I sat, arms defiantly crossed over my body as my leg, also crossed, bounced slightly, up and down, up and down. Worship music was playing and the singer was encouraging us to just be held. I thought, rebelliously, I don’t want to be held! I just want this situation to go away and everything to be normal again.
That was several years ago and I was at a party. A pity party for one. Actually, I was at a women’s event at church and one of the guest speakers. Thankfully, God chose to still speak through me, even though I was the only one wearing a party hat and half-heartedly blowing a party tooter. Since that time, He has graciously and lovingly, delivered me from pity parties. Hallelujah!
This brings us to the Gatekeeper. In ancient cultures, very few area’s of a temple were open to the public. The most sacred area’s were off limits and only a select few were allowed to enter. The job of the gatekeepers was very important because they ensured that the sacred places were not defiled by anyone who was unconsecrated and they protected the temple treasuries.
Imagine your access to God being limited. BUT, because of Jesus we have complete access to God. We don’t have to go through a gatekeeper. Likewise Holy Spirit is our spiritual Gatekeeper, if we allow Him. He keeps a watchful eye over the things we might attempt to allow in our life; idols–money, food, superfluous shopping, television, internet, pride and ego. Any number of things that are detrimental to our spiritual, and quite possibly, our physical health. Is it wrong to have money, shop, eat, or watch TV? No! However, if we allow these lifestyle choices to take the place of our relationship with God and seeking Him and His righteousness in all things, they become idols and strongholds.
On the flip side, once we’ve surrendered and have been delivered and healed from idols and strongholds, Holy Spirit is the Gatekeeper that keeps these old habits from attempting to re-enter our life. Here’s the thing, we have a responsibility in having a keen sense of knowing when these things are trying to take center stage. Our responsibility is to immediately ask Holy Spirit for help.
Those pity parties, that use to be so prevalent in my life? Well, they have to talk to the hand, in Jesus Name! I’m learning to remember to ask Holy Spirit for his help to stop me from joining a pity party of one to a pity party of none.
Stay tethered, my friends. Tethered to Jesus and He will set your path straight.
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