Think about faith for a moment. Faith hears the word of God revealing more than we could ever imagine.
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived—
the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.“ (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NASB)
“Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God.” (1Corinthians 2:12 NASB)
It is faith in God that receives His gift of grace, salvation. In the same way, it is faith that receives the gift of the Holy Spirit. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NASB)
I know little of other’s struggles, but much of my own. Like Jacob wrestling with an angel, I wrestled with the word of God. Eventually I understood the necessity and sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice. I no longer wrestle, now I’m resting and very thankful. He saved me. Receiving the Holy Spirit is faith in our Father providing when we asked. Submitting to the Holy Spirit is the challenge, but faith that God is changes the heart.
“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.” (Psalm 59:16 NASB)