Plain and simple....
Step 1 - CONFESS & BELIEVE
If you believe that the Lord Y'shua died for you and God raised Him from the dead, follow the directions in Romans 10:9-10 and speak them out loud.
"If you declare with your mouth, “Y'shua is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."
Step 2 - CARRY YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW CHRIST
In Matthew 16:24 Christ tells His disciples,
"Then Christ told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
But what does all this mean? I'll break it down for you individually.
CARRY YOUR CROSS
Just as Christ carried His cross with grace and long-suffering, and we should too. But what would be considered our cross and what would long-suffering involve? Our cross could be when someone undeservedly mistreats us or taking on a very difficult situation with the grace and long-suffering Christ did.
The same grace and forgiveness Christ gave those that killed Him is the same grace we are to extend to those that don't deserve it. Christ gave us grace, love, undeserved grace, and forgiveness. In all this, He is teaching us by example. Just as He walks, we ought to walk.
In essence, you are to constantly practice walking in the fruits of the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God now lives in you, this being the case, He will help you learn how to walk as Christ walked. According to Galatians 5:23-24, the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
What does it mean to follow Christ? I'll make this super simple for you to grasp.
If you have observed a one-year-old, you've noticed that they have the capacity to observe their surroundings and if someone catches their attention successfully they contemplate and mimic them.
Do you remember when you were four or five and desired to be the superhero you saw on TV or in a movie? You wanted to dress like them, talk like them. And in your imagination, you imagined you were them. Oh, the fun I had when I imagined I was Wonder Woman at the age of 5!
Do you recall your teenage years when your admiration for someone led you to want to be exactly like them? It could have been a family member, a friend. Or even an actor or an artist. Do you remember trying to mimic their walk, the way they talked, maybe even the way they dressed, or their hair? Maybe you began to work out because you really wanted to have their body type. And if you were a girl you probably tried copying the way they did their hair and makeup too.
This behavior is part of our DNA. God put it there for a reason. However, we have been unknowingly using it to become a copy of another imperfect human being. God actually had a greater plan for this behavior that is embedded in us, and if you use it to be transformed into the very likeness of Christ, then you'll actually be using it for its intended purpose!
Following Christ is basically us putting Him on as our identity imitating Him in every way! And what will help you get there will be this very next step I am about to lay it out for you.
Step 3 - DEDICATE YOURSELF TO THE WORD
Dedicating yourself to the Word of God, the Bible may seem boring at first thought to many. That used to be me. I used to roll my eyes at the thought of having to turn the pages of a book, let alone having to read the Bible. But that changed once I was called.
THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
You see, when God calls you, He will send you the Spirit of Truth to lead you into all truth. I repeat, all truth. Not just a tiny bit, or partial truth, it says all truth. John 16:13 says, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."
HOW TO RECEIVE THE TRUTH DIRECTLY FROM GOD
When you embrace this, as I did, all you will need to do is sit in the privacy of your own home. Sit in front of your Bible and pray a very simple prayer to God. If you don't know how to pray, feel free to use this simple prayer in the meantime to receive God's Truth.
Pray, "Father you said that the Spirit of Truth comes to guide us into all truth. I ask you to please give me your Spirit of Truth to guide me into all of your truth just as it says in your Word. I seek to know your Truth Father. Please enlighten the eyes of my heart to receive it. I pray this in Y'shua's name. Amen."
The first couple of times you sit down to read the Bible, your doubt may get in the way of receiving revelation from the Spirit, but don't give up. I've told this to a few people and sure enough, they confirm they have had a difficult time reading the Bible without yawning or they hadn't received revelation. But in time, because they don't lose hope, they keep trying and they have successfully received breakthrough.
I am telling you as I told them, don't give up and have faith that you will receive revelations. Keep going back and trying it until you receive a breakthrough. I promise you that once the breakthrough happens you'll begin to get revelatory glimpses of God's glorious Truth, that will not only heal you but also set you free from all the lies that have kept you from being whom God created you to be.
PUTTING ON CHRIST AS YOUR IDENTITY THROUGH THE WORD
The New Testament in the Bible is your blueprint to becoming just like Christ. His life is to be read in a way that not only gives you the Truth about your identity as a Son of God, but it will also unlock so many mysteries that God cannot wait to share with you! In Jeremiah 33:3 God promised this when He said, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
God has continually made good on this promise to me and to many others that have followed all I am sharing with you. Through His Word, God will reveal to you who He is, who you are, and so much more! Go cash in on your inheritance as a Son of God and stop believing the lies your mind tells you about you and your past. We are not our mistakes! We are not our thoughts! Let God show you the Truth about Himself and about yourself. Put to the side what man or religion has taught you about God! All of it is very far from His Truth! He has been waiting with open arms to show you Himself who He is.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF GOD IN THE BIBLE
A lot of people, if not all, have been misled into thinking you need to go to Bible school to unlock the Truths of the Bible. Or that you need someone with the title of Pastor, Priest, Ordained Minister, Shepherd, or Prophet to teach you the Bible. This is not one bit true! Did you know that Christ was a poor, and unschooled carpenter? Did you know that some of the Apostles Christ chose were uneducated and unschooled men too? Are you seeing some Truth in what I just shared?
You want to know how was it that Christ being an unschooled carpenter knew all there was to know about God and His Word (the Bible) as well as His Apostles? It was not just because He was The Christ, nor because the Apostles were His chosen Apostles. It was through God's Holy Spirit. In John 16:13 Christ tells us, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." And 1 John 2:27 tells us that this being the case you don't need nobody to teach you! 1 John 2:27 John says to us, "But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don't need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true- it is not a lie."
For me and for others, knowing that all we needed was the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth has proved effective! You don't need to be a genius to receive spiritual Truths or spiritual enlightenment to awaken all that God has purposed for you to be! Just by reading His Word, you will get to know Him more intimately than anyone you have ever known! He will become even more real to you than the people you know!
Everything I have shared here is what unlocked so much Truth and revelation for me and for those I have shared it with. God's realm may not be visible to you right now but it will be once you follow the simple steps I shared. These are the exact same steps that unlocked and continue unlocking all the glorious riches of God's Truth to me and to others. I pray for God to open and enlighten the eyes of your heart to receive Him, Christ, and His Truth once you embark on your spiritual journey!