WHAT WE DO WITH OUR RHEMA SWORD...
"BUT WHAT SAITH IT? 'THE WORD (rhema) IS NIGH THEE, EVEN IN THY MOUTH, AND IN THY HEART, THAT IS THE WORD (rhema) OF FAITH, WHICH WE PREACH... SO THAT FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD (rhema) OF GOD."
Faith is built up in us by the speaking forth of the rhema of God. The "gift of faith" from the Holy Spirit is often misunderstood. It is the imparting of faith by our words from God. Just as one with the gift of miracles imparts a miracle from God to another as he or she speaks, so the gift of faith is a similar imparting by us speaking forth a rhema from God.
II Corinthians 13:1
"IN THE MOUTH OF 2 OR 3 WITNESSES, SHALL EVERY WORD (rhema) BE ESTABLISHED."
Whenever one speaks forth rhema, the hearer has the right, even obligation, to ask God for one or two more confirmations that the rhema spoken was truly from God.
I Peter 1:25
"BUT THE WORD (rhema) OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOREVER, AND THIS IS THE WORD (rhema) BY WHICH THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED UNTO YOU."
II Peter 3:2
"THAT YE MAY BE MINDFUL OF THE WORDS (rhema) WHICH WERE SPOKEN BEFORE BY THE HOLY PROPHETS."
"BUT BELOVED, REMEMBER YE THE WORDS (rhema) WHICH WERE SPOKEN BEFORE OF THE APOSTLES OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."
Whenever the word rhema is used, it refers to the words spoken under the authority of God. We have been given the right by our Lord to speak the words of God through our lips. We need to learn how to use this rhema of God properly. It is our "SWORD" of offensive power against the devil.
"AND I SAY UNTO YOU - THAT THOU ART PETER, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT. AND I WILL GIVE UNTO THEE THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; AND WHATSOEVER THOU SHALT BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN, AND WHATSOEVER THOU SHALT LOOSE IN EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN..."
The "keys" are symbols of authority. We speak with authority. This same power is promised to all Christians.
"IF YE HAVE FAITH AS A GRAIN OF MUSTARD SEED, YE SHALL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN, 'REMOVE HENCE TO YONDER PLACE, AND IT SHALL REMOVE, AND NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU.'"
"VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, WHATSOEVER YE SHALL BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN AND WHATSOEVER YE SHALL LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN."
"ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING YE SHALL RECEIVE."
"IF YE ABIDE IN ME AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, YE SHALL ASK WHAT YE WILL AND IT SHALL BE DONE UNTO YOU."
Thus, the Christians are promised to have the authority and right to speak the rhema. We are offered the armor of God. We are to use the "sword" which is the "rhema" of God.
With this rhema sword we can:
Bind Satan and his angels in chains
(Revelation 9:14, 20:2)
Bind men by God's power
(Matthew 16:19, 18:8)
(Luke 13:12-16, Mark 7:35)
Loose men from chains and prisons
(Acts 16:26, 22:30,24:6)
Loose men from sin
(Revelation 1:5, I John 1:9)
Loose men from bonds of death
Loose from deafness and dumbness
Loose from blindness
Loose from leprosy
There are many examples of this rhema power of God in operation.
Elijah - the woman with the cruse of oil and handful of meal
Elijah - woman who filled many jars with one small vessel of oil
Elijah - shut up rain for over 3 years
Elisha - shut up rain for 7 years
Christ - calmed the sea
Christ - walked on water and bid Peter to come to Him
Christ - fed the 4000, and the 5000 +
The laws of nature can be bound and loosed by the rhema of God. We have this authority and power when God gives us the words to speak.
"BEHOLD, I GIVE UNTO YOU POWER (exousia, authority) TO TREAD ON SERPENTS AND SCORPIONS (demon powers) AND OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY, AND NOTHING SHALL BY ANY MEANS HURT YOU."
"RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE'LL FLEE FROM YOU."
"THOU SHALT TREAD UPON THE LION AND ADDER, THE YOUNG LION AND THE DRAGON SHALT THOU TRAMPLE UNDER FEET."
Don't be afraid to expect and to use rhema. Go to situations where rhema is needed. Go to where the devil needs bound, or where blessings need loosed. Then expect God to give you the words to speak. The rhema can be spoken, and it will be as though God spoke the words Himself.
In order to properly use rhema, prayer is vital. Could Elijah had spoken rhema to cause fire to fall from heaven without first praying? Too many want to speak rhema without communication with headquarters to know what God wants spoken. Imagine a soldier in the battlefield not checking with headquarters to see if he should attack or retreat. No! First he checks with headquarters, and then he knows what he should do. In the same way, we should learn to commune with God, so that we know what His will is for us to speak.
Soldiers in the Lord's army must keep in touch with the Commander. We're the gun that will fire, but He will give us the bullets. To run off to battle without prayer and communion with God, is like running into battle with an empty gun. many Christians do that.
Intercession is vital. We need to stay sensitive to the Spirit. To be ready to battle the devil, and to be able to loose God's power on people and situations, we need an intercessory nature. This is a definite must. Intercede daily for leaders, government, family, enemies, unsaved, sick, etc. Then you are tuned in for God to give you the rhema to speak.
To try to do rhema without being an intercessor is common, but is also why the church too often has many revival services with no signs and wonders. Too many have the gospel, with no power. Keep in touch with God. Let the Spirit put burdens upon you. Carry those burdens to God in prayer daily. Some will be answered through prayer. Some will be answered by God giving you the rhema to speak. You will see the enemy bound, and the blessing loosed. Then you will have learned how to use the "SWORD OF THE SPIRIT."