"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." Matthew 18:18
There has been much teaching on this verse. It has been interpreted to have more than one meaning. The point I want to make this morning is that the Lord has given us instructions, patterns and authority in how to handle every issue that arises in our lives. There is a correct way and there is a wrong way.
When you are faced with a situation, you can either handle it in the "spirit" or you can handle it in the "flesh". You can handle it based on your own understanding or God's wisdom. You can handle it in a way that seems right to you or God's way. You can either do your own will or the Lord's will.
There is no doubt that handling whatever we face God's way will be the right way. Handling it our own way will only wind up making it worse. Just ask Abraham and Sarah.
Will handling it the way the Lord guides and instructs always mean it will turn out the way you had hoped or planned? No, not necessarily. The Old Testament prophets and the Apostles did it God's way instead of their own way and many of them were persecuted, martyred, thrown into prison, faced threats, and so on. But what looked like defeat and seemed like they had done the wrong thing actually brought them inner victory. Just look at the cross, on the outside it looked like defeat but in reality it was the greatest victory ever won for mankind. The world says you win when you receive a trophy or prize. The Lord says you win when you do it His way, and one day He will reward you before all of creation and give you a crown of life then.
Have a great day. There is a right way and a wrong way to handle situations. God's way is the right way although it might not always appear to be the right way.
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