[This is the twelfth in a series of articles on the ministry of the prophet and gift of prophecy.]
Years ago I worked doing security in a large corporate hotel. When I came on duty I would sign out the large set of keys that I would carry with me during my shift. I had keys for every part of the hotel except the manager’s office. I had authority from the manager to open or close any door I needed to at any time I chose.
With so many keys it took some time to learn which key fit into which locked door, especially in the dark. And, I needed to be sure to never lose the keys – guarding their safe keeping was a huge responsibility.
My journey in God has been very much like being given spiritual keys and learning how to use them. In an emergency in the darkness you have to know which key fits which door in order to “save the day.” Over the years God has taught me kingdom principles and led me through challenging times. He has given me the tools, the spiritual keys, to overcome barriers, and I can use those keys when I encounter those situations again. And, He continues to give me new keys – the journey is not over.
I would encourage you to journal your own journey and never lose your keys. Each time the Father gives you a key, use it to not only be set free yourself, but to open doors for others. He knows what you need at what time, and is faithful to teach you how to use what He gives.
These are two examples of keys God made real to me.
The first was after meditating on John 15 – that we need to abide in the Vine, and out of that comes fruit. God showed me a vision in which I was clinging to a life raft in a black sea of sharks (not a pleasant picture!). His point was, that like the branch in John 15, I’m dead if I don’t cling to and abide in the vine. Christ is the only life raft, and I will cling to Him. This is a foundational key that I must never forget.
The second example involves our relationship with the Father. In Luke 3:21-22 we read about Jesus’ baptism. “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus was also baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from Heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
I was led to read this passage and when I was done, I felt God saying to me, “That’s how I feel about you.” I struggled with believing this – Jesus was God’s Son, God in flesh, He set people free, healed them, raised them from the dead, cast out demons, did so many miracles – of course God would love Him and be well pleased with Him. God told me to read it again and again, and finally I got it – this baptism happened at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. At this point in His life He had not healed the sick, cast out demons, fed the five thousand, or walked on water or done any miracles. He stood obediently before John, as an “ordinary” person.
God’s endorsement was not based on performance, but on son-ship, relationship. God is all about relationship – that’s why Jesus came. God was saying to me that I was His son, and that because I was His son He was well pleased with me. Any works I do flow out of that son-ship, they don’t cause it.
I was given a wonderful key that day!
Your keys may be similar to mine or different – they may be on the “key ring” of your life in a different order. With each key that God gives you, treasure it. Don’t let the enemy steal it – he will try! Write it down, and above all use it to not only set yourself free but others as well!
More in this series:
- My Prophetic Journey: The Call
- My Prophetic Journey Part 2: The Redemption Box
- My Prophetic Journey Part 3: School Starts
- My Prophetic Journey Part 4: Motives
- My Prophetic Journey Part 5: When to share or not to share
- My Prophetic Journey Part 6: Confirmation
- My Prophetic Journey Part 7: Learning the Radar
- My Prophetic Journey Part 8: The Challenge of the Roller Coaster
- My Prophetic Journey Part 9: How to minister in North Dakota and not even be there!
- My Prophetic Journey Part 10: Prophetic Protocol
- My Prophetic Journey Part 11: You Can’t Draw Water from an Empty Well
- My Prophetic Journey Part 12: Using your keys
- My Prophetic Journey Part 13: Prophetic Props
- My Prophetic Journey Part 14: The Angel and the demon
- My Prophetic Journey Part 15: The Last Word