Guard your gates

Originally posted 19/03/2018.

A gate is a barrier used to close an opening. The reason why gate is erected is for safety. There are several spiritual gates in our body which I will be talking about today.

The Eyes Gate

The eye is a very powerful organ in our body. Everyone knows the significance of an eye but many don’t pay attention to the role it plays spiritually.

““Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Research reveals that vision is 90% mental and 10% physical. This goes to prove that our mind is connected to our eyes. So in order to guard what we meditate on, we need to guard our eyes. When we expose our eyes to things that aren’t edifying, our body and mind is fed same. So many people who are addicted to pornography today only started by watching few minutes of it. Letting our eyes wonder can put us into situations we will later regret. There are certain shows that we shouldn’t be watching if we want to go deeper in our relationship with God. You might think watching those shows doesn’t really matter, however it’s actually filling your heart with darkness. This in return clouds your vision and judgement.

We live in a world where it’s almost impossible not to see something that is not pure. If you don’t go looking for it, it will look for you. The billboards are screaming sex. TV adverts aren’t left out either. The fashion world has gone crazy. Despite these things, we still have a responsibility of consciously guarding our eyes. For some, this might mean unsubscribing to certain TV stations. For another, it might mean sticking to the good ole news channel, sport shows, cooking and religious shows (its better to be called boring in doing this than for you to be stuck fighting a thought that has been planted because of something you saw on TV). We have enough to fight, don’t add more to it. Can Jesus look through the pictures on your phone? How about the ones saved on your computer? Can He look at those ones you secretly stare at on social media?

The Ear Gate

Our ears are connected to our brains. The brain is the central processing unit of the body and it plays a key role in translating the content of the mind. The brain is the physical organ mostly linked with the mind and consciousness. What we listen to is processed in our brain which is connected to our mind. Our mind is like a blank canvas that is painted by what we feed it. This is where music comes to mind. The lyrics of music are powerful. I am not saying that we should only listen to gospel music. But as Christians there are certain music we shouldn’t even be debating whether we should listen to or not. A music filled with swear and vulgar words, describing people’s intimate body parts shouldn’t be entertaining to us. If listening to them don’t trouble our spirit, then there is a problem. The consequences don’t or may not be seen immediately but it will certainly be seen. Slowly but surely our spirits gets desensitised. We begin to tolerate and entertain things we never used to. Phrases like “it really doesn’t matter. It isn’t that deep” becomes our go to phrase. Before you know it, we find ourselves throwing some swear words into our sentences and we feel ok with it because that is what we are surrounded with. If as a Christian, your friends don’t see anything wrong with using vulgar words or describing people in a degrading way, with just a matter of time, you will find yourself doing same.

The bible talks a lot about minding what we say because of how it affects those who hear them (James 3:3-6, Proverbs 18:21, Psalm 1:1). What we listen to have the power to create life or death in us. Some songs i would class as pornography because of the lyrics. You can’t listen to such songs all day and expect your spirit to be in tune with God. It’s simply garbage in, garbage out. Why won’t you be thinking and lusting after someone when all the songs you listen to are lust filled? The way we feel uplifted by a good song, is the same way our spirits gets pressed down by bad songs. What are you listening to? Will you be ok with listening to that music if Jesus Christ was sat next to you? Can He listen to your playlist?

The Heart Gate

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The above scripture is pretty much self explanatory. What we meditate on, determines the course of our lives. This makes it very vital for us to guard our hearts constantly with the word of God. So if I see something on a billboard that can trigger lust, I have a responsibility not to meditate on it. If someone offends me, I have a responsibility not to allow that offence linger in my heart.

The task to guard our gates is entirely ours. There are certain things we have to take responsibility for and this is certainly one of them. We often like to push blames around. But God will not ask us to do what He knows we are not capable of doing. And of course we have a bonus factor. We have the Holy Spirit who helps us to fight against our flesh.

So as we start a new week, make a covenant with yourself. That you will consciously guard the gates God has given you. You have authority over those gates. What you allow, come in and what you don’t allow, stays out. Be intentionally about your spiritual walk. Heaven is worth fighting for.

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40 thoughts on “Guard your gates

  1. You’ve probably heard of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. But he also wrote The Holy War, that pictures the Christian as a city with the senses as the gates. I think you’d enjoy it! Thanks for the post 🙂

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      1. It is good. You can get modern English editions because he wrote it hundreds of years ago! It’s probably freely available on the internet somewhere too. God bless! 🙂

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  2. Indeed many believers have taken certain things for granted and seriously and unconsciously conforming to the pattern of this world by what the eyes, ears and heart are fed with. It’s a good admonition. Thanks Efua for this.

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  3. I kinda took the opposite approach and added more of what I should be looking at, and listening to, instead of taking the stuff away. I know it seems like I am still settling for at least some sin, but I have found when you start adding the good stuff to your life you crave more of it, and the bad stuff becomes more and more distasteful.

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  4. I just recorded an episode on this, with a friend whose family has been rocked to the core by pornography. Researching for that subject I found that only 7% of churches have ministry to those dealing with this. And she told me the church they were in at first had a men’s group that didn’t have any plans for accountability. They just patted one another on the back and said “everyone struggles with it”. So that wasn’t helpful. Once the two of them got together and put a plan in place to mortify that sin, he hasn’t had another issue with it. I hope more churches will see how imperative this teaching is.

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    1. Amen! Yes, this is a huge problem in the church today, and so many people, leaders included, are turning a blind eye to it, or they are not willing to confront it for what it is, and yes, many of them are just consoling each other in their sin instead of helping one another be free from sin.

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  5. Great read Efua!

    Just because of the season I’m in, in my own personal life, the heart gate caught my attention. In the heart is where all our beliefs and encounters are stored that affect how we feel, how we act, our relationships, our success and even our mental and physical health. The word says, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. We need transformation not just for our mind, but for our heart. I prayed and ask God to give me a heart transplant. The heart needs a healing just like our physical bodies and it needs guarding. The Word says, Guard your heart above all else, for out it flow the issues of life.

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    1. Amen! I so agree! Many people today, I believe, continue to “struggle” with certain sinful addictions because they are trying to do behavioral modification and to control their behavior in the flesh, and that never works. They try to stop sinning, but they are not successful, and then sometimes they blame God, that God just isn’t doing it for them the way they expected, or that he just hasn’t changed their hearts yet.

      But, in reality, what they are forgetting is that it is out of the heart that all these things come, so yes, we do need our hearts healed and cleansed and renewed, and we need to let the Lord remove those cancerous tumors of the heart that keep us, as a people (not everyone included here, just generally speaking) still going back to the same mud puddles time and time again. And, then we do need to guard our hearts and our minds, ears and eyes against all that filth from reentering the gates and to captivate us once again.

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      1. Thank you for sharing Sue! Yes, not only should we guard our heart so that we may not sin against God but we should watch what we listen to and the conversations we entertain.

        We need to protect our heart against bitterness, envy, anger…These things will overtake our heart if we let let them. We must guard our heart against people who seek to cause division, toxic relationships and ungodly activities.

        We must protect our heart so that our words, and actions are for God’s glory!

        I’ve been praying Lord help me to protect my heart!

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    1. Hi Robert. I’m truly humbled by this. I deeply appreciate you nominating me for this award and I am grateful that I got to meet you here. Although my blog is award free and I don’t accept awards, my kindness in this manner is appreciated. God bless you and I pray you enjoy your day and week

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