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. – Matthew 16:19
When I was a little boy, I fell asleep in my grandmother’s little room, and she unknowingly locked her room door and left for the market. When I woke up and found that I was locked in, I began knocking and banging on the door. But since that day was the general market day when everybody went to the market, there was nobody around to hear my yelling and banging. I kept banging till my toes and fingers began to bleed. Tired from all my unsuccessful efforts at opening the door, I laid down beside the door till my grandmother returned from the market in the evening. If I had the key to the door, it would have been a different story.
In the same manner, many are hedged in and locked up by the circumstances of life because they have not located the keys that operate the issues they are confronted with. But the knowledge of kingdom mysteries is the heritage of every redeemed child of God. Jesus said in Mark 4:11: “…Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: The keys of the kingdom is the knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. It is your staff of office as a redeemed child of God, designed to establish your status of dominion and validate your authority over the enemy. The knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom, which is the same as the knowledge of the Word of God is what puts you in command and gives you mastery over the issues of life. But as small as a little padlock might be, it takes using the right key to open it. The use of any other thing will end in futility. Your grammar or academic qualifications are of no use; neither will struggling with it or the use of the force of anointing work.
You need knowledge to reign on earth! This is because at the root of every man’s problem is ignorance; whereas the secret of triumph is knowledge. Don’t let any devil deceive you; there is no substitute for knowledge! I have seen many prayer warriors who are worn out. They shake their heads and hands, but that doesn’t open the door. Your only guarantee for liberty is knowledge.
Information For Transformation Not every key can open a door.
Many Christians have succeeded in taking delivery of only one key, and they want to open 50 other doors with this single key. They are saved, no doubt; but the key that will grant them access into health, abundance and success they don’t have.
Every exploit in life is a product of information. You cannot be informed and not be transformed. It is information that breeds transformation, which in turn leads to inspiration, and then culminates in inspiration. When aspiration is pursued, it brings forth transformation. Nothing happens by accident on the earth. The biggest enterprises on the earth all took off from the bits and pieces of information gathered. One of the world’s richest men, Richard Branson, attained his height of success from reading a little book titled, “Small is Beautiful”. His entire business empire took off with the information he gleaned from that little book. We must, therefore, place value on information, if we don’t want to suffer frustrations in life.
It takes information to be free from stagnation and deformation. If you are informed, you will be formed; and if you are well informed, you will be w e l l – f o r m e d. The amount of information you have on any issue of life will determine your accomplishment in it.
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: – Deuteronomy 28:1
All that the above scripture means is information. If you will crave after information from the Lord, and let it bring enough inspiration to ginger aspiration, you will come out on top. You can’t enjoy prosperity more than how informed you are about it. Information is the baseline for your tomorrow; whatever you will become tomorrow will be determined by how well informed you are today.
Excerpt from PILLARS OF DESTINY by David Oyedepo © August 2008
Bishop David Oyedepo is a Nigerian preacher and founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide. He is the presiding Bishop of the Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. The church is also known as Winners’ Chapel International. Oyedepo is also serial author, architect, and businessman.