Faith & Spirit | Guarding Our Spiritual Gates: Eyes, Ears & Mouth

The book of Nehemiah in the Bible aids us in understanding the great metaphors for living a spiritual life.Representing our hearts where the Lord speaks to us, is the Temple and the city of Jerusalem represents the minds that are to be stayed on Christ. The book of Nehemiah also speaks of the walls of the city which represents our relationship with Christ and how it should be protected at all costs and finally there are the city gates which represent our eyes, ears, and mouth gates.

In understanding how to operate our eyes, ears, and mouth gates, one can correlate Nehemiah’s building of the city walls and the installation of the city gates to how we as Christians should protect the gates in which are gateways to our spiritual life.

Eye gates: the Bible says in Luke 11:34 "Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness.
35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. 36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light."

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Eyes are the windows to the soul. ”According to the Bible, that is very true. It is very important to evaluate what we watch. Things that we see, if not careful, can manifest in our hearts and minds and eventually turn into actions.

“Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

Ear Gates: Just the same as eye gates what you hear and meditate on will manifest into actions. It is important that we surround ourselves with people who are Kingdom minded and Kingdom focused. Music especially can uplift or tear down someone spiritually. Studies have shown that music affect our moods, for instance listening to happy music brings about a positive mood, while listening to sad music can make us feel even worse than we did before we pressed play.

A great example of this in the Bible is in 1 Samuel 16 where a brave, young and talent future king, David played melodies of joy and praise to God. He was a musical genius and along with many other gifts, he was anointed by God in music. King Saul was in torment, for the Lord had given him an evil spirit for his disobedience to the Lord. Day and night the king could not rest until David played the harp for him. In meditating on the beautiful, joyful music, it soothed the King Saul’s restless mind allowing him to sleep.

What we hear and listen too strongly affect our minds whether immediate or later on, or whether consciously or subconsciously. There are all sorts of things we hear that shape our thoughts, decision and actions. Even when taking advice and listening to people, it is normal for us to listen to people tell us what we want to hear to help us justify what we know in our hearts is not right. So be careful.

Mouth Gate: "Say what you'll have, and have what you'll say" is a quote that is so true. What you verbally put in the atmosphere can indeed manifest and happen. So just like we must guard our eyes and ear gates from things that we see and hear, we should also guard our mouths from speaking things that are harmful not only towards others, but towards ourselves.

Related article: Speak to Yourself

Matthew 15:17-19 states, "Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?18"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders."

So it's important to think before you speak, because many who listen to you may be subjected to what is in your heart. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. Even if it's about yourself.

Have you been carefully guarding your spiritual gates? Ponder on this short scripture:

Proverbs 27:19 "As water reflects a man’s face, so does the heart reflect the man."



  1. Beautifully written. Has given a new perspective on my own actions. Thank you

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  3. This is wonderful. We have allowed ourselves to watch shows where sexual relations are just common and looks okay. I remember watching the love boat and daytime shows how they just have extra marital affairs and sex just because they date. We have gotten so conformed to this. Be ye not conformed to this world. Everyone we can turn them off. We can cut off satans power by doing this and cut satans finances off thru him using people. We will be helping them as well.

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  5. Powerful message! I needed this as I embark upon my journey in Christ. I never understood the power of what we see, hear, and think!

  6. This is a great message for Christians! What we see, hear, and speak will also open doors to unwanted spiritual activity. Satan is strategic. The messages we receive can be oppressive. In addition to focusing on things that are pure and of good report, we should pray for discernment on what needs to be removed from the heart. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal the thoughts, intent, beliefs, motivations that don't line up with God or the word; so we can correct it with the word and move forward. Thank you for this post

  7. Hi, my name is Bret, I am 13 years old. I have been discussing my anxiety of my cousin Orin and his family about what path they are walking in. God says Love not the world for it is evil and despises its creator. I get that, but they don't. My uncle, he owns diesel auto repair shop (By now you guys should understand the problem) they are not known for kind, uplifting words and Christian music. Horrible music and people cursing like a sailer. Now my uncle calls himself a Christian, he owns that shop and what goes on in there is under his control. He can change that horrible music anytime, but chooses not too. As you can tell I want to help them. My cousin Orin goes to the shop quite a lot, in fact he works there. Not as a mechanic, but for instance, earlier today he asked me If I would help him put up walls in the shop. I would like to go, get off my butt and use my tools and hangout with my cousin, but that option is very low. I told Orin about how inadequate and bad that music is and how satin works his way through to us using that kind of stuff. Before satin was satin, he was the angel of music, and pretty much still is, I told Orin about this but he just keeps playing it off like it just doesn't effect him. But that's what satin does, he deceives you in thinking "It's OK, it's nothing, i'll read the bible later and I'm fine." I want to just be flat out honest and say "look, I'm worried about you guys. You guys are not Christians and not doing what God wants you to do." But that's too rough. Point is, I need help in this predicament. Advice and such. If you read all this, thank you truthfully. God bless!

    1. Bret, ask the Holy Spirit to give you what to say, and when to say it. He promises to be with you, and to guide you into truth. Bless you, Bret, in your walk with Jesus.


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