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Healing (Physical, Emotional, Mental Restoration) Through Communion

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Healing (Physical, Emotional, Mental Restoration) Through Communion


Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health or cure. The stripes that Jesus took provided for our healing. Including deliverance of torment (including from suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, fear, worry…).


Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”


By His stripes we were healed. We can be made whole. We can be made sound. We can be made well. Our health can be restored. Our diseases can be cured.


PRAYER EXAMPLES:

Dear Jesus,
I remember You and the sacrifice You made for me. I remember that Your body was broken and beaten for me. It is by Your stripes that I have healing, restoration, and wholeness. In my mind, body, soul and spirit. Thank You that You paid the price. In Your precious name, Amen.

Dear Father,
Thank-you for taking my sickness upon Your own body. I claim wellness for my entire body, soul and spirit. Every organ, muscle, cell, bone and tissue in my body work in perfection, with no deformities or defects. I walk in perfect health, strength and vitality.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I bind my mind to the mind of Christ and my will to the will of the Father. I bind my feet to the path of righteousness, and I bind myself to the finished work of the cross – healing, salvation and wholeness of my mind, body, soul and spirit.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


BREAD REPRESENTS HEALING – WOMAN ASKS JESUS TO HEAL HER DAUGHTER.


Matthew 15:21-28 NKJV
“Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”


JESUS – THE ONE WHO CAME
One of the most interesting found on the table set for Passover are the three matzahs place together in a special container – each in a separate compartment. The middle matzah is called the lechen onee (the bread of affliction). The leder takes out the middle matza (the lechem onee) and holds it up and recites Isaiah 53:7.


Isaiah 53:7 NKJV
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.”


The leader then breaks the matzah in half. Half is wrapped in a white linen cloth and placed in a special cloth bag. This piece is referred to as the afikomen, meaning “I came.”


John 6:35 NKJV
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”


John 6:57-58 NKJV
“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”


The afikomen is placed aside to be eaten from later on.


Luke 22:19 NKJV
“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”


After Jesus and His disciples had eaten the meal, He picked up the afikomen, gave thanks, broke the bread, then gave it to His disciples. He told them to eat it in remembrance of Him.

Some Jewish people, after the Passover meal is finished, will keep the uneaten portion of the afikomen. When they are sick they will eat a piece of it and say, “I am healed in the name of the One Who Came.”


BIBLE EXAMPLE: ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH
Zacharias was burning incense before the Lord when an angel of God appeared to him. Zacharius was not just burning incense before God. The room where Zacharias was when the angel appeared to him was the holy place. In the holy place was a golden lampstand, an altar of incense (golden altar) and the table of shewbread. On the table of shewbread sat wine, bread and frankincense. The frankincense would be sprinkled on the golden altar (altar of incense.) This represented prayer, praise and worship to God.

The priest would come into the holy place and take some frankincense (incense) and sprinkle it on the altar. Then he would go back to the table of shewbread and eat some of the bread and drink some of the wine. He was receiving communion. He would then burn some more incense on the golden altar. The actions of the priest are a pattern for communion. Prayer, praise, worship (incense) then the receiving of the elements (bread and juice.)
Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had no children. The Bible refers to Elizabeth as being barren.


Luke 1:5-22 NKJV
“There was in the days of Harod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. but they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth: For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the father to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’ ”And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am old, and my wife is well advanced in years.’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.’ And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and the perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.”


As Zacharias was burning incense before God and receiving communion (bread and wine), he was having an intimate relationship with God. The bread and wine on the table of shewbread was a type of communion. It was during this time that God sent an angel to tell him that his wife would have a baby. God had heard their prayer. God was going to provide healing, victory, and restoration. He meet Zacharias’ need during communion. God can and will do the same thing today.


Luke 1:23-25 NKJV
“So it was, soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

Revelation Through Communion

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Revelation Through Communion

Jesus had walked with the two men on the road to Emmaus all day long but they did not know Him. They had talked with Him, but they had not been intimate with Him.


Luke 24:13-24 NKJV
“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’ Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, ‘Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?’
And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.’ ”


Many people know who Jesus is, and many have conversations with Him, but they do not know Him. They have not had intimacy with Him.


Luke 24:25-29 NKJV
“Then He said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?’ And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, ‘Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.’ And He went in to stay with them.”


Like the men on the road to Emmaus, we must have our eyes opened. When the men received communion (the breaking of the bread) their eyes were opened and they knew Him.


Luke 24:30-35 NKJV
“Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’ So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.”


Communion will do the same thing for us today. Communion will:
* draw us into a deeper relationship with Jesus
*give us a deeper revelation of Jesus
*open our spiritual eyes
*strengthen our eternal life – it will cause us to walk closer to the Lord

DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH COMMUNION

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DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH COMMUNION

Jesus instituted communion (the Lord’s Supper), as we know it today, after His final Passover meal was eaten. Jesus had celebrated many Passover meals before in His life and had even celebrated several with His disciples before this time.

Luke 22:15 NKJV
“Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer’ ”


His final Passover was special and He had awaited it for a long time. It was at His final Passover that He instituted the new covenant. After the meal was eaten, Jesus broke the bread and gave it to them, saying ‘This is My body which is given for you.’ Then He picked up the third cup of wine (the cup of redemption) and said to them, ‘This is the new covenant in My blood which is shed for you.’

The first thing (first works) that the disciples did under the new covenant was to participate in communion.


Luke 22:17-20 NKJV
“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves, for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me’ Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you’ ”



Communion is much more than just a piece of bread and a sip of juice. During communion we enter into a close spiritual relationship with God. It is a very, very intimate time between you and God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Communion is an act of sharing, a having in common, an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate talk, fellowship, a close spiritual relationship.

Today we receive the same benefits through communion that the Hebrews received through the Passover lamb. When we receive the communion elements (bread and juice) we remember Jesus. The Hebrews ate the body of the lamb and applied the blood of the lamb to their dwelling place. In communion we use two elements: bread and juice. Each one is significant and has it’s own meaning and benefits. Also when the two are brought together, it is very significant and powerful.

STRENGTH THROUGH COMMUNION

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STRENGTH THROUGH COMMUNION

Communion gives spiritual strength for your battles with the enemy. While hiding out from Saul David and his small group of men ran out of food (provisions). David arranged to meet them somewhere and he went to find some food. He went to Nob ( a community of priests) and asked Ahimelech for food.



I Samuel 21:3-5 NKJV
“ ‘Now therefore, what have you on hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or whatever can be found.’ And the priest answered David and said, ‘There is no common bread on hand; but there is holy bread, if the young men have kept themselves from women.’
The David answered the priest, and said to him, ‘Truly, women have been kept from us about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in effect common, even though it was consecrated in the vessel this day.’ ”


The priest gave David the shewbread. It became their “bread of strength.”


I Samuel 21:6 NKJV
“So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.”



It was not lawful for anyone other than the priest to eat the shewbread but the priest realized that it was important to keep the spirit of the law.



Matthew 12:3-4 NKJV

“But He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those with him: how they entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?”


If you are like David’s men (you are fighting a battle and seem to be growing weaker) you need to receive communion.
When the Hebrews left Egypt there was not one feeble, sick, lame or weak person among them. This was because of what they had done the night before. They had received “communion” the night before. They had eaten the Passover lamb and applied it’s blood to their house.


Psalm 105:37 NKJV
“He brought them out with silver and gold,
And there was none feeble among His tribes.”

Are You A Good Waiter or Waitress?

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Are You A Good Waiter or Waitress?

In Isaiah 40:31 the word wait entails confident expectation and active hope in the Lord – never a passive resignation. The dictionary gives several definitions of wait. Two of them are: (1) Stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens. (2) To act as a waiter or waitress.

Isaiah 40:31 KJV
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

We could say:
Those that minister to the Lord…
Shall renew their strength.
Shall mount up with wings as eagles.
Shall run, and not be weary.
Shall walk, and not faint.

Ministering to God can sort of be compared to being a waiter or waitress. Their only mission is to serve.

A good waiter or waitress will:
Make you feel welcome.
Anticipate your needs – you don’t have to keep asking for things.
Have an attention to details.
Be attentive.
Be a good listener – pays attention when others are talking.
Not try to sell you something right off the bat.
Not be afraid to approach your table
Be friendly and warm – caring and pleasant.
Always offer a warm greeting.
Listen for the answer when they ask a question.
Not have a personal conversation with another server within earshot of customers.
Never reeks from perfume or cigarettes.
Not turn on the charm when it’s tip time.
Not make you wait or beg for a condiment.
Not stand behind you when you are ordering. They make eye contact.
Not let your glass go empty.
Not act like they are in a hurry.

When we minister to the Lord …
we should make Him feel welcome.
we should anticipate His needs – Don’t make God have to keep asking for things.
we should pay attention to details.
we should be attentive. Don’t try to minister to God with your mind a thousand miles away.
we should be a good listener – pays attention when God is talking.
we should not ask Him for things right off the bat – wait until He asks us what we have need of.
we should not be afraid to approach Him.
we should be friendly and warm – caring and pleasant.
we should always offer a warm greeting.
we should listen for Him to answer when we ask a question.
we should not have personal conversations with others while we are ministering to Him.
we should never reek from things that are a stench to Him.
we should not turn on the charm when we want or need something from Him.
we should not make Him wait for anything or His needs go unmet.
we should make eye contact – Look into His face. Get personal with Him.
we should not be in a hurry.

Nailed To The Cross

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Nailed To The Cross

The gavel is a symbol of authority, especially in courts and justices. They symbolizes power, authority and firmness.
In the past, gavels were struck to indicate that a meeting will begin, peace and order should be maintained and to end a meeting. Today, gavels are used to call for attention or to punctuate rulings and proclamations. In addition to that, gavels are used by judges to proclaim proceedings and decisions to be final, legal and irrevocable. Once the gavel is struck, it signifies that no other factors can renew the decision being made. In other words, it is finished, it’s done , it’s over.

John 19:30 NKJV
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

Jesus‘ last words, “It is finished” come from the Greek word tetelestai. The Greek word tetelestai is an accounting term that means paid in full.

By saying, “It is finished” Jesus was declaring the debt we owed to God was wiped away completely and forever. He was also declaring that our future needs are already paid for.

Isaiah 53:4-12 NKJV
“Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was woundedfor our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripeswe are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.”

All our sins, sickness, fears, anxieties, and lack were nailed to the cross with Jesus and He said, “IT IS FINISHED“. Just as the Passover lamb provided everything that the Hebrews needed (deliverance, protection, salvation, direction, favor, strength, health…) so Jesus, our Passover Lamb, provided for us. The price has been paid in full. Jesus on the cross was a lot like a judge striking his gavel declaring a legal decision, one that is irrevocable.

Amen – So Be It

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Amen – So Be It

The word amen means so let it be or it is true. In the Old Testament when the people responded by saying amen they attested to the sentences which they heard were true, just, and certain.

Saying amen is a way to finish our prayers. When Christians say amen at the end of our prayers, they are following the model of the apostles. They are asking God to let it be as they had prayed.

John 14:12-14 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

1 John 5:14-15 NKJV
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”