Last Updated on August 8, 2020 by Rayna
Are you in a place where you love Jesus but you don’t experience Him in the depth you would like? Or do you find yourself ministering to others but no one is listening? Well, I have great news for you! Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.2 Corinthians 3:17
You see, when we access the Spirit of the Lord He releases freedom. My sweet friend and mighty intercessor for Christ, Karon Walsh, said this to me on the phone the other day and it sparked a desire in my heart to write this blog for all of us.
“Walking in Intimacy, Holiness, Purity, Honor, Righteousness, Love and Repentance gives a platform to build real estate in the heavenly realm so that it can manifest in this realm.”Karon Walsh, Mighty Woman of God
Let’s Dive In
Sometimes in life we can watch others get so close to God but not experience it for ourselves. Or, we can minister scriptures to others but feel like they never take us seriously and listen to what we’re saying. You may feel like your walk with Jesus is just not happening the way you thought it would and you have no idea why.
No need to worry! You may just need some tweaking in your personal life. You see when you walk in intimacy, honor, love etc., you access more of Him. As Christians our goal is to look like Jesus and act like Jesus right? Well, in the most simplest of forms the way to do that is to change our behavior to His behavior.
Because you love Jesus and have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior the Spirit of the Lord is with you. And, as a result of the Spirit of the Lord being with you, you have access to His freedom! It’s yours for the taking!!! So, let’s look in detail at how you can get to the next level with Him.
Here’s a list of seven ways to access more of Jesus…
Accessing Jesus is our answer to every question we have no matter how deep or how simple. Since Father God is our Creator all answers lie in Him.
#1 – Intimacy
Intimacy refers to you talking to Jesus and also you listening for Him to talk back. It’s a two-sided conversation between you and your Creator. As you begin to hear the voice of God and apply it to your life you will begin to know Him on a new level. And, as He speaks, I encourage you to write in your journal what He says. Journaling is so great because it is a written reminder to you of how God spoke and in the future your journal entries can serve as encouragement to keep you on track.
The way you hear from God is unique to you and Him. Havilah Cunnington has a great quiz to take to determine your prophetic personality and how you hear from God. Check it out here! Once you know how you hear, you can hone in on how to access Him.
#2 – Holiness
Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word holy as exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. So, holiness is living your life in a position of complete devotion. Remember, Jesus looks at your heart. So, to walk in holiness your heart should be truly dedicated to Jesus. One way to see where your heart stands in this area is to ask Jesus where His holiness is not being honored in your life. Open your heart to hear His response and make any changes needed.
#3 – Purity
Paul explains to Timothy in the first chapter of 1 Timothy verse 5, that a pure heart is also comparable to a clean conscience and sincere faith. A pure heart before Jesus goes a long long way. He can use you in His kingdom as you purify your heart. I encourage you to ask Jesus if there are any areas in your life that are not functioning in purity. This includes the shows you watch, the music you listen to, your sex life (if you’re married), and the conversations you have with others.
For we reach the goal of fulfilling all the commandments when we love others deeply with a pure heart, a clean conscience, and sincere faith.1 Timothy 1:5, The Passion Translation
#4 – Humility
I like to describe humility as the place where your heart is pliable and willing to change. It’s being in a place where you are willing to be corrected if needed. Being humble is a vulnerable place but it’s one of the easiest ways to access the heart of God.
So, how do you become vulnerable? Easy! Be willing to be wrong. Accept that you may have misunderstood something or you may need to learn more in an area. Don’t call out others’ stuff when you have your own stuff to deal with.
3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?Matthew 7:3, New King James Version
Sometimes we have a plank in our own eye but can only see the speck in our friend’s eye. As you humble yourself, ask Father God how He views the situation. It may be different than you think! Humility is a great tool for healing in relationships, especially your marriage.
#5 – Love
Love on people! Treat others the way you want to be treated. This is especially important to do when no one is looking. I had a teacher tell me that character is built when no one is looking. She meant that when no one will know what decision you make, will you still do the right thing? I love that!
We need to be able to love others but we ALSO need to love ourselves and receive His love for ourselves. You can only love others to the degree that you love yourself.
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well.James 2:8, New King James Version
What is significant in this scripture is that it says that if you love your neighbor as yourself you do well. However, if you do not have healthy self love then you will not know how to love others. I encourage you to examine this area of your life and ask Jesus if you need healing in the area of loving yourself. You can learn more about emotional healing here. If you have pain in any area of your life, I encourage you to run toward it. For more information on facing the pains of life, check out my blog on The Biggest Lie. As you heal your heart you will learn to receive God’s love. And, when you receive God’s love. you can pour it out on others like an overflowing fountain!
#6 – Honor
With love under your belt, you can now work on honor. It is so important to honor yourselves and others. What does honor look like? To start it looks like treating others the way you would want to be treated on your best day. Honor is pulling out the gold in others. But, you can take it a step further and learn how to honor others for their individual strengths. Get to know the people God is placing in your path, even if you don’t like them. Then, treat them the way you feel they would receive best. You may gain a new friend!
Also, a good benchmark for honor is to consider areas in your life where you have been dishonored. Forgive those who have dishonored you and learn from it. I encourage you to not treat others with dishonor based on your own experience but to release honor in every area of your life. There is great blessing in choosing to right the wrongs in your life and honoring others.
#7 – Repentance
And, finally – don’t forget to repent! Repentance goes along with holiness, purity, and being humble. When Jesus shows you the areas where He wants you to step it up be sure to repent of your past behavior related to each area AND ask for His forgiveness. Receive that forgiveness from your Father in Heaven and move forward. You can learn more about forgiveness here. With a repentant heart, God can use you to minister to others!
A repentance prayer looks like this:
“Father God, I repent for _____________. I ask You to forgive me for participating in _____________. I turn away from my sin and I turn to You. Heal my heart and help me to partner with You for Your will to be done. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.”
In order to be an effective minister of Jesus we must first love and honor ourselves and others. I encourage you to pursue these seven kingdom keys to access more of Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. In doing so you will create a platform to build real estate in the heavenly realm so that it can manifest in this realm. I believe you will begin to see fruit not only in your own life, but in your family and your ministry too!
To learn more about your identity in Christ, click here.
To learn more about forgiveness, click here.
To learn more about emotional healing, click here.
To learn more about the Holy Spirit, click here.
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