Happy Sabbath fam,
I hope the tea is warm and the coffee is strong. Wherever you are on this blue marble of God’s wonder, know that in kindred faith I pray you all peace and readiness to receive of God’s Word today.
As I prayed earlier this week I was bringing some pressing concerns to the Sanctuary. Now I don’t know what measure of faith you all have, but the Holy Spirit invited me to join in the praying for what I’ll now share :
pray for the Gates.
With this small prompt, I was gifted instantaneous clarity on a passage of Scripture that was beforehand outside of my understanding.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
– Psalms 24:6-7
Waxing poetic I could understand the picture, the Lord knocks on the door to the souls of His flock,.. so open up to Him ! this is a topical understanding, sufficient to its season. Amen.
Ezekiel and John each received a vision of the Kingdom Come, the New Temple or New Jerusalem which was beset around the perimeter with 12 gates and foundations representing the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 disciples of the Lamb respectively.
It is by the 12 tribes that the things of God entered humanity, and by the ministry of the Lamb were they fortified and structured. Nevertheless, the symbol is consistent with the Psalmist’s plea: Lift up your heads, O YE GATES. He also prophetically describes us as the everlasting doors. Hallelujah.
But merely praying for the saints and witnesses was not the invitation, as that is of typical course. What are the gates to a City? They are the avenue by which things enter and exit. In times of war, the strength of a city was its walls. The gates were tactical points of interests, the target of massive battering rams. They were the site of war’s climax, its center of the most heated conflict.
***For this reason Jesus declares “on this Rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail.” The Gates of a city are a symbol of its strength. The strength of hell will not prevail against the Church the Lord has built.***
The invitation was to pray for the defenses of a City on a Hill. The Lord was compelled to declare hell would not prevail, because He knew they would try. And So I prayed then, and pray now over you, reader, that you man your gates. That you be wary of what you let enter the City of your mind/soul. That you keep fear, doubt and anxiety outside the city walls, that you line the city walls with archers firing the arrows of God’s Word at all oppression. No weapon formed against you will prosper, only remain in His steadfast love.
For this breaking of bread I decided to share 3 passages that I believe will fortify the walls:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
– Romans 10:17
- Life up your heads O ye Gates, that the Lord may enter. Let Jesus, the Word of God dwell in you richly, and let Him be the fullness of your days. I pray you all sit at the communion table today and partake of your daily bread so that we be invigorated to don the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6).
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
– James 3:7-12
2. The City was set on a hill that world may see from a far, and bear witness the Light of God shining forth. So are you Child of the Living God, let the candle be set atop that the room may be lit from it. The gates are not only points of entry but also points of departure. Jesus said a person is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what leaves it.
I pray that the Spirit guide and help us in the reformation of our speech. I need that! If foul things leave a city gates, won’t the foul things outside the city think to themselves that they may find succor within our walls?
34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
– Luke 11:34-36
3. The eye is the light of the body. The manner in which we perceive the world greatly influences our outlook and hence, behavior. Don’t stare too long into the void, the void stares back.
If a watcher on the city walls mistakes every shadow in the distance for war, the city will never leave a state of unrest. If every approaching giant is our world’s end, how will we make a stand? Preserve peace; the enemy need not breach the City if they can infect the people with unbelief. Warfare can be, and most often is, psychological.
Let hope and faith affirm your feet on the Foundation that is Christ and His promises. I pray the the Holy Spirit affix our eyes on the strength of Heaven’s Lord that we may stand atop of the waves.
With love and hope for you all, Peace
Pray for the Gates.