The Key of Promise

keyofpromise2Pilgrim and his companion, Hopeful, in their dungeon.

Excerpt from Pilgrim’s Progress:

Pilgrim:  Brother, what shall we do?  The life we now live is miserable.  For my part I know not whether it is best to live, or to die.

Hopeful:  My brother, remember now valiant thou hast been heretofore?  Apollyon could not crush thee, nor could all that thou didst hear, or see, or feel, in the Valley of the Shadow of Death.  What hardship, terror or amazement hast thou already gone through…remember how thou playedst the man at Vanity Fair, and was neither afraid of the chain, nor cage, nor yet of bloody death?…

Now a little before it was day, good Christian, as one half amazed, broke out in this passionate speech:  What a fool am I, to lie in a stinking dungeon when I may as well walk with liberty.  I have a key in my bosom called Promise, that will open any lock in the Doubting Castle.

We will always end up in despair when we forget.  We forget not only God’s goodness to us but also His past victories in our lives.  The only way to walk life on this road is to recall God’s past deeds on our behalf and to remember His promises to us.  Remembering is the same thing as faith.  Faith looks back and draws courage; hope looks ahead and keeps desire alive.  We have also been giving a sword but most of us leave it at home or do not learn how to wield it masterfully.  This sword is the Word of God and it holds all the keys of Promise that we ever need to unlock any door to us.  Why do we sit in a dungeon when can walk with liberty?  The choice is ours.  We have only been deceived into believing that someone else holds the key to our freedom. 

What locks in Doubting Castle have you been staring at too long?  What promise do you use to unlock that door and walk in liberty.

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