It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life – John 6:63
The word used by Jesus for “words” in our opening verse is the Greek word “rhema.” He said, “… the rhema that I speak UNTO YOU, they are spirit and they are life.” “Rhema” is God’s Word for you; His personal Word to you in the NOW! It’s a definite word to a definite person, for a definite purpose and at a definite time. Notice Jesus didn’t say, “The words I speak to everybody, they are spirit and they are life”; He’s very specific; He says “the words that I speak unto YOU!” He’s talking to you (individually).
There’s something exciting and beautiful about how God deals with His children; He relates with you uniquely and specifically as though you’re the only one on the face of the earth. So when you hear or study His Word, especially in the Epistles, personalize it, for He’s talking to you. The Greek word is “katalambano” which means “to take hold of something and make it personal to you”; “to arrest and take possession of!” So when you hear God’s Word, arrest and take possession of it; apprehend it and make it yours; take a hold of it and make it personal to you! That’s exactly what God wants us to do with His Word.
When His Word comes to you, don’t say, “He’s talking to us.” No! He’s talking to YOU! Apprehend and personalize that Word. Jesus said something powerful about this in John 15:7, that once you’ve apprehended His Word, that is, taken a hold of it and allowed it to dwell in you, you can ask what you will and it shall be done unto you: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask WHAT YE WILL, and it shall be done unto you.”
Notice, “what you will”; not God’s will. What Jesus is saying here is that when you personalize the Word and make it yours, then you can ask anything you want, and even if it doesn’t exist, it’ll be created for you! Glory to God!
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Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for your Word that dwells richly in my heart and for its power to produce a transformation in my life! Thank you for the rhema-word you have for me today, my heart and mind are open to receive that personal Word of power, victory and triumph; that Word that puts me over and causes me to excel in everything I lay my hands to do today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Luke 4:4 – And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.