Summary: The sermon is prepared with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of the blind Christians. It is a deliverance message that is relevant for all situations and valid for life.
A family of five was desperately in search of a house to buy in a new location following the transfer of the head of the family. It was very difficult for them to find a suitable house at a reasonable price. All the houses they preferred were very expensive. However, they continued to search and viewed Properties, until they finally got one!
The house they found was the most suitable in comparison to all the houses they had viewed. It was quite spacious and the location was superb. The greatest surprise was that the price of this house was a lot cheaper than the other properties that they had viewed. In fact the price was less than half of the previous ones.
They jumped for it! It was a bargain they could not resist, and the family hurriedly moved in into their dream home.
Soon after they had settled into the house, strange things started to happen. The children were the first to feel heavy presence of evil spirits in the house. The children’s parents found it difficult to believe their stories. Soon after this, there were visitations by these spirits, and before they could understand what was going, on the most fragile of the children became possessed by these demons and all hell broke loose.
This family almost lost their children. The couple also had their own share of the trauma. Then they started asking questions about this inexpensive house, and why, in spite of its status and location, they seemed to have acquired it easily. They later discovered that the house had previously been used as a place to keep and embalm dead bodies.
This explains why the house was cheap and in spite of its location was still available to the detriment of this family. Intense deliverance had to be conducted on each of the members of this family before they could be set free. An attempt was also made to deliver the house; however, they had to run away from this gate of hell!
The issue of spiritual gate has been well flogged. A lot has been said and written about the spiritual gate as a place where decisions were made against individuals. In ancient times, the gate of a city served as a place where people gathered to take decisions and judgements over others. These were largely evil decisions and unless one was able to take the battle to the gate and destroy these evil elders and their decisions, one’s life would continuously reflect satanic expectations.
Important legal matters were discussed just inside the city gate:
“And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:”
It is always a wise spiritual exercise to pray and destroy satanic judgements, pull down or even carry away their gates as Samson did in Gaza, where his enemies waited at the gate of the city to ambush him.
There are a lot more to gates than decision centres. The point I am making is that gates function as spiritual and physical entrances. There can be a lot of traffic at an entranceway; which would explain the high levels of activity. A guard or guards are stationed at a gate and their main purpose is to either inhibit or prohibit entry into the city. There are watchmen, who are responsible for the safety of the people in the city. As there are physical gates and gate keepers, there are also spiritual gates and Keepers.
Gates are symbolic of power and authority. In the scriptures and throughout history, they were massive doors of the city wall, where traffic flowed in and out. They were also closed to keep out the enemy. Finally, goods were often bought and sold at the gate.
God promised Abraham that his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies:
“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”
If one refers to the vision John had of the New Jerusalem which had twelve gates, representing the twelve tribes of Israel, three gates on each of its four walls (East, North, South and West):
“And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates”