Binding and Loosing – The Keys of the Kingdom

“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)

Binding is like a temporary spiritual handcuffing. You can bind a demon spirit, much like tying something up with rope or chains. You cannot bind a person’s free will, but you can bind the demons affecting or influencing that person. Binding is not the same practice as casting out demons, as casting out demons brings forth lasting results, whereas binding is only to tie them down for a period of time.

If you are trying to talk to or minister to somebody, and they seem impossible to get through to it can be helpful to bind up the spirits inside that person, which will effectively handcuff the enemy so you can directly and effectively minister to that person without having them continually held back by the enemy’s interference.

What does it mean for something to be bound in heaven? If you look up the word ‘heaven’ in the Greek, you’ll find another word called ‘air’, which is where the spirits dwell. The Bible also says that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. This isn’t referring to heaven as in the place we go after we die, but rather a realm. The Bible tells us that we are seated in the heavenly realm with Christ: “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)

We, as humans, were below the angels and demons, but as believers, we are now seated above the angelic realm and seated with Christ. So the word ‘heaven’ here is referring to the spiritual realm, the air, where the spirits dwell and operate. In Ephesians 2:2, Satan is known as the ‘prince of the power of the air’.

Therefore, when you bind something here on earth, it will be bound in the spiritual realm as well. This gives us the ability to bind demons, because they dwell within the spiritual realm.

Binding is a powerful witnessing tool: What keeps a person from accepting Jesus? The god of this world, which is Satan (working through his army of demons) has blinded their minds from the light of the gospel. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Jesus taught us to bind the strong man, then we can plunder his house: “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” (Mark 3:27)

If you have been trying to witness to somebody, and seem to be getting nowhere, try binding the spirits of darkness that are preventing that person from seeing the light in the gospel. You cannot bind a person’s will or force them to accept the gospel, but you can do something about the demons which are holding the person back. Once you take the demons out of the picture, you will be able to talk directly to that person without demons whispering in their ears and trying to combat what you are telling them.  [http://www.greatbiblestudy.com]

Who can bind? If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you have his power and authority to bind evil and loose God’s plans in any situation. Why do we bind? Jesus commented on the need for binding evil. He explained that we must first bind the strongman before we can plunder his house.  “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.” (Matthew 12:29)

When we are facing an evil stronghold in life, we must first use our inherited authority as children of God to bind the evil forces involved. After that, we can loose, or call forth God’s plans for restoration. When we bind something, we declare it unlawful (or evil) based on God’s word. As we stand as co-heirs in Jesus Christ, we have his authority to execute this judgment on the forces of evil. (Psalm 149:5-9)

“Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.”

Our faith in God’s word releases the power from heaven that binds (or ties up) the evil we are facing. Similarly, when we loose something on earth, we “permit and declare it proper and lawful on earth” based on the scriptures. Everything that we loose or bind must be in accordance with God’s word.

When we bind spirits – or demons – that does not mean we don’t need to cast them out. We still do, but to bind them will stop them from acting temporarily for some reason so they can afterwards be cast out. 

Binding the enemy’s plans; loosing Gods plans

This is based on the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:10: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

First we bind the plans of evil in the situation we are facing in the name of Jesus Christ. Then, we call forth God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

“Father in heaven, I stand in faith on the authority I have as a believer in Jesus Christ, and a co-heir to his kingdom. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind every evil spirit and every evil plan made in this situation. I cancel the enemy’s plans and call forth God’s plans for this situation. God’s word says that God has plans for good and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11) for us and I claim those plans now. Father, I ask that your will be done in this situation, as it is done in heaven. I give thanks and praise to you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

“Father, I thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for me, and resurrecting him to sit at your right hand in Heaven right now. I thank you for bestowing upon Him all power and authority over evil. In the name of Jesus Christ, I speak to any evil spirits [especially spirits of _____________ fill in the blank] I bind you from attacking me now and throughout this day. Leave me now in the name of Jesus. I am covered and protected by the blood of Jesus. Amen.”

*Note that evil spirits often have specific functions and names. Examples of evil spirits include lust, adultery, pride, despair, strife, anger, unforgiveness, discouragement, condemnation, shame, hate, envy, covetousness, idolatry, homosexuality, suicide, obsession, oppression, domination, control and witchcraft. These are just a few of the many possible spirits and lists of demons can be found on this blog and elsewhere on the internet.

The blood of Jesus Christ is a powerful weapon for protection from the enemy’s attacks. The following prayer is a good one to pray before starting the day:

“Lord, I cover myself and everyone around me with the blood of Jesus. I cover all of the members of my family [call them by name] with the blood of Jesus. I cover my home, my land, my car, my finances, my marriage, with the blood of Jesus. In the name of Jesus Christ, by the power of His blood, I break off every power of the kingdom of darkness and cancel every argument in heaven that has established itself against the plans of God in my life and spoil every attack of the enemy. I call forth, in the name of Jesus, all of God’s plans and purposes for my life, and my family. As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. Satan, the blood of Jesus is against you and you have no authority over my life. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME (OR MY FAMILY) SHALL PROSPER!”

We can loose spirits of God into our life or the lives of others, using the name of Jesus:

In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind every spirit that is not the spirit of God. I break their power and command them to leave me now in the mighty name of Jesus.

Father, I ask in the name of your precious Son that you would send ministering spirits to me.  In the name of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, please loose your spirits of:

Adoption
Blessing
Compassion
Consideration
Contrition
Conviction
Counsel
Courage
Deliverance
Devotion
Diligence
Direction
Discernment
Discretion
Edification
Excellence
Fairness
Faith
Faithfulness
Fear of God
Freedom
Forgiveness
Glory
Goodness
Grace
Gratitude
Harmony
Healing
Holiness
Honesty
Humility
Joy
Judgment
Justice
Kindness
Knowledge
Longsuffering
Love
Meekness
Mercy
Might
Newness
Obedience
Patience
Peace
Power
Powerful anointing
Praise
Prayer
Prophecy
Purity
Repentance
Respect
Resurrection
Restoration
Self-control
Sincerity
Sound mind
Supplication
Trust
Truth
Understanding
Unity
Wisdom
Worship

Spirit of wisdom (Exodus 28:3)
Poor in spirit (Matt 5:3)
Spirit of God (Gen 1:2)
Spirit of your Father (Matt 10:20)
Spirit of the Lord (Jude 3:10)
Strong in spirit (Luke 1:30)
Right spirit (Psalm 51:10)
Spirit of truth (John 14:17)
Holy Spirit (Psalm 51:11)
Spirit of life (Rom 8:2)
Broken spirit (Psalm 51:17)
Spirit of adoption (Rom 8:15)
Spirit of princes (Psalm 76:12)
Fervent in spirit (Rom 12:11)
Faithful spirit (Prov 11:13)
Spirit of meekness (I Cor 4:21)
Humble spirit (Prov 16:19)
Spirit of faith (II Cor 4:13)
Excellent spirit (Prov 17:27)
Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19)
Spirit of man (Prov 20:27)
Eternal spirit (Heb 9:14)
Patient in spirit (Ecc 7:8)
Meek and quiet spirit (I Peter 3:4)
Spirit of deep sleep (Isaiah 29:10)
Spirit of the ruler (Ecc 10:4)
Spirit of glory (I Peter 4:14)
Spirit of judgment (Isaiah 4:4)
Spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10)
Spirit of understanding (Isaiah 11:2)
Spirit of Elijah (II Kings 2:15)
Spirit of counsel / might (Isaiah 11:2)
Contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18)
Spirit of knowledge (Isaiah 11:2)
Good spirit (Psalm 143:10)
New spirit (Ezek 11:19)
Free spirit (Psalm 51:12)
Quickening spirit (I Cor 15:45)
Spirit of holy god (Dan 4:8)
Spirit of living creature (Ezek 1:20)
Spirit of grace and supplication (Zech 12:10)
Spirit of holiness (Rom 1:4)
Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9)
Spirit of grace (Heb 10:29)

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10 Responses to Binding and Loosing – The Keys of the Kingdom

  1. I loose the seven-fold spirit of GOD not only in me but also in my spouse and children and in our respective extended family members: The Holy Spirit of GOD, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:2), in JESUS’ mighty name, Amen.

    The four winds of GOD:
    (1) The North Wind (The Spirit of wisdom and understanding). (Solomon 4:16) “O, LORD, let the garden of my life experience Your wind of good fortune that will cause it to produce pleasant fruits, in JESUS’ mighty name, Amen”.
    (2) The East Wind (The Spirit of Council and might) “O, LORD, destroy the roots and fruits of the antichrist in the lives of my children, smite them with a strong east wind, which breaks the ships of Tarshish, in JESUS’ mighty name, Amen”. (Psalm 48:7)
    (3) The South Wind (The Spirit of knowledge) “O, LORD, let Your south wind lead me to my divinely destined location, in JESUS’ mighty name, Amen”.
    (4) The West Wind (The Spirit of the fear of the LORD and all that is between). “O, LORD, send a very strong west wind to take away the locusts in my land and spread them into the Red Sea and totally deliver my land, in JESUS’ mighty name, Amen”. (Exodus 10:19)

    May the nine fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD namely: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control, manifest from now on in my life , my spouse and our children as well as in the lives of our respective extended family members, in JESUS’ mighty name, Amen”.

    Source of GOD’s Four Winds: sermon.central.com

  2. S.M. says:

    I was taking your articles seriously until I read your ‘house cleansing’ prayer. Did you ever read in the scriptures prayers like these from any of the disciples?? Did Paul the Apostle Ever teach anyone to pray like this? Did Jesus? When asked how to pray, He gave us the Lord’s prayer.
    Binding and loosing is of Jewish origin, it does not mean anything like what you have said here. This is new age charismatic false teaching. I finally got free of this stuff after 10+ years in it. I finally saw the truth after studying the scriptures for myself. There is nothing in the scriptures to back up this viewpoint.
    All this binding and loosing is witchcraft in disguise. There is not one scripture in the Bible where the disciples said ‘I Bind’ anything! Not one example using these words. You would think if it was that important there would be a few examples.
    Please study the NT as written, in context — you will begin to see what kind of lives the disciples really led. It’s not about manipulating the spirit world — that is like voodoo, or the occult. Rather,it is about crucifying the flesh, becoming transformed into the image of Christ, becoming less worldly, submitting to God all we are and do, suffering if it’s His will and purpose, disciplining ourselves according to His Word. I could go on, but hopefully you see what I’m trying to say. I hope you will research this in the Bible and ignore faith healer televangelists.

  3. Truth in Reality says:

    I have little or no interest in faith healer televangelists. Although I do believe in deliverance.

    Yes, it is about crucifying the flesh, becoming transformed into the image of Christ, becoming less worldly, submitting to God all we are and do, suffering if it’s His will and purpose, disciplining ourselves according to His Word. Along with much else. That is not all though. As we know from numerous scripture, there is the world, the flesh and the devil:

    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12 KJV) “The Armor of God”

    We were indeed told to bind and loose, there is no doubt whatever about that. We were also told to cast out demons. I know this works because I have lived this myself with great success. If binding and loosing is of Jewish origin, that’s fine, so was Jesus and all the disciples. Not only was Jesus a practising Jew, he was also a rabbi, and all the disciples were practising Jews. There is no need for there to be ‘a few’ examples, one is enough and here are two in Matthew 16:18-19 and Matthew 18:18:

    “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 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.”

    “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    • S.M. says:

      Thank you for your response. Below is a link to an excellent article on the real meaning of ‘binding and loosing’ and ‘the keys of the kingdom’. I share this link instead of explaining at length what this article says so much better for me. Please check it out.The definition at the link below makes complete sense when considering the subjects discussed before and after in those chapters, and the fact we never saw it acted out in the Bible like you (and others) are teaching.

      http://www.bindingandloosing.com/bindandloosingscriptures.html

      Excerpt: “‘Now, as for those that teach binding or loosing applies to that of demons or Satan, it should also be noted that binding and loosing does not refer to persons, but to things – “whatsoever,” not whosoever. It refers to rites and ceremonies in the Church. Among the Jews binding and loosing means that of forbidding or allowing. And so as directed by the Holy Spirit whatever they bound, that is, declared to be forbidden, and unlawful, was just that, and that whatever they loosed, that is, declared to be lawful, and free of use, should also be so. Accordingly, they bound some things, which before were loosed, and loosed some things, which before were bound.”

      The point of me mentioning this being of Jewish origin was because there were some things that Jesus taught that the Jews in particular would understand, being part of their traditions, teachings, heritage, their vernacular, etc, and of course, the law. I must say, there is no record of Peter (or anyone else) going about ‘binding and loosing’ evil things at all. These scriptures were not examples, but Christ giving them the authority to declare what was lawful and what was not in the establishment of the new church under Christ, as the Apostles were given special authority in their day that we were not. Also, Paul the Apostle also makes no mention of binding and loosing either.

      In regards to Eph 6:10 — the Armor of God. This is also discussed some at the above link.

      …I am not opposed to deliverance from evil spirits, if it truly is an evil spirit. In that case, Rebuke would be the key word here, wouldn’t it? Jesus always ‘rebuked’, never bound or loosed. So did the disciples. Again, I hope this response helps to clarify things, and that you will find the article at the above link very helpful in explaining all this.

  4. Truth in Reality says:

    Thank you for the link. I will read the article in the next day or two and let you know what I think. It needs to be looked at carefully as it could of course be demons inspiring unwitting people not to bind them and loose spirits of God. People generally do not realize the extent to which demons are able to influence the way that they think. And that includes everyone, even people who have been Christians all their life, as only Jesus was without sin, and we know that even the Apostles could be influenced by the demonic. As to the rest of us, we need to be careful. Having said that, I will read it with an open mind.

  5. leinalentle says:

    send me different forms of prayers please.

  6. Mactine says:

    I thought loosing had more to do with commanding demons to loose their hold on a person. Not loosing things of God, which are not withheld from us. (But only separated from us by our sin)

  7. Joyce Kirven says:

    My God! I Praise God for His leading you to do this teaching. I have ask God to teach me and bring all things to my remembrance. God has been faithful in doing and leading me to this teaching from you. I pray God’s blessing you you for your obedience in releasing this powerful teach to cast out, knock down, and up root every demon and their power to be ineffectiveness. God We thank You Now! Glory be to God! Thank God! Amen

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