I’m not sure how many people reading this blog are prone to procrastination; I know I am. Recently, while randomly scrolling through Instagram (fully knowing that my blog is overdue), I read a quote by Joanna Beck Ministries that immediately brought conviction to my heart. “Procrastination is the arrogant assumption that God owes you another opportunity to do what you had time to do” Wow, time is a precious commodity, and once it is gone, you can’t get it back! Let us decide today that we will be quick to obey! Let’s commit to removing distractions and being resolute in fulfilling our God-ordained purpose.
Now to this month’s topic.
How many times have we read or heard someone quote the scripture in Romans 10:17 (King James version) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. We often think faith is produced by reading the Word and quoting random scriptures. But that is not the case. John 1:1-4 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” It is clear that the Word was in the beginning, and the Word was God. Word in this passage is logos, which means the sayings of God what is declared, a thought, declaration, weighty expression. Jesus is the declaration of the Father to humanity. He embodies the bible, which is, in fact, the message of salvation. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Jesus can pierce our hearts and look into the deep crevices of every area, even the parts we try to conceal. He is fully aware of our thoughts and motives and still loves us. That is powerful.
Another Greek word used for “word” is rhema. Rhema is the “instant, personal speaking of God.” We need both the logos and the rhema word in our Christian walk. Through His logos (written Word), He speaks His Rhema (personal Word) to us.
What are you saying, woman? I’m glad you asked- We should regularly read God’s Word, study, and meditate on it so that it gets deep in our spirit. When we are faced with challenges and difficulties, it is by the Rhema word that faith is produced. For example, you’re facing setbacks, feeling overlooked, and increasingly becoming discouraged at work. First, you begin to communicate with your heavenly Father. While talking to Him, let’s say a scripture comes to mind: Psalms75:6-7 “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one and setteth up another.” Your faith is activated; you’re no longer discouraged because you are reminded of Who is in control. Will discouragement come back? Yes, and every time you are to fight it with the Word of God. A rhema word can come through a person, from something you’re watching on tv, a song, etc. Never limit God and place restrictions on how and when He should answer. Just trust that He will and be open to hearing from Him. In every situation you face, pray and read the Word. While reading or going throughout your day, expect a Rhema word from the logos word, which is the answer to your situation. Our Father is big on communication! He speaks to us all the time. The real question is, are we listening?
Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we thank you for the sacrifice of your son, Jesus. Thank you that we are now reconciled back to you through Him. Father, I pray that everyone reading this blog will have a personal encounter with you. I pray that you receive a rhema (specific personal) word for whatever situations you face. We commit today to read the Word, study the Word, and meditate on the Word. We thank you that the Word was made flesh. We thank you for our High Priest, who can understand our weaknesses and temptations and gives us access to the Father so that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in times of need.