Hearing of God’s Word through Lord Jesus Christ is the first step to having a belief on God’s salvation and eternal life. As God’s Word is good news, and all the scriptures and parables are the best stories ever told in human history and it still fascinate both young and old ever up till today.
For God is ever loving and concerned for us. That He will do all things to ensure that His good news is heard into all earth and unto the ends of the earth and it can be testified in Romans: 10. 16. But they did not all hearken to the glad tidings. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17. So belief [cometh] of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. 18. But I say, Did they not hear? Yea, verily, Their sound went out into all the earth, And their words unto the ends of the world.
God is faithful in His promise on His love and countenance for us. But are we always faithful to God during our good times as well as our bad times. In order to have God’s favour, we need to keep our hearts clean from all temptations and sins, guard our inner spirit from evil and downfall.
It all starts with our rebirth in Christ Jesus, like in church baptism, where our old self died and a new self begin. Peter said unto them, repent ye, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38.
Repentance is always seen as the first step towards salvation. In order to prevent from further sins, you would also guard your heart and body from evil manifestation as in Hebrews: 10. 22. let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water.
The gifts and rewards from God are many times not immediate nor in short term. It requires alot of perseverance in the testing of your faith. This unweavering faith is seen in Hebrew 10.23. let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised.