“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”—(John16:33)
Jesus told the Apostles in the above verse of scripture where true peace comes from; it comes from His spoken word to you about whatever trouble you might be facing in your life. Now you might get the inclination that He was referring to the general body of scripture about your situation; maybe scriptures about healing if your are sick or scriptures about debt release if you are currently in debt. But He wasn’t.
You see, God’s word to us comes in two forms first as Ideas, and then as specific utterances. The original Greek words for these which give a much clear picture are: (1) Logos, which simply connotes God’s thoughts about something. Logos represents how God thinks. Logos forms the foundation for what He is likely to say in a specific scenario about anything as it relates to you. For example, In 2 Corinthians 6:14-16, it is God’s idea about marriage that we be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, meaning that God will never tell you to marry someone who is not born again. His idea about you marrying an unbeliever is like contracted agreement between the temple of God with idols. God forbid.
The other Greek word, Rhema,on the other hand refers to God’s utterances to you at a specific time, context and situation. It is what God is saying to you through the inward witness of the Holy Spirit in your heart about about the specific action steps to take in that daunting situation or decision you are faced with that will give you your desired outcome. Rhema is where true peace comes from; and according to Colossian 3:15 in the Amplied version, you must let what God has said to you about your having a baby, the cancer, or your business act as the final arbiter, settling all disputes and doubts that may arise in your mind:
“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].”
Laying hold on Rhema is more like getting a supreme court judgement that can no longer be appealed. It settles every doubt in your heart that whatever actions steps the Lord has spoken for you to take will end in your ultimate victory. What greater peace can you ask for when the Prince of Peace has spoken? Friend, it is settled!
Patrick N. Igbinijesu