Gates – Part 7
Different Types Of Gates
We have already covered some major gates in the preceding series.
The Gates Of Wisdom: “Hear instruction, and be wise…Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates. Waiting at the posts of the doors. Proverbs 8 v 33 & 34. So, wisdom is a gate. Education is good. Some spend the greater part of their life acquiring degrees upon degrees. But for all the vast knowledge they accumulate, do they have wisdom? The Bible declares, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4 v 7. Solomon bombarded the throne of God with one thousand burnt offerings and sacrifices until the gate of wisdom swung open for him, and with the key of that gate in his hand the gates of honour and riches also swung open. That is why wisdom is a major gate we must struggle to open. It is a gate that can open other gates.
The Gates Of Righteousness: “Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them and praise the Lord. This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.” – Psalm 118 v 19 & 20. Many battle with sin in their lives without overcoming. They take solace in Hebrews Chapter 12:1, which talks of besetting sin. This Scripture does not support our harbouring any sin in our lives. It rather enjoins us to do away with “the sin which doth so easily beset us”.
Many also conclude that living a righteous, sin-free life is impossible in this world. Then, why did Jesus come? “…and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” Matthew 1 v 21.
The reason you find yourself struggling with a particular sin, without overcoming is because you have not yet discovered the gate of righteousness. I know because I have been there. I struggled for years to overcome one particular weakness in my life. I could not overcome no matter how hard I tried. I even concluded in my mind that everybody was like me.
But a day came in my life that I had to acknowledge that I loved Jesus more than this sin. I denounced it and called upon the LORD to give me power over it. The gates of righteousness broke open and I entered. From that day till date, I have been experiencing constant victory over what was formerly my master.
It is this gate of righteousness that shall separate a man from the other in eternity. Those that succeed to enter the gate of righteousness on earth shall also be privileged to sit on the overcomers’ throne alongside Jesus. They shall sit on the highest seat to reign with Christ throughout all eternity. The gate of righteousness is a crucial gate you need to contend with to enter.
City Gates: In Deuteronomy 3 v 1-5, we read that all the cities, which the children of Israel were to attack had high walls, gates and bars. Nations have gates as well. We must know how to possess the gates of our cities and nations. If you do not deal with the spiritual gates of a city, the Church in that land will not make much impact. Before effective soul winning can take place in a city, we must first open the gates of the city to the Gospel and the gates of men’s hearts.
God is in need of enlightened warriors who will also arise at the midnight hours to first of all undo the works of satanic agents and secondly open those gates unto God’s visitation, righteousness, the fear of the Lord, prosperity, repentance, etc. Right there in the midnight hours, open the gates and decree God-fearing people into posi¬tions of authority in the land; Godly councilors, legislators, governors and judges. The reason so many cities are being overtaken by divorce, crime, prostitution, occultism, division and squabbles amongst church leaders is because God has no men in that land to battle for the gates of the city. May you be God’s man for your city. May God depend on you in Jesus Name.
Rev. Theodore Effiong, Assemblies of God Church, Calabar or Prayer To All Nations (PTAN), Prayer City, Calabar. CRS
Phone – +234 9030012007, +234 7031921770
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