The Biblical Basis for WORDview Quiet Times
(To fully appreciate and benefit from your WORDview Quiet Times it is highly recommended that you carefully read and study the following information, perhaps several times, until you feel that you fully understand the key concepts of the WordView Quiet Time format.)
The WORDview Quiet Time format is based on a biblical model and the teaching and practice of Christ. It is designed to help the believer grow in life-giving faith. Rom. 1:17 tells us the entire Christian life is by faith “from beginning to end.” The strength and vitality of your daily walk with the Lord depends on regularly building your faith.
How is this done? Rom. 10:17 says “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” This simple passage is short but so profound, with three key words or concepts.
First, the word “faith” means “God’s inbirthed persuasion to trust Him.” (1) The ability to believe and trust God is actually a gift from Him worked in our heart (Eph. 2:8-10). It begins with our salvation but continues daily in our “sanctification” (the process of God transforming us from the inside out). We must choose to exercise the faith He provides, but it originates from God and gives us the ability to trust Him with our daily life.
Secondly, the word “hearing” means “inner hearing; inner, spiritual hearing that goes with receiving faith from God, i.e., discerning God’s voice.” (2) There are many competing “voices” that seek to distract us from God’s will for our life. We must seek to hear His voice and respond with trust.
And then the third term, “word” comes from the Greek word “rhema.” In the New Testament there are two Greek words that are translated into the English term “word.” The first is “logos” which is a broad term and means “reasoning expressed through words; the expressed thoughts of God.” (3) For us the written logos of God is the Bible, His word in general for all, His expressed thoughts, mind and will in printed form for all mankind.
However, in our verse, in Rom. 10:17, the other Greek word is used. It is the word “rhema,” and it means “a spoken-word made by the living voice.” This word is used of the “Lord speaking His dynamic, living word in a believer to inbirth faith.” (4) It has the idea of God speaking a specific, personal, specialized message to the individual in the inner, spiritual being.
When we put these concepts together we see that as we read God’s written word (logos), the Bible, He speaks a personal, specific message to us (rhema), that then builds our trust in Him as we yield to it and exercise faith in our daily, moment-by-moment life.
We see these important concepts modeled for us in a very practical way by Christ in Matthew 4. When tempted by Satan not to trust God, and thus live life on His own, Christ responded by quoting the Bible (Deut. 8:3) with, “It is written (referring to the "logos" of God in printed form): 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word ("rhema," God’s personal message that comes from His logos) that comes from the mouth of God'" (Matt. 4:4; NIV). In other words, Jesus quotes the written word of God (logos) as a personal, specific message (rhema) in a specific situation to build faith that empowered Him to defeat doubt and to walk in victory over sin. We can, and must do the same.
It is important to note that the passage Jesus quoted from (Deuteronomy 8) is referring to God’s provision of “manna” from heaven for the children of Israel as they traveled to their Promised Land. This manna was to be gathered daily, each morning, and only enough for each day, one day at a time. On the sixth day they gathered two day’s worth so that they could rest on the Sabbath. The implication is that we too are to be gathering our “daily manna,” our “spiritual nutrition,” each morning to give us the spiritual sustenance we will need to live that day, one day at a time for Christ.
This is also alluded to in 2 Tim. 3:17 where Paul says that we may be “…adequate, equipped for every good work.” The words used for “adequate, equipped” carry the idea of “fresh,” being freshly equipped spiritually for the day, one day at a time.
The WORDview Quiet Time format allows you to hear from God daily in a way that will feed your soul and build your faith so that you can experience your abundant life in Christ.
(1) HELPSTM Word-studies copyright © 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc. For complete text and additional resources visit: HelpsBible.com
(2) HELPSTM Word-studies copyright © 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc. For complete text and additional resources visit: HelpsBible.com
(3) HELPSTM Word-studies copyright © 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc. For complete text and additional resources visit: HelpsBible.com
(4) HELPSTM Word-studies copyright © 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc. For complete text and additional resources visit: HelpsBible.com