There are many ways we can prepare ourselves to receive
the things of God, but one of the best ways is through the Word...
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
God is Spirit and since we cannot see Him or perceive the spiritual things with our physical senses or our mind, we need to first put our trust in what we can see – His Word. Jesus Himself exclaimed the power and importance of God’s Word in John 17:14-17:
“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Jesus was saying ‘God make them holy through Your Word’. Does a holy person have sickness? Or lack? Or pain? His Word makes us holy.
So faith comes by hearing the Word. The Word makes us holy and by hearing the Word faith comes. Then what? Well when we believe the Word it means that it has become our truth instead of our circumstances or what we can see. And when the Word has become our truth it means that our actions will follow and what the Word says will then in turn become our reality:
“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” – James 2:24-26
The supernatural, spiritual things of God cannot be received through our actions, efforts or preparation. But our actions will follow in response to our faith. Rahab believed in God and her actions showed it. Our part is to believe, which comes through hearing the Word. Once we believe, our actions will reveal our faith and we will walk in the supernatural without any effort.
Our effort and part is in the preparation. It is in preparing our hearts through the Word. Like Hebrews 4:10-11 says:
“For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Therefore let us labor to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of unbelief.”
Earlier in Chapter 3 we see what the writer of Hebrews was talking about:
“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation…But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” – Hebrews 3:8-15,17-19
Our labor is to become convinced of the truth and as we are convinced we will believe and enter into God’s rest. Another way of saying this is to guard your heart and make sure you believe God and trust in Him:
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:34 (NKJV)