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Gates are the 1st line of defense. They control entrance and exit. Gates can allow a “window” of opportunity or an “open door” for the enemy.
Nehemiah 2:17 Then said Nehemiah unto them, You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we are no more a reproach. (NKJ)
How does sickness, evil thoughts or temptations, or the wrong spirit enter into a person? It must come through one of the gates. These gates are known as the eye-gate, ear-gate, mouth-gate, touch-gate, nose-gate. These 5 senses are the guardians of the body and sometimes referred to doors or windows.
Hebrews 4:12 For the Word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. (AMP)
The Word of God is the ONLY source designed to strengthen our soul for defense. Wrong believing = wrong actions. Listening to the wrong voice will produce unbelief.
Death has an odor
John 11:39 Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unt him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he has been dead four days. (NKJ)
Amos 4:10 “I sent plagues on you like the plagues I sent on Egypt long ago. I killed your young men in war and led all your horses away. The stench of death filled the air! But still you would not return to me,” says the LORD. (NLT)
Life has an aroma
2 Corinthians 2:15-16 For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one, we are an odor of death and demise; to the other, a fragrance that brings life. (Berean)
Genesis 8:20-22 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD. Taking from every kind of clean animal and clean bird, He offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 When the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, He said in His heart, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from his youth. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. 22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall never cease.” (Berean)
The quickest way to kill your finances is to stop planting seed.
Philippians 4:18 I have all I need and more, now that I have received your gifts from Epaphroditus. They are a sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. (Berean)
Different expressions using the nose
Raising quite a stink
Something doesn’t smell right
That doesn’t pass the smell test
I have a good nose about these things
Sticking your nose in other people’s business
Cut off your nose to spite your face
It’s a plain as the nose on your face
Follow your nose
Led around by the nose
Turn up your nose at something or someone
Thumbing your nose at someone
Looking down your nose at someone
Getting your nose out of joint
Keeping your nose above water
Keep your nose clean
Can you smell what I’m cooking?
Hold your nose to the grindstone
No skin off my nose
Don’t rub my nose in it
They did that right underneath your nose
Your nose is growing
In summary, these are all attitudes we allow in. Our nose gate plays a significant role in our Christian walk. It is our responsibility as stewards of what God has given us to keep our noses turned toward God.