FLOWING FROM US !
The Spirit of Truth is moving in a double portion manner in these last days, and He is revealing truth in us, and through us, in a great way. As Christians of the latter rain revival, we must, therefore, as we have studied, abide in the Lord. As we abide in Him, we become a blessing and spread the latter rain revival as the Lord has planned. Then, we learned that this will mean that the Lord will abide in us, as a partner, and in union with us, as Emmanuel. With all of this happening in our lives, let us consider, that this means that His Word will be in us.
"If ye abide in Me, and MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
We all love the final part of the verse above. We quote it often, and have forgotten the rest of the lesson. We need to have come step by step through the teachings of the previous lessons, and now find that the Word (rhema) of God is abiding in us... and we will find the powerful, dynamic, revival dunamis is easily available. We need that power for the revival. How do we get it???
WHAT ARE THE "WORDS" THAT ARE TO ABIDE IN US?
First, let us consider what is the "WORD" that is to abide in us. It is part of the armor we need to stand up to the devil and to defeat him as never before, in this revival!
Ephesians 6:11-13, 17-18
"PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE WILES OF THE DEVIL. FOR WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES. WHEREFORE TAKE UNTO YOU THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY, AND HAVING DONE ALL, TO STAND...AND TAKE...THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD. PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT, AND WATCHING THERE UNTO WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE AND SUPPLICATION FOR ALL SAINTS."
We are not to be "foxhole Christians." We are to attack the devil and his strongholds. God did not put us here on earth to suffer, die, and hope our defensive armor protects us until the rapture. We are to be offensively minded against the devil, to tread on him, and to defeat his plans.
"AS THE FATHER HAS SENT ME, SO SEND I YOU..."
Did Jesus come to be beaten by the devil? No! He healed the sick, preached the Word, raised the dead, cast out devils, etc. In the same way, we are to attack the devil, demons, and the destructive work they are doing in this world.
The part of the armor described as the "sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God," refers to the "machaira" of the Roman times. It was not a sword as we usually think. We think of a sword as one that one of the three musketeers would have used. This sword though was a short sword, a dagger, or like one of our knives. It was used in close combat.
God did not offer us a spear, to throw at the enemy 20 yards away. Nor did He offer us a bow and arrow, to shoot at the enemy on a hillside away from us. No! He gave us a short dagger, that we must march right up to the enemy and bravely use. We are to come face to face with the enemy. Not hiding in a foxhole, occasionally rising up to hurl a spear and then duck into safety again. We are to get into the battlefield, bravely confront the devil and his plans... and use the short dagger that the Lord has given us, i.e. the Word (rhema) of God.
A sword is an offensive weapon. It is used to destroy the enemy, and bring him to surrender. Fighting with a sword is difficult and dangerous. It takes much practice. Yet, in spiritual sword fighting, many Christians are novices. Many have never attacked the enemy. Many don't know how to use the "sword." Many carry a sword they have seldom used. This is not how the Lord planned our attack.
What is this "sword?"
"...SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD..."
The "WORD" referred to here is the Greek word "rhema" and not the word "logos" that many have assumed it to be. Rhema denotes an "utterance of God." Logos denotes the "Word of God, i.e. the Bible." Rhema is the speaking of God through us, perhaps using God's Word, or by prophecy, by word of knowledge, or by inspiration. Now that we have learned how to have Jesus abide in us, we should expect Him to speak through us. As we learn to ABIDE IN HIM, and find that He also begins to ABIDE IN US, the end result is that we will have His RHEMA WORD in us... and can therefore begin to speak it.
"BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT EVERY IDLE WORD (rhema) THAT MEN SHALL SPEAK, THEY SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT THEREOF IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT."
Here the word, rhema, refers to the times when one may say: "God is saying... to you." Whenever a person of God speaks for God in this way, he or she must be very careful to be sure it is truly God speaking. For we shall someday have to account to God if it was not God speaking through us. Rhema is the uttering of God's message to someone. Jesus, Who had the Father ABIDING in Him so much, that from the Father He knew that Peter would deny Him three times, uttered that fact to Peter.
"PETER REMEMBERED THE WORD (rhema) OF JESUS, WHICH SAID UNTO HIM, 'BEFORE THE COCK CROW, THOU SHALT DENY ME THRICE.'"
This was not a quote from the Bible that Jesus spoke to Peter. A rhema word does not need to be a quote from the Bible. This was a message from God to Peter. Jesus spoke this rhema to Peter. In the same way, when we speak rhema, we are speaking a message from God through our lips.
THE SOURCE OF THE RHEMA
Jesus spoke the words of the Father, for the Father dwelt in Him, in the same way that Jesus seeks to abide in us. Jesus spoke the words of God, these were His rhema words.
"I have many things to say and to judge of you; But He that sent Me is true. I speak to the world those things which I have heard of Him."
We are to follow the Lord's example, and speak to the world the things we hear of the Lord Who abides in us.
"But as the Father hath taught Me, I speak these things."
If we are learning from the Spirit of Truth, and abiding within Jesus, and allowing Him to abide in us... we will have rhema word to speak to the world... When they listen to our words, in this latter rain revival, they will hear what we have been learning from Jesus. We will speak of His coming, of His love, of His concerns over the need of repentance, etc. The world will see and hear Jesus in us, as the world saw and heard God in our Lord in those days.
"He that seeth Me seeth Him that sent Me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear My words (rhema) and believe not, I judge him not; for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judges him in the last day. For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father Who sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is everlasting life; whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak."
Our source for the rhema words is the Lord... and He will speak to us concerning ourselves, the world, our lives here, and his blessings to come upon us... In fact, if we are sent into a ministry for the Lord, we will have the Holy Spirit without measure given to us... So the speaking of rhema to us, for us to pass on... will be abundant!
"FOR HE WHOM GOD HATH SENT SPEAKETH THE WORDS (rhema) OF GOD; FOR GOD GIVETH NOT THE SPIRIT BY MEASURE UNTO HIM..."
The rhema here are the words that God gives His servants to speak when He sends them. Rhema is not our own word, but it refers to the message of God. This verse says that whenever God sends us forth to do His work, He will give us rhema to speak. We will be able to speak for God, or rebuke the devil with the rhema of God. We have been empowered by the Spirit of Truth, and we are abiding in Christ, and He is abiding in us, and we are sent to be a blessing for the Lord to the world in the latter rain revival... so why would God give us only a little rhema, or just enough rhema...??? No, He gives us Spirit "without measure..." and the Rhema will flow abundantly in the latter rain revival.
The rhema of God is the message with which we will proclaim in the last day revival. The early church had rhema word abundantly in the former rain revival.
Notice what Paul proclaimed:
"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."
The Word of truth is near ("nigh") us also, as it was for them, for the Lord dwells in us, as Emmanuel. He uses our lips, our tongues, and our voice box to speak to this world. It is Jesus, Who is "the Truth" abiding in us, and the "Spirit of Truth" Who works with us - and both of Them are creating the "Word" (rhema) that is abiding and resident within us...!!!
"Thy Word is truth."
Where the Spirit of Truth is at work, the Lord will be speaking His word through His children. The Spirit will be encouraging the message of Jesus so much that somehow the Word of truth will become heard. We can be a part of the Spirit's work by uttering the rhema Word.
"If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed. And if you know the truth, the truth will set you free."
Continuing to speak the rhema word of the Lord will show we are truly the disciples of the Lord. Knowing the truth that His rhema word will show... will set us free from worry, doubt, and fear. We can grow in faith more than we ever dreamed if we learn to listen to the rhema word, and speak it forth as the Lord directs. Faith is built up in us, and through us, by the speaking forth of the rhema of God.
This gift of Rhema is for all ages, and for all saints... but we in the last days can have a double portion of it for this last revival before the coming of Jesus for His church. Do not believe the lies of the hypocritical, dead, Laodicean saints... it is not something for only past Bible times.
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."
REVIVAL OR REJECTION
When Jesus spoke the rhema of God, He was hated, and many sought to kill Him. They desired to destroy Him, but God kept them unable to do so until the proper time. Many will hate us, despise us, scheme against us, and perhaps even want to kill us... but do not fear.
"These words (rhema) spake Jesus in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no man laid hands on Him, for His hour was not yet come."
Jesus indicated that many will not be able to understand the rhema of God. Those who are of God will recognize God's rhema word, and the ones who are of the devil will not be able to understand or accept the rhema. You will find this out by experience in the next few weeks, as you speak rhema, many people will not be able to accept the rhema, and many will show to us, the truth about themselves (i.e. who their true father is!).
"Why do ye not understand My speech? even because ye cannot hear My word (rhema). Ye are of your father, the devil... there is no truth in him... when he speaketh a lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe Me not... if I say the truth, why do ye not believe Me? He that is of God heareth God's words; ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God!"
When Jesus shared the rhema word with His disciples, and they began to share the same with others... they were hated...
"I have given them (the disciples) Thy Word (rhema), and the world hath hated them (the disciples)..."
In the midst of the sermon of Jesus to the disciples of the rhema word, and how to be used of God in delivering such word to the world, Jesus gave an illustrated lesson. We find the story of such in John 9. Jesus came upon a man born blind. The disciples asked if the man was blind because of his owns sins, or because of the sins of his parents. Jesus told them that this man was blind due to the desire of God to manifest something to those who behold the miracle that Jesus was about to show.
Jesus took clay and spit, and anointed the eyes of the man. The clay and spit indicated a type of the human and divine... (clay = earth = the human vessels that God uses were created originally from the earth; the spit of the Lord = the divine anointing upon the earth, and upon mankind created from it). The man was told to then go wash in the near-by swimming pool. When he did, he received a miracle of sight. Many have wondered why Jesus did this healing in this manner, instead of simply saying: "Receive your sight!" The truth Jesus sought to teach is the reason for this unusual miracle.
There was much rejoicing, and the Pharisees became upset that the man gave Jesus credit for his miracle. They tried to force him to recant his praise of the Lord, and threatened him and his parents with excommunication from the synagogue if he did not rescind his testimony. Instead of rejoicing in the miracle for the man, the Pharisees were angry at Jesus, at the man, at his parents, and at all who were rejoicing for the miracle. The man was a bit taken back, confused, and did not comprehend their anxiety... He was too busy enjoying his miracle.
The blind man was given sight, but the Pharisees were blinded to the miracle by their jealousies, fears, and sins. In the same way, Jesus told the disciples that some will find sight when He speaks the rhema word... but others will be made blind by the same rhema word. We will find the same true as we utter rhema words from the Lord.
"And Jesus said, for judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see, and that they which see might be made blind... Are we (the Pharisees) blind also? ...If ye were blind, ye should have no sin, but now ye say 'We see!' Therefore you sin remaineth."
Therefore, we must still speak the rhema word, though some will be blinded, and reject the words... we still speak. Others will accept and rejoice as the blind man did at the revelation of sight. We will find one of two reactions as we speak the rhema word, rejection or revival.
Do not be discouraged! Speak on! For the time is coming when we will not be able to speak. Jesus faced an end of His earthly ministry, and He had to relinquish this ministry to His disciples.
"I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
THE POWER OF RHEMA WORD
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."
Then, do not forget the verse with which we began:
"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)
Loose infirmities (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 (Acts 2:24)
Loose from deafness and dumbness (Mark 7:32-35)
Loose from blindness (Matthew 9:27-31)
Loose from leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4)
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."
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.
Many improperly try to use rhema, and seek to get all their carnal desires fulfilled with speaking "rhema". This is contrary to the plan of God, for God told us not to seek earthly treasures, and if we are seeking earthly treasures, and speaking "rhema" to claim cadillacs, mansions, and spectacular vacations, it only proves that we are not speaking the "Word" of the Lord that abides in us... For if the Lord were abiding in us, and we were being filled with His word (rhema), we would be claiming what He wants for us, for the world, and for our ministry.
Examine your rhema, and see if it matches what should be flowing out of a person entirely filled with the Lord and with the Spirit of Truth. If it does not, forget speaking rhema, until you are abiding in Christ, and He is fully abiding in you.
In order to properly use rhema, communion with the Lord is vital... That is why we first had to study about having the Spirit of Truth working in our lives... And then we needed to learn how to abide in Jesus, even though it means suffering with Him. Finally, we find Him abiding in us... and the power is therefore ready.
Too many want to speak rhema without the relationship so far described in these lessons. To run off to battle without THIS RELATIONSHIP is like running into battle with an empty gun. Many Christians do that. There is no power in your "word", there is only power in HIS WORD THAT ABIDES IN US. His word (rhema) abides within us, when we have Him abiding in us, fully, completely, and unreservedly... Our words (rhema) will betray any hypocrisy or deception in that claim.