Managing Life-Gates In Order To Avoid Life-Missteps

Managing Life-Gates In Order To Avoid Life-Missteps

1 Kings 6: Prov. 3:13-26, Prov. 4:20-26 Genesis 8:22, James 3:13-18

“And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. 14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.” 1 Kings 3:10-14 (KJV)

Pursuing length of days, riches and honor, life of enemy at the expense of wisdom is a major Life-Missteps. Wisdom delivers length of days, riches and honor, life of enemy without one making them a primary life struggle. A central denominator in our scriptures on this subject matter deals with heart, eyes, ears, soul, walks, talks which are important determinants of gateways into our lives, as earthly beings.

 

We all have the following Life gates:

  1. Eye window/gate – where we derive power of excellent perspective that rightly defines dimensions – power of vision that helps to overcome spiritual blindness

“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” Prov 4:25-26 (KJV)

  1. Ear window/gate – which gives us powers of clear receipt of information & understanding for breeding wisdom – without true knowledge, understanding and wisdom life can be confusing and directionless.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (KJV)

  1. Mouth gate – this is control center whereby life or death sentences are disseminated depending on how each deploys powers of right use, and not abuse, of one’s tongue

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matt 12:36-37 (KJV)

  1. Smell/taste/Sensory window/gate – whereby we perceive tangible but unseen life elements.

“The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Prov 20:27 (KJV)

  1. Touch/Sexually-motivated emotional window/gate – the use or abuse of sexual organs defines people’s spiritual purity or impurity

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Cor 3:16-17 (KJV)

  1. Spiritually-motivated God/devil window/gate

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:6-8 (KJV)

 

Everything about each of our life and living is defined by these life-gates. Every human being does not have exactly the same control of, and, feedback from these gates. Some have better understanding and use of the life gates more than others do. Whatever we permit through these windows will dictate how we walk, talk, act, react or counter act. There are many pot-holes in life that can be avoided, when we rightly engage these life-gates. Wisdom is an effective management and proper use of our life-gates.

 

“Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Matt 15:17-20 (KJV)

 

“And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:20-23 (KJV)

 

5 Signs Of Missteps

  1. Walking in circles – When you find yourself back in the same spot as before. Gone round the same mountain long enough. Lots of movement but not motion. Lack of tangible progress. Deut 2:2-3 (KJV)
  2. Walking in repeated failure/defeat – Repeating same tests and trials without receiving expected testimony – Josh 7:4-5 (KJV)
  3. Getting spiritual beating and bashings – receiving public shame and ridicule while trying to be impressive to others – Acts 7 sons of sceva – Acts 19:13-16 (KJV)
  4. Falling in the same ditches and distresses – Blind men of Matt 9:27-31 &Matt 20:29-34
  5. Repeatedly receiving the same disappointment. By the pool of Bethesda John 5:6-8 (KJV)

 

“And the Lord spake unto me, saying, 3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.” Deut 2:2-3 (KJV)

“So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.”

Josh 7:4-5 (KJV)

“Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”

Acts 19:13-16 (KJV)

“When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”

“When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”

John 5:6-8 (KJV)

 

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. 31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. 31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

Matt 9:27-31 (KJV)

And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. 31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. 32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? 33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Matt 20:29-34 (KJV)

 

One of the first lessons to learn today is that, after birth, Life would usually give back to people, whatever they give into it. Every earthly human existence is pretty much dependent on seedtime & harvests, according to Genesis 8:22. Whatever we allow to enter our mind and thinking process ultimately defines our fate, our attitudes, and approach to life. Every single one of us reflects our mindset, until it is renewed. The content of your mind creates a welcoming or offensive aura that people can detect, and use to act or react against us, whether you know it or not. Our exterior circumstances are largely developed out of the abundance or scarcity from our film-frames of our mind. A poor mind produces poverty. A rich mind produces abundant riches.

Proverbs 23:7 says that “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”. So, as any man or woman thinks, so is he or she!

WHAT IS WISDOM?

Wisdom is an ability to effectively regulate the mood and attitudes of our minds, depending on how our life-gates are managed.

I cannot reiterate enough that the state of each of our mind and heart determines our daily actions and reactions. It also informs our daily choices, decisions and preferences. What we each get back from life is therefore a product of series of well-informed or not-so-well-informed, personal choices and decisions. We daily eat fruits of life that our rooted in what we allowed access and permissions into our thought, and state of heart, process. Just as Prov. 3 & Prov. 4:20 encourages, wise decisions as important bedrock for us to avoid common and uncommon life missteps and mistakes.

 

Many people make poor choices and decisions while trusting that blind prayers will eventually sort out eventual outcomes of their life. What such people lack understanding of is, prayers do not automatically resolve life issues. Prayers create conducive climate and atmosphere for choices and decisions to germinate. What prayers is, to our life circumstance, is, what rain is to vegetative plants. Prayers may inform life choices and decisions, or enhance life choices and decisions.

 

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 (KJV)

 

There are people who do not pray but simply sow the right life-seeds, at the right times, and still reap abundant life-harvests. The uncommon truth is that God already set principles and laws of life in motion for everyone, whether they are spiritually reformed or not. Every one can reap whatever they sow into their life. Those of us who are spiritually informed, or born-again, have the tools to reap better life results, which are already handed over to us in spiritual places. Unfortunately, most Christians have been indoctrinated to believe that God will automatically do for them, what God already put machineries in place for them to achieve for themselves.

Our choices and decisions are directly informed by what we allow and give access to enter into our decision-making process, via life-gates.

God gave us many counsels both in the old and new testaments, essential to guide us to do right by these life gates. The writer of the book of proverbs chapter 3

Prov. 3 gives detailed counsel that could help to guide our life-walks and life-talks. Apostle Paul also gave several guidances all through his epistles on how to effectively manage our life-gates.

 

What Are We Talking About Today?

  • Many have become blinded to God-enabled insights that could make life easier and simpler.
  • Others have become dull of hearing, thereby missing divine sounds and alarms that God put in place for safety-purposes and for guidance toward right life-directions
  • There are many who refuse to develop their God-given intuitive, cognitive, perceptive ability to detect and prevent adverse circumstances even before they happen. Their God-given ability to sense and avert danger has been dulled.
  • There are others also whose sexual appetite and pre-dispositions corrupt them and dirty the functionality of their other gates. Once the sexual gate is abused, every other life-gate is polluted and corrupted. When they are so dirtied, then, they fail to function optimally and effectively.
  • The spiritual life gate works best for those who maintain fresh connections with God through our Lord and Savior JESUS Christ. Those who do not maintain fresh fellowship are easily swayed by forces of evil and darkness.

 

Prayers

  1. Lord I ask that you help me refurbish my life gates.
  2. Lord I ask that you help me to see right, hear right, talk right, abstain from sexual pollution, and to maintain squeaky clean contact and relationship with your Holy Spirit.
  3. Lord, please renew the channels of productive atmospheres around me. Let the rain of your Holy Spirit wash, cleanse, liberate, and re-energize a climate of spiritual growth, prosperity and purity, in my life.

 

Examples in Scripture

  1. David – once asked that God would create in him a clean heart & renew the right spirit within me – Psalms 51:7-12 (KJV)
  2. Paul the apostle elaborated on the dichotomy between flesh-led living, and spirit-led living. He explained that his polluted life-gates needed to be overcome in order to serve Holy-Spirit led newness of life – Romans 7:14-25
  3. Abram – I will not take that which will stain my testimony in God

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Psalms 51:7-12 (KJV)

 

“ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin”

Romans 7:14-25 (KJV)

 

“And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:”

Gen 14:22-23 (KJV)

 

New Testament Life-Gate Scriptures

  • Evil Communication corrupts good manners
  • Whatever a man sows that will he reap

 

 

“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:13-18 (KJV)