wordpress.com.