Word School Manual

Treasure House of God, Abeokuta

Word School Manual (Volume Three)

YEAR 2022
THEME: MY YEAR OF POSSESSING THE GATES

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to year 2022. The purpose of Word School Manual of Treasure House of

God is to explore the truths that are hidden in the scriptures to build a vibrant set of believers whose lives are controlled by the word of God and directed by the Holy Spirit.

 

2022 is our year of possessing the gates. This is our year to take the battle to the gates of our enemies and be victorious over every onslaught of the devil. The book of Nehemiah is our guide this year. We will explore the spiritual implications of the different gates of Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. We will likewise endeavor to find the New Testament realities of these gates and what they represent in the life of every believer. Our intention this year is to discover in great details the multifaceted significance of gates in the Bible as they relate to our lives as believers and effectively utilize the lessons therein to our own advantage.

 

WHAT IS A GATE?
A gate is an entry or exit point to a city, home or place of significance. In biblical times, gates were seats of authority where administration of justice and important decisions were decided by elders. It is a place where destinies were either elevated or truncated. It is a place of resort and deliberation. Gates also allow or disallow the enemy from taking possession of a city depending on its fortification.

 

GATES IN THE BIBLE
There are many references to gates in the Bible. In Ruth 4:11, gates are seats of authority. “And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem.”
Wisdom was uttered at the gates. Proverbs 1:21 “She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying.
There was administration of justice at the gates in Deuteronomy 16:18 “Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.”

The Council of State meetings were held at the gates. 2 Chronicles 18:9 “And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne, clothed in Their robes, and they sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.” All these references point to the significance of gates in the Bible.

 

TWELVE GATES IN THE BIBLE
In the book of Revelation 21:21, there are twelve gates of heaven made of pearls. These are passageways through which some individuals may enter heaven and live with God after death. Each individual gate is made of one single enormous pearl. The richness and supernatural nature of the city is profound. The pearl was esteemed of the greatest value among the ancients. It is an appropriate emblem of the highest truth. Each gate has the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel etched into it: Asher, Benjamin, Dan, Gad, Issachar, Joseph, Judah, Levi, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon and Zebulun. The twelve tribes of Israel were named after the sons of Jacob.
The twelve gates surround the holy city and they are in groups of three outside the northern, southern, eastern and western portions of heaven. The gates face every direction of the compass and their perpetual openness invites everyone to partake of the goodness of God’s grace. Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

 

SPIRITUAL MEANING OF A GATE
There are many dimensions of gates in the Bible. Gates are used as metaphor for door, entrance, way, key, solution etc to a particular destiny, place or path of our unusual journey of life. This makes it very important that we pay attention to the significance of gates. By implication and based on our extensive study of God’s word, we discover that there are unlimited dimensions of gates for the believer. For example, the gate of love is anchored on God the Father while the gate of salvation is through Jesus Christ. The gate of power is through the Holy Spirit. We can safely infer other gates by properly interpreting scripture with scripture.
It should be noted that our body and soul have gates that the enemy can and will attack. However, Jesus Christ paid the price by taking the sins of the world for our redemption. He came to show mankind the way. He provided us access to God and the ability to walk in His power and victory. His sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary formed a gate so that we could enter into the kingdom of God. There is one gate or door to reach the Father and that is through Jesus Christ. John 10:7 “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”
Possessing your gates therefore is taking full control of every area where the enemy might want to penetrate your life. It is total reliance on Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus Christ is the word of God (John 1:1). One of the ways to understand God is through His word. The word of God is a focal point of fulfilment in life and ministry. This means that we must study the word to show ourselves approved unto God. That is why this Word School Manual is in your hands.
This year, as we explore the various dimensions of gates in the scriptures, it is our prayer that the Lord will give you keys that will open your gates as you journey through Year 2022.

You are blessed. 

Abraham Senfuye
Setman THG Global.

THE DYNAMICS OF THE FISH GATE

Scripture Text: Nehemiah 3:3

Memory Verse: Matthew 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – KJV.

 

INTRODUCTION

The fish gate was a gate where the fishermen of Galilee brought their product through to be sold. It speaks about evangelism or winning souls for Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ referred to us as “fishers of men.” This implies that the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and we are steadfast in Him, we are expected to bring others to the knowledge of the truth. Soul winning is one of our primary duties to bring people to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

VITAL POINTS

  1. Soul winning is the heartbeat of God. Luke 15:10, Matthew 28:19.
  2. Evangelism is an expression of the love of God. John 4:34, John 3:16-20.
  3. The testimony of your salvation has the capacity to bring others to Christ. John 4:28-29.
  4. Qualities of a soul winner:
  • Godly Character. Romans 2:21-23.
  • Ephesians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
  • Sanctification and holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, Hebrews 12:14.
  • Constant preparation and readiness. 2 Timothy 4:2.

 

CONCLUSION

You are not the owner of your life after your conversion. The responsibility attached to you is to win souls for Christ. In your work place, home, when you go out or everywhere, take time to preach to somebody. The person you talk to today may be the one God will use mightily tomorrow. Joy is in heaven over a soul that comes to the Kingdom of God. We are here for such a time as this!

 

PRAYER

Lord, let soul winning become my priority as I set out today in Jesus Christ name. Amen.

THE POWER OF THE VALLEY GATE

Scripture Text: Nehemiah 3:6-13

Memory Verse: James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” – KJV.

 

INTRODUCTION

The valley gate is a wilderness experience that gears you up towards being strong as a believer. It is a type of gate that makes you increase in the knowledge of God through trials. The valley gate is a period when your life begins to radiate the glory of God as you pass through difficulties that might challenge your faith. The Lord through trials might be teaching us to be strong while we experience things contrary to what we believe.

The valley gate experience when fully utilized enhances our personal growth. The more we endure, the more we grow deeper in God.

 

VITAL POINTS

  1. The example of Nehemiah. Nehemiah 4.
  2. Great problems follow great victories. Exodus 15:19-27.
  3. God designed difficulties to test and teach us His ways. Exodus 14:10-14.
  4. Keep your eyes fixed on God. Exodus 14:13.
  5. Keep on drinking the living water of the word of God. 2 Timothy 2:15.

CONCLUSION

When you abide in God and release yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ, your valley gate will become your energy to conquer other giants ahead of you. Let your root go deep in the soil so that your fruit will appear for all to see. Focus on the Lord Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of your faith.

 

PRAYER

Lord, let me be strong in you in times of trials and temptations and let my focus be on you daily in Jesus name. Amen.

THE TRUTH OF THE WATER GATE

Scripture Text: Nehemiah 3:26

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:26 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” – KJV.

 

INTRODUCTION

The water gate is a spiritual representation of the word of God and its effect in our lives. The word of God plays a prominent role in our walk with God. One of the ways of moving closer to Jesus Christ is through His word. It is the pathway to life. The word of God redirects our lives in consonance with the mind of God.

 

The word of God is the way of God, the truth about God and the life of God. It is when you have access to the way that you can hear the truth and obtain the life of God. The truth you hear has the capacity to produce fruits that will abide.

 

VITAL POINTS

  1. The word of God is life and light. John 1:1-4, Isaiah 55:11
  2. It is sharper than any two edged sword. Hebrews 4:12.
  3. The word of God is steadfast. Psalms 33:11, Psalms 119:50, Matthew 24:35.
  4. The word of God gives understanding. Psalms 119:130.
  5. The word refrains my feet from evil. Psalms 119:101.

 

 

CONCLUSION

Make the word of God your companion in the fulfilment of your destiny. It is the emblem of the supernatural.

 

PRAYER

Oh Lord, let the word of God guide and lead me throughout my journey on earth in Jesus Christ name. Amen.