As introduced in “Speak Out the Rhema Blessings,” a Rhema Blessing is the utterance of a scripture that speaks to a believer. Usually, a rhema word received while reading the Bible applies to a current situation or need. The Holy Sprit highlights the rhema, choosing that scripture for the reader to meditate on and to repeat out loud so his or her heart embraces it.
One scripture that chose me was Ephesians 5:8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Personalized, as I speak it out loud, it says to my heart, “I was once darkness but now I am light and live as a child of the light!”
Once we repeatedly speak the rhema scripture and make it our own, the Holy Spirit chooses those he wants to share the Rhema Blessing with through us. Again, we listen to the Holy Spirit for his choice. So, as the Spirit directs, I give an Ephesians 5:8 Rhema Blessing by saying. “(Name), you were once darkness but now you are light and live as a child of the light!” The one chosen to receive the Rhema Blessing speaks it out loud as their chant for the day.
My dear friend, Jerry, a West Point graduate who served three tours of Viet Nam, is now fighting terminal cancer. The Holy Spirit impressed on my mind Psalm 37:24, “The valiant one whose steps are guided by the LORD, who will delight in his way, may stumble, but he will never fall, for the LORD holds his hand.”
First I repeated the rhema out loud to make it my own. Then I emailed him this Rhema Blessing: “Jerry, you are the valiant one whose steps are guided by the Lord, who delights in his way. You may stumble but you will never fall for the Lord holds your hand.”
I instructed him to receive the blessing by saying out loud: “I am the valiant one whose steps are guided by the Lord, who delights in his way. I may stumble but I will never fall for the Lord holds my hand.” His gratefulness was another blessing that day.
Ephesians 2:10 is another scripture that chose me. So I speak the Rhema Blessing out loud, “I am God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared for me in advance, that I should live in them.” When spoken to someone or sent as an email or text message for the recipient to speak out loud, it becomes, “(Name), you are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared for you in advance, that you should live in them.”
I was inspired to send a friend preparing for surgery and a long rehab, Deuteronomy 10:29 after the verse touched my heart. “Fear not, beloved (name), you are safe, take courage and be strong!” She received it with great joy!
So far no one has turned down these blessings. I guess the Holy Spirit is working to bring plentiful blessings to all of us as he teaches us a new way to listen, speak and share the word of God.
What Rhema Blessing does the Holy Spirit inspire you to share with someone he puts on your heart?
(© 2013 Nancy H C Ward)