There is a divine principle in the Word that has become very precious to me as of late. I think it will minister to you and help you as you are ministering to others. It also (as everything in Scripture is) is progressive. When I use the word “progressive” I mean that it starts as a seed and ends up as a crop; ie, we have a garden in the beginning which is transformed into a great City in the end. Scripture begins with a serpent, but ends up with a great red dragon. God starts off with one son in the beginning, but ends up with “many son’s” in the end, etc., etc.
So then, consider this: everything in scripture follows its own DNA structure (in the natural and in the spiritual ~ remember 1st Cor. 15:46?). It may just look like a seed in the beginning and you may not even know what type of seed it is or how it grows (Mark 4:27c NKJV) but it will yield a full and mature crop in the end seen by all and enjoyed by you first, and then others. This is also how the Kingdom of God works:
1st) “AS we have heard…” Psalm 48:8 So the very first thing is that we hear, and we see this in Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word…” Jesus said continually, “LISTEN” “Hearken”, etc.
2nd) We see. “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him…” Luke 24:31
3rd) We understand. “And He opened their understanding (WHY?), so that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”
4th) Our heart is opened to receive it. “…and the Lord opened her heart to heed the things (words) spoken by Paul…”
So, a brief recap: We first HEAR (this part is on us), then we SEE, then we UNDERSTAND, then our HEARTS ARE OPENED. You will now began to see this principle in all of scripture. Just one example: Eve LISTENED to the serpent (Gen. 3:2), then she “SAW” (Gen. 3:6), then she saw that it “was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to MAKE ONE WISE…” (Her UNDERSTANDING), and finally “she TOOK of the fruit and did eat.” Her HEART WAS OPENED. These principles of life can work positively for us or negatively against us; the choice is always ours.