We need to stir up the holy gifts within us - they (THE GIFTS) begin to be released again when we remember God's goodness to us; when we learn to meditate in our hearts on His past faithfullness and His love for us.
Hinderances to Heavenly Access include:
1. FORGETTING GOD'S PAST FAITHFULLNESS
Psalm 78:41,42 - "Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power....."
Psalm 78:11 - " They refused to walk in His law, and forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them."
Mark 8:17-19 - "Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?"
The disciples had lost the power of their understanding, and they were seeing in the natural, not with their spiritual eyes.
2. NOT EXERCISING YOUR SPIRITUAL SENSES
Hebrews 5:14 - "But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
Sensitivity comes by using what God gives us. The phrase "reason of use" means "habit or practice" in the Greek.
Practice hearing the Lord's voice by:
Being heavenly minded
Waiting -- expecting God will show-up
Laying hands on the sick
3. FAILURE TO HEAR HIS VOICE "TODAY"
Hebrews 3:7-9 - "Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: 'Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years'"
We should expect to hear from the Lord every day. Every day is "today". Sometimes it's a small nudge or an impression through a scripture. We shouldn't expect third heaven visitations each day, but we should hear from our Father each day.
4. THE CARES OF THE WORLD
Mark 4:18,19 - "Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful."
You can't engage the revelatory when you are too caught up in the things of this world. When you are too focused on the temporal, you can't focus on the eternal realm. If your heart treasures the things of the world, then you will have a hard heart.
5. FAILURE TO REALIZE THE WORD IN OUR SPIRIT THROUGH AFFIRMATION, MEDITATION AND VISUALIZATION.
6. THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN
Hebrews 3:13 - "But exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today', lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."
Questions to Ask Myself:
1. WHICH IN THE ABOVE LIST IS BLOCKING ME FROM MY HEAVENLY ACCESS?
2. HOW BADLY DO I WANT TO ACCESS HEAVEN IN MY DAILY WALK? WHAT IS MY PLAN OF ACTION?
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY