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Matthew 16 :
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"
14 So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18 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.
19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
The question asked of Peter, by the Lord Jesus, is one we must all answer personally.
Who the Lord Jesus is to you and in your life, will determine how much of who you are you will discover.
You need to know what Peter found out: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Anointed One, the Son of the Living God.
When you see the Lord Jesus in that light, several things begin to become very clear to you:
>> You begin to establish a life-long relationship with our Father in heaven (verse 17)
>> You know who the Lord Jesus will make you to be: not What but Who (verse 18)
>> the Lord Jesus begins to make you strong from the inside out, so that even the attacks of Hell cannot shake your faith in Him (verse 18)
>> the Lord Jesus then gives you the keys to the kingdom of heaven (verse 19)
>> which give you the authority to say what you will allow into your life, and what you will refuse from your life (verse 19)
There are certain events and people that are good for us, that will encourage us in the good success the Lord has in mind for us.
And certain other events and people that will lead us away from the Lord and into a path of destruction.
When we use the keys and our ability to bind and loose correctly, we then allow the things of God into our life and refuse what is not of God from our life.
This is one of the means the Lord uses to show us His great love for us and His wonderful plans and purposes for us.
Father in heaven, help me to see clearly today that the Lord Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
And when I have seen this, help me establish a life-long relationship with You, Father.
Teach me Who you created me to be.
Make me strong from the inside out, so that nothing shakes my faith in You.
Give me the keys to my life, so I can increase in my understanding and love of You,
Help me to learn Your principles so that I can allow into my life events and people who will encourage me to walk with You. And help me to know what and who I should refuse from my life
in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
who makes all these things possible,
Hope we can get together again tomorrow, God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!