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New pondering points.
On Monday nights we host a Bible study here at the house, Alena Tvrznik teaches on the Holy Spirit and shares on a variety of other topics. She said a couple of things the other night that were just too good not to share with you.
Before I tell you what she said, let me explain quickly the difference between the Logos and the Rhema words from God. The Logos Word is the written Word; the Bible. Rhema Word is the revealed Word of God; what God shows you His Word means and how to apply it to your life or situation.
Romans 10:9 tells us that, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Yes, reading God’s Word, or listening to it on your computer or CD builds our faith, instructs us, teaches us and reveals to us more and more about God and His character. But when He reveals the thoughts and intents of His heart to you, the written Word becomes so much more powerful. When you’re seeking a Word from God, it’s going to come from something already in His written Word.
Alena says, “The Logos must become Rhema to be beneficial to us.” Think about it, how many people read the Bible and get nothing from it, or walk away even more confused then they started out? With revelation comes the faith it takes to believe God and take Him at His Word, even when you don’t understand it completely. With that faith comes the hunger for more of His Word, which in turn, encourages and grows our faith. All of this to expound on her quote, “Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Rhema of God; His revealed Word.”
She also said, “When you ‘come boldly before the throne of God’ it’s for revelation of God’s Word and will. With that revelation we can move boldly in the Spirit.”
Hebrews 4:16 instructs us, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (KJV) When we’re seeking mercy and grace, we need God to reveal Himself to us and His will for us; we can find peace in knowing He does love us and that He does have a plan for us. We are not without hope or purpose. But this has to be revealed to us by God Himself.
When we pray, we need to pray fervently (James 5:16). For it to be effective, we need to pray using both the Logos Word (the written Word; the Bible) as well as for and with the Rhema Word (God’s revealed Word; the revelation of His Word FOR YOU.)
Definitely points worth pondering!