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Until recently I thought that in the armor of God, the sword was the written word of God, the Bible. I believed that the sword was the Word of God and that it was the Bible we used in how to fight our battles. By memorizing it, reading it and contemplating on it and to use it as a book to turn to for answers. But this is only partially true; this weapon is much bigger and grander than that.

“Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GOD.” –Ephesians 6: 17

The sword of the spirit is God’s Word but not in the way many people assume it today. The Word of God in the Bible is translated from the Greek word “logos,” which is the written word of GOD. But the translation for the Word for the sword in this passage is “Rhema.” Rhema faith proceeds out of the word of God, present tense. Rhema is the present tense Word to fight with which is the sword of the spirit.

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The Greek word “LOGOS” is the written WORD of GOD.

The Greek word “RHEMA” is the spoken WORD for that moment of time.

Rhema can be a scripture verse used for that moment. It can be a Word Holy Spirit gives you directly in a thought, the word comes out of Gods mouth for you. Rhema is the bullet in a gun. Rhema speaks to you for that moment that time. You fight with Rhema. The WORD of God is the weapon.

Jesus says: My sheep hear my voice and follow me. To be able to hear the Rhema word you have to be able to hear Holy Spirit talking to you.  I would love to show you how to be able to start recognizing and see when Holy Spirit talks to you. When I ask for a Rhema word, I hear right away or within a short time or a day. The sword of the spirit is not praying in reasoning with the mind, but praying with a word from God that is the sword.

One time I came out of Juvenile hall and said out loud to Jesus: “LORD, “Lord, How am I supposed to tell this teenager whom saw a child shot and killed to forgive and let go the uncle that murdered him. How can I tell him to forgive?  Instantly, I heard Jesus answer and say” tell him about me. I was betrayed, cheated on, murdered, spit, beat up and whipped, and falsely accused.

I realized that even while in the middle of the action while Jesus was hanging on the cross that Jesus forgave them.  The following week when I saw the young man I shared what the Rhema Word was. It made an impact. Because someone that had been in his shoes before told him to forgive.  It was a Rhema Word.  Jesus showed me how to fight.

Some Rhema Word scriptures are below:

“The tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:3-4

“And Mary said, “Behold, the bond slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” – Luke 1:38

“The word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.” – Luke 3:2

“Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.’” – Luke 5:5

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the WORD of Christ.” – Romans 10:17

Life Changing Tip

When needed ask God for a Rhema Word in how to fight Gods Style. Be on the alert so you can hear and wait for the answer.

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