We have two distinct “keys” to open doors in our lives. Fear is the key that opens a door to Satan and all his works and faith is the key that opens the door to God’s blessings. That is so elegant and simple but it isn’t necessarily easy to avoid using the wrong key!
Emotions get involved and it takes awareness, a quality decision and a strong will. Let’s look at each step separately. It first takes becoming aware of what you are thinking and saying! Your thoughts and words impact your emotions. You know if you think about a situation that made you angry long enough – you will get angry all over again as if it was happening at that moment. So, first, ask the Lord to make you aware of your thoughts and help you to be aware of the words you are speaking and giving life to.
Next, it takes what Kenneth Copeland calls a “quality decision.” If you REALLY want to walk consistently in faith, renewing your mind to the Word of God and setting a guard over your mouth, it takes a firm, definite quality decision that you are committed in making the changes you need to make. This translates into every area of your life. If you decide you want to lose weight, eat healthy and get fit and don’t make that quality decision, you’ll slip back into your old ways and regain any weight you may have lost.
It’s the same with keeping the door of faith open over your life. You have to want that badly enough that you will do whatever it takes. Sure you may slip and think the wrong thought, become fearful or say the wrong thing once in a while – but this is a process. As long as you are committed to succeeding and determine you’ll make progress each day – it’s all good!
Last but certainly not least is building up your will. Your will is part of our soul – your mind and emotions are the other parts. You can easily see how each part of your soul impacts the others. When you think negative, fear thoughts, you usually begin saying them out loud. Then you feel fearful and worried (emotions kick in pretty quickly). Finally, if you allow that to go on, you’ve decided (that’s your will) to open the wrong door!
You can strengthen your will by keeping your word to yourself! Every time you make a decision to do something or not to do something and you follow through and keep your word, you build your will. It’s like a muscle that must be exercised in the right way in order to grow. You know if you do ab work like crunches and don’t keep your abdominal muscles tight, you will strengthen those muscles, but they’ll look bigger! You are exercising them, but in the wrong way.
So make a decision to begin opening the right door in your life, the door of faith that gives God the freedom to work in your life!