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DAY 19 THURSDAY: DECEMBER 2019

NO POWER CAN PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH!

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).

Jesus Christ built His church upon the solid rock of life. Therefore, there is no power in heaven, on earth and under the earth that can prevail against the church of Jesus Christ. That is the more reason why we should preach the gospel with all boldness. The Bible says in the opening text that I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Of course, every Christian should endeavor to take note of the fact that there is absolutely no power that can prevail against the church of Jesus Christ in life forever.

The Bible told us about the early church, how the Jews and those in authority wanted to silent the church by telling the Apostles never to preach in the Name of Jesus Christ. But thank God for the wisdom of Peter and John who answered them thus, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge” (Acts 4:19). They refused to be intimidated but preached the message of Jesus Christ with all boldness. Therefore, the church of Jesus Christ is hereby admonished to listen to the voice of God absolutely in life forever.

Jesus Christ had given the church authority in heaven, on earth and under the earth; therefore, the church has the authority and power to bind and also loose. That is the reason why the Bible says in Matthew 18:18, “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” In fact, a Christian is thereby authorized to bind and also loose all authorities in heaven, earth and in the abyss in the Name of Jesus Christ. The church is expected to exercise her authority in Christ Jesus and dominate in life forever.

Daily Tip: The church of Jesus Christ has the authority to prevail and dominate over the gates of Hades in life forever. Shalom!

Golden Text: And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17).

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. My Heavenly Father! I receive Your grace to exercise Your authority over the forces and powers of darkness in my life forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I bind the spirit of Hades competing against the growth of Your church in my life forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: Acts 4:19-20; 2 Thessalonians 3:1.       RBT: 1 PETER 1-2

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