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Lamentations

By on August 1, 2013

In this blog post I am going to deal with the inside truth about where we are; I am going to talk about the gate that the enemy has that can lead us to places of destruction, to places of perversion, and ultimately to places of danger.

Our foundational scripture is Lamentations 4:12 “The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.”

There are some things that are about to enter in. There are some things that we will face, that we are about to be challenged with that we would not even believe. This means that no one would have been able to warn us that the enemy had a gateway, a doorway, an entrance into our lives. We would not have believed that the enemy had a way to break up friendships, break up marriages, break up relationships and destroy families. No one could have told you that the enemy could come in and split churches, break up ministries and separate sisters and brothers, cousins and even husbands and wives. You wouldn’t have believed that the enemy was able to come in and split up praise teams, split up a choir: that a business would have split up because the enemy has entered into the gates.

I want to talk about this because the Bible says that the kings of the earth and the inhabitants of the world would not have believed. This thing is not just about the highest plateaus its even down to the lowest levels where no one would have been able to believe that this was even possible. There are some things that are about to happen, some doorways that we are about to enter in and talk about that we would not have believed were even in existence.

Now the kings represent places in the realm of the spirit. Places of ranking in natural authority that are going to be blown away by what is on the horizon. We all followed the Trayvon Martin case and the majority of us were astounded that a tragedy such as the event and the subsequent not guilty verdict could take place in this day and age. We are about to face some tragedies that we would not believe could occur in our day and time, but the fact is the enemy will come in and seize us and there are gateways to enter into that sacred place.

The scripture goes on to say “the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates.” It is talking about two things: first this doorway; this gate which represents a place of entry, and this entry is not just being occupied by the enemy but also by the adversary. The adversaries are those who secretly, venomously, oppose you. They are those who are not in agreement with the will and the plan and the purpose of God. They are not fighting against you; they are just not fighting for you. Jesus said that we have to be careful about not just the enemy, but the adversary. The adversary, most times, are people that are not known to be against you; they are usually covered up. Your enemy you know, but your adversary could be those who pray with you, those people who say that they are your friend, they could be a part of your prayer team, they serve with you, they may work with you; they may not be all the way exposed. The only difference between the adversary and the enemy is the enemy is known. We know that the enemy hates you, we know that our enemy simply doesn’t like you, doesn’t want to see you better, doesn’t want to see your life prosper. We know that the enemy doesn’t want to see the will and the plan and the purpose of God manifested in our lives, but the adversary catches us off guard. The adversary is the one that we gave the gateway, who in turn gave the entrance to the enemy and let them know that you are open. It is the adversary that gave the key to the enemy and let them know how to get in. They are the ones who have the inside truth, know the hidden things. They know your personal struggles, they know your challenges and what you deal with. They are the ones who are in opposition. Those are the ones who are being the gateway for the enemy to come in, those are the ones who are dealing with envy and strife. The Bible says, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work [James 3:16].

So, we find here in Lamentations that there are two entrances and two sets of people that are trying to come in that is trying to have access to Jerusalem. Jerusalem represents something that is sacred, it represents something that is set aside, it represents that thing (if you are in church) that is holy. Who would have known that the enemy would have access to your private struggles? Who knew that the enemy would have access to your finances? Who would know that the enemy would have knowledge that you were struggling in your marriage? Who would have known that the enemy would have knowledge that you are struggling in your mind? Who would have known that you lacked confidence and were challenged in leadership roles and your development in the church? Jerusalem represents a place that we struggle with, the thing that is sacred to us, that no one else would have been able to discern about us upon first glance. It represents that thing that no one would have been able to say “I knew that” once they heard about it. It represents that that thing that it’s taken time for even you to recognize. The adversary and your enemy they entered into the gates of Jerusalem, into that sacred, holy place.

The entire world is watching the people of God and they are in awe at how the enemy is coming in and how he is destroying, separating and dividing. We are at a place where we are in awe, we did not believe that this could happen. We cannot believe that it is so, we cannot believe that this could occur. The inside truth is that the enemy came in because we did not discern. The truth of the mater is that the enemy came in because we were not in that place of prayer, we weren’t believing God or standing in faith. We weren’t telling God “I believe you,” or “God I’m looking for you to do it.”

Today I want to talk about these gateways, these points of access to something that you have not allowed. Anytime there is a gate that means there must be a guard. The truth of the matter is that we did not have a guard at our gate so everything that wanted to come in was able to enter into our gate, and come into our lives, come into our minds, come into our spirits, but today I want to challenge you as you read this blog. Today I want to challenge you to ask God how many entrances to my soul are open? How may entrances of my mind are open and God teach me, show me how to close them.

The first gate I want to talk about is vanity. We are going to go to Ezekiel 28:17 which states, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.” This thing really began to speak to me because some of us, if we are really honest about ourselves, we are still struggling with the spirit of vanity. We are still struggling with do I look good enough? Do I have abs? Do I have a six-pack? Do I have an eight-pack? Should I get my haircut? What should I do with my beard? Should I get Yaki 1b or should I get a whole new wig? We struggle with our image, does this outfit look good on me? Does that look good on me? We struggle with the spirit of vanity because of lack of confidence. We struggle with the spirit of vanity because we feel as if we don’t have anything to adore about ourselves. We feel like we don’t have anything to ignite us, anything to excite us and we did not have anything to look at so we began to look to ourselves. When we stop looking to the hills from whence cometh our help we begin to look at ourselves. We began to look in the mirror. We don’t want to look in the word and see the reflection of who we are and what God is saying about us. We want to look at a natural mirror. We want to see and we want to take hold and behold how we can look like somebody else. God says thou heart was lifted up because of thou beauty. Yes, our hearts were lifted up because we think we’re cute. The enemy will get your emotions lifted up because you are vain. You keep hearing that you are nice looking, attractive, people desire you. And your heart and your emotions get in a high place because of your beauty. I want to deal with those especially the men who call themselves pretty. I want to deal with when men begin to take on an effeminate spirit because men are never beautiful they are handsome. And when we begin to cross over and when we begin to say that we are something and we begin to identify with a gender or the characteristics that are opposite to our gender that is when we find ourselves struggling with and challenged by an effeminate spirit. We find ourselves challenged with femininity because we begin to take on the role and the scope of beauty.

The Bible says that “thou has corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.” You see this thing got you shining so much that you cant even see yourself. This thing has you shining so much that even your wisdom, the thing you knew, is being corrupted. It is getting in the way, it is flawing you and now what you know to do you cannot seem to do. You know that you are married and that you are not supposed to give that single man your phone number, but by the wisdom of your beauty, you do. You haven’t been hearing that you’re beautiful at home, but you’ve been hearing you’re cute outside and you like it. By wisdom of your beauty

The word goes on to say “I will cast thee to the ground,” we must catch ourselves because we are about to be subject to a fall. I want to challenge those that are reading this. I’ve come to provoke you. This thing is a setup for a fall. When you think that your beauty or you think that your good looks or you think that your charm can lead you to a place. That place is a doorway to destruction. It is an access point to perversion. You are perverting the looks that God gave you and you don’t even know that everybody has been fearfully and wonderfully made of the Lord and beauty is really in the eye of the beholder. Some of you’ve got an outward beauty but you cannot even see the beauty yourself because you don’t behold yourself in that manner. Some of you are really trying to see yourselves how God sees you and not how man sees you and there is a struggle, there is a struggle, there’s a struggle with vanity.

Listen, if we don’t tighten it up we are coming down. The bible says, “I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.” Now people will see in all of your beauty, you in a fallen state. They won’t see you in a way that you want them to see you, but rather in a way that you wish they never would have saw you. It’s the trap of the enemy to get you seen in a negative light. This represents the enemy wants you seen but he doesn’t want you seen the way that God sees. He doesn’t want you beholding what God wants to say about you. He wants you seen in a negative light and for everyone to say “Umm, I thought they had it together. Umm, look at them now.” For some of you had so much vanity, back in the day you had it going on. You body was tight, your mind was right: you had it going on. Everything was shaped up it was going just the way you thought, but now people look at you by reason of your beauty. This is what the enemy wants to do, he wants to keep you in trouble, he wants to keep you struggling. He wants you to go and know that that thing that you once relied on now is no longer there.

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  1. Luis

    August 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Thank Yo so much for the prophetic insight Pops… The whole time I just kept seeing myself… I needed this… Thank you for helping me to get back on track and discerning for whats going on and whats to come!

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