Greetings everyone! Welcome back. Today, I’m sharing with you ways to guard your spiritual gates in order to live a balanced Christian life and make heaven at last. Click to see my previous post.
The soul is like a black box. It goes back to the maker when your time on earth is done. It records all your activities on earth. The body which we feed, cream, clothe and pamper will eventually decay and turn to sand.
Do you know that the devil isn’t after you but after your soul? It’s your responsibility to feed and guard your soul. Feed your soul by reading and practicing the word of God. Guard your soul by protecting channels leading to it. These channels are what I call spiritual gates.
Times are crucial, the devil is working tirelessly to possess the soul of careless Christians; who would serve as his guests in hellfire.
What are spiritual gates?
Spiritual gates are the channels or the doorways to one’s soul. For example, blood is a channel to the heart. If the blood is contaminated, the heart suffers. However, the spiritual gateway to the soul includes body portals like the eyes, ears, mouth and so on. These gates are the areas the devil use to gain access to manipulate your soul; steal your God-given gifts and vision, use you to fulfill demonic operations and destruction. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. John 10: 10a
Spiritual gates explained and how to overcome the devil
In Ephesians 6:12, the Bible makes us understand that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Which means evil exists in the world today and we have to defend our souls through spiritual warfare by God’s grace. We do that by guarding the spiritual gates to the soul. These are some of the measures the devil uses to manipulate the soul.
Guard your eyes
“The eyes are windows to the soul”- Thomas. The eyes are gateways through which information enters the mind. What are you feeding your eyes? The devil has projected ways to manipulate our soul through the eyes, hence the lust of the eye. The Bible describes the eye as the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. Matt 6:22.
The sin of sexual immorality always start from the eyes. To demonstrate, David committed sexual sin with Bathsheba after he saw her naked body. 2 Samuel 11: 2-5. Mathew 5:28 says that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
So, therefore, to avoid lust of the eyes, greed and more; Use your eyes to read the word of God. Be mindful of what you watch on TV, social media etc. Learn to move your neck or close your eyes when you see forbidden things. Pray to God and ask Him for help. In fact, discipline your eyes to limit the devil from manipulating your soul. Be like Job who made a covenant with God not to look lustfully at anything immoral. Job 31:1
Guard your ears
In the same way, the ear is another major gateway to the soul. What you hear can impact you in a positive or negative way. The devil deceived Eve by convincing her to eat the forbidden fruit. The ears of Christians should be tuned to getting wisdom and understanding so that we will fear the Lord and gain his knowledge Proverbs 2:2 &5.The devil is very crafty, he makes use of music, movies and the media to defile our ears. Secure your ear gates; avoid gossip, idle jokes, worldly music, curse words and so on. Use your ears to seek the word of God. Surround yourself with positive people who speak encouraging words and desire the same goal of heaven at last.
In conclusion, Jesus is coming soon and only those who have received Him will make it to heaven. Be on the lookout, so the devil doesn’t use your body as an instrument to manipulate your soul and people around you. When the devil gets your soul; he steals your purpose and dominates your body for the purpose of destruction. Therefore, put on the whole armor of God and to be strong in the Lord.
Stay tuned for the second part of this blog post. Stay blessed!
Photo Credit Henry Hustava and Ben White on Unsplash