Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith does not come by cracking the whip to the one weak in faith. saying, "Come on! Giddap! Where's your faith? You know so much Bible, but you don't have the faith to live by! Come on, prove your faith!"
This kind of whip-cracking will eiher produce despair or a feeling of being a great sinner who will be turned away at the gates of heaven!
If someone receives such a whip-cracking or tongue-lashing, I urge you to study how faith comes.
In the verse above, notice the last four words "the word of God." In the Greek it is "rhema" which means "uttered word." There's another Greek word translated "word". It is "logos".
Sometimes the two words are used interchangeably, yet each has a distinct meaning of its own.
The meaning of "logos" goes beyond a spoken or written word. It means the functions which are the expression of mind. It is the power of mind maniefsted in speech according to the LIddell and Scott Greek lexicon. In this sense, the Logos of God is the unchanging, self-exising Word of God.
Psalms 119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Nothing, no prayer, no degree of faith, can ever change or nullify this word that is setled forever in heaven.
Things are different with the rhema word. This is a word that God speaks at a moment of time to a specific person which contains a speciic promise.
The promise is not a general promise but addressed to one peron at a specific time.
Like the angel's word from God to Mary:
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
In the Greek, the word nothing could be translated as no word, no "rhema" shall be impossible with God.
Mary responded "... Be it unto me according to thy word.."
When she said those words, she believed and the powe locked up in the rhema was unlocked, and Mary conceived of the Holy Ghost.
Another example is that of David:
1 Chronicles 17:1 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.
2 Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.
3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,
4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:
5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.
6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?
7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:
8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.
9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,
10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.
11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.
13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:
14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.
15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
16 And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
17 And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.
18 What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant? for thou knowest thy servant.
19 O LORD, for thy servant's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.
20 O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
21 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?
22 For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD, becamest their God.
23 Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.
God sends through Nathan a specific promise to a specific persson David in verse 10.
There was nothing for David to do but to accept the rhema, and this David did in verse 23.
The initiative with a rhema come from God. No rhema, means there's nothing there to accept. We cannot read and believe the Logos, but it is not a specific word to us until God either speaks a fresh rhema, or takes a portion of the logos and speaks it into our spirit. That is the time to accept the rhema by faith.
The rhema contains the miraculous power of God. Accept it, and the miracle is yours.