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.

Related Posts:

The Power of Your Prophetic Decree

That Closed Door Could be a Heavenly Redirection


[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.

How is God leading you to use your keys of spiritual authority at this time? I would love to hear about it in the blog comments section, or on Facebook or Instagram. If the blog comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

11 Ways to Respond During Spiritual Warfare

In the last post I shared two important keys to dealing with spiritual warfare as a Christian in your personal life and ministry, using the acrostic RICE. These were:

R = Recognise: Be aware of the signs that spiritual warfare is occurring

I = Identify: Assess the

  • Means—who or what is the enemy using to get to you
  • Mandate—what is the treasure that he is after in your life and ministry, and
  • Message—what is the message he wants you to believe in the crisis

Up until now, we have not taken action in response to the spiritual warfare. However, realising that we are in a battle and taking time to assess what it is about are steps that are critical to our recovery and victory.

C = Combat and E = Enlist

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes ( Eph 6:10-11)

Now it is time to take action. Here is a checklist of 11 ways that you can proactively respond when experiencing spiritual pressure:

11 Ways to Respond during Spiritual Warfare

1. Recommit to GOD

‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ James 4:7-8
Remember, we don’t wage warfare in our own strength, but in Jesus’ authority. Ensuring that we are yielded to His authority, then, is of great importance and our first act of warfare.

2. Take Ownership (1 John 1:8-9)

When a battle is occurring, we need to take ownership of our own part in it. Spiritual warfare is not a reason to blame the devil for our less than perfect responses. Examples of things we need to acknowledge are:

  • The lies we have listened to
  • The inroads we have allowed in relationships.
  • Our sin of discouragement, fear, or condemnation, and so on

We need to be wary of the danger of simply dismissing something as spiritual attack and not dealing with our own part in it.

Have you ever noticed that spiritual warfare is a great opportunity for personal and character growth?

3. Disagreement  (1 Pet 5:9)

This may sound strange, but getting into an opposing position in times of attack is critical, yet often the hardest thing to do! This is especially true when we are struggling to overcome discouragement, condemnation, fear, failure, etc.

We may have been feeding on negative thoughts or feelings, and we have to rise up in disagreement against them. This is not about summoning up an emotion; it starts with a quality DECISION backed up by prayer that we will no longer give way to our wrong responses.

4. Move in the Opposite Spirit (Matt 5:43-45)

This is especially true when it relates to warfare being directed through the actions or words of another person. This means that if they are closed, be open with them, if they’re being deceitful, be honest, unkind, be kind, and so on.
Take the enemy by surprise! Break out and do the very thing that there’s pressure against you doing (see Identify:Mandate).

5. Obedience (1 Chron 14:13-16)

Obedience to the Holy Spirit often means doing the very thing that you don’t feel like doing. This is about not responding to what you feel, but Who you know. Ask the Lord to show you what He would have you do in the situation.

6. Expose the Enemy (Eph 5:8-13)

Bring the situation and your responses into the light. Confess your own struggles to someone who is a ‘safe’ person. Exposing the enemy might also mean exposing his strategy.

7. Speak Truth (Eph 6:17)

In the last post, I discussed the importance of identifying the message (lies) that the enemy wants us to believe. What is God’s Word on the matter? Identify the truth and use scripture, or a paraphrased/personalised version of it, as a confession and for meditation.

Remember also who you are in Christ and speak it out.

8. Praise and Thanksgiving (2 Chron 20, Ps 8:2, Ps 149:6-9, Acts 16)

‘May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands.’ Ps 149:6

9. Prayer (Eph 6:18) and Praying in the Spirit (Rom 8:26)

Prayer using the authority of Jesus’ Name is a primary weapon of spiritual warfare.

10. Refresh (Psalm 32:7; Psalm 23:5)

If you have been under siege, you need to receive grace and regain energy. Take extra devotional time. Utilise worship and other ways you personally connect with God.

11. Remember Prophecies Made About You (1 Tim 1:18)

Keep prophetic encouragement at hand. When hard times come, prophecies can help keep you encouraged and on track. You can also use them to pray.

E = ENLIST Help (2 Cor 1:10-11)

We were never meant to stand alone as Christians. When spiritual warfare is occurring, find safe people who can support you (Gal 6:2, James 5:16, Lev 26:7-8).

These can include:

  • A leader who can pray for you and advise you
  • Intercessors—those who are gifted in prayer (of particular value if you are in a Christian ministry role)
  • Friends and team members


There are many things that we can do to help and support each other during times of struggle, These include: listening, providing a safe place for confession, encouraging, speaking truth that will combat the enemy’s lies, prayer and supporting in practical ways.

Related Posts:

12 Signs Of Spiritual Warfare

Responding To Spiritual Warfare Pt 1

© Helen Calder    Enliven Blog

On team with David McCracken Ministries

Pray For Those You Love and Unleash the Power of God

In the early years of our marriage, my husband Malcolm and I wandered far from God. During those years, my mother-in-law would often say to us with a twinkle in her eye, ‘God has got His net over you.’ Sure enough, the day came when, weary of our backsliding, we recommitted our lives to Jesus, going on to passionately serve Him in Christian ministry.

How did my mother-in-law know God had His ‘net’ over us? She knew because she was praying. Her prayer for our recommitment and salvation made the net of God’s grace inescapable.

Some Things Only God Can Do

Before we can exercise life-changing prayer, it is vital we acknowledge that between where circumstances are now and where we believe God wants them to be, is a gulf that we cannot cross. This gap means that no matter how hard we try, or no matter what we say, we are powerless in ourselves to make the desired changes happen.

  • There are things that you believe to be on God’s agenda for your life, family and others you care about, that you are helpless, apart from God, to make happen
  • There are people you care about who are far from God right now, whose hearts will only be changed by the power of God’s Holy Spirit
  • There is no way by natural means that person who is dear to you will have that addiction or bondage broken over their life.

Let’s take a moment right now to stand together at that chasm and let the realisation sink in. Take a good look at the distance that you cannot leap across without help.

Now imagine there is a bridge, suspended between this natural reality and the seeming impossible fulfilment of God’s Will. Stepping up to that bridge you see a sign that reads, ‘Ask in My Name—Jesus.’

In John 15:16-17, Jesus said,
‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.’

God’s Plan for Prayer

Jesus taught us to pray, ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ He revealed that the will of God must be ‘asked’ into being. And He didn’t just teach that, He demonstrated it. In the book of Luke especially, we see that Jesus lived a life of prayer.

It was God’s plan from the beginning that His people rule in the earth, under His authority.[1] God has designed prayer to be the means by which we exercise that authority and partner with God to fulfil His purposes. This is also true of His plan to bring salvation to people.

Watchman Nee once said that prayer is to the will of God as railway tracks are to a train. A train engine can have tremendous power; it can go a thousand miles a day, it can pull a heavy load. It can have all the potential in the world, but unless there are tracks for it to go on, it’s not going anywhere. The train and tracks are designed to work together”[2]

I heard the testimony of a woman who was very dry and religious in her faith. She was admitted to hospital with a ruptured, infected appendix; her condition was so severe that she died. As her spirit was leaving her body she saw her father rushing into the hospital. He uttered one word of prayer—‘Jesus.’ She saw that prayer beam up to God’s throne like a shaft of light. That single word of prayer was answered; she lived and her faith was transformed.

Like that beam of light, your prayers and cries to God are significant and powerful. You can be a Supernatural Christian and make a difference in the life of those you care about. Your prayer can help bring them to God.

The above is a brief excerpt from my new e-book: Pray for the Lost: Impact the Eternal Destiny of Your Loved Ones Through Prayer.

In this book, I explore a number of things relating to this subject.

There are some tough issues as we examine the spiritual condition of a person who is lost and far from God, or a Christian who is backsliding. But there are also some exciting discoveries about how your prayer can release the resources of heaven, including angels, signs and miracles and the Spirit of God. There is a whole section on some practical ways to pray for unsaved loved ones and some discussion and keys to wage spiritual warfare. You will also learn a bit more about my own story and how I was saved through the ministry of prayer and deliverance.

See also Portal Moments: Supernatural Encounters and Answers to Prayer

© Helen Calder    Enliven Publishing

[1] Gen 1:28,  Dan 7:27

[2] Watchman Nee, Let Us Pray, 1977

The Supernatural Christian & the Throne of God

When we know where we stand, and who we are, in relation to the throne of God, the opinions of people won’t shake us, the past will have no power over us, and sin will lose its grip on us…

‘Who is Jesus, and what does He look like?’

I never used to wonder about the answer to this question, because there were pictures of Him on the walls of our house as I was growing up; the depiction of painters in centuries past. In these portrayals, Jesus was kind, gentle, mysterious and—human. He loved people and animals. One of my favourite pictures of Jesus was of Him dressed as a shepherd and carrying a lamb.

The book of Revelation, in the Bible, paints us a different picture of Jesus—providing a hint of what He looks like now. The Apostle John caught a glimpse of the resurrected Christ and fell at His feet, ‘as one dead’ (Rev 1:17).

‘…someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.’ Rev 1:13-16

Sometimes in worship I, too, catch a glimpse of this Jesus. His eyes that blaze with fire also, amazingly, blaze with love. He is seated on a heavenly throne—a place where the Bible says, because of what Jesus has done on the cross, I can make myself at home.

God’s throne is mentioned frequently throughout the book of Revelation, and referred to in the final chapter as ‘The Throne of God and of the Lamb.’ This throne is the ultimate seat of authority, and God Himself is the source of all authority and power in heaven and earth (Matt 28:18).

God’s throne is not figurative; it is a real place—and we have access to God’ throne by faith (Heb 10:19).

As supernatural Christians, our understanding of where we stand in relation to Jesus Christ and His throne is critical to the release of His power in us and through us.

Here are some key reminders about the throne of God:

1. The throne of God is our destination.

Saved and unsaved alike, we will stand at His throne one day and account for our lives spent on earth (Matt 25:31-46).

Those of us who believe and receive Him as our Lord (leader) and Saviour (forgiver) will live with Him forever. Jesus said He will invite us to sit with Him on His throne:

‘ To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ Rev 3:21-22

2. God’s throne is not only our eternal destination; it demands our present attention as we focus upon Jesus

‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.’ Col 3:1-2

Hebrews 12:1-2, says
‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’

What was the joy set before Jesus that enabled Him to endure suffering and death and bear the weight of the world’s sin on the cross?  It was ‘bringing many sons to glory’ (Heb 2:10). You and I are His reward, restored in relationship to God, having free access to Him before His throne.

3. We can come Confidently to God’s Throne

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Heb 10:19,22

When we trust in Jesus for our salvation, we can stand before God’s throne unafraid and unashamed. Sin cannot hold us back from God’s presence. We have free access because Jesus has taken the punishment for our sin and its effects on the cross.

The throne is also where we come in our weakness and need.

‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ Heb 4:15-16

4. The throne is where we bring our prayers and our petitions for God to work on our behalf and in the lives of others around us.

‘Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne.’ Rev 8:3

The Bible says that our prayers go up before God’s throne like incense. (Rev 8:3,4)

Real prayer to God is not religious, solemn or word-perfect. A prayer can be as quick as a breath or a silent cry from the heart. God understands an incoherent prayer as well as He does an eloquent one.

Real prayer is YOUR prayer, born out of your own personal relationship with God. Your prayer is powerful. Your prayer can release God’s power, and reinforce His will (Matt 6:9-13).

When we know where we stand, and who we are, in relation to the throne of God, the opinions of people won’t shake us, the past will have no power over us, and sin will lose its grip on us. We will know God, and we will  live empowered lives.

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church