Growing up we had a key to the house that was hidden. It hung on a nail in a brick wall camouflaged by a layer of ivy. As I got a little older, I realized that almost the entire neighborhood knew the location of the “hidden” key. Anyone could choose to enter our home whenever they wanted to, but they needed to use the key.
Our Father gives us unlimited access to His Kingdom, but we have to choose to enter in. The key that opens the door to enjoy the gift of the Holy Spirit is humility. It is through an understanding and recognition of the central place of humility in this process, that we come to experience the Holy Spirit. Colossians 5:1 says, “As you received your salvation, so walk in it.” From a posture of humility, we recognize our sinfulness and our need for God. We are forgiven when we receive our salvation, but will need to return to Him for forgiveness, again and again.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” James 5:16 tells us that “the prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.” Unlocking the door between us and God by receiving His forgiveness in humility, will unleash the Holy Spirit in our prayers and in our lives.