I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:19).
The story is told of a man who put his keys into one of his shoes each night when he went to bed.
In the morning as he dressed to begin a new day, he would take the keys out of his shoe and repeat the following prayer: "Lord, this day I will come to certain doors that are locked, but I shall use these keys to open those doors. Remind me today that there is a key to every situation, a solution to every problem. Please don't allow me to surrender to one of life's locked doors, for I know that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you."
Keys and locks make good analogies. Our Lord referred to them in Matthew chapter 16, verse 19, when He tells His disciples, "And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you lock on earth will be locked in heaven, and whatever you open on earth will be opened in heaven"(NLT).
As Christians, God desires to give to us the keys of His kingdom to help us spread the Good News of His love and forgiveness and to help us fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord.
A problem is that we often see or experience locked doors but we do not use our spiritual keys to unlock them to accomplish God's will. What are some of these keys?
In the context of the above verse, Jesus had asked Peter, "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God"(vs.15-16).
This is where Jesus gave His classic reply, "Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it" (v. 18). It is in the very next verse that Jesus refers to the keys to the kingdom above.
The first key, therefore, as with Peter, is our confession. Peter had just confessed that Jesus is "the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." It is important to confess Jesus Christ as Lord (confess His deity). "For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9, NLT).
It is also important to continue to confess God's Word in our lives, which opens kingdom doors and releases God's power in everyday situations. Other important keys include faith, love, obedience, prayer, and witnessing.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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