Your Spiritual Keys of Authority and How to Use Them

Over the past week, the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about spiritual keys that unlock God’s purposes in the natural realm.

Is there a situation you are faced with right now, where there is an obstacle, problem or issue that stands in the way of God’s purpose for your life and that of others?

The Bible has great news! You are not powerless. You are not helpless. You have Heavenly keys of authority to enforce your Father’s purposes.

Keys Represent Your Authority

Take a moment to think about your physical set of keys, if you have one. What is on it? My own key ring includes a house key, car key and office keys.

  • The keys in your possession represent a right and privilege that you have. They enable you to enter through a doorway, into a secure area that others cannot go through.

Your keys represent your ownership, your authority, and your right of access.

Spiritual Keys of Authority and Power

Spiritual Keys of the Kingdom “These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” (Rev 3:7)

In the Bible—especially in the New Testament—keys are symbolic of authority and power. [1] Keys are a metaphor for spiritual authority.

When Jesus rose from the dead, He declared, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matt 28:18) [2]

Jesus has all authority; He is the ultimate key-holder. (Rev 1:17-18) And, He gives us His keys of authority and says, “Use these keys in My Name.” (Matt 16:19)

These keys are your right—in any given moment—to release God’s power, so that God’s will is accomplished.

Just as a key is useless when we neglect to use it, or forget what it is for, you can have Kingdom authority available to you, but never use it.

Keys (Authority) to Enter Doors of Opportunity

‘I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.’ (Rev 3:8)

In the New Testament, Paul uses the imagery of open and closed doors to speak of opportunities to minister the Gospel. (Col 4:3, 2 Cor 2:12-13)

  • An ‘open door’ is a metaphor for an opportunity and access—whereas a ‘closed door’ means that access to something is currently being denied or blocked.

When God has given you a promise or a directive, you can be sure that He has given you keys of authority to enter that domain.

Keys (Authority) to Permit or Forbid

“I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.” (Matt 16:19, AMP)

In order to use the keys of the Kingdom of God, we must comprehend that our Father has called us to partner with Him to enforce His will on earth.

  • The Kingdom is the rule of God. It is His Divine government. [3]

Simply, God has delegated His authority to you, to allow or disallow what He is allowing and disallowing.

Is there something you allowing right now, and the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on it and saying, ‘That is not My will and you do not have to give that thing permission to operate’?

Remember, you do not have to use the terms ‘binding and loosing’ in order to exercise your authority—the words or phrases themselves are not a formula that holds power.

Keys (Authority) to Set Captives Free

‘He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…’ (Luke 4:18b)

No power, and no door that holds someone captive, whether physical or spiritual, can stand against the keys of Heaven.

In the context of spiritual warfare, ‘binding’ refers to the authority we have to command a demonic influence to stop or cease activity, or to leave, in Jesus’ Name.

‘Loosing’ has to do with what we are permitting and releasing, in Jesus’ Name. (Matt 16:19, Matt 12:29)

We can also loose a person from a demonic bondage or sickness. (Luke 13:16)

Kingdom keys are primarily held and used through our mouths.

We use physical keys to access our property by taking those keys in our hands and inserting them into a lock. However, spiritual keys are primarily used in our mouths.

Keys turn and doors are unlocked as we make declarations and prophetic decrees.

Our words, in agreement with God’s Word, release power. Here are 4 more ways you can use your keys of Kingdom authority:

1. Use Your Keys in Prayer

God opens doors in answer to prayer. The Apostle Paul asked the church to pray:

‘And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.’ (Col 4:3)

In Acts 12, Peter was imprisoned and the church was praying. Peter walked out of prison as an angel released him from chains and opened the doors of the dungeon.

Doors of impossibility will open as you pray.

Angels will be sent on assignment with keys to unlock situations and release Heavenly resources in answer to your prayer.

2. Use Your Keys as you Praise

As Paul and Silas sang hymns the prison chains came loose and the doors flew open. That which was secured and locked, was suddenly unlocked! (Acts 16) God answered Paul and Silas with an earthquake that opened prison doors.

When God says, ‘I will deliver you!’ no door or wall can stand before Him. Keys of praise used in the spiritual realm open doors in the natural realm.

3. Use the Name of Jesus—the Master Key

The Name of Jesus is the master key that unlocks doors and enables you to enter the realm of the miraculous. In that moment of exercising Kingdom authority, you are Jesus’ representative.

  • Captives are set free in Jesus’ Name. (Acts 16:18)
  • Sick are healed in Jesus’ Name. (Acts 3:6, 4:30)

When we pray or minister in the Name of Jesus, we are not exercising authority in our own name, but in the Name that is above every name.

4. Use Your Keys in Acts of Obedience

Speaking in agreement with God is powerful. However, obedience also opens doors.

God spoke to Philip through an angel, telling him “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (Acts 8:26) That obedience positioned him to be at the right place at the right time to share the Gospel with an influential man from Ethiopia.

Philip did not know why God gave the instruction—he simply obeyed. And that obedience was a key that opened a door of influence.

Your obedient action, taken in response to hearing God’s voice will give you access into the future God has for you.

Doors will open and obstacles will be removed as you step out at God’s command.

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[1] Thayer’s definition of the Greek word for key, kleis (Strongs G2807) states: 1. a key  / a. since the keeper of the keys has the power to open and to shut / b. metaph. In the NT to denote power and authority of various kinds:″>

[2] The Greek word translated ‘authority’ is exousia. G1849 Strongs.

[3] The Greek word translated Kingdom is basileia, Strongs ref G932, referring to the kingship and rule of God.

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Break Out! 4 Ways to Enlarge Your Gifts and Ministry

River of DestinyHave you ever had a sense that you have outgrown your present situation, in relation to your gifts, ministry and calling? That it is time to lift the ceiling and move out the walls, so that you can grow your gift to the next level?

This is a situation that a group of prophets under Elisha’s leadership found themselves in:

‘The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.” And he said, “Go.”’ (2 Kings 6:1-2)

Perhaps you can identify with this today. From deep within, you cry out, ‘I need more room!’

It is time for a shift in perspective. In order to grow, you must first take your thinking to a new location.

4 Keys to Enlarge Your Gifts and Ministry

1. Be Willing to be Taken out of Your Comfort Zone

The prophets submitted their plan and proposal to Elisha, who was their spiritual oversight. Gaining his approval, they gathered their resources and sought out their building materials.

The task of building—construction—was not necessarily a task the prophets were familiar with. We know that they had to borrow an axhead—and that one of the prophets used it clumsily, dropping it into the river (2 Kings 6:5-6).

When it comes to developing your gifts and ministry, and growing to the next level, embrace the empowerment that oversight can bring.

Be prepared to work hard and enter a phase of building and development. Don’t be surprised when you are taken out of your comfort zone during times of enlargement.

2. Go to the Source—the Holy Spirit

‘Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan…’ (2 Kings 6:1)

The Jordan’s locality yielded a ready supply of building materials. However, the river was not just a practical choice. The prophets were moving to a place of spiritual and historical significance.

 ‘He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit…’ (John 7:38-39a)

In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is represented as a river.

If you desire to grow to the next level in your gifts, you need to foster a continual awareness of the Holy Spirit being the source of your gift.

This also means becoming more deeply established in the truth of God’s Word. (Psalm 1:2-3)

Press in to God for spiritual renewal. Your Father has an overflow for you to minister out of.

3. Step into New Things

‘Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.’ (Joshua 3:4a)

The Jordan is where the Israelites crossed over into the Promised Land of Canaan (Joshua 3). It is where, generations later, John preached and baptized crowds of people into repentance.

The Jordan speaks of new life and of entering into the promises of God.

Are you in a place of transition into the new things God has for you? Be encouraged.

Today, Jesus is inviting you to share His resurrection life. All things are being made new. Your destiny awaits!

4. Determine to Live in the Place of Miracles

The Jordan was historically a place of miracles. [1]

It was not only a place where past generations had encountered God. It was also a place where miracles occurred in the prophets’ own generation:

  • Elijah and Elisha struck the Jordan with the prophet’s mantle and the waters parted, enabling them to cross. Many of the prophets witnessed this event. (2 Kings 2)
  • The Jordan was a river of healing. Naaman, a commander of the Syrian army was healed of leprosy as he dipped in the Jordan. (2 Kings 5)
  • It was a place of provision—Elijah was fed by the ravens at the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan (1 Kings 17:5).

Now, the prophets were returning to that place of miracles and encounters with God. And they were saying, ‘We are going to build here!’

It’s time to make room.

Don’t settle for ‘monument’ thinking.

Today, hear your Father saying, ‘It honors Me when you talk about miracles of the past. It ignites your faith when you revisit places where I have moved in past times. However, now is the time to decide…

‘I am going to live in the place of miracles. This is where my Father has called me to build and grow. I am not going to settle for anything less!’


[1] I introduced one of my sessions at our ‘Growing in the Prophetic’ seminar with some of the thoughts in this post. (see below).

Today’s article was inspired by a prophetic insight recently given to our team by Prophet Kevin Forlong (also from Melbourne, Australia).

In reference to this story in 2 Kings 6, he said, ‘We need to go to another place.. where they go to is to the Jordan, which is the place of miracles historically. …It’s time to go to a new place in our thinking, in our anticipations, in our expectation.’  You can find Kevin and Dariel Forlong at

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Prophecy: How to Birth God’s Promise for Your Life

There are times when all our Father requires of us, is to hold fast—to stand firmly on His prophetic promise and wait.

However, there comes a moment when He calls us to participate with Him in prayer and faith, in order to birth the new thing that He is doing.

It is time for His prophetic promise to be fulfilled.

‘God, Give Me that Nation’

Birth the prophetic promiseRecently, my husband Malcolm (aka ‘The Hunk’) and I were flying far above the red heartland of Australia, when I heard the Holy Spirit say:

‘You have been expecting the United States and other nations to fall into your lap like ripe plums. However, now is the time to wrestle them off Me.’

I immediately had an impression of small boxes, with lids springing open. I knew they represented prophecies from many years ago, that were opening up right now.

The prophecy the Spirit was referring to in that moment was spoken over me 19 years ago:

‘Don’t wait for me to give you the nations, ask of me the nations, that I may give nations to you as an inheritance… [1] Nations are going to come upon your heart and then you’re going to say, “God give me that nation”…

And God is going to say, “I’ll give you that nation if you wrestle that nation off Me.”

The Time has Come to Bring that Promise to Birth

The reason I am sharing this personal experience is that I believe that God is speaking to many of you in a similar way.

There may be some aspects of a prophetic word or promise for your life and ministry, that the Holy Spirit is bringing to your attention right now. And He is saying:

‘Now is the time to engage in passionate, fervent prayer. It is time to wrestle with Me concerning that prophecy, because the moment has come to bring that promise to birth.’

Wrestling for God’s Prophetic Promise

‘Wrestling’ is a reference to the story of Jacob, who relentlessly held on to God and would not let Him go—until God blessed him.

‘Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.’ (Gen 32:24)

In those hours of wrestling, Jacob’s desire for God’s blessing reached its peak. Jacob’s determination was so great, that he continued to hold on, in spite of God’s resistance and his own physical weakness.

  • As the new day dawned, God gave Jacob the name ‘Israel’.

“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Gen 32:28)

Wrestling with God marked the beginning of a new season.

Jacob began his life’s journey as Isaac’s son. He later moved to Mesopotamia, married, and for twenty long years, grew his own family within his father-in-law Laban’s tribe. (Gen 31:38, 41)

However, from this time onward, Jacob emerged as the father of a nation—newly named Israel.

God’s prophetic promise was born.

Wrestling in Passionate Prayer

This principle of wrestling in prayer before God, to birth His promises, is seen in many other places in Scripture.

  • See Hannah—whose years of anguish as a barren wife culminated in one moment of heartfelt, passionate prayer before God. That prayer gave birth to her firstborn son, Samuel (1 Sam 1)
  • Consider Elijah—who labored in prayer seven times, in order to give birth to the rain that would end years of drought in Israel. Refusing to accept ‘no’ or ‘not yet’ for an answer, Elijah continued in tenacious intercession, until the first signs of rain appeared in the sky (1 Kings 18:41-44)
  • Jesus wrestled in prayer in Gethsemane. We receive a glimpse into His personal prayer life in those significant moments of encounter with the Father. At that time Jesus received strength, before He faced the cross (Luke 22:39-45)

Ask, Seek, Knock—It’s Time to Make a Noise

On the Dreamliner, high over the red outback of central Australia, I turned to Jesus’ instruction concerning prayer.

‘So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’ (Luke 11:9)

There is a continuity in the Greek present tense used in these verses: ‘Ask and keep on asking; seek and keep on seeking; knock and keep on knocking.’

There is continuity and yet, there is also a progression. The prayer that began passively, reaches its zenith in an aggressive pursuit of God.

You begin, by asking—and yet, the prayer remains unanswered. You are hungry, and so you seek. To seek is to be active, moving towards and looking for the answer.

  • Finally, you begin to knock. To knock means ‘to rap’. You are now making a noise to gain attention.

Your desire has reached its fullness—and that need, expressed in fervent, wrestling prayer, will ultimately give birth to the promise of God.

For His time has come.


[1] This prophecy contains a reference to Psalm 2:8, which reads, ‘Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.’

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5 Reasons to Have Hope (and Anticipation!) in the Trial

Today, God is encouraging those of you who are experiencing a difficult trial. He is releasing a potent tonic of hope and anticipation.

Your Father wants you to know that He has appointed a harvest from your pain.

This season of struggle has an expected end—an outcome that brings glory to God.

1. The Harvest of New Provision

harvest_from-_trial‘Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”’ (1 Kings 17:7-9)

When Elijah’s brook dried up, it was a signal that the time had come to move on.

It is possible that Elijah went through the process of watching that brook get drier day after day, before God’s word came to him.

Do you have assurance that you are where God wants you to be—and yet you are watching a source of supply dry up? It is time to anticipate.

Get ready to receive instructions concerning the new provision that is opening up for you.

2. The Harvest of a New Birth

‘A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.’ (John 16:21)

Pain may herald a new thing coming to birth—such as a new ministry, the emergence of a spiritual gift, or a new season in your life.

Travail can also relate to a prolonged season of prayer or intercession.

Is there a desire that you have been holding in your heart before God? It may seem as though the opposite of what you have been praying for is taking place—but your Father has not forgotten you.

The tipping point—God’s answer—is on its way.

3. The Harvest of Breakthrough

‘About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.’ (Acts 16:25-26)

Perhaps, like Paul and Silas, you have been pursuing God’s will for your life and that of others. Yet instead of seeing the results you expected, you find yourself in a time of spiritual warfare or persecution.

It is time to get your eyes off the circumstances and lift up your voice in praise to God—for He has a harvest for your pain.

That harvest is enlargement and breakthrough. It will result in people seeing something that only God can do—and unbelievers turning in faith to Jesus.

4. The Harvest of Righteousness

‘No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.’ (Heb 12:11)

Sin that is not brought under God’s grace results in a harvest of death (James 1:15). However, sin that is confessed, brought into the light and repented of, brings forth a new harvest—a powerful testimony of God’s grace.

Sometimes God allows pain because He is at work to produce a harvest of holiness and integrity in your life. His goal is that you become like Jesus.

God’s work in you, as you cooperate with Him, will produce a harvest of righteousness and peace. Your experience of overcoming fear, negativity, sin or temptation will become a powerful weapon against the enemy.

Your testimony will help many others who have faced the same struggles.

5. The Ultimate Harvest

‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’ (2 Cor 4:17-18)

There are times when we do not fully see the harvest from our pain this side of eternity. Life brings grief and loss. There may be a trial or sickness that does not shift, in spite of much prayer.

Know that God has given to you a hope that cannot be shaken—a glory ahead that far outweighs anything you have been going through.

And the seeds of your harvest will be poured out into generations yet to come.

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Prophecy: How to Make the Most of Your Waiting Time

When I was a child, I spent many happy vacation times at my uncle’s farm. I remember being fascinated with the boxes of chicken eggs that he kept in his shed, being incubated under red heat lamps. The constant warm temperature provided the right conditions for the chicks to grow.

My sister and I watched, spellbound, when it came time for the eggs to hatch and the tiny chicks broke free of their shells.

Sometimes a prophecy can be like this.

God’s future intention has been brought from the spiritual realm—out of the realm of mystery—and spoken into the natural realm.

Waiting for ProphecyBut there are still aspects of that prophecy that remain concealed:

  • How will this come about?
  • What is God’s timing?
  • What will the fulfillment of this word look like?

We do not have the details. It is as though we perceive only the outermost shell. Our journey of faith towards the fulfillment of our prophetic promise has begun.

What to do While Waiting for Your Prophecy to be Fulfilled

Here are three places that you can carry your prophetic word while waiting for its fulfillment:

1. Carry the Prophecy in Your Heart

‘But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.’ (Luke 2:19)

Mary treasured the events surrounding Jesus’ birth, and the announcements of the angels to the shepherds. Even though Jesus was still a baby to be cared for, He was the promised Messiah. One day in the future, He would be revealed as Saviour of the world.

Mary’s example reminds us that the first and most important place to keep a word is in your heart. Your heart is where you treasure the prophecy, anticipate its fulfillment and hold it in prayer before God.

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23)

Have you received a prophecy, and then been tempted to become doubtful or disillusioned? Today, receive the healing touch of the Holy Spirit.

Do not let the enemy sow discouragement, or cause you to be cynical and lose hope. Receive healing and hope concerning the promise of God and let faith for that prophetic fulfillment stir in your heart again. [1]

2. Bear the Prophecy in Your Mind

‘This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.’ (1 Tim 1:18)

How could Timothy be intentional about pursuing God’s purpose for his life in the face of great opposition? By remembering the prophecies given to him, and not settling for less than God’s best for his life.

The Greek word used here of waging warfare means ‘to serve in a military campaign.’ (Strongs G4756)

Does it seem as though the opposite of God’s promise has been taking place in your life? Meditate on these words of Paul. Let the boldness of the Holy Spirit rise up within you.

It is time to press back against the enemy, because you have a prophetic word from God—and that prophecy is a powerful weapon of warfare.

3. Keep the Prophecy on Your Lips

David was on the run from his enemies when he composed these words:

‘But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.’ (Ps 52:8-9a)

In David’s darkest hours, he was able to praise God and see and declare ahead of time the fulfillment of God’s promise for his life, given through the Prophet Samuel.

David kept God’s prophetic promise—not only in his heart and on his mind—but also on his lips. During the darkest hours of his life he was able to hold on, face his fiercest opposition and be ready when God’s sovereign calling on his life came to pass.

As you treasure God’s prophetic word for your life in your heart and keep it in mind, you can be active, anticipating and preparing for what God has for you.

Your prophecy is not only something to ‘incubate’ and carry in your heart—it is also a powerful instrument given to you by God.

You can wield that prophecy in faith, keeping that prophetic promise on your lips, in your prayers and in bold declarations. And in so doing, you will participate with your Heavenly Father in its fulfillment.


[1] If a prophecy is not bearing good fruit—if waiting for its fulfillment is consistently causing discouragement or pain—it may be time to take that word through a further process of examining and weighing it up. See the following article for important information on this:

Dealing with Prophetic Disappointment—Why is My Prophecy Unfulfilled?

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