Locks represent ownership. Just about every valuable thing we own we put a lock to it, like house, car, drawers,etc. Locks also suggest a sense of protection and security.
With every lock it comes with a key.
You know me well enough by now,(hehe) I'm talking about locks in spiritual sense.
Lock means free will, will power. And key suggests decisions.
There are two situations that things can go wrong:
1. The lock doesn't lock properly.
This means that our will power is not strong enough. Strangers are free to come in and out. Robbers and thieves are not kept out. The key's working alright, but the lock's not working properly. For example, we decide to give up smoking, but we just don't have enough will power to resist the temptation.
Possible causes that the lock doesn't work:
a. It's rusty, or dirty -- needs a thorough clean up -- There's the presence of sin.
b. Something foreign's in it. Something's stuck in it -- Deliverance is needed.
2. Something's wrong with the key
The will power is strong enough to carry out the decisions, but something's wrong with our decisions. The lock becomes a dead lock, we're locked out of our own possesions, or we become prisoners, can't get out.
a. Wrong key -- wrong decisions
b. Dented or broken keys -- decisions not being carried out strictly.
c. The key's missing, it got lost!
Sometimes we get hurt, then we draw a little conclusion, and that becomes our decision. Say we had a bad relationship before, and uncontiously we made a decision(key), that we'd never let any other men get close to us again. Then as time went by, we forgot all about that decision we made, but the lock's definately been locked, dead tight. Then after a while we wonder why we're still single, why can't we get married again.... We forgot where we put our keys.
In this situation, all we need to do is to go back, and find our keys. Find out all the decisions we made, and turn(repent)it, change the direction, and the locks will be opened again.
Sometimes the locks and the keys are so wrong, they simply need to be replaced. This suggests born again, and be renewed by the Holy Spirit.