Several years ago our family moved to a different state to work with a pastor who had started a new church, including a residential program for troubled youth.
Hundreds of young men and young women came to this facility through the years. It was truly a place of restoration, physically, emotionally and most importantly, spiritually. Some came and stayed for weeks or months; others stayed for years.
I remember one young man by the name of D. who found his way into the youth center. I don’t recall where he came from or his purpose for being there. I do remember his big smile and innocent nature. He was very respectful and became a favorite with the staff right away. Still, because of his naïve disposition, D. became a target for teasing from the other boys. The pastor noticed this and decided to make D. his right-hand man as “keeper of the keys” for the dorm and church. He was to make sure everything was locked and secured each night and to report any unusual activity to the Pastor. To the other boys’ misfortune, D. had excellent observation skills, and nothing got passed him. Just the jingle of the keys coming interrupted any wayward deed that might be in play.
The pastor was impressed with D.’s faithfulness and diligence concerning his job and decided to give him a large key ring to hold his keys. As time passed, his collection grew as others realized his fascination for keys. Many of these had no purpose, but still, the expanding ring of keys was very impressive “jingling” from his belt. The teasing ceased, not because of D’s authority, but because the other boys knew the person who gave that authority to D. would back him up.
The Bible uses a key as a symbol of authority. Jesus gave us the authority and designated us as stewards of His kingdom; therefore we can walk in confidence under the authority of our Lord Jesus who we represent. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us and is activated by faith.
Jesus gave Peter some very powerful keys one day, saying “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.” Matthew 16:19
He taught his disciples how to live and how to treat others. He trusted them enough to leave them in charge of His kingdom. His word guides us and empowers us to destroy the enemy by exposing his lies and defeating his works. We cannot fail when we have the King of Kings standing with us and fighting for us.
Satan is aware of the power and authority you possess and trembles at the mention of the name you represent. A good “jingle” of those Keys will let him know you are exercising that authority and under no circumstances will you give up, give in or give over anything God has promised in His word.