Jesus Is Accessible!
Hello, my dear friends! I realize that one of the biggest things that help to aid toxic theology and cause religious trauma for so many people is the restriction of knowledge. Many cults and distortions of Christianity hurt people because they are actively preventing people from not only having access to the bible, but also having a trust within themselves that they can actively interpret the bible for themselves. Some cults and certain religious sects even try to restrict God, Himself from people; and claim that only a middleman can communicate with God. My friends these tactics are all means of control. They are trying to restrict your access and communication with Jesus, because they know that once Jesus enters in, then lies have to cease. They know that Jesus will save you and expose the lies that they are feeding you. So let me tell you my friends, that Jesus is accessible! Everyone can (and should) have a personal relationship with the Lord and everyone has the ability to read the bible and interpret it! Christ has placed His spirit within ALL who are saved, so we ALL have to ability to interpret the bible in the correct way with the guidance of His spirit.
Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with each and every single one of us, and that relationship is going to require you to have the ability to communicate with Him personally. The bible says that we should pray without ceasing; so to do that, that means that most times you will have to pray to God by yourself. The bible also says that God is an ever PRESENT help. So that means that you can ALWAYS call on the name of Jesus, whenever you need Him. He is always moving in the present, so you never have to wait to call someone or travel to meet them so they can lay hands on you. The Holy Spirit lives within you, so you are always with Jesus! You can pray for yourself, and God WILL answer those prayers too!
So in terms of reading the bible for yourself, for many people, God speaks the most often, and the most clear by using the bible. When I first got saved (and even now) God has been telling me that I need to "eat" (consume) the word. The scriptures help us to see the true goodness of God and they help us to combat lies from false doctrine and the enemy. Reading the bible for myself was ESSENTIAL in helping me to see that God loved, accepted, and created me to be queer. The Bible describes itself as being a weapon, and we as Christians use the bible in order to fight against anything that goes against God. So talking to God and reading the bible are two crucial tools in your walk with Jesus.
I also want to say that Jesus is also accessible in the sense that your walk with God does not have to look like someone else's walk. I used to feel anxious about my walk with the Lord because my walk didn't look that "spiritual". I don't hear God audibly, and I don't really put too much of a focus on the "spiritual" side of things (beyond the Holy Spirit) so I felt like I was doing something wrong. But God was telling me that my journey with Him doesn't have to look like everyone else. And many spiritual problems have practical solutions; so my walk doesn't have to look as "spiritually deep" as the next person. God created us all to be different, and we all have different gifts and roles that we play, so we aren't all going to look the same. So your walk with Jesus may be a little different than the norm, but that doesn't mean that it is wrong. God loves uniqueness, so of course, we will be unique as well!
So to recap everything, ANYONE can talk to Jesus. You don't need a priest or "high-ranking" religious person to talk to God. Everyone has the ability to interpret the bible, and you don't need a priest or pastor to tell you what the bible means. The Holy Spirit can and WILL give you insight on what the scriptures mean. And last but not least, your walk with the Lord does not have to look like everyone else's. God is very big and expansive so not everyone is going to look the same. We all play a different role, so be proud of yours!
'Do all this in prayer, asking for God's help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God's people. '
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 ESV
'As a result, there is no longer any distinction between Gentiles and Jews, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarians, savages, slaves, and free, but Christ is all, Christ is in all. ' Colossians 3:11
' Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. In the same way, all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized into the one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink. '
1 Corinthians 12:12-13