Do you have all Access to the Father? Does the Father have all Access to you?
If you’re anything like me, you want to know the meaning of words. So before we go further, let’s define Access. What is Access? Access is defined as 1 a: permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, or pass to and from a place or to approach or communicate with a person or thing. b: freedom or ability to make use of something. c: a way or means of entering or approaching. d: the act or an instance of accessing something.
There are many forms of “religion” and spirituality, but what separates Christianity from the others is relationship! What is a relationship? A relationship is how two people relate to one another, and it’s a mutual exchange between two parties. Our Father is not looking for people that only follow a set of precepts but are void of a real connection. He wants an intimate personal relationship with every one of us!
We, as believers, have “all access” to the Father through His son Jesus. We often don’t take advantage of this great opportunity to our detriment. In the Old Testament, the men and women of old didn’t have all access to the Father as we nor did they have the Holy Spirit living in them. There were times when the Holy Spirit (God’s presence) came upon them, but He didn’t dwell in them. We are truly blessed. We have God and all of the answers right within us. The Holy Spirit lives in the born-again believer, yet, He is often neglected. I can attest to this. I’ve repeatedly tried to figure things out in the flesh, and I know I’m not the only one! The Holy Spirit came to bring more than tongues. Acts 1:8 (Amplified) “But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth. The Holy Spirit is our comforter (John 14:16). In Greek, comforter is parakletos. Parakletos means I). summoned, called to one’s side, esp called to one’s aid. A) One who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, and advocate. B) One who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor. The Holy Spirit empowers us to witness, but He also is called to walk alongside us, help us, direct us, and intercede for us. He is here to empower us to live this Christian life, live above sin, and not be controlled by the flesh. We are to acknowledge God in all of our ways. That includes all life decisions, employment, housing, marriages, friendships, etc. Let us consciously decide to commune with the Father and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us.
Through Jesus’ death on the cross, Access to the Father was granted to us. Ephesians 2:15-19… having abolished in his flesh the enmity, thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him, we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Access in verse 18 is the Greek word prosagoge which means I)the act of bringing to, a moving to, II) access, approach A. to God, i.e., that relationship with God whereby we are acceptable to Him and have the assurance that He is favorably disposed towards us. Now, therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God….. When Jesus died, He tore the veil separating man from God. So there’s no excuse for you and me not to have a relationship with God. Ephesians 3:12 says, “ in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him [that is, our faith gives us sufficient courage to freely and openly approach God through Christ]. What we value, we place effort in. 2 Peter 1:1-3 (Amplified version) says, “ To those who have received and possess [by God’s will] a precious faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be multiplied to you in the [true, intimate] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Let us take advantage of the Access we have to our Father!
The second part of the initial question was, does the Father have all Access to you? What aspects of our lives are we refusing to allow God access to? The Lord ministered to me one day through a prophetic word from my husband. The Lord told me to take away the stone. You’re probably scratching your head like, what? In John 11:39 (Amplified), Jesus’ friend Lazarus died. Jesus showed up four days later, telling those present to remove the stone. “Jesus said, take away the stone; Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to Him, Lord, by this time, there will be an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days. Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you believe [in Me], you will see the glory of God? I was comfortable with the pain and hurt. It was a part of me. But God said to take away the stone (give me total access to that area so that you can see the glory of God in your life! ( I’m shouting right now). I promise you when I let Him into that space; some things broke off of me. I’m here to encourage you! TAKE AWAY THE STONE. What areas do you keep close to your heart with a big DO NOT ENTER sign above it? The Father wants access to those areas and us as a whole. We must let the Father into those places to move forward in the next season. Let Him heal the hurt, break the addiction, encourage you, and most importantly, love you! Our Father wants us to be a testimony of His goodness. He wants to show His glory in our lives. The question is, will you let Him?
Let us Pray!
Father, we ask you to forgive us and cleanse us of our sins. We thank you for our access to you through your son Jesus Christ. We will no longer take you, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit for granted. We will seek you with our whole hearts. Father, we will remove the stone and allow you access into those secret areas, the hidden sins, the insecure places, the hurt places, the places of unforgiveness. Heal us, set us free, and deliver us. We love you and trust your direction. We thank you for first loving us while we were yet in our sins. Father, we come against any thoughts of suicide and self-hate. Your word says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in your image. We believe your word. Thank you in advance for the transformation in our lives. We love you always. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.