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SERMON, November 13, 2016

SKETCH OF JESUS WITH THORN CORWON

JESUS THE SUFFERING SERVANT

Destroyed the works of the devil and

Expanded the Kingdom’s Territory

Hebrews 5:8-10 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered; and once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”

 

Jesus made it very clear that the supernatural territorial battle heated up as soon as John the Baptist was born—for Satan and the demons and the wicked angels and the unclean and evil spirits of the kingdom of darkness knew that John the Baptist was appointed the spirit of Elijah and that it was he who was sent to usher in the Messiah. “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John, the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and the violent people have been raiding it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 11:11-15

Gabriel the angel who stands in the presence of God said he had been sent to speak to Zachariah regarding his son that would be born of his elderly wife, Elizabeth, and they were to name him John. “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zachariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:13-17

 

It is true, John the Baptist went before Jesus and made the way, calling to the people to “Repent! “The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him…” (Read Luke 3:1-22) Then Jesus came to John and was baptized and thus began the ministry of His suffering. Jesus expanded HIS Father’s heavenly territory that could not have been subdued if Christ Jesus had not taken upon Himself flesh, lived, ministered, died, went to hell and took the keys from Satan, and then rose again. Isaiah tells us that this suffering servant would come and He would bear the iniquities of all mankind. “Yet it was the LORD’S will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many and he will bear their iniquities.”  Isaiah 53:10-11

  1. It was the Lord’s will to crush Christ Jesus
  2. It was the Lord’s will that caused Him to suffer
  3. It was the Lord that made Jesus’ life an offering for sin
  4. It was the Lord that promised Jesus would see His offspring
  5. It was the Lord that promised that His days would be prolonged
  6. It was the Lord who declared His Will shall prosper in Jesus’ hands

FIRST JESUS MUST SUFFER AND THEN HE

  1. Will see the light of life
  2. Will be satisfied
  3. Jesus by His knowledge will justify many
  4. He would bear their iniquities

On that night in the garden, as He was realizing that He was about to be tortured and experience a loneliness deeper than anyone else has ever felt, the gravity of the physical pain and spiritual emptiness hit Him so hard that He sweat blood. Obedience took on a new meaning for Christ in those moments. He prayed to God that if it could be any other way, please let it be! Luke 22:42-44

Yet despite it all, He still obeyed, with the stakes of obedience being instinctive in a way He had never experienced before. He suffered torture, complete separation from God and death. In doing so, He became the Captain of our salvation—not one who doesn’t sympathize with us, but One who experienced it all, and still remained sinless. Hebrews 2:10, 4:15

JESUS SAID HE HAD COME TO PAY A RANSOM for our souls and for the title deed for earth. This he accomplished through His crucifixion, burial, and rising from the grave after three days. However, the fulfillment of His plans for this earth, His earth, is yet to come to pass. Psalm 24:1 A psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” “Whatever IS has already BEEN, and what WILL BE has BEEN BEFORE; and GOD will call the past to account.” Ecclesiastes 3:15

“It is written; ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” Luke 22:37

I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo and what constrain I am under until it is completed.” Luke 12:49-50 Earth is already Jesus’ territory, but no desire or prayer that He would have can cause that territory to be radically transformed by His fire until the appointed time has come. He cannot go against His own plan or its perfect timing. Ecclesiastes 3:1; 15-16, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” “And I saw something else under the sun; in the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there. I said to myself, GOD WILL BRING INTO JUDGMENT both the righteous and the wicked for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.

Jesus said, I come to bring fire on the earth and how I wish it were already kindled (started) BUT I have a baptism to undergo (crucifixion and then ushering in and establishing the Church for a season). Therefore, He declared once the crucifixion is completed, He was still under constraints until the Church age is completed! Beloveds, I pray you understand that these words Jesus spoke and is still speaking goes WAY BEYOND THE WORK HE DID AT THE CROSS. It includes the Church Age that we are in. Whereas He must be constrained from coming! His Second Coming where He declares FINAL WAR against Satan, He is saying that He desires that IT BE STARTED even before He went to the cross! Imagine brothers and sisters how our Lord Jesus Christ, “God the Word, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega”—is DESIRING to begin the final stages of war on Satan and all his legions and release earth itself from the bondage of decay! Romans 8:19-22 “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay, and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

The Fiery Trumpets spoken of in Revelation 8:6-11 describe this ‘kindling and burning’ the Lord is referring to in Luke 12:49-50 “Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.”

WHILE WE LIVE IN THIS DISPENSATION CALLED, “THE CHURCH AGE,” WE ARE CALLED TO EXPAND THE KINGDOM’S TERRITORY—CHRISTIAN LEADERS NEED TO STEP INTO THE CALL OF “TAKING BACK WHAT THE ENEMY IS ILLEGALLY POSSESSING.”

“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead whoever wants to become great among you MUST be your servant, and whoever wants to be first MUST be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

“The devil led him up to a high place showing Him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. And the devil said to Him, ‘I’ll give to you all this authority along with its glory, because it was handed over to me and I can give it to anyone I wish.” Luke 4:5-6

Beloveds, do you recall in the last few months how we learned the difference between ‘Absolute Truth and Relative Truth?’ Absolute truth is that which is true for everybody applicable within the group, tribe, family, organization, organism etc. and it is true all the time. Whereas ‘relative truth,’ is relative to a certain group for a certain time and maybe only true once and never again, in other words it is likely to change whereas ‘absolute truth,’ does not change but remains constant.

  1. If you are a ‘Christian Ruler (Leader)— then you must do so according to how Jesus described leadership. “If it is to lead, do it diligently.” Romans 12:8 {c} For the list of and description of Redemptive Gifting, see Romans 12:3-8
  2. If you want to be great (a leader) then you MUST be a servant to others
  3. If you want to be first (a leader) then you MUST be a slave to all others
  4. Jesus gave us the example of how we are to minister and broaden the territory for the Kingdom of God according to the call on our life. Jesus did not say pray for your territory to be expanded, He taught that obedient action along with prayer expands the territory for the Kingdom’s work. It is not expanding for us, per say, but for the Kingdom purpose the Lord sent us into the world to accomplish.
  5. Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10) prayed for the LORD to expand his territory BUT he was found more honorable by God than his brothers. This can only be based on how he lived his life before God. Through action and prayer, he cried out to the God of Israel, “Enlarge my territory, and God granted his request.” Let’s consider the behavior of Jabez. He was honorable. The nature of his prayer-life was more honorable and the nature of his lifestyle was more honorable. There are two characteristics according to Scripture that is required to be honorable in prayer. First is one must be earnest, meaning intense, zealous, sincere, and determined. James 5:16 tells “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Secondly, God requires humility—a humbled servant. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

 

JESUS SHOWED US HOW TO EXPAND THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH

  1. Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”

We must go to the people they don’t come to us.

  1. Matthew 8:20 “Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

We give up personal comforts and invest into the kingdom’s work

  1. Luke 8:23-24 “As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake; so, that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger, the disciples went and woke him saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown.”

We must work even when we are exhausted while we are in the ministry field.

  1. Luke 13:33 “In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!”

We must press on even when we feel like quitting or when others tell us to quit!

  1. John 12: 23-24 “But Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

We must die to self and our worldly desires and sow the gospel seeds and make disciples of them—bring them to Jesus and then teach them of Him, let the students become the teachers—reaching the ends of the earth with the Good News of Christ Jesus.

  1. John 12:27-28 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father glorify your name.”

We must strive to glorify the Father in all that we say and do, not for ourselves, it is NEVER about us or the ministry or the work or the call or the anointing—it is always about Christ Jesus and the Father’s glorification!

  1. John 18:11-12 “Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him.”

We must go where the Holy Spirit leads us even if it is where we do not want to go to accomplish the Kingdom’s purpose that God put inside of each of us.

 

Apostle Paul wanted to go to Asia BUT the Holy Spirit blocked him from doing so. “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So, they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:6-10

Adam’s act of disobedience transferred God’s earthly territory to the devil—because he acted in the flesh! Christ Jesus’ obedience destroyed the devil’s claim on the territory and returned it back unto God because He acted in the spirit.

The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness and while He was there fasting and praying for forty days and forty nights, He was tempted by the devil. Luke 4:5-8 “The devil led him to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours. Jesus answered, ‘It is written; ‘Worship the LORD Your GOD and serve Him only!”

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now received reconciliation. Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. To be sure sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass of the one man. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin; The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who received God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man, the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:6-19

Therefore, if all the earth’s territory has been returned back unto God, we have our inherited rights to it through Christ Jesus.

If it is already ours then why are we praying for God to expand our territory if we already own it? BECAUSE we Must Remove the illegal possession of the devil and his legions from the land! We must not allow the enemy to occupy our inherited territory like the Manassites did with the Canaanites. They reasoned with the devil and let him stay thinking that overcoming them by using them in slavery would subdue them. Not so! Joshua told them to drive them out! Not only were they to drive them out, but they were to take even more land. Joshua said although the odds are stacked against you—“You can drive them out!” Take FULL POSSESSION.

Joshua 17:12 and 17-18 “Yet the Manassites (tribe of Manasseh) were not able to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region. However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labor BUT DID NOT DRIVE THEM OUT COMPLETELY!” “But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, YOU CAN DRIVE THEM OUT!” Beloveds, GRAB AHOLD of this PROMISE for it is for us Christians as well today—Clear it of all the evil and wicked spirits and demons and devils and all those of the Kingdom of Darkness! Drive out the enemy of God and the enemy of your soul and the enemy of Christians! THEN THE FARTHEST LIMITS WILL BE OURS—taking back the inherited territory belonging to us through Christ Jesus!

JESUS INVESTED INTO THE KINGDOM’S TERRITORY AND SO MUST WE:

1 John 3:8 “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”

John 17:4-5 “I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you have given me to do. Now, Father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world came to be.”

Matthew 28:16-18 “Now the eleven disciples went to the Galilee, to the mountain Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped; but some wavered. And Jesus came up to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”

Jesus gave a parable of what the Kingdom of Heaven was likened to when it comes to kingdom investing of time, talent, finances—and the expansion of the Kingdom’s Territory through us as we diligently work out the kingdom’s plan as He has purposed in each of our lives. You do not see Jesus saying these servants prayed for Him to give them more, no they took what they were given and they invested it into the kingdom of God. Then when the LORD sees what the servants have done, He expands their territory:

Matthew 25:14-30 14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

We must invest financially into the Kingdom’s work—taking forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ ministry was financially supported and some of those financially supporting it were named in Luke 8:1-3. It was not just money given to support His ministry but it was time, work, and effort, including separation from family. “After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”

We are told in Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 to cast our bread (money, possessions, and labor) abroad and the return, although unpredictable and not mandated by a time frame will come back unto us over and above. “Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north in the place where it falls, there it will lie. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the cloud will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of ALL things. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”

THE KEYS TO HEAVEN AND HELL ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF TAKING TERRITORY AND EXPANDING THE TERRITORY OF GOD’S KINGDOM:

Revelation 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

EXCERPT: OCTOBER, 3, 1869, BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.

“I have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18. “THEN hell and death, terrible powers as they are, are not left to riot without government. Death is a land of darkness, as darkness itself, without any order, yet a sovereign eye surveys it, and a Master hand holds its key (Revelation 9:1-3 and 9:11). Hell, also, is a horrible region where powers of evil and of terror hold their high court, and dread assembly—but hell trembles at the presence of the Lord, and there is a throne higher than the throne of evil! Let us rejoice that nothing in heaven, or earth, or in places under the earth is left to itself to engender anarchy. Everywhere, serene above the floods, the Lord sits King forever and ever! No province of the universe is free from the divine rule. Things do not come by chance. Nowhere does chance and chaos reign; nowhere is evil really and permanently enthroned. Rest assured that the Lord has prepared His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all—for if the lowest hell and death bow to His government, much more all things that are on this lower world.   It is delightful for us to observe, as we read this chapter, that government of hell and of death is vested in the person of the Man, Christ Jesus; He who holds the keys of these dreadful regions is described by John as, “One like unto the Son of man,” and we know that He was our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. John saw a strange and glorious change in Him, but still recognized the old likeness, perhaps impressed by the nail-prints, and other marks of manhood which he had seen in Him while yet He was in the days of His flesh. What an honor is thus conferred upon mankind! Unto which of the angels said He at any time, “You shall bear the keys of hell and of death”? Yet these keys are committed to the Son of Man! Jesus Christ, bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh, made in all points like unto His brethren, rules over all! Yet manhood is not so exalted as of itself, and apart from Godhead, for while the description given of our Lord by John as he saw Him at Patmos, is evidently Human, yet is it also convincingly divine; there is a glow of glory about that mysterious manhood which stood between the golden candlesticks that comes not of the Virgin Mary, nor of Nazareth, but is a light apart—belonging only to the everlasting God, whose Son is the Redeemer, and whose equal He counts it not robbery to be! Jesus, in essence, is, “God over all, blessed forever.” Let us rejoice, then, in the condescension of God in taking man into such union with Godhead, that now, in the person of Christ, man has dominion over all the works of God’s hands!”

 “The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, a smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.” “They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon (that is Destroyer).

Matthew 16:18-19 “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades (Hell) will not overcome it. 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.” Matthew 18:18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

JEWISH COMMENTARY: Matthew 16:19 – Whatsoever thou shalt bind (or loose) on earth shall be bound (or loosed) in heaven. This is Hebrew translated to Greek. When rabbis translated scriptural commands, they “bound or prohibited or forbid” certain activities and “loosed or allowed or permit” others. Using the translated meanings, the passage is stating that Jesus gives Peter the authority to make decisions in regard to the life of the church. These decisions will be honored by God.

In John 20:22-23 “And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” JESUS was not giving the apostles the power to forgive sins, only our Lord Jesus can do that (Mark 2:7-10 and Acts 4:12). Rather He gave them authority to declare what God had already done in heaven (Matthew 6:10) “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”

We, Christians, cannot bind Satan. He is the prince of the air (Ephesians 2:2). An angel will bind him during the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:1-3): “And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he MUST be set free for a SHORT TIME.”

We, Christians can cast out demons, but we cannot bind them nor Satan just as the disciples were enabled, so are we. We can bind their work and declare healing instead of sickness in the name of Christ Jesus for by His Stripes we ARE HEALED and the prince of the air and his legions of demons and devils and evil and unclean spirits and the wicked angels cannot bind the work of the King of kings and the Lord of lords—whose name has been written higher than any other name! We must bind the ‘results or the works of the enemy,’ and loose by the authority given us by Christ Jesus in His name and by His blood the power of healing, the power of deliverance, the power of salvation and reconciliation and all those amazing abundant perfect and good gifts from heaven above.

The Church today, Beloveds, has the same power as spoken in Ephesians 2:19-20 “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.”

I was recently speaking with Gervas our RAB Tanzania National Director, and I shared with him that it is hard to teach ‘Territory Expansion,’ to many Christians because they want the benefits of an expanded territory by praying for it instead of paying for it—through hard work and investment in America we call it, “blood, sweat, and tears.” Pray of course, but that is not the only way Jesus said the Kingdom of God expands, it is not our personal territory that we desire to expand, but the kingdom’s territory. You must understand when Rome overtook so many nations back in the day it was done strategically and methodically and over a long period of time. They marked where they were going to go next and overtook those kingdoms. They planned the best travel routes and used the best seasons to move their military. They calculated how many soldiers were needed. They made slaves of those nations that they overtook and in time by following their plan, they became a huge Empire.

If you can think of it that way, you are a soldier of God’s Victorious Army, you are in the reserves, active duty, by sea, or land, or air, but you have a Captain, “Captain Jesus,” who gives the commands and you act accordingly. It is not your territory you are taking control of, it is God’s territory that you are taking control of. You have an inherited right to the ruling of the territory and every right to siege it and overpower the enemy through the power the Lord Jesus Christ has given you—all scorpions and serpents are under your feet—all evil spirits are under your power, and no harm shall come to you.

In reading and studying the parable of the Ten Minas found in Luke 19:11-17 we discover that the servants who obeyed Him was given even more. It says the Master was of Noble birth and before He came back He was made King. He gave each of his ten servants ten minas with one command, “Put this money to work,” he said, “until I come back.” Upon His return, He commended each one and then assigned them charge (rule) over different cities of the King’s Territory. Trustworthy Kingdom investing of finances, time, and talent, will be rewarded when King Jesus returns as He has promised us in Revelation 22:12-13 “LOOK, I AM COMING SOON! MY REWARD IS WITH ME; and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

We must put our faith of inheritance into action. Just imagine the millions of lives waiting for us to show up on their shorelines and liberate them in the Name of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave us the orders to do so in Matthew 28 and Acts 1—now is the time for us to TAKE what is rightfully ours through Jesus Christ and rightfully belonging to the Kingdom of God. We each have family members that we refuse to allow the devil to have—so we start with them and with our friends and our coworkers and the market clerks and those we transact business with, each tiny step on earth toward populating heaven is a huge step in plundering hell—one soul at a time. Jesus led the way so that we can follow in His footsteps and if we persevere, He promised us that He was with us to the end of the ages! Hallelujah!

Let’s Proclaim: My nation where God has placed me on this earth—BELONGS TO JESUS! And by His authority given unto me—I am clearing His territory by kicking the enemy out and although it may look like I am a grasshopper—I am not—Greater is He who is in me then he who is in the world—with God for me, nothing can stand against me! Amen—So be it in Jesus holy name!

Love and Blessings;

Sr. Pastor Cyndi Higgins

Barefoot Gardens Fellowship Ministries

RAB Founder and International Director

 


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