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Loosed / Bound

Paraphrased From Matthew Chapter 18, Verses 18 through 20: "Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven, Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven." That was for search engines... The actual scripture from the KJV: "Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven"

 

NOTE: This is my interpretation, for your consideration.

Please bear in mind: I do not add or take away from the written word - I only express what The Holy Spirit instructs me to write according to my understanding.

 

I have heard several different interpretations on this scripture. None of them satisfied my spiritual craving for understanding.

Note: The entire scriptures preceding the scripture mentioned must be understood, to put the scripture in question, in it's proper context. Same goes for the scriptures which follow the scripture in question.

Here's what God gave me on the scripture...

Simply put: As long as we bind a problem or issue and try to resolve the problem or issue ourselves, it is bound on earth and God cannot or will not resolve the issue... It is BOUND here on earth, therefore, it is bound in heaven. If I release it to God for Him to resolve the problem, I have loosed it here on earth, therefore, it is loosed in heaven and God can and will resolve the problem or issue. I have 'let go' and turned it over to God.

It applies to healing, salvation, learning, meeting our needs materially as well as spiritually. It applies to everything! Only for those of us who are God's Kids. The people of the world can use their usual means for achieving success. They must use the laws of worldly business... achieving material success through the worldly methods. These methods don't work well for those of us who are 'born-again' and serve the true God. We are born-again - saved spiritual beings as well as human and we recognize our source as God. Our success in the material realm is usually somewhat limited by world standards.

When we are 'begotten' 'justified' 'saved' 'born-again' (however you refer to it) we are now spiritual beings, a new creation and our needs are supplied by our Father in heaven... a spiritual entity. Our master is no longer the "Prince of Air" or Satan, the ruler of this world in which we are passing through (this materialistic world) .... a world where the rewards are given out to those who become proficient at manipulation... cunning, shrewd tactics... Some of the worldly, accepted means may include: Overcharging, cheating, lies, misrepresentations, back-stabbing, greed, SINGLE-MINDED POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING. Our human 'will' being achieved, only our will, at any cost. The power of positive thinking works! Be careful! The 'power' may be from an entity you don't want guiding your life and spiritual destiny. I suggest you do EXACTLY as the Son of God told us to do... pray that "The Father's 'Will' Be Done Here On Earth As In Heaven."

Whoa, note from John... Slow down and read this paragraph carefully!
"The eye of the tiger" is a good term that explains a person who fixes on a goal and strives to achieve it at all or any cost... A trait that is admired and taught by the respected, successful business people of this world. Even well-intentioned, mistaught Christians view this trait as 'good.' This same trait that serves material gain, can not be used by a spirit-filled Christian, it's not possible... Their conscience will not allow it, possibly making that person appear to be unsuccessful and even a failure by worldly standards. You see, I know better than to pray my will! I may get my wish and call it a prayer answered and in time, it may show up as a horror story! Only God knows what is best for us. Remember, a true Christian is more concerned with their spiritual success rather than material success. Watered down, "Sunday Morning Christians" believe that great increase in the material things are always from God. If they prayed that God's will be done and meant it, then it is from God. If they prayed
their "will be done," then it could be from either entity.

People think of the "eye of the tiger" as being single-minded and non-wavering. They are considered as being "goal oriented".... where the end justifies the means... the opposite of "flip-flopping." Sound familiar? I despise the phrase "flip-flopping!" Some of the most evil politicians in history patented this phrase so their simple-minded followers could have a mindless rebuttal when someone offered an intelligent solution that had been reconsidered. These people simply rattle-off the kindergarten-level phrase (flip flop) and think they sound intelligent! An intelligent, Christian person will reconsider as the facts change or the KNOWN facts change... thus requiring reconsideration. It is scripturally correct to change your mind when the situation dictates.

Back to business...
We cannot and should not mix the
material with the spiritual. It is a sin! When we pray in the spirit for the answer or a need to be met by God and we hang onto and try to resolve it here in the physical, material world using our worldly methods we are mixing the two... Let it go, free the problem, hand it to God and let Him handle it. "What you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." However, don't hand an immoral, illegal or unGodly desire to God and expect Him to honor that! Get serious!

Now for another point of view - the more literal and straight to the point from the scriptures.

The scriptures pertaining to the topic:

Matthew Chapter 16:17 Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you lock on earth will be locked in heaven, and whatever you open on earth will be opened in heaven." Then he sternly warned them not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

More on the topic... In my mind the following scripture (chapter 18 below) has a different meaning than the one above (chapter 16). It is the teaching in Chapter 16 that I base my thoughts upon. It appears that chapter 18 deals more with the authority given directly to the disciple and his authority on earth, whereas chapter 16 seems to be addressing the faith of a Christian and the results of his faith. .............................. REMEMBER; This is my interpretation!

I can tell you this; when you completely release a problem, it can be handled and if it is God's will, it will be handled, if it is best for His kids. Sound complicated? Yes it is! The possible repercussions of any result is far too complex for mere man to calculate but God can. That's why Jesus teaches us the Lord's Prayer... because we don't know what to ask for but God knows our needs.

Matthew Chapter18:15-18.. "If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the fault. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If that person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. If the church decides you are right, but the other person won't accept it, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven."

Your Friend,

John

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