Matthew 16:13-19
13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. 18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the Hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The New American Bible, (Nashville, Tennessee: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) 1997.

The Church of Christ Jesus will continue to grow despite the world coming up against it. As a Child of the King we need to remember that we are on the side of the Victor. When Christ told this to Peter, it was before His death and resurrection. It was before the Church had been formed and before it went through the centuries of persecution and death. But the Church has remained alive and has continued to grow. At the time of Christ a city had to be fortified with walls and the gates were the only access into a city, so this was the weakest point. The enemy could work his attack at the gates because this was the place the wall was the weakest. When Christ told us, “the gates of the Hell shall not prevail against it,” He was not implying that Hell would come up against us. He was stating that the Church was to come up against Hell. Satan has dominion over the earth and he has it fortified. The Church is to come up against the control Satan has over the world and the people in it. We are to attack and take back what the enemy has taken. And the promise from Christ is that the “gates” of Hell will not be able to stand against our attack. We are to go into the world and take back the lives he has destroyed and claim them for the kingdom of God. We are on the defense, we are on the offense and we will prevail! Take up your sword and fight to overcome the enemy and win the souls of those around you who belong to Christ. You have His Word that you will be victorious for His glory!

Have a God Day!