I have a passion to see the Word of God come alive and see what I believe come to pass as it has been revealed in the Word and by His Spirit. I have an unquenchable thirst for God and want Jesus to be magnified and glorified in everything we say and do in the Church. It is the Spirit of the Living God residing inside of us that disallows compromise and forbids us to be moved by what we see, by our experience, or through circumstance.
When the Spirit of God places truth in our hearts, no theology, reasoning, observations, or carnal arguments can stand up to His truth. For example, if we believe Jesus is the “cure” for all things in this world, we need not pray for a cure for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or the myriad of other diseases which plague the world today. If we know we already have the “Cure”, why are we praying for another cure? Christians sing “Jesus is the answer, for the world today”, but what we really believe as evidenced by our words and lack of action is that “Jesus “gives” us answers for the world today.” The Word of God reveals Jesus as THE answer, not simply the One who “provides” answers. Jesus IS the all encompassing remedy for everything which ails us.
Before bringing the argument that God uses doctors and scientists to find cures, uses medicines to help us cope with pain, provides jobs to help supply money, let me say, I know God does these things as well. My life has been touched by pain, disease, and joblessness just like everyone else. I must struggle and pull down strongholds the same as other Christians. However, we have been given a Sword that pierces and divides! Yet, it appears we still treat the Word of God as though it is powerless judging by our lack of wielding it as the mighty weapon it truly is. I wonder what would happen if we as Christians spent more time praying and believing His Word, walking in the truth that He is the cure, and commit to being His healing hands rather than simply praying somebody finds a cure for the horrendous diseases which are robbing us and loved ones of life.
A Christian music group, Casting Crowns, presented a song to the Church called “If We Are the Body.” The chorus is “If we are the Body, why aren’t His arms reaching, why aren’t His hands healing, why aren’t His words teaching? If we are the Body why aren’t His feet going, why is His love not showing them there is a way.” This song is in reference to our reactions and actions toward those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, or who are hurting and looking for answers. However, the questions remain, if we are the body why aren’t we doing these things as Jesus did them while He walked on the face of this earth? God’s will is not going to be established in this lifetime if we are not willing to be the body of Christ, with Jesus as our Head.
We can only be His body when we “know” what His Word is, and what it commands us to do. Holy Spirit asked me a question recently, “Julie, how do you use my Word?” He took me to Ephesians 6:17-18 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints– .” I had to admit I did not take up His Word in prayer and supplication like I would take up a sword if going into battle.
A sword is a long-bladed, handheld weapon sharpened on one or both edges, used to display force or power. God wants us to use His blessed Word as a holy and powerful weapon as we pray, supplicate, and remain watchful! Just as Holy Spirit asked me this question, we must honestly ask ourselves if we “take up” the sword in our hands and mouths in order to display the force and power contained therein. I am filled with the fear of the Lord just asking myself this question because I realize very quickly this is NOT how I read or apply the Word of the Lord. It is not enough however to come to this realization if we do not “change” and “transform”, take up His Word and wield it as we would a sword.
What is this Word of God we are to take up? The Greek translation in this Ephesians verse for “Word” is “rhema”, which is often understood as the “spoken word” or a “now” word. When we speak of “rhema” words we are talking about Holy Spirit revelation. It involves those times when we “hear” from God, receive an unction in our spirits, or a verse or truth from the Word is magnified and we receive a fresh revelation to apply to our lives. It can also be a message or narrative concerning an occurrence. It truly is a word of faith spoken directly “to” a situation giving the necessity of putting our faith in Jesus Christ. As simple as possible, it is a word from God which commands, directs, or charges us to take action which is why it is often referred to as a “now” word.
The significance of the rhema word being used in Ephesians 6:17 comes into play when we see the “order or command” to take “the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God”. When this revelation hits us, we are empowered to take a “rhema”(now) word which Holy Spirit brings to mind and use it as an offensive weapon to destroy that which is destroying us.
Ponder this for a moment. We are to “take up” the “Sword of the Spirit” (Holy Spirit weaponry which displays force and power) knowing this sword IS the Rhema of God (a “now” Word released specifically to a situation in life). We are going to get fresh words from the Spirit of God and overpower any and all obstacles that stand contrary to God.
Knowing Ephesians 6 is speaking of “rhema” we realize “word” is not in reference to the whole Bible but to messages and individual Scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance to use in time of need. In John 14:26 we read “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” In order for something to be brought to our “remembrance” we need to have formerly learned, experienced, or perceived it. In other words the prerequisite for Scripture to be brought to mind by Holy Spirit is the regular practice of filling our hearts and minds with Scripture. Then in time of need, the rhema can be brought forth as the sword to pierce, penetrate, and divide reality from truth.
As the body of Christ, let us take up the sword of the Spirit, the Rhema of God! Let us not use the Word of God simply to give us hope or bring comfort, or see it only as a love letter or instruction manual. Though it is all of these things, it is so much more. Let us approach His Word remembering it is living, it is active, it is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing, and discerning. We discover these truths in the book of Hebrews, which speaks of the “logos” another Greek translation for “Word”, which I will discuss in a future blog.
I said earlier I wonder what would happen if Christians spent more time praying and believing His Word, walking in the truth that He is the cure, and commit to being His healing hands rather than simply praying somebody finds a cure for the horrendous diseases which are robbing us and loved ones. I pray as we allow this rhema truth to saturate our minds, spirits, and hearts, we will long to take up the Spirit’s sword, knowing it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit that we cut down the giants in our lives. May we all be blessed and empowered to take God at His Word!