For indeed we have had good tidings preached unto us, even as also they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, because they were not united by faith with them that heard. For we which have believed do enter into that rest. Heb.4:2,3
Receiving from the Lord is all about faith. Daily, we enter into this supernatural life in the Spirit by faith. I often think of the moment everything began to change for me in the summer of 1994. At that time I had been pastoring a church in New Orleans for sixteen years and frankly I was just tired. Tired of preaching and tired of the every day drama of ministry. I was reluctantly attending revival meetings in Rockwall, Texas conducted by Rodney Howard Browne when my life was dramatically changed. I had been watching people experience the power of God all week while I received nothing when in an instant a light turned on inside of me. I got it, you receive the Spirit by faith, you always step into this heavenly realm by faith. It was like a switch turned inside of me and at the same time the heavens were opened. I found myself caught up in the Glory of the Lord. Here are some thoughts from Andrew Murray about entering this deeper life by faith.
“The land was waiting: the rest was provided; God Himself would bring them in and give them rest. One thing was lacking; they did not believe, and so did not yield themselves to God to do it for them what He had promised. Unbelief closes the heart against God, withdraws the life from God’s power; in the very nature of things unbelief renders the word of promise of none effect. A gospel of rest is preached to us as it was to them. We have in Scripture the most precious assurances of a rest for the soul to be found under the yoke of Jesus, of a peace of God which passeth all understanding, of a peace and a joy in the soul which nothing can take away. But when they are not believed they cannot be enjoyed: faith is in its very nature a resting in the promise and the promiser until He fulfill it in us. Only faith can enter into rest.”
Just as the children of Israel could not enter the land of promise because of unbelief, many church folk are caught in the same dilemma. They have left Egypt (the world) but have not entered the promised rest because of unbelief. There remains a rest today for the people of God.