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Matthew 16:19, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The keys are symbols of authority. Peter describes the purpose of the keys. To all who believe in Christ and obey His Word, the right key will be revealed to them and they may be able to choose the right key to open the door of the kingdom to apply to their circumstances or situations.

2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

It is important that we build on His way of living through applying the right word (His Word) over our circumstances and situations. It is vital not to neglect God and His purpose for our life. God said it is up to you to be a success. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” For example: if you put a seed on the window sill, it will not grow. However, when you put the seed in the soil and water it, it will grow. God is committed to your success.

Principles of Law

You don't have to pray for it.

God is predictable and has designed life for you and me to succeed or fail. God has designed for us to succeed because he is our maker and owner. The automoble manufacturer makes sure that the vehicle that comes off the assembly line will operate properly. So, when the consumer makes the purchase and follows the instructions in the manual, the vehicle will operate as it was designed. However, if the vehicle malfunctions under the terms of the manufacturer's warranty, the purchaser has the right to take the vehicle back to an authorized dealer where they purchased it according to the warranty agreement. So, the dealer is responsible for correcting the problem because the manufacturer's reputation is on the line.

God has given us a warranty based on His laws, and the Holy Spirit is the authorized dealer. If we obey, we can make our way successful and prosper. You see, success is built in the creation process; the secret is for believers to follow the law because success is good for God like it is good for the automoble manufacturer.

A citizen's responsibility

We break laws because we ignore the voice of the authorized dealer (Holy Spirit) and as a result, we experience failure. Anyone who wants to become a citizen of a country is first obligated to learn the laws of that country. This means they will have to agree to submit to the constitution of that country in order to enjoy the benefits of that country. It is impossible for one to enter God's kingdom and violate His law and expect favor from Him. This is why laws were given to guarantee success.

Dr. Ronald Hester is senior pastor of God's Way of Life Ministries in Orangeburg.

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