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Lesson One: Gates and Spiritual Alignment PDF Print E-mail

Welcome to Gatekeepers! Beginning today, we will give you principles and steps that have taken us over twenty years to learn, but, if you put into practice, will enhance your walk with the LORD. If you don't put them into practice, they will be a waste of your time to learn them. Jesus said, we are blessed if we hear His word and put it into practice. [1] (He also said that we are accountable for what we hear.)

In order to understand the principles behind "Gatekeepers" you must know that God has called all of us to be Gatekeepers: people who know how to open Gates to God's Blessing and close Gates to hell's harassment. He says it in different ways throughout the Bible. He will say: "Fear the LORD and reject evil."

When we fear the LORD, we open gates to blessing. When we reject evil, we close the gates to hell's harassment.

In your lifetime, however long or short, you have opened gates that need closing. This series of classes will teach you how to recognize them and correct that action. Once you have learned these principles, you must use them to guard the Gates. You do this with the help of the LORD and the power of the Holy Spirit.

So let us begin.

The first Gate we must guard is the Authority of the Bible. If we do not believe the Bible is the Word of God, then we have nothing to stand on when we fight the enemy. The Bible says "All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God..." [2] Jesus Himself used the Word when in spiritual warfare. [3] So if the Son of God needed to use Scripture in order to overcome the devil, then how much more do we need to use it?

We have an enemy who wants to ensure our walk with the LORD is hindered and repressed. Make no mistake: we are in a spiritual war and must guard the Gates! When we leave a gate open, we allow all kinds of spiritual weights to become attached to us.

Gates and Keys

Your words, actions and thoughts are keys that open or close gates. Adam and Eve made an opening in the hedge for the enemy of their souls and the gate to sin and death was opened. At the same time, they closed the gate to God's blessings and protection.

The Ten Commandments are God's boundaries or hedges of protection for us. Keeping them (through the power of the Holy Spirit) leads to a simple, uncomplicated and blessed life. By keeping them we open the gates to God's blessing. When we break them, we close that door opening the gate to the harassment of the enemy. It is our choice. (God is the ultimate believer in choice.)

In the Bible, gates can also be called doors, openings or windows. In the book of Malachi, God says, "Bring all the tithes into my storehouse...and test Me now in this. if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.[4] This means that giving a tithe of our income, (ten per cent) so blesses God that He opens the windows of the storehouses of heaven to pour out a blessing for you. Conversely, when you do not, God says you place yourself under a curse. So the windows of heaven could be described as a gate that swings two ways: to blessing or curses.

Whether we acknowledge them or not, there are spiritual gates and they open and close. Jesus opened the Gates to Freedom. We can leave the gates open ~ or shut them. And we do it with our thoughts, words and deeds.

Today we will begin to show you how to put hedges of protection up and begin to close doors that you have opened and release the spiritual weights incurred by sinful behavior or attitude.

One of the strongest hedges is put in place when we "Walk in the Spirit."

We are to walk in the spirit because (as someone has said) we are 'spiritual beings in earth suits". This place is not our home.

Walking in the Spirit

Body, Soul and Spirit.

Before we can begin to learn about Walking in the Spirit we must understand how God has created us as human beings. Although we tend to think of ourselves as simply a human having a body, or maybe we might include a soul in our inventory, the Bible teaches that we are actually a three-part being made up of body, soul and spirit. We have no need to explain about the body, but the soul and spirit have been lumped together for so long that people have begun to intermingle them in their mind. So let's briefly examine and explain these parts of our nature.

Today we can understand this complex system a little easier because of computers. We now know about hardware and software, so we can understand that the human brain is equivalent to computer hardware but the mind is the precisely like software.

We are aware that programs run within the CPU of a computer allowing it to perform many functions. All of these parts (Programs, Software and Hardware) are separate and necessary to an efficiently operating computer.

In a similar fashion, the human being is composed of three parts: body, soul and spirit. Does it matter if we blend them together? Well, apparently it does, for the Bible teaches us that we need the Word of God to figure it out. The Book of Hebrews tells us, "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit...." [5]

If the Word of God divides the soul and the spirit, then so should we. What is the difference?

God created a "soul" for man, because he has a mind, a will, and emotions. The soul is comprised of your mind (the part of you that reasons), your will (the part of you that chooses), and your emotions (the part of you that feels).

God created a "soul" for animals as well as man If you don't believe an animal has a soul, just watch a bird dog make decisions, a Siamese cat snub you, a puppy cry when taken from its mother, or a strong-willed dog refuse to come when called. All animals have a soul. But man has a secret weapon. He has a spirit.

The spirit is the part of us that differs from animals. God created a spirit only for man. It is one of the ways we are "made in the image of God." Our spirits are eternal and will exist forever somewhere.

As you will discover by studying the Bible, there are many examples of this differentiation of soul and spirit in the Bible. It says: "My soul longs for Thee" or "she was in bitterness of soul." [6] The Bible says the soul can be ensnared [7], imprisoned, [8] or kept from trouble [9]. Scripture says your soul can "know" things [10] and desire things [11]. The soul is an important part of our being. [12]

Yet in other places the Bible says, "My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior." [13]; And "the child grew and waxed strong in spirit" [14]. The spirit can be broken [15] or overwhelmed [16]. Job says the spirit belongs to God [17]. The Bible also says, "The spirit of a man is the candle of the LORD"[18]. God enlightens our darkened spirit when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior.

Spirit, soul and body. Man is a three part being.

The Temple of the Holy Spirit

The Bible says that our bodies are "a temple of the Holy Spirit." And just as the temple of God was made according to the specific and detailed plan of the LORD, so our temple is set out in order according to Scripture. The Temple of the LORD was comprised of three parts: the outer court, the inner court and the holy of holies. Our outer court is our body. The inner court is our soul. The sanctuary is our spirit. Just as the order of the temple was significant, so the order of our personhood is significant.

The Bible says, "For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out. . So then indeed I of myself with the mind and heart (i.e., soul and spirit) serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:18, 25b Amp.)

Again, in Galatians, "And those who belong to Christ Jesus, the Messiah, have crucified the flesh- the Godless human nature- with its passions and appetites and desires." (Gal. 5:24 Amp.)

So, according to the testimony of two or three witnesses in the Word of God, we don't want the flesh ruling over us because it can do nothing good, it serves the law of sin, and must be crucified.

The soul, encompassing the mind, will and emotions, is a better master because the mind can reason, the will can choose, but the emotions can overrule all. However, nowhere in the Bible does God suggest you allow your soul to rule over you.

The Bible says, "Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh." [19]The Amplified version says, "Walk and live habitually in the (Holy) Spirit- responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh- of human nature without God."

I Thessalonians 5:23 says, "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it." (NIV)

Paul wrote, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in 'Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, (a combination of the fallen nature comprised of soul and body) but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1) And, he wrote, "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Gal. 6:8 KJV)

Paul wrote, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:4 KJV)

How do we do it?

walk-in-the-spiritC. Walking in the Spirit The best way to order the temple of the Holy Spirit is to have the body under the control of the soul, the soul under the control of the spirit, the spirit under the Atoning Blood - all under the control of the Holy Spirit.

In this way, the Holy Spirit can speak Spirit to spirit- with no interference and with a clear line of communication.

The way you remind yourself of this is to pray what is printed on the bookmark, "In the Name of the LORD Jesus Christ, I command my body to position itself under my soul, my soul under spirit, my spirit under the Holy Spirit. And walk in the Spirit." Then you could add, "Speak to me today, LORD. Keep me in proper alignment so I can hear Your Voice clearly." This is walking in the Spirit.

Now, suppose you get angry during the day. What gets put in charge? Your soul! Then when the Holy Spirit wants to speak to you, He must get past your emotions in order to speak to your spirit.

Suppose you awake with a terrible headache. What might get out of order and try to rule your day? Your body! So the Holy Spirit would have to work through your pain (and/or your complaining) to speak to your spirit.

You don't want your body or your soul ruling your life anyway, do you? NO! So you just get back into Walking in the Spirit by praying, "LORD, I choose to command my body to position itself under my soul, my soul under my spirit, my spirit under the Holy Spirit, and Walk in the Spirit, in Jesus' Mighty Name. Amen.

You will be amazed at how much better you will be able to hear the Holy Spirit every day, and how sweetly yet firmly He will remind you when you get out of position. Don't forget who really does the work. The Bible says, "The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it."[20]

Action Plan

Every Day:

  • Put on the Full Armor of God.
  • Position yourself to Walk in the Spirit
  • Read a chapter or a passage from the Bible

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[1] Matthew 7:24

[2] II Timothy 3:16

[3] Luke 4

[4] Malachi 3:10

[5] Hebrews 4:12a

[6] I Sam1:10

[7] PS 124:7

[8] Ps. 142:7

[9] Pr 22:5

[10] Ps. 139:14

[11] Is. 26

[12] All references in this paragraph are from the King James Version of the Bible.

[13] Luke 1:47

[14] Luke 2:40

[15] Ps 51:17

[16] Ps. 142:3

[17] Job 34:14 and Ps. 104:30

[18] " Proverbs 20:27

[19] Galatians 5:16 KJV

[20] I Thessalonians 5:23