[SW250] 09/30/2016 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“The Keys OF the Kingdom”
[These notes are brief. Please view the video of this message. The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]
Text: Matthew 16:19 and others, as noted
What are the keys OF the kingdom? I will show you by way of the vision He gave me, and the Word of God!
Here it is. You know how janitors used to keep large key rings on their belts, with keys to every room they had the authority to unlock? Well, the Lord showed me my own belt, with a large key ring on it, and keys. He said the keys were scriptures, and I could insert a scripture into a heart, and that scripture would unlock that heart. I was excited, and began delving ever further into the Word of God, to put as many scripture keys on my ring as I possibly could. Then I tried putting them in hearts, but they didn’t always work. The Lord said, “You know, it will be easier if you let Me show you which one is for which heart!” And from then on, I waited for Him to give me the scripture, and hearts were unlocked, and still are! It is His power, His Word, His authority, and He receives all praise and glory for it! Hallelujah!
So we are not saying that these are the keys TO the kingdom of heaven. That would mean that people could come to Jesus only through us! But they are the keys OF the kingdom of heaven, and they are the Word of God, and the authority of God! Jesus used scripture to defeat Satan in the wilderness, in Matthew 4:1ff. It is the same for us.
BUT . . . we must have purified hearts. Jesus said, “I will give you,” and not, “You now have.” When would Peter and the rest of us receive the keys? When Pentecost came, and when you have your own personal Pentecost and are filled with the Holy Spirit. Then no spirit can come in, because your heart is entirely God’s territory, His possession. You have heaven in your heart, and Satan has no power whatsoever in heaven!
So then, you are able to bind the strongman and free the one that HE owned and therefore possessed (see Matthew 12:29 and surrounding scripture). Jesus was accused of using Satan’s power to cast out Satan. But why would Satan want to cast Himself out? So it was by the Holy Spirit that the demon was cast out of that man who was blind and mute, and he could see and speak!
Here on earth, Satan is still the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). But here on earth, we are an occupying army, armed with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).
Satan is still prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking whom He may devour (see 1Peter 5:8). But when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, Satan is still able to tempt, but we have submitted fully to God, and therefore we are able to resist the devil, and he must flee (James 4:7). It is a rule. Satan has no choice. But if you are not yet fully submitted to God . . . he can gain a foothold.
It is as James writes to the church . . . your own lusts will propel you into sin, and that leads to death. Satan will dangle something before you in order to tempt and entice you, and your own lusts will cause you to snap it up. The last thing he wants is for you to know that there is a way to defeat him, by being filled with the Holy Spirit!
Let’s go on. When we have these keys OF heaven, we will be able to bind what has already been bound in heaven. To bind is to tie up, to put in chains. Jesus bound the strongman, the demon in that man. Who is bound in heaven? Satan, because he and 1/3 of the angels were cast down. He never had greater power than God, and he still does not have greater power! So he can’t tempt anyone there. He can’t possess anyone there. He is bound. So when we bind, we are coming into line with what is already the case in heaven.
When we have these keys OF heaven, we will be able to loose what has already been loosed in heaven. To loose is to release, untie, break (chains)! What is loosed in heaven? Everything but Satan and his demons! So when we loose, we are coming into line with what is already the case in heaven. We loose into the glorious liberty of the children of God!
And beyond demons and the power of Satan, what are we bound by? The sinful nature we are born with, as a result of Adam’s sin. Does that have to be the case, here on earth? No more than demonic possession has to be the case. We are slaves to sin, but Jesus came to make us free, indeed (John 8:31-36)! He came to loose us from that sinful nature! And so when we come into line with what is already the case in heaven, we loose people from the sinful nature that causes the lust that makes us succumb to Satan’s temptations and demonic possession.
This is true spiritual warfare — not just freeing people from demons. If we do only that, the house is swept and in order. Then that demon and seven others will come in, and the last state of the person will be worse than the first (Matthew 12:44)! No, we must fill that empty house! The Holy Spirit’s filling leaves no room for Satan or demons or sin!
So now, where are you? Are you still struggling with sin? Then ask the Lord right now to fill you with the Holy Spirit! Your heart will be purified, you will have power over sin and no longer be a slave to it, and Satan will not be able to enter your heart.
THEN the Lord will equip you with a scripture key ring, or whatever you need in order to do the ministry He calls you to do. I will tell you, Jesus says that all who are saved have freely received and He commands them to freely give (Matthew 10:8). Ask Him to work this in your heart, so you are able to freely give this freedom to others. Believe, and then He will show you that it is true! Amen.