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Onward Christian Soldiers...The Horse Gate (9 of 11)
Series: Realms of Revival
Nehemiah 3: 28
Intro: The Biblical symbol of the horse is always used to refer to warfare. Proverbs 2l:31 "The horse is prepared against the day of battle". As we approach this "Horsegate" in our walk around the walls of Jerusalem, it is vital to our understanding that we examine these two points:
1) The Placement of the Gate
We need to ask ourselves "Did not this spiritual warfare begin at the "Sheep Gate"?..The answer would be yes. But the placement of this gate in the divine steps in the life of a warrior for God can be understood by examining the nature and course of God's training and qualifying us for battle. At the sheep gate, we were new born babes in Christ, being bottle fed, were hardly material for combat. At the fish gate, we became fishermen for God, but fishing does not qualify us for battle. At the Old gate of proven paths of performance, we received our first basic training course. It was here that we learned that the weapons of spiritual warfare are not carnal, but spiritual. Then came the Valley Gate, where we learned that there is a good way and a gainful way, but to fight for God we must do it God's way.(Illus: In the Army, we were told that there is the right way, the wrong way and then the Army way. Farther down the wall, we encountered the Fountain Gate, where our training dealt with the banner we are to fly in battle "There is Power in the Blood". We are then brought to the Dung Gate where we relinguish and dispose of all traces of our former life, and are equipped with a brand new uniform, a new occupation, a new outlook and new orders. Our final training came at the Water Gate, where we were introduced to God's Manual that describes the rules of engagement, the code of conduct, the weapons of warfare and the chain of command. If we learned our lessons at these gates of enlistment and enlightenment, we are now ready and prepared t ...
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