PRAYER: Please pray today for a few members in our community seeking direction from God.
DEVOTION: “You are joined to Another. You belong to Another. You have a new life. You have a new place. God has changed you. Is it a living fact? If it is only a word, it will end there. But if it is a spiritual fact, and you reign in it, you will go away from this meeting and say, “Thank God, I never knew I was so rich!” How to loose and how to bind in the Spirit. These are great ideals. (pg 94)
OK. Loosing and binding in the Spirit. Total church speak. Words that will send a non-believer running for the hills. So, let’s talk about it.
Here’s a quote I found online.
Binding and loosing is originally a Jewish Mishnaic phrase also mentioned in the New Testament, as well as in the Targum. In usage, to bind and to loose simply means to forbid by an indisputable authority and to permit by an indisputable authority.
One more explanation of what the Targum is. It’s an ancient Aramaic paraphrase or interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, of a type made from about the 1st century AD when Hebrew was declining as a spoken language.
So. I didn’t mean for this devotion to be about all of this, I wanted to focus on the fact that we belong to Another. Capital “A”. But….these two definitions lead me elsewhere.
Bind and loose. To forbid and to permit by an indisputable authority. Jesus is the indisputable authority. There is no arguing that. So when we bind and loose in the Spirit, we are doing so in the name of an indisputable authority. What shall we bind and loose. The Kingdom of Heaven to everyone.
Here’s a great paragraph that I found about this:
The concept of “binding and loosing” is taught in the Bible in Matthew 16:19: “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.” In this verse, Jesus is speaking directly to the apostle Peter and indirectly to the other apostles. Jesus’ words meant that Peter would have the right to enter the kingdom himself, that he would have general authority symbolized by the possession of the keys, and that preaching the gospel would be the means of opening the kingdom of heaven to all believers and shutting it against unbelievers. The book of Acts shows us this process at work. By his sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-40), Peter opened the door of the kingdom for the first time. The expressions “bind” and “loose” were common to Jewish legal phraseology meaning to declare something forbidden or to declare it allowed.
So. I know this went a little long but today, loose the Kingdom of Heaven in your life. Open the door to it in your everyday life. Be made free because of the Kingdom of Heaven in your life.