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Book excerpt from Shattering Your Strongholds
(Bridge-Logos Publishing 1993)

Chapter 1 - Keys of the Kingdom

In 1985, God began to shake my understanding of Jesus' words in Matthew 16:19, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

Jesus spoke these words in Matthew 16:19 and 18:18, revealing a spiritual principle to those who believed in Him. "Heaven" here is the same Greek word as used in the other Gospels to denote the abode of God. It is the same word used in the references by Jesus to the "kingdom of heaven" and "our Father which is in heaven." Whatsoever we bind on earth (whatsoever covering an infinite scope), shall be bound in the abode of God as well.

Once more: Jesus said, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19).

Christ's giving of these keys in the first part of this verse represents the giving of permission, authority and ability to enter into the kingdom of heaven to transact spiritual business. The remainder of the verse tells the believer how to transact that spiritual business.

Nearly everyone has heard teachings on binding and loosing, depending upon the church or denomination where you received most of your teaching. The basic teaching I learned illustrated the binding of the devil or evil spirits and the loosing of the Holy Spirit or a ministering spirit to a troubled person or into a troubled situation. I have also heard this Scripture used as a means to "loose" a person from bondage.

I moved in a limited understanding of this, but I did not practice it with much assurance. My main problem was there is no record of Jesus ever binding an evil spirit or a demon. He either rebuked them or told them to get out. Binding an evil spirit will restrain or deactivate that spirit's power, but Jesus knew this was not a resolution of the root problem. That would require a different approach. Jesus was more interested in driving evil spirits away. He knew there was a far more beneficial use of binding and loosing.

I began to search for the fullness of the truth of Matthew 16:19 in prayer and from commentaries, lexicons and study books. I initially found that the Greek word for bind, deo (deh'-o), means to bind, be in bonds, knit, fasten, tie and wind. This word is related to deomai (deh'-om-ahee) meaning to beg as in binding oneself to petition, beseech, make request and pray. It is also compared to dei and deon (die and deh-on'), basically meaning it is necessary, must, needs, ought and should.

Now what do we do with these word studies? I ask you to do one thing at this point, simply recognize that the word "bind," in its various tenses, is more complex and meaningful than generally thought. It is meant to be used for far more than just tying up an evil spirit.

The Greek word for loose, luo (loo-oh), means to loosen, break up, destroy, dissolve, unloose, melt and put off. Luo is related to rhegnumi (hrayg-noo-mee) and agnumi (ag-noo-mee) which mean to break, wreck, crack to sunder by separation of its parts, shatter to minute fragments, disrupt, lacerate, convulse, burst, rend and tear. Now those are words a spiritual warrior can get into!

Reconsider the idea of "loosing" the Holy Spirit or a ministering spirit that they might intervene in a situation. What in the world would you possibly loose the Holy Spirit from, anyway? He's about as free and unfettered as anyone could ever be. What might you really be saying when you loose an individual from his or her bondage?

I didn't really understand the ramifications of these definitions at first, so I took my dilemma to several who taught on spiritual warfare and prayer. I was repeatedly told I didn't understand, I had a wrong interpretation and I was headed for trouble. That did not exactly inspire me to continue along this vein! But I checked and rechecked the references again, prayed about them and it still looked like there was something important there. I could not get anyone else to see it, though. As I was not eager to pursue or promote "wrong doctrine," I finally gave up after two years.

But the thoughts continued to gently simmer in my spirit. In early 1988, the Lord caused me to browse through a book of an internationally known Bible teacher I have always respected. I found he also disagreed with the general interpretation of binding and loosing that I had been taught. I am fully aware this is not the best reason for surrendering to a new revelation, but this was the push I needed. I repented of my doubt and fear of rejection and asked God to enlarge my understanding. I was finally ready to stop seeking understanding from others and listen to Him.

Prayer excerpt from Shattering Your Strongholds
(Bridge-Logos Publishing 1993)

"Training Wheels Prayer"

(Remember what training wheels are for? To help you get balance and forward motion established until you learn a new way of doing something such as learning to ride a bike. Once you don't need the training wheels anymore, you move out on your own.)

In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind my body, soul and spirit to the will and purposes of God. I bind myself to the truth of God. I bind myself to an awareness of the power of the blood of Jesus working in my life every day. I bind my mind to the mind of Christ that I can have the thoughts, purposes and feelings of His heart in me. I bind my feet to the paths you have ordained for me to walk that my steps will be strong and steady. I bind myself to the work of the cross with all of its mercy, truth, love, power, forgiveness and dying to self.

Lord, I repent of having wrong attitudes and thoughts, I renounce them now and ask your forgiveness. I loose every old, wrong pattern of thinking, attitude, idea, desire, belief, habit and behavior that may still be working in me. I tear down, crush, smash and destroy every stronghold I have erected to protect them. I bind myself to the attitudes and patterns of Jesus Christ. I bind myself to the overcoming behavior and spiritual desires that line up with the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Father, I loose any stronghold in my life protecting wrong feelings I have against anyone. Forgive me as I forgive those who have caused me pain, loss or grief. I loose any desire for retribution or redress. In the name of Jesus, I loose the power and the effects of any harsh or hard words (word curses) spoken about me, to me or by me. I loose any strongholds connected with them. I loose all generational bondage thinking and stronghold thinking from myself. Thank you, Jesus, that you have promised whatsoever I bind and loose on earth will be bound and loosed in heaven. Amen."

Book excerpt from Breaking the Power
(Bridge-Logos Publishing 1997)

Chapter 5 - Unmet Needs, Unhealed Hurts, Unresolved Issues

Much childhood trauma is sustained from factual events that did happen and cannot be changed. I wish we could loose the facts of neglect, abuse, and lack of love from lives-our own as well as others. But when neglect, abuse, and a lack of love really existed, these are facts. Facts cannot be loosed. Because of these errors and omissions in your early life, three things happened: unhealed hurts, unresolved issues, and unmet needs were birthed. These areas of vulnerability produce the pain, fear, and doubt that keep you from fully surrendering to an intimate relationship with God. They are the source of the fear and pain that your soul unleashes whenever you move too close to God-the neediness, hopelessness, insecurity, anger, confusion, and wrong desires that kept bringing defeat into your life.

Have you ever wondered how a powerful message from the Word of God on Sunday sometimes barely lasts through Monday night? Or how a special gift, a new car, or a new friend causes you to think "this" will surely change your life-but by morning your joy is already leaking away? I knew one Christian who repeatedly seemed to get lower than low. Many Christians gave him scriptural promises, encouragement, and loving acceptance, praying with him until he was uplifted. Within two days, he would be lower than low again. Several of us went through this pattern with him over and over until finally I said in exasperation, "Mark, you leak!" Thinking I was just frustrated, I had no idea this was a prophetic truth.

The unhealed hurts, unresolved issues, and unmet needs in your unsurrendered soul are like bottomless holes. Regardless of how much good preaching, singing, praise and worship, prayer, love, and attention comes into your life and uplifts you, they immediately begin to leak back out of the holes in your soul. No amount of money, alcohol, drugs, sex, material things, relationships, or food can ever fill up those gaping holes! Only God can, but don't get upset at Him for not not yet doing so. Right above the soul's three "holey" sources of need, pain, and confusion-the unmet needs, unhealed hurts, and unresolved issues-lies the soul's bottom-line defense against being dethroned. God will not violate that self-erected defense system. I believe there are two ways this power structure can be deconstructed, one bad and one good.

The bad way is when the soul becomes overwhelmed by the sustained intensity of the drives pushing up out of the three sources. The mind, will, and emotions simply can't take the overload anymore of being driven to fix that which is unfixable. Having no backup support system, the soul simply begins to come apart under the pressure. The corrosive acidity of the unhealed hurts, unresolved issues, and unmet needs have eaten away too much of the infrastructure and the holes have become too big. I picture them becoming like whirlpools, slowly sucking everything down into darkness. When the soul collapses in upon itself, minds snap, emotions break, and the will to live is gone.

The good way the power structure of the unsurrendered soul can deconstructed is through a cooperative work between the believer and God. The believer looses the layers, walls, strongholds, and all "high things" that have stood between himself and God. Into this now unblocked soul, God pours grace, mercy, and healing. The soul, with its walls and strongholds down, receives and is made whole. Understanding this cooperative work is the purpose of this book.

Prayer excerpt from Breaking the Power
(Bridge-Logos Publishing 1997)

Breaking Soul Ties

Lord, I have been looking to another human being to fix the need and the pain inside of me. I have not made right choices and kept my relationship with this person in proper perspective. I want to be free from any emotional, intellectual, or self-willed ties I've let form, and I repent for allowing this to happen. Forgive me for having sought satisfaction and fulfillment from anyone other than you.

I now loose, cut, and sever any and all soul-ties I have willingly or ignorantly entered into. I reject these soul-ties and every soulish satisfaction they have provided for me. I loose them, reject them, renouncing them and every wrong agreement I have ever come into that birthed those soul-ties in the first place.

I bind myself to the truth of your love, care, faithfulness, mercy, and grace. Your grace is sufficient for all my needs, hurts, and issues. I am choosing to bring my needs and vulnerabilities to you alone. I will no longer let fear overcome me when I feel defenseless and vulnerable. Instead, I will remember that this means I am in a place where my soul's walls and defense systems are down. I choose now to realign my thinking and confess that this is not a bad place to be. It is a good place to meet you-there on top of the fallen defenses and tumbled walls.

I will quickly call out to you to come as deep into my soul as you can, touching every dark spot with your grace and mercy. This vulnerability can surely be used as an open door to your grace, God, no matter how quickly my soul might try to reestablish its protective bars over it. I will not hesitate to run through this doorway towards you, for if I am not sure of what finally tumbled the defense systems I've been loosing, then I'm not sure how long they might stay down. There will come a time when they are completely gone, when my soul surrenders totally to you; but for now, I will continue to loose them until they can no longer be reactivated.

I've tried too long and too unsuccessfully to get my own soulish, human expectations fulfilled. Increase my awareness of the fallibility of my unsurrendered soul's expectations. Increase my awareness of old patterns of behavior I need to loose. Increase my awareness of the wrong thinking I need to loose and reject. Increase my awareness that I can trust you with everything I let you get close to. Help me to recognize every high thing I've allowed my soul to put up between me and you, and I WILL PULL THEM ALL DOWN.

Book excerpt from Producing the Promise
(Bridge-Logos Publishing 1999)

(Chapter 5- It's Not About You Anymore)

The Message gives us a wonderful expanded understanding of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5:22-26). "What happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard-things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good-crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. This means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives."

Yes, we do! Like walking, stomping, marching, and dancing forth on our destiny paths. We have a destiny promise within us that is going to burst forth even if it has to break the vessel it is planted in. God's plans are so much higher above our finite and often petty little plans. His plans for us must burst apart our boundaries, our preconceived ideas, our comfort zones, or we will be miserable. Totally miserable, just like an elephant with a breech birth blockage of overdue quadruplets! Oooooouch! (I know elephants don't have quadruplets, but I'm trying to convey the concept of serious consequences here.)

God has "arranged" His will in heaven to be manifested according to right prayers from earth. Jesus said we are to pray that the Father's will would be done on earth as it is in heaven (The Lord's Prayer, Matthew 6:10). This is not a calling forth, rather this is a right agreement alignment with His will to see His purposes transferred from the supernatural realm of heaven into the natural realm here on earth. God has always known what He intended to happen in our lives and in the lives of others that He expects us to pray right prayers for. We come into alignment with this through the dismantling of our unsurrendered souls' agendas by binding and loosing prayers. Or, we can cross our legs and try not to birth those elephant quadruplets as God breaks up the breech defense our souls are trying to keep in place.

I come from a family where everybody is a chief-no Indians, just chiefs. We experience some very dynamic family dynamics-dynamics being continuous interacting forces within a group. That's us, all right-heavy on the forces and heavy on the continuous. Most family dynamics begin over an upset of the balance of power among hurting souls. Then a second dynamic to change the focus enters and you find yourself embroiled in emotional discussions about things that have nothing to do with where it all started. Once a family is rolling this rapidly, everyone seems to get drawn in and it's downhill from there. God has been teaching me about making a paradigm shift in my thinking when viewing negative situations. I believe that many times people want a way out of a negative situation, but do not know how to withdraw without losing face or being embarrassed.

Christians can become that doorway out if they are willing to. It is only hard to do this when you have unhealed hurts and unmet needs that cause you to fear losing face or being embarrassed yourself. When you have bound your will to the will of God and loosed all hindrances within your soul blocking your own healing, you move closer to becoming that doorway. Not a door mat, but a doorway. However, if a doormat is what Jesus needs you to be for a hurting family member, the fruit of love will immediately try to flow out of your spirit into your "not-sure-it-wants-to" soul to obey His request. If the fruit of unconditional love can't get past your soul's defenses, it is because of the hardness of your own heart. Our difficult relationships are usually difficult because of our feelings towards the other person.

Some Christians tell me that they love their families, they just don't like them. What a deception. First Corinthians 13 was not put ino the Bible because its makes a really neat wall plaque to hang in your bathroom. It is the pattern of love. Only by binding my will to God's will and my mind to the mind of Christ, by loosing my soul's finite interpretation of difficult circumstances and issues, can I really see what is going on in dynamics with difficult people.

Prayer excerpt from Producing the Promise
(Bridge-Logos Publishing 1999)

Family Dynamics

Lord, thank you that you have adopted us and made us a part of the biggest and best family ever-the family of God! Let every one of us never forget that huge blessing and benefit. Let me never lose sight of the power of such a great gift because of the painful dynamics of my own human family. As we now move into the end times, many of our families are more confused and fragmented than ever. A perfect case scenario would be that each of us experienced all the nurturing, love, acceptance, mercy, and provision that we needed. The perfect case scenario would would be that we were never abused, neglected, betrayed, abandoned, rejected, ridiculed, wrongly accused, or misunderstood. Many of us never even got close to such perfect case scenarios, Lord, and we have been told we just need to "deal with it" and get on with our lives. Many have felt that such perfection could never be ours.

Precious Father God, you can redeem us with the blood of your precious Son from every terrible thing ever done to us, said about us, taken from us, or committed by us. I bind every wounded heart in every hurting family to the truth that you want to and will freely give all the nurturing, love, acceptance, mercy, and provision they can receive. You will never abuse, neglect, betray, abandon, or reject any one. You will never ridicule, belittle, wrongly accuse, or misunderstand any broken heart. The only thing preventing that from being our heritage right now is the unwillingness of our unsurrendered souls to trust and surrender our pain to you.

Lord, let my see the ones who have hurt me as having been hurt by others who were hurt by others. Let me understand that imperfect people create imperfect people. Let me be the one who stops the cycle in my family. I bind myself to your will, God. I bind my mind to the mind of Christ. I bind myself to the truth that you can restore and make all things new if I will let you. I loose from myself all old patterns of thinking, wrong attitudes, the effects and influences of wrong agreements, and the power of the hard, cruel words that have been spoken to me. I loose these things from every member of my family.

Lord, help me to understand that I don't "have to go there" anymore when old family dynamics begin to play out. I can be the one who uses the keys of the Kingdom to open up all of heaven's grace and mercy and blessing for my family. And I will! Amen.

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