The Rhema Key to God’s authority comes from John 15. In this passage Jesus gave us 3 keys to success in prayer and life.
“… and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
We are focusing on this phrase, “my words abide in you.
Let’s define this word, WORDS
Strongs concordance shows it is the greek word rhema, hray’ mah; from G4483; an utterance (individ., collect. or spec.); by impl. a matter or topic (espec. of narration, command or dispute); with a neg. naught whatever: + evil, + nothing, saying, word.
Here in this passage Jesus says that the next criterion to move mountains is that the Word must abide in you. Not your words, not someones words, not the word of Aunt Mildred, not the preacher who passed away prematurely, not the skeptic, not the words of a disappointed Christian, but HIS words.
We know that words have great meaning as we translate and seek to understand the Bible and we know that certain English words my have several root words in another language. For instance, the New Testament was written in Greek and in Greek, there are several words for the English word Love. Therefore, when the translators give us “Love” in the English version it could have come from the Greek word Eros, Phileo, Agape, etc. It is not until you look at the original word that you will see which one of these “love” terms the writer intended. So it is with this passage. In this verse the word Jesus used in the Greek for “words” is “rhema.” You can see from the Strongs concordance that the word “rhema” means the utterance of God, the narrative of God, the saying of God. “Logos” is another Greek word for God’s Word, but it differs from “rhema” in that it refers to the written Word of God.
Rhema means the word from God that is “alive” to you at that moment, as if God spoke it to you in the present tense…fresh manna, a living thing from God Himself. So here Jesus is saying that the “rhema” must abide in you for you to command what you will and it to be done for you.
The Logos outlines our general sphere of your authority and dominion, but the Logos is not enough for mountain moving faith. A Word from God, even a “Logos” must become life to you personally for it to bring forth faith. So it must become to you a “rhema”.
In otherwords, it’s not enough to know scriptures mentally, we have theologians who know the Word of God mentally. It’s not enough to know about the Word of God, growing up in Church I knew virtually every Bible story. You must have the Word become faith within you personally. You must have had a Word quickened by the Holy Spirit for you to have mountain moving faith.
This “quickening” happens by the grace of God as you study, learn and hear the Word of God, subsequent to salvation. Just lifting up Jesus Christ in praise and worship can bring a liberty to lift the veil of doubt or ignorance. In just a flash God has spoken to me in the midst of Praise and Worship. In II Corinthians 3:15-18 we are told that where the spirit of Jesus is welcomed, there comes a liberty to perceive and understand the scriptures.
2 Corinthians 3:15 But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart;
but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Sometimes the logos, or scriptures, are made relevant to you by the Holy Spirit– as it pertains to something specific in your life. In this process the Logos is becoming Rhema to you and giving you hope and faith.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
At other times, God speaks to you personally by the spirit with spiritual thoughts and spiritual words perceived within the heart.
I Corinthians 2: 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
Lot’s of people have missed God and the power of their God given authority to call something to come to pass because they did not FIRST hear the Word of the Lord for their situation. Faith you create on your own is different than the faith that Gods gives you through His Word. True authoritative faith comes by hearing the Rhema of God.
That’s why Jesus never failed in His faith, He always heard the Father.
John 5:19 Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
I John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Strongs defines Born from the greek; gennao, ghen nah’ o; from a var. of G1085; to procreate (prop. of the father, but by extens. of the mother); fig. to regenerate: bear, beget, be born, bring forth, conceive, be delivered of, gender, make, spring.