THE RHEMA WORD WORKING IN US
I mentioned recently that I had been spending time in the Book of James, and commented that every verse seems to “light up” and become a Rhema word, I will be writing about some of those Rhema words (to me) in future blogs. I have also been spending time in Psalm 119, which could simply be described as the WORD PSALM and again almost every verse just “lights up” and blesses and encourages me. I will never forget the first time I heard the statement “let the Word work” the sister who said it was and is a part of what is called “The Word of Faith movement”, and the statement impacted me then and still does to this day. Can I ask you a personal question?
WHAT DOES THE WORD OF GOD PRACTICALLY MEAN TO YOU?
So many people read the Bible “religiously” out of some sense of duty, not realising that every time you spend quality time reading and meditating on the Word of God, you are sitting at a banqueting table, and the Lord wants to feed you with His very best, and that He wants something unique to happen every time God wants to”turns the light on” The Apostle Paul expresses it this way in Romans 10:17 NKJV So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The PASSION translation expresses it this way: Faith, then, is birthed in a heart that responds to God’s anointed utterance of the Anointed One. As we mediate on the Word of God, a spiritual conception takes place, Peter in his 1st epistle 1:23 describes the Word as sperma or seed, and when conception takes place faith is born in our hearts. the information becomes revelation and as we respond to it the Word starts to work in us. I am reminded of the words of the writer to Hebrews in 11:6 NKJV But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Do you want to please God? Then we must meditate on the Word of God constantly so that Faith continues to be birthed in our heart, and we will be God pleasers.
The Psalmist in Psalm 119, uses some natural illustrations which I want to highlight today.
- In verse 97 NKJV he says Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. This is not religious duty, he really loves the Word of God. If there is one regular prayer in my heart it is this, “Lord I want to be madly in love with You and Your Word.
- In verse 103 NKJV the Psalmist using natural language we all understand says: How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
The MESSAGE Bible says :Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them to the best home cooking. We all have our favourite foods, but may the Word be our spiritual daily favourite food amen.
- Then in verse 105 NKJV, another picture we understand so well; Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Every night we need to turn the lights on in our home so we can see where we are going. The greatest illuminator in the whole world is the Word of God. God wants to “turn the light on” every day, not only to give us revelation but to assist us in our walk with Him and to assist us to knowthat we are going in the right direction and fulfilling His will in our lives.
- In verse 162 NKJV the Psalmist says: I rejoice at Your word, as one who finds great treasure (spoil) The MESSAGE Bible says: I’m ecstatic over what you say,
like one who strikes it rich. I like to use the illustration for example of say you did a good deed for someone who wasn’t a Christian, and he gave you a lottery ticket as a thank you gift, and the ticket won a million dollars, you would jump and shout and really get excited about your good luck, and start dreaming about all the things you will do with your winnings. God is wanting to give you treasure every day, how excited does that make you feel? We should come to the Word of every day (after preparing our heart to receive) with more excitement than winning the lottery, expecting and anticipating more spoils and riches to be poured into our life.
I have done quite a lot of confessing lately (see my blogs “a confession of a hypocrite” 1 & 2) and again I want say, the above is not my daily experience, but it is not God’s fault, I sometimes let health and laziness, and circumstances to effect me, and stop me receiving and not“letting the Word work”. This may sometimes be your experience too, let us ask the Lord for His forgiveness, and grace to change, and become more diligent when it comes to spending time in the Word.