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.
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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: