Arriving in the parking lot where my black Saturn was parked,I walked up to my car with my fob in hand. Using my "clicker" I tried to unlock the car but with no response! I tried again but there was not that familiar sound of the car unlocking. "Hummm" I thought, "My battery must be dead." I took the key and tried it on the lock, but it did not fit! I turned the key over and tried again, still with no avail. I noticed a man standing at the end of the car watching me with a look on his face that said, "What are you doing?" I said, "Is this your car?" "Yessss". No wonder my key did not work, it was not my car! It was a black Saturn but not MY black Saturn. I had a key, and the key was my key, but I was using it on something that was not mine!
In Matthew 16:19 Jesus tells us that He has given us the keys to the Kingdom!
Wow! What an honor to be given the "keys" or principles that will unlock and lock things in the spirit!
There are different keys, one for each situation we face.
Jesus tells Peter
17 that the revelation of the Kingdom (or how to use the keys) comes from the Father.
Part of that revelation is knowing what
to use it on.
It also includes what not to take on as our responsibility.
I think many times we learn a principle (or receive understanding on a Key of the Kingdom) and want to use it on everyone and anything that moves!
We then wonder why we are tired and feel beat up!
Or why it didn't work!
We didn't first look to the Father for the revelation for that situation.
Maybe it wasn't our vehicle to get into!
Or it was a timing issue.
We must listen to the Lord and hear His direction!
A good friend of mine, Dr. Tony Slay of Ministry International Institute, is one I admire for hearing the voice of the Lord and doing just what God tells him to do.
it is out of the box of the "norm
but God knows He can trust Tony!
In one instance, he was asked to pray over a pastor of a traditional church who had Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The only thing he could move was his eyes. The church was
in the midst of
hiring a new pastor to take his place. When Tony entered the room, the Lord told him to sing the old hymns over him.
One by one Tony sang over this pastor songs the Lord knew were dear to him.
After about 20 minutes Tony walked over to him and
The Lord says, you can get up now."
The man pulled the covers off, got up, got dressed and walked out to see his astonished wife!
He preached that Sunday in his pulpit! Tony didn't just grab a key and use it any way he wanted.
He listened to the Lord for definite direction.
At Anna's Gate, we are studying the "Watchmen that See God" series.
In our last lesson, we talked about the "Keys of the Kingdom".
(To receive the notes on the Watchmen series go to
The videos that connect with the notes can be found on my Facebook page,
Smith, that are open to the public. Look for September 17th video on my timeline.
It will give you greater enlightenment on HOW to use the Keys so that we see results!
key do you want to use in this situation?
You know what's needed and I align with You and Your purposes!
Your keys will work!"