Just stumbled across this thread. Love it!
Something He quickened to me yesterday tying together some scriptures I had never seen as "going together" before.....
Man shall not live by bread/dry dead letter alone, but by every word/Spirit breathed that comes from the mouth of God. The Father is Spirit and what He speaks He speaks via the Spirit.
The proceeding word that is His breath, His personal from-the-Spirit-word of instruction, is as the former rain.
Following the former rain, there is always a time of testing, a time of walking through the fire that dries up everything, a time of NOT SEEING the promise, just like the promised Seed was buried and not seen, and all hope APPEARED to be lost. This is where we must mix faith with the proceeding word/former rain, during the time of "drought" where we can't tangibly see what He said would come to pass.
After this time of testing in the fire, then comes the latter rain. The latter rain is the promise fulfilled, the MANIFESTATION of that which was believed for and performed according to the instruction given in the former rain word. This is the resurrection of the seed (former rain) that was promised, the hope revealed.
For this reason, He said, one plants (HIM giving you a proceeding word of life), another waters, (YOU mixing what was said WITH FAITH), but GOD gives the increase (latter rain, the promise resurrected and revealed).
I've shared this before, but this principle is how He healed me of terminal cancer (and other things). I was diagnosed after I started hemorrhaging buckets. I went for prayer to a friend that I KNEW from many years of past experiences, could hear. My proceeding word of life from the Father's mouth came through her. It was, "God won't even let me pray against it, He said it's been taken care of, you're not to worry about it."
I believed God, I mixed that word with faith. His faith is the measure of faith He gives all men to receive Him. Receiving Him is not a one time event. Receiving Him is anything and everything He does when He appears in the times of refreshing that we were told would come. Did you hear Him about something that day? That's receiving Him. Did you feel His joy raise up in you? That's receiving Him. Did you feel His love for the unlovable and therefore know it was not "you" but Him? That's receiving Him. You "make room" in the Inn of your heart for Him.
I've never known Him to speak anything He didn't then perform. I'd seen it too many times, so my faith really didn't require much (in one way to look at it), because I knew that if He spoke it, He would perform it, else there would be no reason for Him to speak it.
So for the time between Him speaking the proceeding word of life, and the manifested healing, I had only to command my body to line up (I was still hemorrhaging) with the word of God (proceeding word that was spoken, not the letter), and to call my carnal mind a liar and command it beneath His feet in me (every enemy has to go beneath His feet, our mind is no exception).
I had lost my mother the same way only 2 short years before and my mind and the enemy of our soul, was trying hard to make me look at the generation curse, and receive death into myself. This was the period of fire and testing, where the promise was not seen.
The manifestation/resurrection of the promise from that which was not seen into that which was seen, was the Lord bringing the latter rain, ie. the seed that was planted and watered, was given increase and it burst forth through the parched earth into newness of life. Blessings....