In this article I want to focus on the kingly authority that is available through Isaiah 22:22 and the key of David. Let's look at what God wants to release in our midst, as He has called us to rule and to reign with Him as His Bride:
"The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open" (Isaiah 22:22).
You Have A Kingly Authority God Wants You To Use
The kings, or the prime ministers, who ruled during Biblical days, wore on their royal garments two keys – one sewn onto each shoulder. These keys signified that they were the governing authority over the entire land. What they said had to be obeyed. The ruler would gesture with his right hand when he signified, "Yes," to a question or decision that needed to be made. That gesture meant that the door was open, and nobody could shut it. But when he said, "No," with the left hand, that meant that the door was completely closed, and nobody could open it.
The keys were not something that the doors needed; the king's word opened or shut the door. I am not talking about possessing a physical key, but a kingly authority, royal authority from Heaven. God wants His kings to rise up and His lords to take their place in the earth and in America. A lord is someone who owns land, an occupier of land.
How many know God wants us, as His people, to take back what the devil has stolen from us and from God? We have the keys to the Kingdom on our shoulders, and He wants us to use them.
We need an authority that goes beyond just what we say and what we pray. We need power to be demonstrated when we begin to speak the word of God. When we begin to prophesy, we want that word to come to pass.
Like Samuel, God wants to put an anointing upon us so that when we speak the words of God there is life on them; and those words don't fall to the ground, they come to pass, and people begin to listen to the Church. This is going to be a year when God restores His voice to the Church. Some of you might say, "How does He restore His voice?" We will have a voice when God restores His supernatural power and begins to release His glory – when the goodness of the Lord is seen.
When the darkness creeps in and rears up to bring fear upon the land, that's when we, as sons and daughters of the living King, begin to stand up with the authority that He's given us. We begin to take dominion and reverse the spread of darkness and fear by first using the key of David (more on what the key of David is in a minute and how to access it for your own life).
What Using The Key Of David Might Look Like For You And Why God Wants You To Use It
But first, let me give you an example of using the key in your own hometown:
Years ago, my wife and I moved to California. In this state over the last five years, we've been seeing people lose their homes like crazy, we're seeing businesses fail, and there is an even greater shaking that's happening. But I believe God is allowing this shaking to happen to position the Church to begin to take dominion. May the darkest hour of the world become the Church's finest hour!
I believe as we begin to understand spiritual laws and principles found in God's Word, we will begin to step into a place of breakthrough.
You see, it was out of a place of intimacy and obedience to God's voicethat we moved to California. When we came onto the scene in San Diego, even though the economy was not doing well and many people were having a hard time, we stepped into the favor of the Lord. We received an incredible deal on our home and moved into a place that we would not have been able to afford in a normal economy. We ended up getting our home for 50 percent off of its original price. God worked an amazing miracle for us because we were operating out of the key of intimacy when we moved. He said to move there; we heard His voice and obeyed, and the Lord broke open the way for us – financially and spiritually.
The government of God should be resting upon the shoulders of His kings. God wants to challenge us to know that we are kings and queens in our own hometowns. And as we step into positions of spiritual and governmental authority in our communities, God will release us to worldwide prominence and expand our territories. He will take you places that you never dreamed to unlock the Heavens and release His presence and power on earth.
How To Access The Key Of David
David was a lover of God – the key that he wielded was the key of intimacy with God. Many of you have been in a place with Him in intimacy. Some of you feel hidden. This will be the year that some of you walk through the doors of destiny. While you've felt hidden, and nobody's noticed or recognized you, God's been doing a work in you in His fire. Now He's going to reveal you in this season. God's going to open doors, and He's going to shut doors. The key of David will loose for us what God has already loosed in Heaven on our behalf, and it will also bind the things that God has already bound in Heaven (see Matthew 16:19).
When we operate in that key of intimacy, breakthrough will happen. Intimacy releases breakthrough. And it's not going to require waiting for ten years to see it happen. It's going to be now. We're seeing a "now" breakthrough: People getting miracles of healing more quickly than ever before, regional strongholds being broken, and nations turning to the Lord.
Jesus is the key of David. Let's look at Isaiah 9, and you'll see what I'm talking about:
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this" (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Jesus came to the earth for a purpose: to seek and save that which was lost (see Luke 19:10).It says Jesus came to seek and save "that which was lost." In this verse, I believe that Jesus was also talking about "the authority" that Adam lost in the Garden when he sinned.
He's talking about the mandate of dominion rule and reign in the earth that the devil snatched up when Adam fell in the Garden. Jesus is the One who opened all the doors that needed to be opened and shut all the doors that needed to be shut when He died and rose from the dead.
On that day when He asked who men said that He was, Jesus proclaimed to Peter, "I am getting the keys back, son, and I'm giving them to you. I'm giving you those keys so that wherever you go you can bind and loose whatever I show you as a Father, and whatever I speak to you. Do what I say when I say to do it. If you will declare what I say, then what I say will happen."
We access the key when we access Jesus. Knowing Jesus as a friend who is closer than a brother releases a co-laboring partnership empowered through intimacy. And that intimate relationship with Jesus releases to us the key of revelation and knowledge that will transform nations.
Living At His Feet Ministries
Jerame Nelson is the founder of Living At His Feet Ministries. He is an author as well as a well-known international conference speaker and a crusade revivalist to the nations. It's Jerame's passion to equip the Body of Christ in the areas of hearing God's voice, as well as walking in the supernatural power of God in everyday life. Jerame and his wife, Miranda, live in Pasadena, California, and work together in the ministry to change the lives of thousands through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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