40 KEYS TO OPEN THE GATES FOR BREAKTHROUGH 2

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GATEWAY TO FREEDOM (Part two)

Key Verse:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. — Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)

 

Key #5: I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…— Deuteronomy 30:19

(NKJV)

 

Freedom for the Eye and Ear Gates: Conscious diligence through faith

The eye and ear gates are the ways we receive information and also the filters used to determine what we see or hear. Freedom for these gates comes from being particular about what enters through them. God has given us the freedom of choice and with that freedom we can either maintain our freedom or choose to go into bondage.

What our eyes behold with regularity will have a great influence on what we will become. If we maintain a close relationship with the Word of God, our eyes will serve us well by helping to conform us to the Word of God which will bring blessing into our lives. If we allow our eyes to behold pornography, we choose bondage which will bring cursing into our lives. That which we hear regularly will determine what is acceptable to our lives. If we allow foul language to be a part of our daily lives, before long it will not only be coming into our ears, but out of our mouths. Jesus said in Revelation “Let those who have an ear hear” which means to obey. So when we are truly obeying, we are hearing.

 

We were created to hear and obey the Spirit of God. We need to keep our eyes and ears trained on the Word of God so that they might become enlightened to know the hope of our calling, the incredible inheritance God places in the saints. It is possible to serve one another by helping to keep the filters clean and pure in our lives. Staying submitted to a prayer partner who will keep us accountable to God’s Word is one good way to stay free. Another is not forsaking the assembly so that we remain stirred up to love and good works.

 

Confession:

I will keep my eyes on God’s Word and let my ears be filled with it, that I might maintain a clean walk before my Lord.

 

Prayer:

Father, I ask for Your discernment today to know how to turn my head away from evil and to block my ears from hearing that which grieves Your Spirit.

 

Journaling Question:

Have I let the Holy Spirit be the filter on my eye gate and ear gate this day?

 

Resources: Book: What You Say Is What You Get

, Don Gossett

 

Key #6: So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. — Colossians 3:5 (NLT)

 

Freedom From Idols: Awareness of what God calls idolatry is key

We live in a country that is so abundantly blessed. In most third world countries Americans are viewed as millionaires. Why? Because we have things many people can’t even dream of having. Our culture has become endued with items that other cultures wouldn’t imagine

could

be important. Here are some examples: paper towels, wash cloths, diapers, hospital robes, handkerchiefs, napkins, tablecloths, plates, cups—you name it!

 

Many in our society would not know how to survive without disposable items in their lives. Unfortunately, that often leads to thinking that everything can readily be replaced. The true value of life becomes muddled in trivial pursuit. Have we begun to judge our value by the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the phones we use or the houses we live in? We, like Paul, need to say “…for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little.” (Philippians 4:11) Our focus needs to be on Jesus Christ and all that He is in our lives, not on

stuff.

 

As we submit to God and let Him determine our values, we find that many of life’s necessities will simply be available to us without striving. It will become more and more evident that God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Let the Word of God dwell in you richly and you will find that the riches it produces are far above all that you could ask or think.

 

Confession:

My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

Prayer:

Lord, help me to avoid coveting comfort in life. I want to be more like Jesus.

 

Journaling Question:

What desire do I need to turn over to Jesus today to remove covetousness from my life?

 

Resources: Book: Ridding Your Home of Spiritual Darkness

, Chuck Pierce

 

Key #7: …from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named… — Ephesians 3:15 (NKJV)

 

Freedom From Family Strongholds: Acknowledge God as your Father

 

God’s plan for our lives is wrapped up in the promise He made to Abraham. He has delivered us from the curse of the law. Jesus Christ was sent so that He could redeem us from the curse — He has done it and it is already accomplished.

 

Often our family situations are such that we cannot conceive of being free from the traditions and strongholds we learned as children. Too often, hearing over and over again that we are “just like Uncle Jed or Aunt Rody — not worth a thing” cements itself in our souls and tells us there is no freedom available to us. Such situations literally curse our lives, but Jesus has set us free.

 

We have a Father who loves us so much that He sent His only son to pay the price for these strongholds. Our Heavenly Father invites us into His family to live free from curses and strongholds and every foul plan of the evil one. We no longer need to reflect on our family sicknesses and diseases to see if they are coming on us—we can claim the freedom for which Christ has set us free. We literally are re

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rated when we come into the family of God by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Jesus bore our infirmities and carried our diseases, and by His stripes we were healed.

 

Confession:

God is my Father. I receive all things for life and godliness from Him.

 

Prayer:

Lord, help me today to comprehend that, as my Father, You have released me from the bondages that have held me over the years.

 

Journaling Question:

Did I live today knowing that my Father God loves me and provides for me?

 

Resources: Books: Families Can Bounce Back, Diane James; Building A Godly Home

, Woodrow Kroll and Gary Oliver
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