“The God Who Hears”
Mathew 16 18-19
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”
This saying took place at a specific cave in Caesarea Philippi, which is at the base of Mount Hermon. The cave is actually called, the gate of Hades as well as the Grotto of Pan named after a pagan god. People would throw their sacrifices into the inner part of the cave that had deep flowing springs, if no blood came out of the spring in front of the cave this meant the sacrifice was accepted.
Jesus deliberately brought his disciples to this location and made this statement of faith (although contested by some.) With the powerful image as His backdrop He gave Peter, you and I the power over Hell. Then He said the gates of Hades (hell) would not prevail against us.
How can a gate prevail? The only way is if it is open and something comes pouring out. Since the devil is a liar, I would suspect that you can expect lies to come pouring out, flowing like a foul spring.
If he is a master of lies what other gates should we be concerned about? How about your ear gate? Have you ever heard the saying “The pearly gates?” This comes from:
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls.
I’ve been told that your eardrum is so white that it looks like a pearl. When I was told this, I immediately thought about this scripture, and how amazing it is that sound must pass through your pearly white ear gate to get to your mind.
Sometimes those aren’t just your negative thoughts popping into your head. When you get a negative thought, like: “You’re never going to get through this!” Counter attack with this: “We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Do you remember the part about the deep flowing springs and the blood after the sacrifice? If you go back to:
“Be of Good Cheer daughter, your Faith hath made you well”
This was the woman with the issue of blood that wouldn’t stop flowing and Jesus healed her, and she was from Caesarea Philippi too. It’s almost like Jesus was proving a point to the enemy, your blood has no power here, and your gates will not prevail.
He is: “Elohim Shama”
“The God Who Hears”