In the King James bible, the words Rhema and Logos are used interchangeably but, in the original language, both of these words have their proper meaning. The word Logos for example, is the written word of God.
“In the beginning was the Word [logos], and the Word [logos] was with God, and the Word [logos] was God”.John 1:1
While the word Rhema, is the spoken word of God.
“The words [rhema] that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life”.John 6:63
As believers, we live by both the Logos and Rhema word of God. It is baffling to think how many in the body of Christ do not believe that God speaks to us today, as he did in both the Old and New Testament. When Jesus said that man, shall not live by bread alone, but by every rhema that proceeds (goes forth) out of the mouth of God, it is implying that God personally speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. Take for example, you need to make a decision on something important and you search the logos but cannot find peace to move forward, so you go into prayer and there God speaks to you. It can be audibly, or He makes an impression in your heart-This is the rhema word of God. A word that is instant, a word where we know that God is personally speaking to us.
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word [rhema] behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.Isaiah 30:21-22
God speaks to us in many different ways. Some by dreams, some by numbers, some through nature, some through prayer and fasting, and some through visitations from angels. Below are a couple of examples:
During the night, Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” As soon as Paul had seen the vision, we got ready to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.…Acts 16
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. …Daniel 10
So you see, God still speaks to us in ways other than through His word. He guides our feet throughout the day. He tells us what to say and even how to go about a difficult situation.
But… here is where people get confused and false doctrines are establish and cults are birthed. When the rhema [spoken word] of God, does not line up with His logos [written word]. When people begin to receive new prophecy and doctrine, then know for sure that this person is a false teacher/prophet.
There are countless examples from believers today whom have trusted the rhema [spoken word] of God, and there decision to do so, has never resulted in shame.