We have been given, the keys to the Kingdom.

01-09-2021    Marty’s message for service –

“A NEW BEGINNING”

Good evening church!

What an AMAZING day that we have been given – amen!

God’s Holy Word shouts – “Today is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”! (Psalm 118:24)

Tonight, we are going to discuss through God’s Holy Word – “A NEW BEGINNING” 

I’m so glad to have this time with you this evening and it is a privilege to share and seek God’s heart together.

– LET US PRAY

Dear heavenly Father, we seek Your heart in Jesus’ Holy Name – 

Please help us to learn, to grow and know more and more of You. 

Dear Holy Spirit, please teach us in God’s Holy Word, and illuminate Your Holy Word, each and every time that we seek it. Please lead us in all ways that encourage us and help us to become more and more like Jesus.

Thank You for the freedom and opportunity, the gift – that we have been given, right here and right now, to come together as one church, as Your People, as Your servants, as Your worshipers, as Your children and as Your friends. We EXALT the Name that is above all other names, the Name that is like – no other name… 

The Name of Jesus.

We Love You Dear Lord, and all of God’s children said ~ 

Amen!

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Let us start this evening in,  

1st Corinthians 11, 12

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know   just as I also am known.

1 Peter 2:9

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Matthew 16:19

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[a] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[b] loosed in heaven.”

 Jesus gave to Peter and the church (that is, to us) ‘the keys of the kingdom’ (Matthew 16:19).

Many Christians feel powerless, lacking in any kind of spiritual authority. Sometimes, we forget or – we do not realise – what Jesus has given to us. You are not powerless, I am not powerless –  We have the immense privilege of having been given – ‘the keys of the kingdom’.

So, what exactly does it mean to have been given the ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’

In both the Old and New Testaments, keys symbolize power and authority. When the church follows Jesus’ teaching, we can be confident – that our actions of binding and loosing – are an extension of God’s actions in heaven.

When it comes to – the authority and power of –  the keys of the kingdom, the final authority rests in the gospel itself. 

Here is my Bible (the LIVING WORD OF GOD)

I CAN DO, what it says I can do

I CAN BE, who it says I can be

As believers and worshipers – of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, we are armed with the “sword of the spirit” which is the MIGHTY WORD of GOD, amen. And in that – we have been awarded the use of – ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’

There is power in our own words, for look at what the bible says about that very thing – 

 Proverbs 18:21 puts it this way: “The tongue has the power of life and death.” The stakes are high. Your words can either speak life, or your words can speak death. Our tongues can build others up, or they can tear them down.

The Living Word of GOD is even still SO MUCH, MUCH, MORE POWERFUL, because they resonate from HIM, amen..

Hebrews 4:12, :                                                      “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” … It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

So, here we find ourselves, in a country severely divided. There is nearly a feeling that “reconciliation” is becoming not feasible… But GOD HAS CALLED US TO BE – Ministers of reconciliation… Countless troubles, lies and deception here and – all over the world. Worldly values are championed, and moral values are viewed with disdain… Christianity is under assault, but it has always been under assault… But these are the days of Elijah… And we need to be Holy and a Just people, striving to live in righteousness and right living in all of our attitudes and works. 

GOD HIMSELF decided that we would be here – right now, for a time such as this. (I know that you have heard me say this before , a number of times – but it is so relevant, amen… 

We HAVE BEEN GIVEN – ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’  AND WE DESPERATELY NEED TO BE USING THEM, AND ENCOURAGING – CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE – TO ALSO BE USING THEM, amen.

So many, many people throughout this country and throughout the world have been blinded by the enemy of our souls. The father of all lies, the accuser of the brethren. 

In John 8:44

It talks about satan this way, He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. HE CONTINUES to deceive people, leaders and countries… 

Everywhere that you can find, division, chaos and strife, his strategic plans are being carried out by his demonic army. 

BUT, We have been given ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’  and we need to be using them, and not just carrying them. We belong to and serve THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OVER ALL OF CREATION, amen… 

 Ephesians 1:3    3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 

Romans 8:31-39

If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 

33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The world needs more light – CHRIST’S LIGHT shines from us. 

The world needs more truth and understanding – TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING are freely available – through the Word of GOD and the opening of our hearts and minds by the HOLY SPIRIT.

The enemy’s ever advancing agenda needs to be crushed and pushed back – WE – AS BELIEVERS IN CHRIST JESUS have been given the authority in HIS NAME, to do just that. After all, we have been given ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’ 

The world is not our problem, it is GOD’S problem. However, we are currently in the world, but NOT OF the world. Our Citizenship is in heaven, our spiritual AUTHORITY has been given to us from JESUS CHRIST, in Whom ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN, amen…

Matthew 28:18   Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

John 17 ::  After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.     Timothy 1:7   7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

To be given ‘the keys of the kingdom’ (Matthew 16:19) means to be given access to God. 

Because of JESUS, we have this…

God has always looked for those ‘who seek’ Him (Psalm 14:2). WE HAVE access to God.

This is the extraordinary responsibility and privilege that Jesus gives to us, his church. He gives us the keys of the kingdom. ‘You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is a yes in heaven. A no on earth is a no in heaven’ (16:19, MSG).

Jesus says, in effect, that the powers of hell will ‘not overcome’ the person who has faith in him (v.18). Rather, the church, armed with the keys of the kingdom, can storm the gates of hell and set the prisoners free.

The ‘gates of Hades’ will not hold out against the church. 

Gates are defensive, not offensive, it is the church that is on the offensive and you can be assured of victory against the defences of the enemy.

We have – the amazing privilege of seeing people set free through the preaching of the good news of the kingdom.We have –  the joy of seeing people set free from drug addiction, alcoholism, crime and every other bondage.  We can – approach challenges with confidence, fearing no evil, knowing that we share in a remarkable spiritual authority.

Lord, thank you for your promise – that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Galatians 6:9

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

As the church of JESUS CHRIST, each one of us has the ability to move forward with boldness and courage in CHRIST JESUS, and see in real time – the POWER OF THE CROSS TO SAVE, in this timeline that we have been placed into by our Dear Heavenly Father, amen…

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