According to the Old Testament, a gatekeeper was a Levite. Gatekeepers where also watchmen on the walls. They were ministering priests from the tribe of Levi. Gatekeepers were trusted officials and high priests in the servant role of protecting the Lord’s house.
If you have been around the church for any period of time; you are familiar with the terms ear gate and eye gate. You are taught to guard those two gates with all diligence. And are also taught to watch what comes out of your mouth. Simply said, to guard your words.
Therefore, you are an ambassador of Christ in the role of a servant protecting the Lord’s house. And in this context the Lord’s house is referring to 2 Corinthians 5:1 – For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. This earthly tabernacle was built by God and belongs to him. (Genesis 2:7)
You must be a watchman of your ear gate, eye gate and the words proceeding out of your mouth. This is how you become a gatekeeper. You guard your ear gates by watching what you allow in your hearing because it will resonate and record onto your spirit man. You must remember faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (2nd Corinthians 5:17)
You receive information through your ear gate and you must be careful what you allow to pass through it. What you hear, repetitiously, can either build up your faith for a miracle or prevent the miracle from ever being developed. I remember some years ago I needed a car and didn’t have the money to buy one. All year long I kept saying “I am going to get a Jeep.” I was driving my boss crazy with it because I hadn’t been on the job long enough to save the money for a down payment. But I kept reading God’s word, praying and speaking “I am going to get a Jeep.” Even when others thought it impossible I kept speaking the word about my jeep.
Before finally getting up enough nerve to go to the Mercedes Benz used car lot; with one of my prayer partners we prayed as touching and agreeing. Later that afternoon I walked up on the lot. Site unseen, the Jeep I wanted was there and the salesman came out of his trailer and said these words. “I’ve been waiting for you.” Immediately told him, “I have no down payment and my credit is not that great.” His reply, “Did I asked for a down payment?” He said, “Do you have anything you can trade in?” “A tank, a bicycle, moped—anything?” All I had was an old Chevy my daughter gave me that didn’t run and was covered with leaves. He had it towed and gave me $1500 for a down payment. After filling out the paperwork I drove down the street with tears in my eyes thanking God for my miracle.
The point is I was hearing what I spoke until it became etched in my spirit. Some people never hear themselves speak. Which is a fatal flaw. The word of God says speak those things that be not as though they were. (Romans 4:17) Because God creates new things out of nothing through our confessions of faith. Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
“The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is [a]good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is [b]bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.” (Luke 11:34-36)
In guarding your eye gate you cannot always believe what you see in the earth realm. Because God may give you a word that just does not line up with your physical sight. We will use Abraham for this example.
We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!” (Genesis 17:5)
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. (Matthew 15:18)
Or you can be like the Cowardly Lion whose roar was far worse than his bite. The lion is noted for being the king of the Jungle—-in this case, the king of the forest. Yet he compared himself to a dandelion and inferred he had been walking in fear all of his life.
The spirit of fear had tormented him for so long he had become a walking identity crisis. Problem being he saw himself as a coward instead of a king. He did not see himself as others saw him. They only knew him to be a coward by his confession. It is all in perception. Had he never acted as or told them he was a coward, they never would have known him to be one.
What are you confessing out of your mouth? The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45) You must guard your words with all diligence.
The words we speak will either build us up or tear us down. In this case, the spirit of fear had the lion constantly tearing himself down. By the words he spoke. And deceived him into believing he was a coward—not a king. Instead of making a confession of faith, he was making a confession of fear. Just like some people who have been saying negative things for so long. Those words have registered on their spirits. Now recorded on their spirits, are controlling their lives. Which is a recipe for disaster.
- Make sure the words you are hearing are words of faith that can open doors to the miraculous.
- No matter how hopeless your situation my seem. You must believe anyway. Not living by what you see, but by what God promised.
- Your confession of God’s word over you life or circumstances not only strengthens your faith, but helps you to stand strong in your faith. Therefore seeing a victorious end.
Being a gatekeeper is no easy task, but if you want to walk in the blessings and favor of God these are the building blocks to that confession. It is a process. And anyone knows excellence is not created overnight but through time and experience. Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (Psalm 127:1) Is the Lord still working on your house?
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