WHAT ARE GATES?
A gate is an opening. It is not just an opening, but a legal access point. Access into a life, city, church, family, or nation is granted or denied at the gate. It’s a place of entry or exit. A gate confine or shut up things from coming in or going out. A gate is a control point. It’s a symbol of power and authority. A gate is a border, pathway, and a boundary. A gate is an altar. It’s a transit place. A gate is a meeting place.
Gates are portals.
“Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” Genesis 28:12. A spiritual world exists just like the physical world but it’s invisible to the natural eyes. A portal is as an entry point into another realm or dimension. It’s a connection between the natural and supernatural. The spiritual realm which the ordinary eyes cannot see includes the divine dimension and the demonic dimension.
TYPES OF GATES:
1. Personal gate:
Every person has a gate. Your mind, body, dream, and mouth are gates in which the enemy wants to use to come in to dominate, deceive and destroy.
2. Family gate:
You must guard against anything that threatens your family. Take a stand to lead your family to Christ. Be careful not to allow the enemy to dump trash into your family. There are many ways by which this trash can be dumped: television, social media, books, magazines, fashions, and attitudes, just to name a few. Know what is going on in your children’s lives. Supervise and guide them. Guard and lead them to Christ.
3. Church gate:
If the spiritual gates of the church are opened, fighting, prayerlessness, strife, and division will be common. You must also close the back doors of the church.
4. Community gate:
The light of the Gospel cannot shine brightly in a town or city if the enemy has captured the gates. Crimes, poverty, sickness, injustice, and violence are the other signs of enemy at the gate. So, we must take steps to possess the gates. Acts 16:16-25.
6. National gates:
A nation can be in serious trouble if certain gates are not open. 2 Kings 7:1-11. The enemies sounded the city of Samaria; the gates of the city were closed. The siege prevented the enemies from coming in, but it also brought famine, sickness and problem. So, for the gates to be opened, the enemies had to be dealt with. And when God intervened; the siege was lifted, problems ended and prosperity came to the city.
At every gate, there are gatekeepers. Gatekeepers are the people who monitor the gate, deciding who gets in, who has access to what or whom. God’s looking for men and woman to take up positions at the gates. Gatekeepers that sees into the spiritual realm, observe what is happening, and lean forward to take prompt action when there’s danger.