The ABC’s of the Voice of The Holy Spirit

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Greek: In the beginning was the logos, and the logos was in fellowship and communion with God, and God was the logos.

The word of God is comprised of the logos and the rhema word.

Both are essential in providing us with the fullness of God’s knowledge and will

.  The logos word defines God in general concepts and ideas to give us the “big picture” of who God is.  It is generally called the written word.

The rhema word is a moment-to-moment portion of the logos word uttered by the voice of God’s Spirit and is “tailor made” to equip us with God’s commands, guidance, and the fulfillment of our needs in accordance to a specific circumstance.  It is the voice of the Holy Spirit.

With God: Not that Jesus was with God as one who was next to Him, but as one that is with God because He lives in continual fellowship and communion with Him. What a lesson for us to live in unbroken fellowship with the Father.

The word was God. More correctly, “God was the logos”.

Jesus, as God the Son, is first found in an eternal and continual communion with God the Father, so He can then come to mankind as the logos word, which translates and interpretes to us the conceptuality of the Father.

John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

This one was from all eternity in a constant communion and fellowship with God.

(John repeats the theme of verse one to emphasize the complete sufficiency of Jesus to assume the role of “God, the Logos word” to humanity.

Hebrews 1:3  Who being the brightness ( aupagasma) of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power ( the rhema words put out by His dunamis power), when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Who being the perfect reflection of God’s glory (Jesus is), and the perfect expression of the character and integrity of God’s substance, He also bears all things by the rhema word, or the voice of the Holy Spirit,  which when He speaks, releases His acts of dunamis power, through which acts, He bears all, in the universe.

Brightness or aupagasma is a luminous light source, such as a light bulb. Jesus Christ is the light bulb to make the invisible God to become visible. He is not simply a reflection, but the very light source of the outshining of the invisible God.

Hebrews 11:3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word  ( rhema word)of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Through faith we understand that the worlds and periods of times that span eternity are made, furnished and equipped, framed, and then hung (as completed paintings along the walls of God’s eternal plans) through God’s  rhema word, or the voice of the Spirit,  so that what we see today was made out of things which are invisible to the naked eye.

What power the voice of the Holy Spirit in us has.

We need a revelation of what dwells within us.

Heb 2:4  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

God adding His evidence (to that of those that were ministering for Him) both by signs and wonders, and different types of displays of His dunamis power, and distributions of His Holy Spirit in accordance to His will.

Romans 15:19  Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel ( I have filled the glad tidings) of Christ.

A witness, or the bearer of testimony in the court of law, produces sufficient evidence for a jury to reach an adequate verdict of innocence or guilt.  The ministries of all believers should function to produce enough witness of the life of Jesus so that the jury of the world can accept or reject Him.

The “bulk of judicial testimony for Christ’s acceptance or rejection” can only come through a combinatory evidence of the Word of God, the signs of wonders produced by miracles, and the gifts of the Holy Spirits, such as prophecy, and physical healing (really the gifts of instantaneous cures), all done in love.

I Sam 9: 18  Septuagint  And Saul {1} drew near to Samuel into the midst of the city, and said, Tell me now {2} which is the house of the seer? (Which is the house of the glancing one?)

The seer, in the Greek OT is “The Bleponto”, or “The Glancing One”.

This tells us that to prophesy, we simply need to glance in the Spirit, as to what God is doing, and speak. We don’t have to understand, simply glance, and speak. This goes the same for all spiritual gifts

Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have  faith in (Have the “God kind” of faith, or the faith OF GOD!) God.

God is in the genitive Greek case signifying possession;

Therefore it is “God possessing something”; in this case, “God’s possession of faith”

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith, of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The life which I now live in the flesh, I live in faith, this being the faith which dwells in the Son of God. (Genitive Greek case signifying possession)

Now that we understand that we are commanded to have the faith of the Son of God, or that we must live in dependency to the faith, which the Lord owns, we need to define what is the faith OF CHRIST?

The faith OF CHRIST is His rhema word, or the voice of the Holy Spirit. This is a crucial point!

God’s rhema word is a specific word, which the Holy Spirit speaks into our hearts when He wants to minister His purposes to us into a specific circumstance.

 Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Rhema word of God.

So then faith gets its life from hearing, but the type of hearing, which describes faith, must be exclusively one which comes through the rhema word of God, or His voice. God speaks 24/ 7.

If you can’t hear Him, you are not tuned to the frequency of His voice.

You must all that is necessary to be able to hear this still small voice, for God’s faith is in His voice.

Romans 10:8  But what saith it? The rhema word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the rhema word of faith, which we preach;

Every rhema word represents an itemized description of God’s measure of faith, as He has tailored it for every situation in which He speaks the rhema word into.

It is an account of what the Lord can carry out within a particular circumstance.

Luke 1:37  For with God nothing( Rhema word) shall be impossible.

The English is a poor translation:  Greek: For with God every rhema word has the (indwelling) dunamis power to come to pass.

Secondly, the rhema word not only carries with it God’s measure of faith, but also God’s measure of dunamis power adapted for, and greater than the circumstance into which God speaks it into, assuring God a complete victory.

Thirdly, every rhema word reveals the Person of Christ.  As Christ is revealed, the faith and power that He possesses, is manifested alongside with Him.

Romans 10:6  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

7  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

8  But what saith it? The rhema Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the rhema word of faith, which we preach;

Verse six and seven of Romans ten tells us that we are not forced to take extraordinary measures to bring the Lord down from heaven or to bring up from the dead.  In other words, we do not have to travel far and wide to find the Lord.

As we go on to verse eight we  find that the apostle Paul has switched gears from the Lord Jesus and is now talking about the rhema word.

He says that Christ is not far from us, because the rhema word is near to us; even in our mouth and in our heart.  Therefore the rhema word, or the voice of God’s Spirit, is the revelation of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, or is what brings the Lord Jesus to us as we walk in the Spirit.

 John 17: 8  For I have given unto them the words ( rhema words) which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

In verse eight of John chapter seventeen, likewise, we see that the rhema word reveals the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Learning to Live By the Rhema Word

How then, do we learn to walk in the Spirit and live our lives by God’s measure of faith?

The first step is to learn how to hear and discern the rhema word, which is the voice of God.

We must realize that the Lord Jesus in a non-stop fashion lives His life in us, as He dwells within us.

John 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words ( rhema words) that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Every work, which the Lord executes, is translated to us in our spirit as a rhema word.  It is the rhema word, which shows us, what the Lord does within us.

A rhema word equals a deed or a work of God.

We can go on to say that the more effective and discerning we are to live by the rhema word, the more that we will be in tune with that the Lord in us and what he desires to do.

This futuristic aspect of the Lord’s rhema word is prophecy.

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

John 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

In John five nineteen and twenty Jesus teaches us the secret of Christian life and ministry!

20  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

Jesus only does what He sees the Father do.  The seeing obviously is not physical, but spiritual. In fact, Jesus greatest responsibility is to continuously discern what the Father does in Him as His works become manifested to Him by the rhema word.

Herein lies ministry in the power of signs and wonders.  It is our constant discernment of the works of Jesus within us, and our faithful execution of His rhema words without to the world around us, that brings forth the power of God into this world.

When we accurately hear and minister a rhema word to a certain person, it will have both the dunamis power, and the faith of God, to carry out what the Lord has intended for that person.

If the Lord working within us by a rhema word tells us to rebuke a cold and we do so, His word, full of His faith and power will heal the Person.  This is how we operate by the faith of God.

However, if we were supposed to rebuke the enemy who was causing the cold, and we rebuked the cold instead, because we have ministered to the person out of our feelings and rational understanding, and not by the rhema word, the person does not have to be healed.

This is one reason the church sees far less healings and deliverances than what it is ought to.

The rhema word is ALWAYS extremely specific.

Success in ministry therefore lies in our ministering as narrowly as possible in accordance to the specific boundaries of a particular rhema word.

If a rhema word shows us darkness and deception; darkness and deception must be rebuked.  The more accurately that we minister in accordance to the specifics of the rhema word, the greater will be the release of the anointing of the Lord.

Likewise, one of the keys to our maturing in prophecy is to discern the rhema word of God and speak it out as it is seen within, adding and subtracting nothing from it. And not putting our own feelings and interpretations to is.

The Cross and The Rhema Word

Our ability or inability to hear and discern the rhema word of God, which is the voice of His Spirit, has a great deal to do with how deeply we allow the cross of the Lord Jesus to work in our lives.

As I have taught before, the work of the cross of Christ daily kills off our diseased self-life.

Our self-life is plagued by the emotional tumults and noises of sins, hurts, fears and bondages.  The tumults of our fettered soul drown out the small still voice of the rhema word of God.  As the cross of Christ kills off what is not of the Lord, we become free and healed, and our souls become stilled and in subjection to the voice of the rhema word of God.  The deeper the cross of Christ works in us, the more stilled our inner life will become, and the ‘louder” will become the rhema word of God in our hearts.

The work of the cross is only completely effective in a life of uncompromising obedience to the Lord.  There are no shortcuts!  An attitude of continual yieldedness to God’s will is essential for us to work be the rhema word of God.

If we don’t preach and live the cross, neither will be able to hear the voice of God in any accurate way.

Practice Makes Perfect

The first time that we encounter God speaking within us it might come as a fluttering in our hearts, sweaty hands, and an unstoppable desire “to give a word.”

Other times the word of the Lord comes to us as something that we know, that we know. It’s as a gut feeling  These are examples of rhema words.

If we regard ourselves as obedient believers who embrace the cross, and are indeed learning to hear God’s rhema word, then our next step must be to put into play that old adage, “practice makes perfect.”

Whenever the Lord speaks to us a rhema word, we must learn to “step out in faith” to obey it.  There is no two ways about it!  We know that the rhema word is God’s measure of faith brought into a specific circumstance.  Since the rhema is a word made up of faith, it will take our faith to discern it within our spirit, and execute it without.  This is why the apostle James says the following.

 James 2:20  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

That faith apart from works is a corpse

Hebrews 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised ( Greek word;  naked (gymnos)  and also gymnastics) to discern both good and evil.

But only for the mature and spiritually fully-grown man or woman that is attaining to Christ’s character belongs solid food.  Even to him, or her, who has a developed the habit of entering into fellowship with spiritual perception and discernment that can distinguish the good from the evil.  Their mature perception and discernment blossoming as the result of spiritual training performed like athletes as they have voluntarily discarded and became naked from all worldly things, so that their spiritual training may be vigorous and unhindered.

In Hebrews five and fourteen we are taught the necessity of stepping out in faith again, and again, so that our discernment will mature sufficiently, and we will be able to distinguish between the rhema word of God in our spirits, and the desires of the flesh in our souls.

John 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the (Rhema words) that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

We now see in John 14:10 that the rhema words of the Spirit are the translation of the Father’s works within us.

The translated rhema words contain the power of God to make the works of the

John 17:8  For I have given unto them the RHEMA WORDS which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

We can now victoriously walk out of that sin since we now work in God’s wisdom and prudence. The rhema word has given to us the power of God found in the works of the Father and the revealed Christ to carry them out for us. All we need to do is to be faithful to obey every rhema word.  If we have not received the portion of the revealed Christ for the specified sin, and try to overcome it by ourselves, we fall into the law whose job is simply to expose our sinfulness.

If we do it by the portion of the Lord’s revelation within us, we work by the grace or labor of Christ to which sin has no dominion over.

Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

Verse five tells us that Jesus saw their faith.  This is the same Greek word for “instinctively knowing.”  Whenever Jesus instinctively sees a grain of pure faith in us, He always acts.

Thy sins be forgiven thee. The bondage is broken and your sins are released and sent far away from you so that they no longer afflict you with paralysis.

The Lord Jesus’ command for the forgiveness of sins in this case is in the Greek perfect tense.  The Greek perfect tense is an aorist or an accomplished event but with effects or impact that lasts forever.

Mark 2:8  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

Perceived:  The word for perceive is defined as having a thorough, exact, and precise knowledge of an object, so that by our thorough understanding of it we can grasp it and make it our own.  Jesus’ command of spiritual gifts was so complete and the clarity of the Father’s voice was so precise within Him, that His discernment of the rhema word was thorough.

We must minister in the same thorough, correct and precise knowledge of the rhema word.  It is required that we accurately discern a malady either as caused by a generational or habitual sin, a demon, or just a simple sickness.

For example, there are some occasions in which physical sicknesses are directly caused by the demonic, and unless the demonic is taken care of, the person will never be healed, no matter how much faith we have.

Mark 5:30  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue ( dunamis power) had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

Knowing: As with the word perceived in Mark 2:8; Jesus knew in this same accurate and through knowledge of the rhema word, that dunamis power had gone out of Him.

The woman’s faith released the dunamis power of God!  A pure grain of faith always releases the dunamis power of God!

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