1 Thessalonians 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit(pneuma) and soul(psyche) and body(soma) be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heb4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul (psyche) and spirit( pneumatos) , and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The role of the human spirit is generally a passive or inactive one.  The soul on the contrary is always active.  Our spirit works as a protective womb for the presence and the motions of the Spirit of the Living God within us.  It is very much connected with our hearts, and our consciences.

John 15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

The role of our spirit is not to do, but to give an eye witness account.  Our homes have no other function but to house its dwellers.  The building is really of no importance.  The activities that take place within it are the ones of consequence what our Lord does.

We are “character witnesses who observe, and give evidence to the reputation, conduct, and moral nature” of the indwelling Christ to a dying world. (Meridian Webster dictionary definition).

It is only God’s activity that counts, and often it has little to do with ours.  Our busy activities many times get in the way of the Lord.  The body of Christ gets deceived because it does so much instead of just being.  Does a bottle work, or does it simply demonstrate what is inside?  God does need a lively Christian with a head full of bustling programs and agendas.  He needs a dead one that will display Him.  Remember, we are dead!  Christ is the one living in us.

The soul is a combination of our mind, will, intellect and emotions.  Its function contrary to the spirit is not to reveal, but to actively work and choose.  It is the mediator between our bodies and our spirits.

The soul is constantly involved in a struggle to choose between the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the promptings of our carnal flesh, our un renewed minds, the world, and the trickeries of Satan.  The Spirit of the living God within us, must become manifested enough to win the battle for the soul.

The responsibility of the soul then is to submit itself continuously to the Holy Spirit.  When it does that, the soul will take us in the ways of the Lord.  God must bring our will to a point where it has no more desire than to submit itself to the wishes of the Holy Spirit.

Our emotions must be healed and stilled before the Lord by the cross, so that we can attend to that “still small voice within”.

Immature believers, or believers that are still bound in the throes of demonic oppression or past hurts, are unable to discern clearly the quiet voice of the Lord within.  Because the emotions are still screaming out, they drown out the presence of the Lord.

All deliverance, inner healing, counseling, and therapy must be directed at setting us free to hear and uncompromisingly obey the Holy Spirit.  Healing is the means of becoming spiritual or pneumatic Christians.  Our mind and intellect must be renewed by the word of God so that it can adequately understand what the Holy Spirit wishes.


The Importance of the Conscience

I Tim 1:5  Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

  Watchman Nee tells us that the conscience is a component of or a barometer of the voice of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;

Their consciences also bearing witness with their hearts and between one another (in their conscience);  their collective thoughts constantly accusing or defending. (Seems like the operation of the voice of the Holy Spirit!)

We must notice that this function of the conscience has been given to everybody on planet earth regardless of belief. Whoever denies the existence of God, denies himself, for God speaks to everybody in their conscience.

Romans 9:1  I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

  My conscience bears witness to me in the realm or world that belongs to the Holy Spirit. (My conscience operates within the world that belongs to the Holy Spirit.)

Therefore, a pure conscience is one guide to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

1Ti 4:2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (Kauteriazo)

 Cauterize: Burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent; The Free on Line Dictionary.

We see today many with a cauterized conscience.

A pure conscience is a guide to the voice of God, for everybody, regardless of religion of belief.  Our conscience shows us that God exists, for He speaks to every human being what is right, or wrong.

There is no excuse by anybody to say that God does not exist for He speaks to great and small, of every country, and every faith, in their conscience.

When a person habitually rejects God, he hardens his heart and cauterizes his conscience, so that by hardening and cauterizing the person loses the guiding sense of the voice of God.

The person become blinder than a bat and go into self-destruction.

We see this in politics, where people have betrayed what is morally right to push an agenda and have become both hardened and cauterized.

This is why spending time with God and maintaining a cutting edge freshness of God’s voice in the heart and conscience is essential.

2 Corinthians 1:12  For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity (haplotes) and godly sincerity (heilikrineia), not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

Haplotes: Is soundness, wholeness, integrity, singleness of mind and simplicity, in the sense of avoiding all distractions to focus singly and simply upon God.

Heilikrineia: Comes from the word helios, which is the sun. Krineo , is to judge.

Thus, to judge by the rays of the sun. If the window pane of your conscience is clean and pure the sun will shine through it. If you have betrayed your conscience it is likewise judged by the sun as a filthy window pane.  You are your own judge, of how much you have betrayed your conscience.  

2 Timothy 1:3  I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

I thank God whom I render religious service, in a world that belongs to a pure conscience. Are you offering your service to God in world that belongs to a pure conscience?

There goes the cheap grace message out the window, that because God loves us and will save everybody, we can live as we want. Nonsense! For those who profess to follow Jesus, God’s requirement is a pure conscience.


The Chronicles of Ephesians: Spiritual Gifts

God’s Energy in Dunamis Power

God’s energy is always fully effective and fully flowing in us.

Ephesians 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who IS POWERFULLY ENERGIZING all things after the counsel of his own will:

 1 Cor 12:11  But all these worketh is POWERFULLY ENERGIZING that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing (DISTRIBUTING) to every man severally as he will (COUNSELS)

 Ephesians 3:7  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the ( ENERGY)of his power.

Colossians 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his POWERFUL ENERGY which IS ENERGIZED  in me AS GOD’S POWER OR ABILITY.

His energizing comes in proportion to us walking in His will and is given for us to carry out His will.

The message of universalism or Rob Bell’s message creates Christians whose want to do God’s will is not there since everybody will get saved at the end.

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are used to take portions of God’s inheritance that we now know as His riches, energize them by means of His dunamis power, and make them visible as riches in the mode of glory through the physical bodies of His saints.

Every saint has spiritual gifts and must find out what they are. Spiritual gifts is what makes the invisible God, visible.

Every believer represents a portion of God’s land or kingdom in the midst of an evil world, where God rules unencumbered and displays His glory effectively through the saint through the means of spiritual gifts as they are powerfully energized through His operations.

 1 Cor 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh (ENERGIZES) all in all.

·  The Motivational Aspect of the Gifts.

 Romans 12:6 Having then charismatic gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion (Greek “corresponding to the word) of faith;(belonging to faith)

Prophecy is faith in one of its manifestation, this manifestation being in the “the world belonging to faith, or which is produced in the spirit as an expression of faith.

Faith, which produces a rhema word, or the voice of the Holy Spirit,  is the FAITH OF GOD working in us.

The rhema word is a translation of God’s faith into a medium that we can discern, minister externally, and understand.

When we minister the rhema word we are ministering the faith that God Himself has.

Prophecy is God’s faith in the verbal expression of His rhema word, or the voice of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, prophecy is faith, and must be given by faith.

Every spiritual gift is a manifestation of the faith of God. The more that we use them the more that we function in God’s faith.

7  Or ministry, (in the world of ministry) or he that teacheth, in the world of the teaching;

 8  Or he that exhorteth, in the world of exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Mystery (How We Must Minister)

 1 Cor 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

We are uttering (PROPHETICALLY) God’s wisdom (WILL, WAYS & TIMING) in the sphere of a mystery or with a mystery.

We are dead, and our lives are hid in a mystery state with God.

Our walk in the Spirit allows us to understand the peculiars of the movements, dispositions, and plans of the Holy Spirit within us.  We cannot search out, the mysteries of God in us, but they are revealed by us as we walk in the Spirit.

As they are revealed through us knowledge and understanding is then given. This is called revelation.

We minister out of God’s mysteries within us because our lives now shrouded and hidden with Christ are hid with Him who Himself lives in a mystery form.

 1 Cor 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Not taught in words of human wisdom, but comparing and compounding the spiritual things revealed by God in our spirits with appropriate outward spiritual forms and expressions. This is why Hoy Spirit manifestations are not just good, but important.

1 Cor 13:9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 Out of a portion we know, and out of that portion we must prophesy leading to more knowing and more prophecy. (From faith into faith).

This is why we must continually step out in faith by the voice of the Holy Spirit, because God functions from faith to faith.

 1 Cor 3:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly ( ainigma); but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

For we all see through a mirror reflecting an enigma.

Enigma: One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable. 2. A perplexing speech or text; a riddle. The Free Dictionary

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

  Ephesians 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 God’s labor, termed as grace takes from His inheritance in us, which is His fullness, reveals it from its mystery form and displays it in segments through us as His riches.

 1 Cor 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

Different riches are manifested through the different operations of God.  The operations are effective displays of God’s power through the believer to effectively transfer the riches from inside the believer to the external world in accordance to the specific ministerial circumstances.

The transferred riches, which inside the believer were part of God’s inheritance, not empowered externally by the operations of God are made visible as the glory of God.

Christ’s grace or inward labor must display itself outwardly through the believer’s body as glory.

Praise to God is extracted by this revealed glory in the sphere of the saints.

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

Wisdom has to do with God’s will, ways, and timing.  Prudence is carrying out this wisdom “in the Spirit.” God’s labor in us produces His will, His ways, and timing.  Prudence causes us to walk step by step in Christ’s labor.  This is termed to walk in the Spirit.

  Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

  Walk is the word for a military march. If we claim to live in the Spirit, we are ordered to walk in a military march after the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The normal mode of God’s labor in us as we walk in prudence is to produce abundance and superabundance.

In proportion to how we follow Christ’s labor in us in wisdom and prudence is the same proportion we will live in the realm of  “SPIRITUAL AND SOMETIMES MATERIAL” abundance and superabundance.

This is the normal mode of God’s operation.


The Dividing Asunder Between Soul and Spirit: What Is the Difference Between the Logos and Rhema Word?

What are the Logos and the Rhema  Word

 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 both of the logos and the rhema word.

Both are essential in furnishing us with the fullness of God’s knowledge and will, both as believers, and corporately in our churches.

The logos word defines God in general concepts and ideas to give us the “big picture” of who God is.  This is why Jesus is called the logos word in John 1: 1 because He described the concepts of the nature of the invisible God.

With God: Not that Jesus was with God as one who was next or along Him, but as one that is with God because He lives in continual fellowship and communion with Him.

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 translated and interpreted to us the conceptuality of the Father.

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

This one was from all eternity is in 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.

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

It is the voice of the Spirit speaking to us in a specific situation.

It can come as a picture, a vision, a dream, intuition, gut feeling, a word of prophecy, or a word of knowledge.

John 5:20  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.

For the Father is fond of the Son and shows Him all things that He does in a way that can be proven and for proof, and greater than these works will he show you with the goal in His mind that you may wonder.

Ministers of God must know that continually, at all moments, the Father is exhibiting within them all that He does in way that the minister can understand and prove the work of God, and then manifest it as proof into the world.

Practice, makes perfect, like anything else. The more you step out in faith, the better that you will learn to hear God’s voice.

Mt 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Purity of life allows us to hear God’s voice better and better.

2Ti 1:10  But is  now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

1Jo 3:5  And ye know that he was manifested  to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

1Jo 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested , that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Spending time in God’s presence will allow you to hear Him better, because His presence or manifestation destroys the works of the evil one and delivers us from sins.

The Rhema Word

Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every RHEMA that proceedeth ( from moment to moment) out of the mouth of God.

Oh how this scripture burdens me time and time again, because the precious bride of Christ does not dig deep enough into God to know how to cultivate the voice of God within its heart.

Secondly, the church does not learn to live in total dependency to the personal word of revelation from God to it, moment by moment.

Our learning to do this is the difference between spiritual life and death!

Luke 1:37  For with God nothing shall be impossible.  The literal interpretation of this verse is as follows: 

For with God every rhema word has the (indwelling) dunamis power to come to pass.

Every  rhema word carries God’s measure of dunamis power adapted for, and greater than the circumstance into which God speaks it into, assuring God a complete victory.

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

  Luke 5:5  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy RHEMA I will let down the net.  

The disciples of Jesus had been painfully laboring throughout the night to catch fish, and had accomplished little.  This account describes perfectly the activity of our churches.  Much of our goings-on have been spent upon programs, agendas, and committees, and little upon the guidance, strategy, and power of the Holy Spirit through the rhema.  Notice that the “one rhema” of Jesus brought a huge catch.

John 3:34  For he whom God hath sent speaketh the RHEMAS of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Each time we hear, speak, and act upon the rhema word, the power of God will be released.  This is the key to a healing and deliverance ministry. Functioning by the rhema word allows you to work in the infinite and transcendental power of God, for His rhema word has no limit to it.

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the RHEMAS that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Whatever we do beyond the voice of God, no matter how noble, noteworthy, merciful, or charitable it is, will always produce a measure of spiritual death.  Every activity in our Christian walk, and in our congregations must be based wholly upon the voice of the living God.

John 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the RHEMAS of eternal life. 

Only the voice of God produces eternal life.  Even the best voices of our intellects, promoting church activities and functions, which have not been commanded by the Lord will generate some spiritual death.

 John 12:47  And if any man hear my RHEMAS and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

 John 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my RHEMAS, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 

What a sobering admonition Jesus gives us here!   Can you imagine that our willful disobedience to the voice of God during our earthly life will be our judge in the next one?

John 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my RHEMAS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 

Many times we take the name of Jesus as a “magic wand” and have believed that asking in that name will get us anything we want.  My brothers and sisters, our asking and receiving must always be in accordance to the rhema of God.  God will always honor his rhema word since it comes from Him.  According to His rhema, our prayers will always be answered, and we will get anything that we ask for!

 John 17:8  For I have given unto them the RHEMAS 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. 

This scripture supports the vital importance of spiritual gifts.  The revelatory words of God make manifest the Christ to the world. Christ today dwells in glory.  Glory is what makes the invisible Christ visible!  How we need the full manifestation of spiritual gifts in our churches for the full manifestation of Christ.  What a ploy of the enemy it is to shut them out, or to tell us that they are not needed today.

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 suddenly 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 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.

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.

The faith OF CHRIST is His rhema word. This is a crucial point!

 Ephesians 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the RHEMA. 

These scriptures “hit home” at one of the very major problems within our churches today.  The church will only be purified and made holy by the revelatory word of God.  The rhema is what washes the bride of Christ and heals and restores it.  Let me ask you a question.  If the flow of spiritual gifts is curtailed in our congregations, and the rhema is quenched, how will the church ever be washed and made holy?  Pretty serious stuff!

Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the RHEMA of God: 

Brethren, it is time for us to know that the only offensive weapon that we have against Satan and his schemes such as sickness, bondage, and sin is the rhema word of God.  If we don’t know how to work in the revelatory word of God, we will never attain a complete victory against the devil, the world, and the flesh !

Peter 1:25  But the RHEMA of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the RHEMA which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Finally my beloved brothers and sisters; our witnessing and evangelism must be always done in the power of God through the rhema, if it is it to be truly effective.  Evangelism programs are good yes, but without the living word spoken into the lives of every lost soul that we meet, the effectiveness of every program will be limited.