Let me share with you an experience. I was in the hustle and bustle of my day and didn’t realize that I left my keys in the front door of my home. Yes! That’s right, I was in such a hurry and through negligence left my keys inside the front door lock and went to bed for the night. Thankfully no one came in on me and my two unsuspecting children. The problem was that I had done this very act twice. Each time I left my keys in the door, my husband, who usually gets home after me; has come in the house holding my keys in his hand while reminding me to be careful and mindful of what I do. He shares that this situation I keep putting myself in is dangerous for me and my two children; as we were inside and thought we were safe in our home. Someone could have come in, and God knows what else could have happened. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your continued protection.
So the second time this happened God wanted me to lean in. So I began to hear Him speak to me with revelation and to open this situation up to me.
A key is defined as a means of gaining or preventing entrance, possession, or control, something that gives an explanation, or identification or provides a solution. We know that keys open doors. A door is a means of access or participation.
In Matthew 16: 13-20 (NIV) we see Jesus mention keys as it relates to God’s kingdom.
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
We gain authority in the kingdom of God when we come in relationship with Jesus Christ after salvation. The more we yield to God and are willing to be transformed into His image; the more of heavens power and authority are released unto us. We gain authority through Christ and the revelation of who he is. Jesus points this out in Matthew 16 chapter. Jesus likens keys to that of authority.
Doors and keys are vital as you don’t want to open doors and leave keys in them as I did. We understand that a door can be an entrance into the soul. We must be so mindful and diligent not to allow doors to be opened in our souls willfully or by negligence. Do not give place to the devil this way. When we do give place to the enemy of our souls we give up our authority that is given by Christ and we grant access for the enemy to come in and have his way in our lives.
Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
When we do open doors or give place to the devil Ephesians gives us a picture of how to close those doors. If you have stolen; repent, and steal no more. If you are found in fornication; repent, and submit your body a living sacrifice through purity and abstinence. When you have opened doors and lost your authority; one way to take back your authority is to take your keys out the door. We take back authority by closing doors through repentance, renouncing, denouncing, and coming out of agreement with anything that is not of God. We then must guard the doors of our souls through obedience and submission to the will of God. The enemy will never gain access again when we posture our hearts this way.
In my previous experience, I shared that my husband came and brought me my keys after I left them in the lock of the door. The husband symbolizes protection and a covering. He came into the house after me and the kids. Jesus Christ’s love for the church is the model for how the husband should love and care for their wives and family. This is how Christ protects and covers us! When we do have open doors to our souls and we relinquish our authority; Christ is the one who comes to us and makes us aware of what we’ve done and He allows us to get back the authority that we once had in Him. Christ will through love gently remind us to be mindful and not to do that again. Hallelujah! How gracious and merciful is our God! In my experience, my husband was the one that saw what I had done. He was aware that I left my keys in the lock of the door. My husband had to come to me to make me aware of what I had done; not to rub it in my face but to tell me to slow down because my actions could have been detrimental to not only my life but to all that lived in my house. He reminded me to be mindful because anything can get in. This spoke to me. As we have the Godhead who walks with us; we are given so many ways in God’s kingdom to be triumphant through Christ. When we are found in situations where we have given up our authority by open doors of sin, weights, and being unforgiving towards others; we relinquish authority and are found in vulnerable situations where the enemy can come in and harm us or take up residence in our souls/homes. 1 Peter 4:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because of your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Keys and doors to the soul come in many ways. There is such a profound revelation and understanding in this subject matter.
Don’t give place to the enemy to devour you by relinquishing your authority through open doors! What you have inside of you is far too precious to leave unguarded! Thank God for the finished work of Christ on the cross that allows us to have access to redemption, reconciliation, deliverance, and healing!