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A lock is usually intended to keep something in with nobody able to access it except the person with a key.
There was a time when a lot of folks felt safe enough that they didn’t have to lock their doors at home. Those were the days. Times have changed.
Most people lock their home doors nowadays out of necessity. Sometimes that can be a problem for us.
We’re about to make a move, which requires home repairs before we can think about the actual move. One area in need of replacement is the door seal on the side of the doorknob. That’s because portions of the seal have been ripped away by pocketknives and credit cards.
You know the trick. If you’re locked out of your home (knob lock only, not the deadbolt), there is still a way in.
Our first plan in such instances is to recall if we placed the stick at the bottom of the sliding glass door. If we were responsible and did that, we would then begin looking for a knife.
Sliding the knife blade or credit card in and up by the knob usually works after a while if you can maneuver the lock. But it wreaked havoc on our door seal.
Back to the keys. I think of a janitor or custodian who has a big circular ring with keys hanging all around it.
Anyone know what a master key is? I’m going to take a stab and say it is a key that will unlock multiple doors.
Master key is an appropriate name.
That’s because our Master – Jesus – has the key to access any place we need delivered from.
In the Book of Acts, three such instances come into play.
In the fifth chapter, the apostles were doing wonderful works through Jesus. The Jewish high priest then rose up with indignation about that and imprisoned the apostles.
Prisons were different back then. Prisoners didn’t get three squares, cable TV and commissary. It was a dirty desolate place with no way out.
Jesus had the key. In this instance, the angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them forth.
The miraculous God, who created all things and who is sovereign over everything, had a way in to deliver them.
Did you know God can access those dark and lonely places we find ourselves and deliver us out of them? He can appear in that place of depression, worry, or fear where we’re at and bring us right on out.
His ways are much higher than our ways. Nothing is impossible for Him. He wants to deliver us.
Later in Acts, Peter was imprisoned by Herod. This time, the church was praying without ceasing for Peter’s deliverance. Just how would it happen? That was left up to God.
Again the angel of the Lord was sent right to where Peter was at. How did he get in there? God has all the keys. The chains binding Peter simply fell off at the angel’s presence. That sounds good.
They passed the fist and second ward and then finally came to the iron gate that led into the city. How would they get past that one? It simply opened to them at his own accord and they went out. Again, God possessed the key for deliverance.
Paul and Silas later found themselves in the innermost part of prison after being beaten for doing God’s work.
They began to sing God’s praise at midnight, and the prisoners heard them. In this case, God had another key in the form of an earthquake that shook the foundation of the prison, and their bands were loosed. God can do it any way He chooses to.
Remember Jonah? The prophet went the opposite way of where God told him to go. God created a big old whale to swallow Jonah. Miraculously, Jonah lived in the whale’s belly three days.
Jonah found himself in the “belly of hell.” It was a terrible dark place. Confusion reigned. Jonah came to his senses and cried out to God. His prayer went through the whale’s body, up through the water, into the atmosphere, and eventually all the way into the temple of God.
God still hears those cries. He has the master key to deliver from the worst scenarios. In this instance, God simply spoke to the fish and it vomited up Jonah onto the dry land.
Nothing is too hard for God. He can deliver us from physical and spiritual bondage.
Jesus defeated everything that holds us back. He did it in human form.
Revelation 1:18 states, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen: and have the keys of hell and death.”
Delivering us from death and hell are His greatest miracles of all!
Sam Kaufman pastors The Church of God at 405 13th Ave. N in Alex City. Contact him at 432 266-0154.