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The Report of the Lord

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The Report of the Lord

 

 

Don’t look to the right or to the left.

Look square into the face of God, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Great I Am.

Thank You Lord, You are Abba Father.

You are the Great Physician.

You are the Holy One.

You are the Mighty One

You are our Strong Tower.

You are the Rock on which we stand.

You are our Shield.

You are our Healer.

You are our Savior.

You are the one that delivers us from the evil one.

You are our strength.

You are our comfort.

You are our peace.

You give a peace that passes all understanding.

Thank You Father that all Your promises are yes and amen.

Thank You Lord that You are a God that hears and answers our prayers.

Thank You Lord for Your Word. We will believe in the report of the Lord.

His report says ____________ is healed.

His report says victory.

We will believe in the report of the Lord.

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.”

1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Dear Father,

Thank-you for Your report – Your Word tell me that Jesus was wounded for _____________’s transgressions, Jesus was bruised for _____________’s iniquities, the chastisement for ___________’s peace was upon Jesus, and by Jesus’ stripes ____________’s is healed. Victory is given to _______through our Lord Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit may I not look to the right or to the left. Help me to only look into Your face, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Great I Am. You are Abba Father. You are the Great Physician. You are the Holy One. You are the Mighty One. You are our Strong Tower. You are the Rock on which I stand. Thank You Father that all Your promises are yes and amen. I will believe in Your report – Your report says ____________ is healed. Your report says victory.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

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Healing Waters

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DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELL   Matthew 9:35 NKJV

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

God is not only concerned about our spiritual health, but He is also concerned about out physical and emotional health. Throughout time God has provided healing in many different ways. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health; to cure. Jesus used many different methods in His healing ministry. Sometimes the people were healed because of their faith, sometimes because of someone else’s’ faith. Sometimes He prayed for them, sometimes He commanded the sickness to come out of them. Sometimes He laid His hands on them and sometimes they touched Him. Like salvation, healing is provided to us through Jesus Christ.

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.”

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.”

God still heals people today, and He still uses many different methods.

I. A Gentile Mother’s Faith Brings Healing

Mark 7:29 NKJV

“Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ ”

After a confrontation between Jesus and some of the Jewish leaders, Jesus took His disciples to an area quiet a distance away. There He intended to rest and teach His disciples. He went to a house where He hoped that no one would disturbed them. However, that did not happen.

One day while Jesus was teaching His disciples a woman came to Jesus and asked and asked and Him to cast a demon out of her daughter. Jesus was in the middle of teaching (feeding) His disciples (His children). Jesus told the woman that it was not right to stop in the middle of feeding your children and give their (your children‘s) food to dogs. The woman was not offended by what Jesus said to her – She understood what He meant. The woman replied to Jesus that even during the meal the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s plates onto the floor. Jesus rewarded the woman’s faith and persistence by healing her daughter.

Jesus told the woman to go home and that the demon had left her daughter. The woman returned to her house to find her daughter just like Jesus had said – the demon was gone!

Mark 7:24-30 NKJV

“From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

And she answered and said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.’

Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’

And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.”

II. Simon’s Mother-In-Law

Mark 1:31 NKJV

“So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.”

One day after Jesus left the synagogue He went to Simon’s house. As soon as Jesus arrived at the house they told Him about Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. The people at Simon’s house had faith in Jesus and they believed that He could heal Simon’s mother-in-law. Jesus went to the woman and took her by the hand, Immediately the fever was gone and her strength returned to her. The woman got up and served Jesus and His followers.

III. Healings In Capernaum

Luke 4:41 NKJV

“…and He laid His hands on every one of them and He healed them.”

Late one evening when Jesus was in Capernaum the people came to see Him. They brought to Jesus everyone that was sick. Jesus laid His hands on everyone of them and healed them. Jesus took the time to personally lay hands on each one of them and to pray for each one of them. The Bible tells us that each one (every one) of them were healed. The people that had brought the sick people to Jesus had faith in Him and His ability to heal the sick.

IV. Man With A Paralyzed Hand

Luke 6:10 NKJV

“And when He had looked around at them, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”

Once when Jesus went to the synagogue He saw a man with a withered hand there. The Pharisees watched Jesus very closely while He was in the synagogue. They were hoping to catch Jesus doing something that they thought was wrong or against the law. Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking so He asked the man with the withered hand to stand up in front of everyone. Then Jesus asked the Pharisees if it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath. The Pharisees would not answer. Then Jesus told the man to stretch out his withered hand. As he did, his hand was restored, he was made well. When the people and the Pharisees saw what happened (the healing of the man’s withered hand) they became very angry. They thought that Jesus had violated the Law of Moses, however He had not.

V. Miraculous Healings

Mark 6:56 NKJV

“Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. As many as touched Him were made well.”

Jesus had a healing ministry which was widespread. Everywhere that Jesus went the people would carry sick people to a spot that they thought Jesus would walk by. They believed that Jesus had power to heal the sick. The people begged Jesus to allow the sick people to touch the hem, the tassel, of His garment. The Bible tells us that everyone of them that touched it was made well.

VI. Man By The Pool

John 5:9 NKJV

“And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked…”

As Jesus walked by the Sheep Gate on His way into Jerusalem He saw a man laying on one of the porches by the pool of Bathesda. This man had had an infirmity for thirty-eight years. The pool of Bathesda was a double pool that was surrounded by five porches. During this time many sick people lay beside the pool and waited for the water to move. At certain times an angel would come down and stir up the water in the pool. Whoever stepped in the water first after it was stirred up would be healed. Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made well. The man did want to be made well but he did not have anyone to put him into the pool when the water was stirred up. Jesus told the man to take up his bead and walk. Immediately the man was healed and he took up his bed and walked.

VII. Deaf-Mute Man

Mark 7:35 NKJV

“Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.”

As Jesus was traveling through the Sea of Galilee the people brought a man who was a deaf-mute. They begged Jesus to lay His hands on the man and heal him. Jesus took the deaf-mute aside, away from the crowd. Then He put His finger in the man’s ear and He put spit on His finger and touched the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and then said to the man, “Be opened.” Immediately the man’s ears were open and his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.

VIII. Naaman

2 Kings 5:14 NKJV

“So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

A general in the Syrian army, name Naaman, had leprosy. He was the highest ranking officer in the Syrian army. Naaman was a man of high social standing and importance, even to the king himself.

2 Kings 5:1 NKJV

“Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.”

Despite Naaman’s great importance, his leprosy could eventually lead to his separation from society. Leprosy was contagious and incurable causing Naaman to be in a hopeless situation. Even though Naaman was a man of high rank, influence and riches he was still a desperate man.

2 Kings 5:2-3 NKJV

“And the Syrians had gone on raids, and brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife.

Then she said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.’ ”

A young girl that was taken captive from Israel was a servant to Naaman’s wife. One day this young girl told Naaman’s wife about a prophet in Samaria that could help Naaman.

2 Kings 5:4-6 NKJV

“And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, ‘Thus and thus said the girl who is here from the land of Israel.’

Then the king of Syria said, ‘Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.’

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand

shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.

Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to

you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to

you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.”

Naaman told the king what the young girl had said about the prophet. The king instructed Naaman to go to the prophet for help. When Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house to ask to be healed, instead of meeting Naaman himself, Elisha sent his servant to tell him.The servant told him that Elisha said to wash in the Jordan River seven times.

2 Kings 5:11-13 NKJV

“But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, ‘Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ “ ‘Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?’ So he turned and went away in a rage.

And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have

done it? How much more than, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean?’  ”

When Elisha did not do things the way Naaman thought he should, he turned around to go back home, angry and unhealed. Finally, Naaman humbled himself and listened to the good advise of his servants. He obey the prophet, Elisha, by doing what he was told.

2 Kings 5:14 NKJV

“So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

Naaman almost let his pride get in the way of receiving his healing. When Naaman stepped out in obedience he was healed of his leprosy. God used the prophet and Naaman’s obedience to heal the leprosy.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for being concerned about my spiritual, physical and emotional health. Thank-you for the healing that is provided through Jesus. Truly, He was wounded for my transgressions, He was bruised for my iniquities. The chastisement for my peace was upon Him, and by His stripes I are healed. May I never put You in a box where I think that You have to heal a certain way or in a certain time period. Thank-you for Your many ways of healing. When the sick reach out and touch Jesus they are healed. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we never let pride or disobedience get in the way of our healing.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Intimacy Through Communion

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 desperation - Copy  Intimacy 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.

I. Body of Christ:

The bread represents the body of Jesus Christ.

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.

Through taking the bread in communion there is restoration, healing, favor, revelation, strength. Many sleep spiritually and physically (death / sickness) because they do not discern the Lord’s body.

1 Corinthians 11:29-30  NKJV    

‘For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.”

1. Healing (Physical, Emotional, Mental Restoration)

Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health or cure. The stripes that Jesus took provided for our healing.

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.

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. 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.”

       God wants to minister to us just like He did Zacharias. God wants to meet our needs, but first, we must minister to Him.

2. Favor

The Israelites obeyed God. They had taken the blood of the lamb and put it over their doorway  and cooked and eaten the lamb the way that God had instructed them to. Because of this they were not only safe when the death angel passed over, they received favor.

Exodus 12:29-35  NKJV    

“And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, ‘Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, ‘We shall all be dead.’ So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.”

   The Israelites left Egypt with treasures because the Lord had given them favor with the Egyptians.

Exodus 12:36  NKJV    

“And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”

       Like the Israelites, we can obtain favor with our ‘enemy’ through taking communion.

3. Revelation

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” 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

4. Restoration

Restoration means a restoring; establishing again, bringing back to former condition, or recovery.

Luke 23:42  NKJV   

  “then he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’”

     The thief on the cross asked Jesus to remember (restore) him when He ascend to heaven. When sin entered the world it separated us from God. When Jesus ascend to heaven, He went into the Holy of Holies with His own blood and poured it over the mercy seat. In so doing, we were no longer separated from God.

Jesus told the man on the cross, “You will be with Me in paradise.”

Luke 23:43  NKJV    

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”

      In the garden of Eden man enjoyed a special intimacy with God until sin entered in. It was in the garden that a separation between man and God came into being. Man was separated from God. Man no longer had direct access to the presence of God. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are no longer separated from God. We have been “restored” back to God. Once again we had direct access to the presence of God –  our relationship with God and intimacy with Him have been restored.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV    

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

       At the death of Jesus the veil was torn in two. The veil represented a separation between us and God. When the veil split it meant that we now had access to God, and that our relationship with Him was restored.

Jesus’ response to the thief could have meant that at His (Jesus) death His blood would restore (remember) him back into right relationship with God. He (the thief) would no longer be separated from God because of sin.

5. Strength

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.’ Then 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.”

II. Blood of Christ:

The juice represents the blood of Jesus Christ.

Dear Jesus,

I remember You.

I remember how Your blood was shed for me.

I remember how You hung on the cross for me.

I remember how You died and rose again for me,

So that I could be redeemed.

Help me to prepare to be Your bride.

In Your precious name, Amen.

It’s His blood  that cleanses us, that gives us life, that took our place, that redeems us, that washes us whiter than snow. Through taking the juice we can receive protection, salvation (spiritual restoration) and life. We also make a commitment during this time.

1. Protection through the blood of Christ.

Prior to the Israelites leaving Egypt the Lord passed over the homes that had the blood of the lamb applied to the door posts. In the homes where the blood was applied the people were protected from death.

Exodus 12:13  NKJV     

“Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

      Each time we take the juice in communion it is a reminder (sign, memorial or symbol) that we have protection through the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).

Exodus 12:21-24  NKJV    

“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, ‘Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a branch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your house to strike you. And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever.”

2. Salvation (Remission of sins) through the blood of Christ.

Isaiah 1:18  NKJV   

  “ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’

Says the Lord,

‘Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool.’ ”

     It’s Jesus’ blood that cleanses us. Through Jesus we can receive remission (forgiveness, pardon) of our sins.

Hebrews 9:22  NKJV    

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

     When we receive the gift of salvation we are delivered from sin and from the punishment for sin. Once we truly repent those sins (transgressions) are remembered no more.

Psalm 103:12 NKJV    

“As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

3. Life through the blood of Christ.

It’s Jesus’ blood that gives us life. Without the blood of Christ we would be ‘dead’ in our sins. The life of the flesh is in the blood.

Leviticus 17:11  NKJV   

  “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the alter to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”

4. Substitution through the blood of Christ.

It was the blood of Jesus that took our place. He willingly took the punishment (penalty) that was rightfully ours.

Hebrews 9:12-14  NKJV     

“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanses your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

     God loved us so much that He gave His one and only Son to take our place. To save us from the penalty of sin.

John 3:16-17 NKJV    

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

5. Redemption through the blood of Christ.

Redeem means to buy something back or to buy a slaves freedom. Jesus’ blood redeemed us from sin. When we were in sin we were a slave to Satan, but Jesus bought us back.

I Corinthians 6:20  NKJV   

  “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” 

Ephesians 1:7  NKJV    

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

6. Precious sacrifice through the blood of Christ.

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

     Everyone has sinned and because of that sin we were separated from the manifest presence of the Lord (the glory of the Lord.) Jesus Christ was a very precious sacrifice. Because of Him we no longer have to be separated from the glory of the Lord.

Hebrews 9:24-26  NKJV   

  “For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but in heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another- He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

7. Commitment through the blood of Christ.

Throughout the Bible when a commitment (promise or vow) was made it was sealed by drinking wine.  When a Jewish man found a woman that he wanted for his bride he would go to her father and make an offer. The man would tell the father what he would give in exchange for allowing his daughter to marry him (dowry).  After the father agreed to accept the offer, he poured a glass of wine and then called his daughter into the room. The father would then tell his daughter that an offer had been made for her hand in marriage, and he would tell her the offer. If the daughter accepted (agreed to) the offer she would pick up the glass and take a drink of the wine. By drinking the wine she was making a commitment to prepare to be the man’s bride. She had a responsibility to be ready when the man (groom) returned to get her. Each time we drink the juice in communion we are committing to prepare ourselves to be the bride of Christ. We must take very serious our responsibilities and commitments.

III. Body And Blood Of Christ :

The separation of flesh and blood brings death. Putting them back together again bring life. Before crucifixion, Jesus’ body was “torn apart.” The psalmist describes the agony that Jesus would go through.

Psalm 22:12-21  NKJV    

“Many bulls have surrounded Me;

Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.

They gape at Me with their mouths,

Like a raging and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water,

And all My bones are out of joint;

My heart is like wax;

It has melted within Me.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

And My tongue clings to My jaws;

You have brought Me to the dust of death.

For dogs have surrounded Me;

The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.

They pierced My hands and My feet;

I can count all My bones.

They look and stare at Me.

They divide My garments among them,

And for My clothing thy cast lots.

But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;

O My Strength, hasten to help Me!

Deliver Me from the sword,

My precious life from the power of the dog.

Save Me from the lion’s mouth

And from the horns of the wild oxen!

You have answered Me.”

     During communion you bring the flesh and the blood back together. The bread represents the body (flesh) and the juice represents the blood.

John 6:55-56  NKJV    

“For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

     During communion your health can be put back together, your family can be put back together, your finances can be put back together, your relationship with God can be put back together. In Psalms 103:2 we are instructed to not forget the benefits of the Lord.

Psalm 103:2  NKJV    

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits”

     We are to remember the Lord. As we meditate on who Jesus is, what He has done (provided) for us, and what He is going to do for us (take His bride home), as we bring the body and the blood of Jesus back together during communion, let Him “remember” you.

If you are sick God desires to make you whole, you need communion.

If you are weak God desires to give you strength, you need communion

If you are fighting a battle God desires to give you victory, you need communion.

If you need grace, mercy and power God desires to give it to you, you need communion.

If you desire a deeper intimacy with God, you need communion.

     In the Old Testament the communion (meat and drink offering / bread and wine) was for the priest. At Calvary we became a priest.

Dear Jesus,    

I remember You. I remember how Your body was broken. I remember how Your blood was shed. I remember how You died for me so I could be made whole so I could be forgiven and cleansed of all unrighteousness. I lay hold of Your covenant. I lay hold of Your promise. I receive Your healing power. I receive the victory of communion. As I honor You, as I worship You in this intimate time of communion with You.

In Your precious name, Amen.

May the Lord be lifted up and exalted the next time you receive the communion elements.

I Corinthians 11:26  NKJV    

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”

John 12:32  NKJV    

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

How To Worship God, God’s Way

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Psalm 103    

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tendermercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

     Psalm 103 is a psalm of praise unto God for His mercy, grace, love and benefits. This psalm gives us a glimpse of how to worship God’s way.

We are to:

*use every part of us to worship God

*make time to worship God

*remember the things God has done

*realize how wonderful God is and who He is

*bless the Lord

I.  Use every part of ourselves to worship God / Psalm 103:1

Psalm 103:1  NKJV    

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!”

     Your enemy, Satan, doesn’t want you to worship God. He will try to get you to use your mouth, your heart, your mind, your hands, your feet, your eyes, and your ears for anything and everything except to honor God. Remember that God gave you your body and mind so you could use them to worship Him and to give Him glory. Use every part of you – hold nothing back.

* You can use your mouth to praise God by telling Him how wonderful He is and how much you love Him.

* You can use your mind to think about God and His goodness.

* You can use your heart to love God for who He is.

* You can use your hands to play songs of worship to God, or lift them in surrender and worship unto Him.

* You can use your feet to take you places where you can worship God in public and in private, or to dance in His presence.

* You can use your eyes to notice what God has done for you (both spiritual and physical eyes).

* You can use you ears (both spiritual and physical) to hear God’s voice.

II.  Make time to worship God  /  Psalm 103:2-14

In our busy world we must make time to worship God. If we do not make time our enemy, Satan, will keep us so busy that we don’t have time to truly worship God and minister to Him.

Psalm 103:2 NKJV    

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all His benefits.”

     1 Chronicles 16:29  NKJV     “Give thanks to the Lord, the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

          You need to remind yourself as David did that you should take time to worship God.  Often people think they are too busy to worship God. Yet God made us to worship Him. They work and play and do lots of other things, and then they don’t have time for God. David knew it would be easy to get “too busy” and forget God’s goodness, but he determined he wasn’t going to do that.

III.  Remember the things that God has done  /  Psalm 103:3-14

We are to spend time musing the things of God. The things that He has done in our lives and the things that He is going to do. Where He has brought us from and where He is taking us. To muse means to be completely absorbed in thought, to ponder or to meditate.

Psalm 39:3  NKJV    

“My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue” 

Psalm 143:5  NKJV    

“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I muse on the work of your hands. I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.” 

Luke 3:15 KJV    

“And all the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not”

A. God’s benefits

We must remember and meditate on God’s benefits. Some of the benefits are forgiveness, salvation, healing, protection, lovingkindness, provision, help, patience, correction,  sympathy, and salvation.

1.Forgiveness and Redemption

Through Jesus Christ we have been redeemed. We have been bought back – ransomed. During the times that the Bible was written, a person that had been sold into slavery could be bought back, ransomed for a price. Jesus paid our ransom, our forgiveness and salvation with His own blood.

Psalm 103:3  NKJV    

“Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases”

Titus 2:11  NKJV    

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”

Ephesians 1:7  NKJV     “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

Psalm 103:12  NKJV    

“As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

2. Healing

Jesus provided healing for us through His body. Every stripe that He received was for us – for our healing. The price for our healing has already been paid.

Psalm 103:3  NKJV   

“Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases”

 

James 5:16  NKJV   

“…and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

 

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.”

3. Protection from danger

Psalm 103:4  NKJV    

“Who redeems your life from destruction…”

     The Lord is our protection (our shield / our refuge) from danger.

2 Samuel 22:31  NKJV  and Psalm 18:30  NKJV    

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

     A refuge is a place of safety and security. The Lord is our shelter, our protection from danger, trouble. He is our safety and security.

2 Samuel 22:2-4  NKJV    

“And he said: ‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and

The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation,

My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.’ ”

     During times of trouble and danger we can take refuge in God.

Psalm 119:114  NKJV    

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.”

4. Lovingkindness

Psalm 103:4  NKJV   

  “…Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”

     The Lord showers us with love and kindness. His mercy to us is new every day.

5. Daily provision

The Lord provides our food as well as many other blessings.

Psalm 103:5  NKJV   

  “Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”

     Every good gift (and everything we need) comes from the Lord.

James 1:17  NKJV    

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

John 3:27  NKJV   

  “John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.”

6. Help in opposition 

When the enemy comes (in whatever form) against you, the Lord is there to help.

Psalm 103:6  NKJV   

“The Lord executes righteousness

And justice for all who are oppressed”

     The Lord is ready, willing and able to help those that the enemy is coming against in an attempt to depress and oppress.

Psalm 12:5  NKJV    

“ ‘For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,

Now I will arise,’ says the Lord; ‘I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.’ ”

     Poor could be describe as any number of things. It could mean having a few things or nothing; lacking money or property; needy, not good in quality, lacking something needed, scanty, insufficient, inadequate, lacking ability, inefficient, not satisfactory; frail; needing pity; unfortunate; not favorable; shabby or worn out.

Every person is “poor” in some area of their life and is in need of God’s help and intervention.

7. Patience and correction

Correction is an attempt to change or correct a mistake or error.

Psalm 103:8-9  NKJV    

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us,

Nor will He keep His anger forever.”

     God is very patient with us and He corrects those that He loves. He desire to help us change our wrong behavior and attitudes.

Deuteronomy 8:5  NKJV    

“You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.”

Hebrews 12:5-11  NKJV     “… ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.’ If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of Hid holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

     Correction can also be punishment or rebuke. As believers we should be in subjection to the discipline of the Lord. All of God’s discipline is for our good and our benefit. God disciplines us in love because He wants to make us better. He desires for us to be a holy people.

8. Sympathy  

The Lord has sympathy on man. He shares our sorrows and troubles – we are not alone.

Psalm 103:13-14  NKJV    

“As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him,

For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”

     The Lord pities those who fear (respect / reverence) Him. Just as a father feels sorrow for his child’s suffering or distress, the Lord feels for us, His creation.

Malachi 4:2-3  NKJV    

“’But to you who fear My name

The Sun of Righteousness shall arise

With healing in His wings; And you shall go out

And grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked,

For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet

On the day that I do this’

Says the Lord of hosts.”

9. Salvation

Of all the things to remember most, we must remember that a price was paid for our forgiveness. And it was paid out of love. David was especially thankful for God’s promise to forgive his sins. He understood what a wonderful blessing it is to be cleansed and forgiven. God loves you so much that He does not want to be separated from you. Sin separates man from God.

John 3:16-17  NKJV    

“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

     God is a holy God and sin breaks off our fellowship with Him. It is because God wants to cleanse you and forgive you of your sin that He sent Jesus to die on the cross. God requires that blood be shed to pay for sin.

Hebrews 9:22  NKJV   

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

     Only the precious blood of Jesus can cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness, making it possible for us to have fellowship with our holy God. Jesus shed His blood to pay for the sins of everyone. It is up to each of us to either accept the gift of salvation and forgiveness or to reject it.

1 John 1:7      

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

     You can accept the gift of salvation by admitting that you are a sinner, believing in Jesus, asking Him to forgive you, and turning away from sin (forsake sin.)

a. Admit

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must admit that they have sinned.

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” 

b. Believe

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must believe in Jesus Christ.

Acts 16:31  NKJV    

“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ”

     We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (the deity of Jesus Christ). We must believe that Jesus came to this earth through a virgin  birth. We must believe that Jesus lived a sinless life while here on  earth. We must believe that Jesus died on the cross, and that His blood was shed for the remission of our sins. We must believe that Jesus rose from the grave, that He is alive  in heaven and that He will return to earth again.

c . Confess

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must confess their sin to God. Today we have direct access to God through Jesus, therefore we do not have to confess our sin to a priest or another person. We can go directly to God with our confession.

1 John 1:9  NKJV    

”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

d. Forsake

Everyone who wants true salvation must forsake their sin. Once you have experienced the full knowledge of Christ and His salvation, do not turn back. Knowledge of Christ without obedience to Christ can be very dangerous. It is not enough to know that we are to turn from evil, we must do it. Don’t return to your old (sinful) ways.

2 Peter 2:20-22  NKJV    

“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning, For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

     God takes the commitment that we make when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior very serious. Once we become part of the kingdom of God we are not to look back, or to return to our old ways.

Luke 9:62  NKJV    

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

     Everyone that experiences true salvation will be received by God. True repentance is being sorry for doing wrong (for going against God), not being sorry that you were caught doing wrong. If we are truly sorry that we have sinned and we go to Jesus for forgiveness, we will receive forgiveness.

Hebrews 9:14  NKJV   

“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

John 6:37  NKJV    

“All that the Father gives me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

IV. Believe the promises of God:  Psalm 103:15-19

David believed in the promises of God. He knew and believed with all his heart that God’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.

Psalm 103:15-19  NKJV   

  “As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children,

To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them. T

he Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.”

     David remembered all that God had done for him. He also believed that God would do everything that He promised He would. David was thankful for the past things done and the future promises. We too must remember all that God has done for us and all that He has said that He will do. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Hebrews 13:8  NKJV   

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

     God never changes and He always keeps His promises.

2 Peter 3:8-9  NKJV    

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

V. Realize how wonderful God is and who He is  /  Psalm 103:7-21

Moses and David served the same God that we do. A God that performed many miracles. A God that is merciful, a God that is our Father, a God that understands our frailties, a God that is everlasting, and a God that is above all things.

1. Our God is a miracle working God

We serve a God that can and does perform miracles. There is nothing that our God can not do.

Psalm 103:7  NKJV   

  “He made know His ways to Moses,

His acts to the children of Israel.”

2. Our God is merciful

We serve a God that no one could stand before if He dealt with us according to our sins.

Psalm 103:8  NKJV   

  “The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”

     God does not keep a count (record) of confessed sin (things that we have asked forgiveness for.)

Jeremiah 31:34  NKJV    

“No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

 

Psalm 130:3-4  NKJV    

“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You,

That You may be feared.”

     God is much kinder toward us than justice requires. He is kinder to us than we could ever dream of or expect. His mercy toward us is truly a blessing.

3. Our God is our Father

Every person that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a child of God. They have been born (reborn) into the family of God.

Matthew 23:9  NKJV   

  “…for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

Isaiah 63:16  NKJV    

“Doubtless You are our Father,

Though Abraham was ignorant of us,

And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father;

Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”

Psalm 103:13  NKJV   

  “As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him.”

 

Deuteronomy 31:6  NKJV    

“Do you thus deal with the Lord,

O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?”

Malachi 2:10  NKJV    

“Have we not all one Father?

Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another

By profaning the covenant of the fathers?”

Matthew 6:14  NKJV    

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

 

Luke 6:36  NKJV   

  “Therefore be merciful just as your Father also is merciful.”

4. Our God understands human frailties

God created us and He knows all about us. He knows our strengths and He knows our weaknesses. He understands us and He is patient and full of mercy concerning our human frailties.

Psalm 103:14  NKJV   

  “For He know our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” 

     God’s understanding is without limits, knows no bounds and is extremely great.

Psalms 147:5  NKJV    

“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.”

5. Our God’s mercy is everlasting

Psalm 103:17-18  NKJV    

“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children

To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.”

     God’s mercy (unmerited favor) and love are forever. There is no end or stopping them.

I Chronicles 16:34  NKJV    

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”

Psalm 52:8  NKJV   

  “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”

 

Psalm 100:5  NKJV    

“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting

And His truth endures to all generations.”

6. Our God is above all things

Psalm 103:19-21 NKJV    

“The Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,

Who excel in strength, who do His word,

Heeding the voice of His word

Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,

You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.”

     When David thought about God’s greatness, he couldn’t help worshiping Him. To worship means to ascribe worth (value) to someone or something. When we worship God we tell Him how much we love Him , how much He means to us, how much we value Him, and how much we admire Him.

One way to worship God is to tell Him how much you appreciate His beauty and His goodness. Only as you get to know God in an intimate way and yield to the Holy Spirit will you be able to worship Him the way He deserves to be worshiped. God must be worshiped in spirit and in truth.

We must worship God for who He is, and out of love to Him. God gives a special joy to those who minister to Him in worship.

VI.  Bless the Lord  /  Psalm 103:22

Psalm 103:22  NKJV    

“Bless the Lord, all His works,

In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

     Like David, we need to bless the Lord. When David remembered all about God, he was so filled with thanksgiving that he felt unable to properly express himself. He called upon the angels and all the other created beings on earth to help him worship God. Worship was not a one time thing with David – he repeatedly offered up thanksgiving, praise and worship. If we do not give praise and worship to God, the rocks and the trees will.

Luke 19:40  NKJV    

“But He answered to them, ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

     Everyone and anyone can offer thanksgiving to God, even someone with sin in their life, but it takes clean hands and clean heart to worship God. You must have an intimate relationship with God to truly worship Him.

If you have not called upon Jesus for forgiveness, you are ignoring God’s goodness to you and you are denying yourself of an intimate relationship with Him. Both in this world and in the one to come.

Romans 10:13  NKJV   

  “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

We Have Been Anointed

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         Jesus was called and anointed to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn.

Isaiah 61:1-3  NKJV    

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

          The body of Christ we have been called and anointed to continue the ministry of Jesus. We are the physical body that He has chosen to work through. As Jesus in this world we are to do the things that Jesus did and even do greater things.

I. To Preach Good Tidings To The Poor

Preach means to speak publicly on a religious subject, to give earnest advice, and to recommend strongly.  As a Christian we are to speak publicly about Jesus Christ and the Good News (good tidings). We are to be informative concerning spiritual things. The light that God has given us should not be hidden.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV    

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

          We must give earnest advice based on the Word of God and strongly recommend that it is followed. We must know what we believe and why we believe it. Also, we must know why we have hope in Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:15  NKJV   

  “…and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”

II. To Heal The Brokenhearted

During His ministry, when Jesus healed someone, He made them whole, sound, or well. He removed from them everything bad. In Isaiah we are told that it is by the stripes that Jesus took that we are healed.

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.”

          Jesus has already paid the price for our healing. It is up to us to take the authority over evil (bad) and receive what has already been paid for. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to be free from anything bad; to get rid of anything bad. As  Christians we are to take authority over evil on behalf of others. We are to be used by God to bring healing to those that are crushed by sorrow or grief(brokenhearted).

III. To Proclaim Liberty To The Captives

To make known (declare) publicly and officially is to proclaim.

Liberty is a condition of being free; freedom from captivity, imprisonment, or slavery.

A captive is someone who is held against their will, prisoner, or someone owned and controlled by another.

          As a Christian we are to publicly declare to those who are being held against their will and controlled by sin and Satan that they have been made free by Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sacrifice paid from their freedom in full. When a person is held in spiritual bondage (slavery) they can not break away from it on their own. They must be set free by someone else. Jesus gave His very own blood as a payment for our freedom.

John 8:36  NKJV    

“Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abides in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ ”

Galatians 5:1  NKJV  

   “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

IV. To Open The Prison To Those Who Are Bound

Open means letting anyone in or out; not shut; not closed; not having its gate, window or door closed; not closed or confined; not taken; unfilled; free; exposed;  exposed to general view, knowledge, etc.; not hidden or secret; not obstructed; not prejudiced.

A prison is a place where criminals are confined; jail; any place where a person is held against their will; captivity or confinement; imprisonment.

Bound means under obligation; tied down by circumstance; tied fast; fastened.

          By sharing the gospel with those that are bound  by sin we are providing a door for their escape. The gospel will reveal their condition and provide them with knowledge. God’s Word will bring light into their life and expose the plans of Satan. It will also reveal to them the wonderful plan that God has for them. By turning to Jesus they will find freedom. What was hidden from them can be clearly seen.

2 Corinthians 3:16-17  NKJV   

  “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

V. To Proclaim The Acceptable Year Of The Lord

We are to make known that today is the day of salvation. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today.

2 Corinthians 6:1,2  NKJV   

  “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the

grace of God in  vain. For He says: ‘In an acceptable time together I have heard you,

And in the day of salvation I have helped you.’

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

             We never know when those around us will breath their last breath. They may never have another tomorrow or another chance to hear the gospel. It is up to us to let them know that today, this day, is the day of salvation.

VI. To Proclaim The Day Of Vengeance Of Our God

Vengeance is punishment in return for a wrong. God is a God of mercy and grace, however one day He will be a God of judgment also. As Christians we must proclaim the whole gospel, and that includes the fact that one day God will judge man for his sins.

Revelation 20:11-15  NKJV    

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judges, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

          After the judgment of sin the sentence (penalty) for those found guilty will be eternal damnation. The guilty will spend eternity in the lake of fire, a place of great torment and pain.

VII. To Comfort All Who Mourn

Everywhere we go we are to give comfort to those who need it. The church has been called to ease the grief and sorrow of those around us. We are to help and give support. In their times of trouble or sorrow we are to help ease their burden or hardship.

A. To give those who mourn beauty for ashes.

Every situation can be used to bring glory to God. God can take a bad situation and make something beautiful and good out of it. We are to help those around us see the good in whatever they are going through.

B. To give those who mourn the oil of joy for mourning.

Joy does not come from what is going on around us. True joy only comes from God. We can have joy even in the midst of everything around us falling apart.

C. To give those who mourn the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

When man begins to praise God something wonderful happens. No matter how down or discouraged a person is, when they praise God they begin to fell the heaviness leave their life. The situation that caused them to be down may still be there, but they have a renewed assurance from God that He will be with them through it.

Conclusion:

We need the Holy Spirit to help us finish His work. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can do what Jesus has called us to do. We need His power, His strength, His knowledge, His wisdom, His counsel, and His direction. Our attitude should be the same as Jesus.

John 4:34  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

Dear Father,

Help me by the power of Your Holy Spirit to do what You have called me to do. Help me to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn. Let me continue the ministry of Jesus. Thank You that You have chosen me to work through. When people encounter me, let them encounter Jesus Christ. Cause my life to be a reflection of You, O Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Gift To The Church

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     Throughout the Bible communion goes by many different names: drink and grain offering, breaking of the bread, Lord’s supper, first love/first works. Jesus instituted communion (the Lord’s Supper), as we know it today, after His final Passover meal was eaten. 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.’

I. Communion Throughout The Bible

1. Exodus – refers to communion as the Passover meal

(Benefits: restoration, healing, favor, revelation, strength, salvation, protection, provision, and deliverance)

     During communion we enter into a close spiritual relationship with God. 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. Through the Passover meal they received restoration, healing, favor, revelation, strength, salvation, protection, provision, and deliverance.

Exodus 12:29-35  NKJV     “And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, ‘Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, ‘We shall all be dead.’ So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.”

     The Israelites left Egypt with treasures because the Lord had given them favor with the Egyptians.

Exodus 12:36  NKJV     “And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”

     Like the Israelites, we can obtain favor with our ‘enemy’ through taking communion.

2. I Samuel – refers to communion as showbread

(Benefit: Strength)

     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.

Psalm 105:37  NKJV     “He brought them out with silver and gold,

And there was none feeble among His tribes.”

     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.  Communion gives spiritual strength for your battles with the enemy.

3. Joel -refers to communion as a drink and grain offering

(Benefit: corporate anointing )

     When communion (meat and drink offering) is cut off from the people you will find the people (and church) are barren spiritually. When communion is cut off, the manifest presence of God (glory of the Lord) and the anointing is cut off. Churches where the meat and drink offering (communion) have been cut off are barren. The field is wasted, the land mourns, the corn is wasted, the new wine is dried up (no fresh moves of the Holy Spirit), the oil languishes (no anointing of God), and the harvest of the field is perished (you can not have a harvest where there is not the presence of God.)

Joel 1:9-13  NKJV     “The grain offering and the drink offering

Have been cut off from the house of the Lord; The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord. The field is wasted,

The land mourns; For the grain is ruined,

The new wine is dried up,

The oil fails. Be ashamed, you farmers,

Wail, you vinedressers,

For the wheat and the barley; Because the harvest of the field has perished.

The vine has dried up,

And the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree,

The palm tree also; And the apple tree- all the trees of the field are withered;

Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men. Gird yourself and lament, you priests;

Wail, you who minister before the alter; Come, lie all night in sackcloth,

You who minister to my God; For the grain offering and the drink offering

Are withheld from the house of your God.”

4. Luke – refers to communion as the elements on the table of showbread

(Benefit: intimacy and healing )

     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. 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.

As Zacharias was burning incense before God and receiving communion (bread and wine), he was having an intimate relationship with God. 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.”

5. Luke – refers to communion as the breaking of the bread

(Benefit: revelation )

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

Luke 24:13-29  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. 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.”

     The men had a conversation with Jesus, but they do not know Him. Their eyes had not been opened to who Jesus truly was until the breaking of the bread.

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.”

6. Acts – refers to communion as the breaking of the bread

(Benefit: anointing on the church, power, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls)

      The early church reaped the benefits of corporate communion. There was an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls. Their primary purpose for gathering was to participate in the Lord’s Supper together.

Acts 2:42  NKJV     “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 20:7  NKJV     “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”

7. Revelation – refers to communion as first love / first works

(Benefit: power / more of the Holy Spirit)

     The body of Christ needs to draw closer to God through communion more than they ever have before. As time draws to a close we need the power that is available to us corporately through communion.

Revelation 2:4-5  NKJV     “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”

II. What Communion Will Do

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

     During communion your health can be put back together, your family can be put back together, your finances can be put back together, your relationship with God can be put back together. In Psalms 103:2 we are instructed to not forget the benefits of the Lord.

Psalm 103:2  NKJV

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits”

     In the Old Testament the communion (meat and drink offering / bread and wine) was for the priest. At Calvary we became a priest. We are to remember the Lord. As we meditate on who Jesus is, what He has done (provided) for us, and what He is going to do for us (take His bride home).

If you are sick, God desires to make you whole, you need communion.

If you are weak, God desires to give you strength, you need communion

If you are fighting a battle, God desires to give you victory, you need communion.

If you need grace, mercy and power, God desires to give it to you, you need communion.

If you desire a deeper intimacy with God, you need communion.

III. What Is An Unworthy Manner?

I Corinthians 11:27  NKJV     “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”

     Paul wrote to the church (to believers) at Corinth about the manner in which they took communion. He warned them (the believers) not to take communion in an unworthy manner.

I Corinthians 11:17-22  NKJV    “Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.”

     The church at Corinth was drinking the communion wine to get drunk and they were eating the bread for food. Akso, pride and disunity were present. Paul instructed them to examine (judge) the manner in which they took communion. Where they taking it (as a church / corporately) to remember Jesus or were they taking it to get full and drunk? Where they taking it for show, or were they sincere in their love for Hiim?

I Corinthians 11:31-34  NKJV   “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are condemned with the world. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.”

IV. The Bread – The Body of Christ

The bread represents the body of Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 53:5 the Bible tells us that it is by Jesus’ stripes we were healed.

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.”

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.

V. The Juice – Blood of Christ

The juice represents the blood of Jesus Christ. It’s His blood  that cleanses us, that gives us life, that took our place, that redeems us, that washes us whiter than snow. Through taking the juice we can receive protection, salvation (spiritual restoration) and life. We also make a commitment during this time. Each time we take the juice in communion it is a reminder (sign, memorial or symbol) that we have protection through the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).

Throughout the Bible when a commitment (promise or vow) was made it was sealed by drinking wine. When a Jewish man found a woman that he wanted for his bride he would go to her father and make an offer. The man would tell the father what he would give in exchange for allowing his daughter to marry him (dowry).  After the father agreed to accept the offer, he poured a glass of wine and then called his daughter into the room. The father would then tell his daughter that an offer had been made for her hand in marriage, and he would tell her the offer. If the daughter accepted (agreed to) the offer she would pick up the glass and take a drink of the wine. By drinking the wine she was making a commitment to prepare to be the man’s bride. She had a responsibility to be ready when the man (groom) returned to get her. Each time we drink the juice in communion we are committing to prepare ourselves to be the bride of Christ. We must take very serious our responsibilities and commitments.

Dear Jesus, I remember You. I remember how Your blood was shed for me. I remember how You hung on the cross for me. I remember how You died and rose again for me, so that I could be redeemed. Help me to prepare to be Your bride. In Your precious name, Amen.

V. Give Jesus Thanks

May the Lord be lifted up and exalted the next time you receive the communion elements.

I Corinthians 11:26  NKJV     “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”

John 12:32  NKJV     “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

Dear Jesus, I remember You. I remember how Your body was broken. I remember how Your blood was shed. I remember how You died for me so I could be made whole. So I could be forgiven and cleansed of all unrighteousness. I lay hold of Your covenant. I lay hold of Your promise. I receive Your healing power. I receive the victory of communion. As I honor You, as I worship You in this intimate time of communion with You. In Your precious name, Amen.