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 You Can't Access What You Don't Possess

I have in my possession several keys and each one of them allows me to have access into whatever they will open.  Basically everyone has a key that will lock and unlock something.  Whether it’s your car, house or safe deposit box, the most important thing is that you know you can use them to lock and unlock whatever they were designed for.

Having keys gives us certain rights and privileges that others don’t have. Keys can represent authority and power. Why, because they can get us in and out of places, situations and circumstances; when we have the right ones.

On the other hand when we don’t have keys then we don’t have the right to unlock, open or enter certain places or things.  That means no authority or power. It’s like going up to an ATM machine and having a bankcard and no access code.  If we don’t have the access code then we cannot perform any transaction at the machine.

Have you ever lost or misplaced your car or house keys?  If you have then you know what I mean by not having the right to access something. On the other hand there are terms for people who don’t have keys and try to get into things or places that they don’t have access too; the dictionary calls them thieves or robbers.   
People who try to gain access to places or things illegally are called a thief or robber. Illegal access or entry is a crime.  More than likely those who try it, get caught and go to jail. 

 Did you know that Jesus said the same thing about people who try to enter in the kingdom of God illegally?  So you know if people will try to enter illegally in the natural then you know they will also try to get access to the kingdom and the things of the kingdom illegally as well. Later I will talk about what happens when we try to gain access to the things of God illegally. 

Just to prove that Jesus said those who try to enter in the kingdom legally are the same as thieves and robbers, let’s look at John 10:1 and it reads, “Verily, verily I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber”.  

There are people out there who are trying to enter the kingdom without going through the door that has been provided.  Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life and no man cometh unto the Father but by me”.  Basically what He’s saying is He’s has the access we need, He’s the entry way, if we try to get to the Father in any other way then we are the same as a thief and a robber.

We need to know there is a difference between a thief and robber.  A thief will wait until you are unaware of his presence before taking from you and will use violence only if he has too, but a robber will use violence immediately to gain access to what he wants.  Either case they are gaining access some other way other than the prescribed way.  So what questions do we need answers to concerning access?  

There are 4 questions we need answers to and they are:
First, where did access originate?
Second, how do we get access?
Thirdly, what happens when we don’t have access?
Fourthly, what happens when we are given access?

                                              Where Did Access Originate?

Access originated when God made the Word flesh through Jesus.  Access came as a provision through Jesus given by Father. Look at John 1:14.  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” 

This is where access literally began; with the Word…the Word is Jesus. Who became flesh and walked the earth. And when He was on earth He was full of grace and truth.  Meaning that He was full of God’s grace, that word grace in this scripture means the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life.

The Father’s divine influence was upon Jesus’ heart and this divine influence was reflected in Jesus’ life. In other words Jesus’ character and nature was directly influenced by the Father. He was full of truth, meaning He was true in doctrine (meaning teaching) and profession (meaning what He declared or said).  His teachings and declarations were true. Meaning whatever He said or taught was straight from the Father.  Jesus said in “John 8:28, I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”

So, how is it that Jesus did and said only what the Father told him and people nowadays come up with their on version of things or say what they want to say?  Not only that, they do what they want to do. The Word of God is explicit about how we are to conduct ourselves as children of the Most High God.  Yet we as a body of Believers go our on way and wonder way we aren’t experiencing the things of God like they are in the Book.  We need to say what’s in the Book and do what’s in the Book.

In order to experience the things of God we have to get access to Him. How do we get access? Keep reading and I will answer this question. There’s a saying out now that goes something like this “Got Milk?  My question is “Got Jesus?”  So how do we get access?

                                                     How Do We Get Access?

We get access:
  1. Through Jesus by faith
  2. Through the Spirit
It is because of Jesus we have access to the Father by faith. We have to first choose the Father and become at peace with Him. Look at Rom 5:1-2. It reads, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of glory of God.” 

When we gave our heart to Jesus we were justified by faith. The word faith here in the Greek is pistis means assurance or belief.  Justified meaning declared no long guilty of wrong doings. The simple act of confessing Jesus (this is faith – the trusting, and believing, the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ) caused our sins to be washed away and we were sanctified and declared no longer guilty of wrong doings.

Know this that it is through Jesus we now have peace with God.  We don’t have to worry or fret about anything.  We are one of His and if we don’t know we need to know. If we don’t know that can be settle in a matter of minutes.  The only way to have access is to have relationship. No relationship no access.

That’s why Jesus could say no man cometh unto the Father but by me. He is the entry way.  If it weren’t for Jesus we wouldn’t have peace with God and therefore we wouldn’t have access to God.  Anyone who’s trying to get to God without first going through Jesus or obtaining a relationship with Him first is the same as thief and a robber; and is not at peace with God.

Our salvation has everything to do with having access God and the things of God.  If we are not one of His then there is no access. If we have not access then we are an enemy of the Father.  Romans 8:6-7reads, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” The Father only identifies with what is like Him; and that’s His Spirit. When Adam sinned in the garden and the Father called out to Him asked “where are you”, it wasn’t that the Father didn’t know where Adam was it was because Adam’s spirit no longer identified with the Father’s.  Again I say anything that doesn’t identify with God is an enemy of God. 

We have access to the Father by one Spirit.  Look at Eph 2:18-19, “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”

Now that we have access through Jesus we have access by the Spirit, meaning because of Jesus the Spirit of God now dwells in us.  With that in mind we are no longer an enemy, stranger or foreigner, but are now considered of the household of God. Remember with access comes relationship when it comes to having the things of God. No relationship no access.

Question now is what happens when we have access.

                                  What Happens When We Are Given Access?

Before I answer this question, I have to make it clear that we can’t have access without relationship. With relationship comes privileges and I’d like to look at these privileges as keys.  As already mentioned keys can represent power and authority. 

Since we are of the household of God, He has the authority to give us access to what’s in His house since He’s the owner. Literally, in a house there are doors, and doors usually have locks and locks usually need keys. 

Jesus gave keys to the apostles in several different scriptures and I want to talk about a few. Know this; that these same keys Jesus gave the apostles during their time we now have access to them by the Spirit. Just because we are saved doesn’t mean we automatically receive them.  They are given by the Spirit when He decides.  The qualifier is they are given. 

Let’s look at a few of the keys.  One set of keys are for binding and loosing, Jesus put it this way in  Matt 16:19, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou bind in earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

Binding and loosing means more than just declaring something lawful or unlawful. It also means to confirm the truth by power (to make firm, establish, make sure)
as Christ and the apostles did. Meaning, when the apostles laid hands on the sick they recovered, blinded eyes were open and the lame walked. They established and made sure the truth with demonstration of power. There are a lot of people going around binding and loosing stuff and have not been given access.  That’s why what they are doing is not working.

My question is, are they really binding and loosing or are they just saying a lot of empty nothing?  If the Holy Spirit has not made these keys available to us we can bind and loose all we want nothing is going to happen. Again, I say the qualifier is they have to be given.

Another set of keys is for power and authority.  Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 

Power – the Greek word is doonamis, which means – might, strength; authority – right, liberty, jurisdiction and strength

Jesus gave the twelve might and strength, as well as right, liberty and jurisdiction over all devils and to cure diseases.  They didn’t one day decide on their on to go out and start exercising power and authority over devils and disease, Jesus had to give it to them. 

Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  This power to tread in the Greek is exousia which means, authority, liberty, jurisdiction, and strength.  Figuratively or literally speaking Jesus shows us how cunning, crafty, poisonous and hurtful the nature of the devil is by using serpents and scorpions as a representation. The same nature of serpents and scorpions is the same as the devils.  Jesus lets us know that once this power is given nothing shall by any means do us harm. This doesn’t mean we put ourselves in harm ways and test God but it means whatever the enemy is trying use against us to harm us will not work.

This power over all the enemy in the Greek is doonamis which means might, strength. This word power used in Luke 9:1 is the same power used in Luke 10:19 to describe the devil’s power.  It appears that the devil has doonamis power as well, but Jesus gave this same doonamis to the disciples to defeat him.  

Since he gave it the disciples we have access to it as well; but remember it has to be given.  We don’t start out with it.  I don’t know what it is that makes us think we have all this power and authority when we first get saved.  If the disciples had to be given access surely we have to be given it to.  They didn’t start out with all this power and neither do we. The problem with us we don’t want to be given anything we figure we are to jump right into something.

When Jesus walked the earth He had power but not all power. It was only after He had been resurrected was He given all power. God gave Jesus access. Mt 28:18,  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”. 

Yet another key is the manifestation of the spirit.  Turn to 1Cor. 12: 7, 11, “But the manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal”. According to this scripture when we have access the manifestation of the spirit will be given.  Notice that the scripture reads is given. In other words the revealing of or evidence of the spirit is given or granted. Why, to profit withal.  To profit withal means for the common good; not just to benefit ourselves but to benefit those around us.

Remember Simon the sorcery in Acts 8:18, he was converted by the preaching Philip.  He followed Philip around to see what he was doing.  It was when he saw the apostles in Samaria lay hands on people and the Holy Spirit was given he offered to buy the Holy Spirit.  He was rebuke because he wanted to make a name for himself. The manifestation is not for us to make a name for ourselves, but to make the Father’s name great.  He gets the glory not us. 

As we continue to read 1Cor 12 we see the different manifestations that the Spirit will give.  Notice how He gives them. Verse 11 reads, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” Meaning that all these manifestations work by the same one and only Spirit and He distributes or gives them to every person just as he determines or as he pleases.   

In other words we can’t pray and ask for the manifestation we like to have.  Why? Because the one we ask for may not be the one we are capable of handling yet.  The Holy Spirit will give manifestations only as He determines we are ready for it.  It’s like you can’t take a preschooler and put him or her in the twelfth grade and expect for he or she to be successful. It’s not going to work. They are not ready. And a lot of the manifestations we’re asking for if we were truthful about the matter we aren’t ready either.

Again, notice that everything that we have access to must be given.  So that means we don’t get it on our own and we can’t pray for what we want.  The Holy Spirit will give to us what He determines we can handle. Let look at what happens when we don’t have access or access has not been given.

                                   What Happens When We Don’t Have Access?

Let me start off by saying, there are a lot of “spiritual wannabes” in this world who have this I’ll fake it until I make mentality.  I’m talking about the ones that went and weren’t sent.  They have no anointing, no power and no authority whatsoever.  They figure since we are suppose to have all this authority and power then they can go out do whatever they like. 

They’ve taken Malcolm X’s saying, “By Any Means Necessary” to the extreme and are promoting their own agenda all in the name of Jesus.  What a dangerous game to play. Some even call themselves casting out demons or demon chasers.  I don’t know about anyone else but I’m a God chaser.  Chasing demons is job for Jesus.

Lets look at Act 19:13 -16 and see what happens when people who won’t have authority try to cast out evil spirits using the name of Jesus.

19:13  Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure  you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. (
This is the formula they used) This proves that they had no access to Jesus.  In order to have access to Jesus you must first have a relationship.

19:14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?

19:16  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 

According to the verses above these Paul had been teaching and preaching the Word of God for 2 years in Asia. Special miracles were following him. Scripture lets us know that sick handkerchiefs or aprons were place on his body and those who had diseases and evil spirits used them and the diseases and evil spirits went out of them. 

Vagabond Jews - (wanderers – not stable – no pastors)
could easily be church hoppers
Exorcists - (one who employs a formula of conjuration for expelling demons)
Adjure - (command)

Wouldn’t you know that there would be some people who figured they could do what Paul did just by saying the name Jesus? Know this, wherever there is the real thing there is always a counterfeit.  

According to scripture these were the counterfeits some vagabond Jews, exorcists, and seven sons of Sceva, another Jew, and the chief of the priests who tried this.  Look at all these characters and none them had access to Jesus. Let alone a relationship.  You would think that out of all of them the chief of the priests would have something.  But that goes to show that people in high positions in the church don’t know the Lord either and the devil knows it.

Scripture lets us know that the evil spirit knew who Jesus and Paul were, but didn’t know who these other clowns were.  So that’s why it said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

We may say how could this have happened? Here are the answers:
  1. They had no relationship with the person they were coming in the name of. 
  2. When there is no relationship with Jesus Christ there will no access to what He possesses.
If there is no access to what He possesses how can we expect to do anything in His name? We need to know that we can’t go around using the name of Jesus all willie-nillie.  Just because we see someone else doing something doesn’t mean we can.  Look at what the evil spirit did when it exposed the counterfeits.There are four things the evil spirit did when it took over:

The evil spirit spoke, then it leaped on them, then it overcame them and then it prevailed against them. 

Leaped means to leap upon, spring upon

Overcame means to bring under one's power, to subject one's self, to subdue, master to hold in subjection, to be master of, exercise lordship over

Prevailed means to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds

In others words this spirit was so powerful it sprung upon them (in my mind I see a panther or tiger) and when it did it brought them under its power (I see them being thrown or wrestled to the ground) and the strength of this evil spirit took control and they were helpless, there was nothing they could do.  

No wonder they fled out the house naked and wounded. That spirit beat them like they stole something. See this is what happens when we don’t have the right keys like I spoke of earlier. No relationship, therefore no authority, and definitely no power.

Wouldn’t it be a sight to see if we were in a service and somebody who was calling themselves casting out an evil spirit and the same thing happen to them as to these characters in this account? I think it ought to start happening then these fakers would be exposed.  What really gets me is that we failed to remember that we are still in the same dispensation as these people and it wouldn’t surprise me if one day history repeated itself.

We’ve already found that trying to get access any way other than through Christ makes us the same as a thief and a robber.  Jesus took it a little further in John 10:14 when He said, “I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine.” 

First of all Jesus knows who his sheep are. Secondly, we should know the enemy knows who Jesus is. Did not the evil spirit say Jesus I know and Paul, I know, but who are you?  Thirdly, since the enemy knows Jesus, surely he knows who belong to Jesus.  What in the world make us think we can fool the enemy? We can’t get over on the enemy he knows who has authority and who doesn’t.

In conclusion, we need to remember:
  1. Access to God originated from the Word, who is Jesus.
  2. We get access through Jesus and by the Spirit.
  3. We have to have a relationship with Jesus in order to access the things of God. 
  4. Because of Jesus we have access to the things of God. 
  5. Access can be associated with keys which represent power and authority
  6. Access is given and we can’t pray our way into something
  7. Once we are given access the manifestation of the Spirit will be given to benefit those around us and not to make a name for ourselves
  8. If we try to access the things of God illegally or try to use the things of God the enemy will know.
 The best thing we can do is wait for the manifestation from the Spirit and let Him give what he determines is best for us. We definitely should not go out doing things in the name of Jesus when we haven’t been given access to what’s needed to get the job done.  Know that He will never send us out unequipped.  If you have been called into ministry, wait on ministry.  Don’t try to be an overnight sensation.  

Remember you can’t access what you don’t possess.