Nehemiah 3:31 “After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith’s son unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants over against the gate Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.”

This next gate is called the Miphkad. This gate is particularly of interest in that it is a gate that acts like a mirror in which we need to check ourselves daily. Most people don’t go out until they’ve checked themselves in the mirror.

If we discover any anomaly in our dressing we quickly correct it before stepping out. What we do with a physical mirror is similar to what this gate does to our spirit man.

The Hebrew word “Miphkad” has a military connotation which means mustering of troops for inspection and numbering. This gate is also translated to mean the inspection gate. It is the gate where critical examination of soldiers are done with the aim of forming a judgment or evaluation.

Military commanders’ uses this gate to assess and inspect their troops. Any soldier that appears by the Miphkad without conforming to the standards of dressing, weapon organization and readiness are declared unfit.

This gate is of utmost importance to believers in that it reveals to us our stand in Christ. Most believers have developed the cocky attitude of “I am perfect and whatever anybody says about my character doesn’t matter”. Hear this:

1Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

There is need for personal assessment and constant scrutiny of our walk of faith to be sure we are in alignment with our purpose, steadfast in character, walking in love and in obedience to the dictates of the Spirit.

David puts it this way:

Psalms 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:”

Paul also said:

1Corinthians 4:4 “I am not conscious of anything against myself, and I feel blameless; but I am not vindicated and acquitted before God on that account. It is the Lord [Himself] Who examines and judges me.” (AMP)

David and Paul both shows that we need to constantly submit ourselves at the gate Miphkad so that God through the Holy Spirit can examine us and set us back in alignment.

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