Feeding on The Word
How many of us would stop eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner
for any length of time? Would we stop eating because of “so
many things I need to do”? Yet many of God’s children
are not eating their spiritual food daily. We must face this
issue squarely and not let it pass by us.
The prophet Amos reveals: “Behold the days come, saith
the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a
famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the
words of the Lord: and they shall wander from sea to sea,
and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and
fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it”
The book of Daniel says that “many shall run to and
fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4).
II Timothy 3:7 speaks of those who are “ever learning,
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
In our day, we see great increase in the knowledge of God’s
Word, the Bible, and yet a great lack of true spirituality
in the Body of Christ as a whole. What is the cause? And what
is the remedy?
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 that “Man shall not live
by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God.” The word “live” is zoe in
the Greek—it speaks of the eternal, uncreated life of
God: and it comes by the rhema (spoken word) of God. The Greek
word rhema means a spoken word, and in relation to God it
refers more specifically to a word that is spoken by the Holy
Spirit. Therefore it is a word of God that becomes a revelation
to us. The revelation of God’s Word to us is meat and
a quenching of thirst drink for us. It brings and feeds the
“zoe,” (life) which God places in the believer.
Ephesians tells us that, “Christ also loved the Church,
and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse
it with the washing of water by the word (rhema), that He
might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be
holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27).
We are sanctified and cleansed by the rhema of God washing
us. We need to hear the rhema every day—the Holy Spirit
revealing God’s Word to us and thereby sanctifying and
cleansing us. Many believers read the Bible, but stop before
allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to them through His Word.
Others, knowing what the word rhema means, believe that this
“spoken word” comes only in communion with the
Lord in prayer. When this happens, we limit God and there
comes a danger of disregarding what the Scripture says. The
Bible must be the text and context from which the Holy Spirit
speaks. There are too many running around speaking their “new
revelation.” If you are in confusion, go to the Bible!
Stop running after all the “new teachings;” find
out what God says in His Word!
Take time for God’s Word. Build it into your life.
Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you what God says in His written
Word—it will become rhema to you. You will no longer
be in famine for the word of the Lord. You will come to a
knowledge of the truth, even our Lord Jesus Christ who is
the Truth! You will be set free and have a feast of God’s