Possess the Gate of Your Enemies
“…and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.” Genesis 22:17 (ESV)
Do you remember singing the little ditty about Abraham as a child? "Father Abraham had many sons Many sons had Father Abraham I am one of them, and so are you, so let's just praise the Lord." Are we sons of Abraham, the patriarch of the Jewish nation? The short answer is yes if we live by faith in His seed, Jesus Christ. God blesses those who have faith as Abraham had. He had a covenant relationship with God. He was willing to do God's will rather than his own.
The conflicts of our souls are many. We want, but we can't have. We ask, and we don't get. Why? Because we desire things that will only benefit ourselves with dire consequences to boot. Jesus came to earth to do His Father's will and not His own. If we are children of God as Abraham was, we too will desire to choose God's will rather than our own. We live now to fulfill God's plan for our lives, and by doing so, we will, like Abraham, receive blessings in all of our lives.
God promised Abraham that his offspring would possess the gate of their enemies. As sons of Abraham, we should take hold of that promise and see it come to pass in our lives. Your heart is a gate. Over the years, you have let some enemies come to possess it. Has sin invaded your emotions, thinking, and personality to remain there? Do you know Christ and believe He is your Savior yet not surrendered all to Him?
The Hebrew word "possess" is "yaresh" (yaw-raysh), meaning "to occupy by driving out previous tenants, to seize, to expel" (Strong's). It's time to let the King of Glory come into every part of your life. He is strong and mighty in battle. He will drive out the settlers in your heart that seek to do their will rather than your Father's. Get those critters out by declaring the promise of Abraham over you. Christ in you the hope of glory!