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It’s the Rhema Word of God that Brings Forth Faith and Fruit

I was reading again this morning in Charles S. Price’s “Spiritual and Physical Health.”  On pages 52-53 he writes:

 

In the parable of the sower the only ground which brought forth was the good ground … it had to be good ground to bring forth even thirty, let alone the sixty and the one hundredfold. The production of the seed is dependant upon the soil … The seed which He sows is always good seed, but its generating power is limited to the degree of surrender, and the consecration of the earth into which it falls.”

 

As I was meditating on this, I remembered the scripture Rom. 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I also remembered hearing that the word for “Word” here is the Greek word Rhema.  I checked my concordance, and that’s true.  I looked up “Rhema” in my “Vine’s Expository Dictionary, ”  which explained: “The significance of ‘rhema’ (as distinct form ‘logos’) is exemplified in the injunction to take ‘the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,’ Eph 6:17; here the reference is not to the whole Bible as such, but to the individual scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance for use in time of need, a prerequisite being the regular storing of the mind with Scripture.” In other words, it’s the anointing – the anointed, living Word spoken to our hearts.

 

I see some important implications here. It’s the Rhema Word of God that builds our faith, that motivates us and changes us, once the Logos is believed and accepted.

 

We receive the Rhema Word through the anointing. This anointing involves both the giving and the receiving of the Word:

  1. The anointing where the Spirit of God  may use remembrance or reading of the Word, as well as scripture song, teaching, preaching and prophecy;
  2. The anointing that comes through the preparation of the ground of our hearts by experiencing God’s love in prayer, praise and worship and fellowship, inspiring a real listening, a hearing, a preparing of the heart, bringing openness and expectant faith.

The giving and the receiving are both needed.  Yes, faith comes by hearing, but it’s by hearing the Rhema Word to me personally.  Faith comes as the Word becomes alive in my heart. 

 

The most anointed word will bounce off a hard heart, and our hearts are often hard when we’ve been dirtied by the routine exposure to the world which we can’t escape, when carnally minded, nursing hurts, feeling discouraged or angry, focused on the flesh, and inadvertently listening to the lies of the devil.

 

So, the anointing of the heart to hear is of utmost importance – and that comes from experience:  the experience of God’s love through intimacy in prayer, praise, worship, singing and praying in the Spirit, basking in His manifest presence, prophecy, using the gifts of the Spirit, reaching out in love, meditating on God’s word, bringing forth the Rhema Word spoken personally to our hearts.  We need to be hungry and thirsty for all that He is and has for us. It is only then that we are ready to receive new light, new revelation of truth, and bear much fruit. Only then will the anointed Word preached and taught have meaningful impact on our lives.

 

The implication of this understanding to me is that it is essential to do more than read, study and listen to the Word: We must also pray, worship, and develop that intimate relationship with our Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit that will prepare our hearts to receive and apply God’s Word.

 

As we prepare our hearts, let’s remember:

  1. The awesome mystery hidden for all ages past, Christ dwells within us, the hope of glory. (Col. 1:26-27).
  2. He made Him who ‘knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21

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September 17, 2013 - Posted by | Articles by Ray Horton

3 Comments »

  1. That is neat. Good word! What a neat idea.

    Comment by Howard & Cheryl Shouse | September 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing
    problems with your RSS. I don’t know why I am unable to join it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS problems? Anybody who knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    Comment by turbo jam results | July 25, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks much! This blog isn’t really something I’ve used in quite a few years since I spend most of my screen time on Facebook, putting out teachings and words of encouragement to fellow Christians around the world. Concerning RSS, I don’t really have an understanding of that. I very likely in the months ahead start using this blog again, then I can figure it all out.

      Comment by sunray7 | July 25, 2013 | Reply


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