Acknowledge the Validity of the Word: We must accept that God's Word is the final authority concerning any issue and that it is not subject to change.
Listen as though no one else is around: We must cut off all distractions and listen as though we are the only ones addressed.
Accept that the Word of God is for the present/now: We must immediately respond to every revelation we hear and not passively hope to do something with it in the future
Listen First, Question Later: When we hear something we disagree with during teaching, we are to listen first and then later crosscheck with the scriptures.
5. Come Hungry
When you are full, you will not even eat honey. When you are hungry, even something bitter tastes sweet.
Proverbs 27: 7 ERV
Whenever we listen to the Word, we must come with the expectation to hear a Word from Heaven. The student that goes to class with the desire/intention to learn is more likely to garner knowledge than the student that is casual about it.
God is always speaking and revealing truths to His children. He is more willing to show us the way we should go than we are to listen.
But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].
John 16: 13 AMP
Nevertheless, how much we receive depends on how hungry for His Word we are.
We don't have to wait for difficult situations to make us hungry/desperate for God's instructions. We can always set our minds to receive as much as possible, just before we hear the Word.
6. Prayerfully desire the revealed
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you
Matthew 7: 7
Manifestation is born when power meets expectation.
Whenever the Word of God is taught, the power of God is present to produce the revealed.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life].
John 6: 63 AMP
However, It takes our earnest desires to connect to this power. We do not qualify to receive what we do not desire.
Prayerfully asking for something (not wishing for it) is how we express our desire for the revealed truth.
For example, we may hear a preacher speak of the manifestations of God's power in their life. We may just be awed by the story and clap, or we may be inspired.
Now, if we are inspired, we could hope that someday that would be our experience. Alternatively, we could earnestly desire that experience and ask for it in prayer right there. The choice is ours, and the results would in line with our decision.
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* Continued from "How To Receive The Word" Part One & Part Two