Eating God’s Words

Bread round

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word (rhema) of Christ.” (Rom. 10:17, ESV)

Here we have the second key for engaging with the strengthening of our faith. Faith comes from hearing God’s words.

The Greek for “word” in this verse is rhema. Rhema means the spoken word of God. When God’s personal word to us bubbles up from His heart and Holy Spirit transmits the message to our spirit, that is rhema. By His Spirit, He speaks it right to our core. Spirit-to-spirit communication takes place. When this happens, faith comes into being. This is how faith is born. This is also how faith is both activated and strengthened.

The most surefire way to connect with God’s rhema is through His logos. Logos is the Greek for “written word.” When we develop a love relationship with the Lord, we will likewise fall in love with the Bible. Logos is even used to refer to Jesus Himself, the Word of God (John 1:1). Passionately loving Jesus means passionately loving the Word.

All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16). The words on the pages of your Bible already contain the very breath of God. When you immerse yourself in the text, inviting the Holy Spirit to flow, He will take those words He authored and breathe them into your heart. They will come alive and penetrate your spirit with personal meaning. Logos becomes rhema. At the same time, He feeds your faith. It gets stronger and stronger as He conveys His word to the depths of you.

Feeding on God’s rhema is not optional for a real Christian life. We must have His words to us, or we will die. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word (rhema) that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4, NKJV). More than we need our next meal, or even the air that we breathe, we need to hear Him speak. Lord, give us today our daily bread from Heaven! Nourish us with our portion of rhema from Your heart!

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight” (Jer. 15:16, NIV).

(Click here for more about the concept of rhema.)

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What portion of logos has become rhema for you recently? In what specific ways did this strengthen and grow your faith?

 

16 thoughts on “Eating God’s Words

  1. Excellent ‘word’ all the way around! For me lately I am taking note of the imparting of Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. I read as God supplies His personal power for specific times and reasons and I am awed that we, as folks living on this side of the Cross, have that very power given to us at salvation. This helps me to stay more aware of His presence in my day to day activities as I remember that God is not only with me, but in me as well!
    When teaching about the Bible to new believers, I often use 2 Timothy 3:16, explaining what God-breathed means. I use the example of giving mouth to mouth resuscitation to help them see it is the living God exhaling His very living and active word into us.
    Reading you post today was a special blessing. I thank God and you!
    Chuck

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      1. I’m so thankful for you, for your insights and your ministry! Oh how I’d love to get to come visit the you in the Amazon! I just watched the NLC Amazon video. So cool! I pray God’s richest blessings continue to be multiplied through your family and ministry for great Kingdom glory! I love you, beautiful sister!

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  2. “They will come alive and penetrate your spirit with personal meaning.” (Literally looks like the words are breathing sometimes!!! Sounds really strange…… does that happen to you sometimes Jennifer?)

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