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In the New Testament of the Bible, two Greek words are used to denote “WORD”. One is LOGOS and the other is RHEMA. Logos refers to the general word God has spoken. It includes all the words He has spoken in the Bible. The Logos gives us a picture of God’s plans, purposes, Will, Desires, Counsel and Ways. We learn about His nature and His ways from studying the Logos.

RHEMA refers to the words that God speaks to us personally concerning specific issues of our lives. They refer to the inner speakings of the Living Word in us (the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ). We all know God’s plan concerning marriage is stipulated in the Bible. For instance, we know that a believer should not marry an unbeliever (1 Cor 7:39). That is logos. But you know that your Bible does not show you whether sister A or Brother B is your wife or your husband. That can only be revealed by the inner speakings of the Spirit. That is Rhema.

The Bible says in Matthew 4:4, that man shall not live on bread alone but on every word (RHEMA) that proceeds from the mouth of God. The Greek word for word here is Rhema not logos. This means that God wants us to live our lives by the word which proceeds (present continuous) from His mouth. That is to say, in every aspect of our lives, we need to know what God is saying NOW. Off course we must know what is written in the Bible because the Bible is our only benchmark. The teachings of the Bible will ground us and prepare us to be able to listen for the voice of the Spirit. Our only safeguard is the written word because the Holy Spirit CANNOT contradict the written word.

Rhema is also called the quickened word. The Holy Spirit breathes on certain portions of the written word and draws our attention to them. Usually you will see that the particular scripture is now addressing something specific and peculiar in your life. God is not an author who wrote one book and retired. Anytime we read the Bible, we should allow the Holy Spirit to breathe on the particular scripture that will be for us specifically for the day or situation we find ourselves in. That is also Rhema.

So, we need the logos (the word God has already spoken) to show us how to live our lives generally, but we need the Rhema (the NOW word) to live day by day. The logos is called the Constant word, the Rhema is called the instant word. The Logos is the Objective word, the Rhema is the subjective word.

Our Challenge as believers is how to get the Rhema out of the Logos. It is the Rhema that becomes the Sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17). The Greek Word used in that scripture is RHEMA not Logos. The devil is not afraid of the Logos. You can quote scripture upon scripture, it means nothing for as long as it is just the logos. The word that has moved from just being in our minds into our heart is the word which becomes the sword of Spirit. That is what can do damage to the kingdom of darkness. And that is Rhema. Jesus defeated Satan with just three words ‘It is written’. Those words were not just coming from His mind, they were coming from His Spirit (heart). Remember living waters can only come out of our hearts not mind (John 7:38). He spoke because the Spirit breathed on that section of the word to meet a peculiar temptation.

It is the Rhema that contains Spirit and life. In John 6:63, Jesus said, ‘the Words (Rhema) that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and Life.
What will help us as believers is to cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit. He will breathe on the Bible to release the Now word we need to live by. Jesus did not give us a book as our guide, He gave us a person. The Bible will define our boundaries and establish the bench mark but it is the Holy Spirit who will give us the Rhema. That is what produces faith. The Bible says in Romans 10:17;

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word (the Greek word here is Rhema not Logos).
One thing we are guilty of these days as believers is we have reduced the confession of the Word to ‘blab and grab’. We think just by quoting scriptures or repeating positive confessions after a man of God, we are getting things done in the spirit. No. Confession is not ‘parroting’ (a parrot can repeat words but they are just repetition). It is the word that is in our heart that spills out of our mouth that will achieve something. So get the word in your heart by meditation and practice and build a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

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