We may have inadvertently given demonic forces legal access and legal rights to sit in the gateways to dominate. Our ancestors may have given legal right to a demon. That legal right may still be there.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20. What is the door? What is the gateway?
Our spirits have 8 gateways; our souls have 7 and our bodies have 5. Our goal should be for
♦ Our body to be the slave and servant of the soul;
♦ Our soul to be the slave and servant of our spirit and
♦ Our spirit to be the slave and servant of Jesus Christ.
That is what happens when you take 1 Thessalonians 5:23b seriously: May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A Gateway is a place of authority where dominion is exercised. Whoever controls your life’s different gateways exercises authority, dominion & control over you.
We may have inadvertently given demonic forces legal access and legal rights to sit in those gateways to dominate. Our ancestors may have given legal right to a demon. That legal right may still be there.
The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force. Matthew 11:12b To be violent is to take the Word of God and use it to dispossess what has control of the gateways in our lives.
Look at Rev. 3:20 again. Jesus, the creator of the universe, wants to sup with you. I.e., He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. He is knocking and the handle is on your side. You must take the first step.
Eight gateways through which the presence of God can come into our spirit:
♦ Fear of God
In order to move in greater realms of authority, it is necessary to flow through all of these gateways. Most Christians move in only two or three.
Compare that to a person using only a few muscles in their body. They will eventually become deformed.
The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 You need the glory of God to penetrate your spirit so that your soul can be changed. You need to change your body so that it is submissive to your soul.
When our soul is dominant over our spirit, our spirit is in bondage. Often people with familiar spirits are in bondage to those spirits. They can gain access through the gateway of revelation and make the person think that they are doing the right thing.
These are the seven gateways of the soul:
Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Romans 8:7
I.e., the biggest battle is in the mind. The only way to have a real life is to let Christ control our mind.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 The soul gateways are usually influenced by demonic spirits.
Take possession of each of those 7 gateways and place Christ in the centre of them.
Pray for the gateways, especially conscience:
♦ Repent for allowing demonic spirits access to the gateways.
♦ Acknowledge your sin and take responsibility for not guarding the gate.
♦ Taking the blood by faith and wiping the gateways clean.
Pray something like “My heavenly father, in Jesus’ name, I bind the spiritual force or condition that is resistant to the flow of God in me. I loose it and cast it out of this gateway. I make and place Jesus as Lord over this gateway today.”
To remove the images from your memories:
♦ Acknowledge their presence in your life.
♦ Own the sin and the image.
♦ Bring it into the light.
♦ Take the blood of Jesus and apply it to the image like a paintbrush painting over a picture.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.Philippians 4:8
A good way to control the imagination is to immediately quote Philippians 4:8 whenever an ungodly imagination shows up in your soul. After that you can ask the Lord to remove the image that caused the imagination to start working.
There are 3 doors to the mind:
1. Conscious memories
Bondage can be here — usually through some sort of control.
Jesus must control our conscious mind.
2. Subconscious memories
Some people call this “thought that is covered by a veil”.
Sometimes powerful demons reside over the subconscious mind.
Activities & actions that we do without conscious thought.
In this area are images, situations and actions that have taken place that we do not remember.
We have the choice to do something or not. The choice gateway can be affected by the heredity of our forefathers. Faith declaration of scripture is an important part of rebuilding and energizing this gateway.
Once the choice is made to do something, the work begins to bring it about.
The things I want to do I don’t and the things I don’t want to do I do. Romans 7:18 By releasing the flow of God through your choice faculty, you begin to make the right choices.
The conscience is linked to the choice gateway. The conscience is the voice that says “I shall” or “I shall not”.
The will says “I will” or “I will not”. A person may be under the control of a spirit or else a dominating human. In that case the will is being controlled by an ungodly influence. Our will must be crucified and put to death so that we can do His will.
To become holy our will gateway must become submitted to the kingdom of heaven. We must know the will of God for our lives. Much of that can be found in the Word of God. Reading the Word of God allows revelation of God’s will for our lives to flow from our spirit gateway into the will gateway and into the actions of the body gateways.
The main gateways are
♦ Sight &
With unbelievers almost all of the flow of information is via the five body gateways.
If a person has been sexually molested or physically abused, this gateway has likely been defiled. How a person reacts when hugged often will give you a clue if a demon is sitting at this gateway.
They could have a spirit of anger sitting at this gateway. That spirit can control the entry of love.
In such a situation, a prayer can go something like this: Today in the name of Jesus I reject the lies in this gateway. I reject the power and control over the gate of touch. I take authority in this gateway and release the fire of God to come and fill this gateway.
When the touch gateway is clean, people can feel love flowing in.
People with addictions must often cleanse this area.
Smells can release all sorts of memories.
One of the best ways to dispel a demon at the smell gateway is fasting.
Once this gateway has been defiled, a strong spirit of lust, pornography, etc. can sit over it. We have to place a strong resistance over that spirit.
A person with a spirit of pornography at the sight gate will be continually be pulled back because the demon wants to see more.
This gateway controls the mind gateway.
When people see things that are not there, it is because a demon has such strong control over the sight gateway that the image is portrayed into their imagination.
Sample prayer: Father I release the flow of the glory of God through the gateways of revelation, imagination and physical sight. May my eyes become repulsive to the demonic world as I reflect the glory of God within me.
Growing up we are trained to see from the outside in. God wants us to see from the inside out.
Verbal abuse of any kind affects the hearing gateway. This can cause spirits such as spirits of rejection and death to enter. The hearing gateway controls what the mind thinks. Negative hearing can resist hope flowing from the Holy Spirit.
Couple prayer and fasting with pulling down the strongholds in the gateways. Keeping the strongholds out is a way of life and not a quick fix.
When you are aware of sin in your life, deal with it as quickly as possible.
Become alert to the Holy Spirit working in your life. This often starts as a conviction. Spend time strongly praying in tongues to maintain the level of the flow of the spirit.
Isaiah 11:2 talks about the seven spirits of God. If you have an understanding of this, it can be useful to have them help you to get cleansed. However, you must be careful that you are not speaking to similar spirits from the occult.
When praying it can be useful to build scriptural pictures in the imagination. That can help keep your mind from wandering.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
In cleansing out gateways, we are struggling against our flesh so much as we are struggling against unclean spirits.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1a
I.e., you have been adopted in God’s family. You have rights to an inheritance.
Demon spirits can control any of the gates of our soul or body. Cast them out.