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. This is a ritual that activates the Spirit of God to guide your life. It is powerful.
"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, right? I'll break it down for you individually.
CARRY YOUR CROSS
Christ is calling us to carry our cross with grace and long-suffering just like He did. 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. He never complained, turned His back on God, or blamed God for what was undeservedly happening to Him.
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. Right before He died He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:24) Christ gave us 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 aim to intentionally and willfully walk in the fruits of the Spirit of God no matter what happens around you. 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. These are all Father's emotions and His emotions are now powerfully at work in you but you have to be intentional about choosing Father's emotions over your carnal emotions.
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 them and try to 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 behavioral 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 purpose 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 and working on 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 accepted my calling.
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." And all truth doesn't just cover the truth of the Bible, it also covers the truth of who you are, what you are here for, the meaning of the constant circumstances in your life, revelation of what is to come, and so much more!
There is no limit to what the Spirit will help you out with. I even take the Spirit on shopping sprees to help me buy gifts for people, find decorative house items, or search for a nice vacation spot. I kid you not! Every time I include the Spirit when buying gifts for people it happens to be exactly what they needed. Coincidence? Never! When you walk with Spirit nothing is ever a coincidence!
The Spirit has even guided our business life! Every time we venture into the unknown, we look to the Spirit to make the right choice and to this day the Spirit has not been wrong about any of those choices. I playfully tell my husband that people must think that we are not only geniuses but also fortune-tellers. I mean who knew COVID would hit before it hit? We sure didn't. However, prior to COVID even being a word, one of the biggest business decisions the Spirit ever made for us caused people close to us to think we were foolish, but when COVID hit it seemed as if our decision was based on having foreknowledge of the future. The truth of the matter is we didn't, but the Spirit did and saved us from a huge business catastrophe.
HOW TO RECEIVE THE TRUTH DIRECTLY FROM THE WORD OF 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 sample 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. People have come to me after the first few times to inform me they feel sleepy or don't receive revelation. I will tell you as I've told them, "Don't give up and have faith that you will receive revelations. Keep going back and trying until you receive a breakthrough." After staying on the course, these people have come back excited to have finally broken through. I promise you that once the breakthrough happens you'll begin to receive revelatory glimpses of God's glorious Truth, which will not only heal you, empower you, reveal to you what is to come, but also set you free from all the lies that have kept you from being whom God created you to be and so much more!
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 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 in Him, your purpose, and so much more! Go cash in on your inheritance as a Son of God and remove all the preconceived notions you had about God. 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 and who He truly is! 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, or Ordained Minister 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?
Have you ever wondered how Christ being an unschooled carpenter knew all there was to know about God and His Word (the Bible) as well as His Apostles? Yes, He was The Christ, but there is a Truth that is being overlooked because religion has done a great job at making His identity unattainable. Have you ever really pondered on the following? How is it that some unschooled and uneducated fisherman ever became Apostles? They didn't attend Bible school or seminary, that's for sure. These institutions didn't even exist back then! It was God's Holy Spirit that powerfully worked in Christ and the Apostles!
This Truth will become clear when you read John 14:12. Here Christ tells His Apostles and us, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." Christ tells us that we would do even greater things than even He did! And guess what? When He ascended and gave the Holy Spirit to His Apostles and the Apostles began giving it to other believers that is exactly what happened! No Bible school, no Doctorate, no fancy lecturer! It was the Holy Spirit that taught each one of them The Truth and to do even greater things than Christ!
In John 16:13 Christ tells us and His Apostles, "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 reveals that this being the case you do not need anybody to teach you! 1 John 2:27 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."
Think about this. If I wanted to be the best martial arts fighter that ever lived, do you think this would be attainable by going to my neighborhood plaza where my soccer mom neighbor takes her kids? Or by going to Japan so that one of Japan's few remaining ninja practitioners, Masaaki Hatsumi, could train me? An obvious choice isn't it? Masaaki Hatsumi of course. However, do you know that most of the world is going to something comparable to that neighborhood plaza (religion) to be taught the great mysteries of life instead of looking to and connecting to The Infinite Source (Holy Spirit) to be taught about life and God? Christ reveals the irony in this in Luke 6:39 when He tells us, "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?"
Truly, you will only be as good and get as far as the human you are following has gotten which isn't at all that far when compared to where the Spirit of God can take you. Can you imagine growing to infinite levels that have no end in sight? That is the precious gift that Christ came to bring us. The Spirit of God...an infinite source that is all-knowing, all-powerful, and He is readily available to live in us and teach us all there is to know about anything and everything, not just the Word of God.
For me and for others, knowing that all we needed was the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth has proven 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 around you!
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!