If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:
- MONDAY: Matthew 16:13-28
- TUESDAY: Colossians 1:24-2:7
- WEDNESDAY: Joshua 6:1-27
- THURSDAY: John 3:22-36
- FRIDAY: John 20:19-31
- SATURDAY: Luke 12:22-34
- SUNDAY: Luke 15:25-31 (The “Other Prodigal Son,” especially verse 31)
Sermon Notes: “I’ve Got The Keys” ⤵️
Pastor Paul Daugherty from Victory Church in Tulsa, OK brought the message today!
Pastor Paul begins with a story about visiting an event at Elevation Church (“I’m a Stan, a Steve Furtick fan.”) and being harangued by a security guard who thought he was trying to endanger Steve Furtick, but he was vouched for by the secretary of the church who said he was a friend.
Keys are use to both:
- Unlock doors to access God
- Lock the devil from wreaking havoc
Some of us have keys we’re not using.
Some of us have keys we’ve forgotten about.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.Matthew 16:19, NIV, emphasis mine
Keys are activated in the Spirit:
- Key Activation #1: See
- Key Activation #2: Serve
- Key Activation #3: Speak
- Key Activation #4: Surrender
[Nick: I want to preface my notes with some theological context: The keys that Pastor Paul talks about here are in regards to ministry and leadership, not salvation. You do not need to “activate” your salvation. Jesus activated your salvation on the Cross. You only need to receive it by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). When it comes to expanding your influence, your platform, and your ministry, that is where Pastor Paul’s sermon really comes into play. As he says below: It’s not about you, it’s about Jesus in you.]
Key Activation #1: See
Before God delivered Jericho to the Israelites, God told Joshua:
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.Joshua 6:2, NIV, emphasis mine
You have to see the victory before you see the victory.
Pastor Paul tells a story of his father taking him out to undeveloped and asking him, “What do you see?” You have to close your eyes to really see–this land is now a church with everything his father dreamed that land could be.
Spiritual sight with the eyes of faith:
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.Proverbs 23:7, KJV
[Nick: This passage, originally written in ancient Hebrew, has been translated in different ways and I think the KJV version, when taken out of context, is incorrectly applied here. Try reading it in the NIV for an example.]
Where there is no vision, the people perish.Proverbs 29:18, KJV
[Nick: This is another KJV translation of a proverb that I think is taken out of context: Here is it in the NIV: “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” This doesn’t seem to be talking about “having vision.” That’s not to say having vision isn’t important–I think that faith in God and following Christ requires some level of vision–but I’ve often seen this passage used to justify having a vision like this and I don’t know if that’s the correct way to understand it when you read the second half of the verse, because “revelation” is more about God’s vision, not your own.]
In Judges 6, Gideon questioned whether or not God was really with the Israelites as they faced defeat by the hands of Midian:
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”Judges 6:13, NIV
Gideon did not yet see the victory.
David saw a giant too big to miss; the Israelites saw a giant too big to conquer. (1 Samuel 17:1-58)
It’s about how you see things.
It’s about how you see yourself.
Pastor Paul shares a quick story about putting his sermons up on YouTube and noticing that some people are giving the videos a thumbs down.
Who are the Thumbs Down People? You can’t find them. They are anonymous.
Stop looking for validation in others.
Their thoughts didn’t make you so don’t let them shape you.
Instead consider: How does God see you?
Key Activation #2: Serve
Pastor Paul tells the story of how he started serving at his father’s church: trying out for the youth worship team but being rejected… when his sister was in charge! Eventually, he is asked to lead worship for Children’s Church and while he wishes he was on the youth band, he submits and serves in this way.
You don’t need a title or a position to serve:
See a need and meet it!
If you’re too big to serve, you’re too small to lead.
Your humiliation is preparation for elevation/acceleration.
Start owning your story.
Later in the story, Pastor Paul had written a worship song that a local college wanted to add to one of the albums, but they wanted another person to sing it and he would sing in the choir.
He must become greater; I must become less.”John 3:30, NIV
Pastor Paul shares a story about getting hired at his father’s church but only being granted a key to his office. “I just want access.” Soon after his dad is in the hospital with Stage 4 cancer.
When you face a crisis, you find out what your faith is made of.
“On Christ the solid rock I stand.”
Sometimes you see the miracle.
Sometimes you are the miracle.
Pastor Paul, after his father passed away, felt God telling him:
“Your dad finished his race.
It’s time for you to run yours.
Serve your mom. Serve the church.
And get ready; you’re about to be the pastor of Victory.”
He still felt like he didn’t have the keys… even as the Board was telling him that his father told them that Paul should be the pastor; he just needs to be developed.
Some people want God to elevate their platform,
But not develop their character.
He goes to the church building to pray and tries to open the door… he finds out the key to his office also opens the front door. He’d never tried to open the door with his key… He had the master key this whole time.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.Colossians 1:27, NIV, emphasis mine
You have the Master Key.
It’s not you, it’s Jesus in you.
“You’ve got this.”–Stop doubting.
Key Activation #3: Speak
Change the words you speak.
The enemy of here is there.
You are here on purpose because you have a purpose.
What are you speaking over your children?
What are you speaking over your future?
What do you see that’s possible?
Key Activation #4: Surrender
“I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on you.”