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Blessings From God

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Blessings From God

Blessings from God take many forms. Some are spiritual, some are physical, and others are material.

Isaiah 58:11 NKJV
“The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places; You shall rise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

1. The Lord Will Be Your Guide.
The Lord will show you the way. He will lead and direct your every step. When you follow God on the path that He has for you, you will be able to see the obstacles that the enemy tries to put in your way.

2. The Lord Will Satisfy Your Soul In A Drought.
A physical drought is a long period of dry weather; continued lack of rain; lack of moisture or dryness. In the spiritual realm a drought is a long period of time without a move of the Holy Spirit or a continued lack of the move of the Holy Spirit. It is during these times that God will satisfy your soul.
Satisfy means to give enough to a person; meet fully or fulfill (desires, hopes, demands, etc.); put an end to (needs, wants, etc.); make right; set free; make contented; please; make up for the wrong; give satisfaction.

3. The Lord Will Give You Strength.
Strength is the quality of being strong; power; force; power to resist force; something that makes strong. God is our strength. He gives us the power to resist evil and to stand strong, no matter what comes our way, for His glory.

4. The Lord Will Cause You To Flourish.
Flourish is to grow or develop with vigor; do well; thrive; be in the best time of life or activity. God will cause us not to just survive, but He will cause us to thrive. We will grow and develop with vigor (active strength or force filled with power).

5. The Lord Will Fill You To Overflowing With An Endless Supply Of Living Water.
Overflow means to flow over the bounds; have the contents flowing over; be very abundant; cover or flood; flow over the top; extend out beyond. The living water that we have been given will not only be enough for us, it will be enough for everyone that we come in contact with. We will be filled to overflowing with a never ending supply of the Living Water.

6. The Lord Will Use You In The Restoration Of Lives.
We serve a God of restoration. One of the greatest blessings that we can be given is to be used by God in the area of restoration of lives (bodies, souls, and spirits).
Jesus came to this earth, gave His life up on the cross and rose from the dead so that we can be restored. Through Jesus’ sacrifice our relationship with God can be put back together. We no longer have to be separated from God by sin. The intimacy that God had with man in the garden was restored. God desires to use us to tell others that they no longer have to be separated from God because of their sins. They can receive the gift of salvation that Jesus paid for and they too can be restored into right relationship with God and enjoy intimacy with Him. There is no greater joy than reconciling someone to God. To know that God allowed you to have a part in restoring someone to everlasting life is truly one of the greatest blessing we will ever receive.

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The Blessings of God

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DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLIsaiah 58:11 NKJV

“the Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;

You shall be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

God will bless us spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. A blessing is receiving something that brings comfort and joy. When we are blessed we are favored by God.

When We Have An Intimate Relationship With God He Will Bless Us

Psalm 91:14 NKJV

“Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”

God will bless those that He knows and those who have an intimate relationship with Him. When we set our love upon God He will show us His favor and bless us by delivering us and setting us in a place of protection.

Because of our relationship with Him God will answer us when we call upon Him. In times of trouble He will deliver us and He will honor us. Our intimate relationship with God will also cause us to be blessed with a long life, and God will show us His salvation.

 

Psalm 91:14-19 NKJV

“Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”

The blessings, favor, and benefits that we receive from God because of our relationship with Him are endless. He will provide for us in every area of our lives.

 

Deuteronomy 11:13-15 NKJV

“And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.”

The Beautitudes

Luke 6:20-22 NKJV

“Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you…”

 

Matthew 5:1-12 NKJV

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us.

The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble.

1. God will bless those who are poor in spirit. When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him! God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him

2. God will bless those who mourn. When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

“For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us.

When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

3. God will bless those who are meek. When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things.

When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11 NKJV

“But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

4. God will bless those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else.

When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29 NKJV

“If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

5. God will bless those who are merciful. Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it.

The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for.

Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful.

God has been merciful to us by giving His Son Jesus to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us.

A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need. When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

2 Samuel 22:26 NKJV
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

6. God will bless those who are pure in heart. Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest).

God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart.

It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God. He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him.

No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us. The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. God will give a pure heart if we ask Him to.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

7. God will bless those who are peacemakers. A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart.

As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

Psalm 34:14 NKJV

“Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.”

Hebrews 12:14

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

8. God will bless those who are persecuted falsely because of Him. Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21 NKJV

“For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution. The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Romans 8:18 NKJV

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Give Thanks To God For His Blessings

A thankful heart opens up even more blessings from God.

 

Luke 17:15-16 NKJV

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”

 

One day as Jesus was traveling through the middle of Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem He was met by a group of ten lepers. The lepers cried out to Jesus asking Him to have mercy on them.

Because of Jesus’ compassion, He did have mercy on them. He instructed them to go to the priest so that he could declare them clean. As they were walking to show themselves to the priest they were healed of their leprosy.

When one of the ten men looked down and saw that his skin was well he turned to go back to thank Jesus for this wonderful blessing. He returned to Jesus and immediately began giving God glory for his healing. The blessing gave the leper comfort and joy.

Jesus asked him where the other nine men who were healed were at. When Jesus realized that only the one man, a Samaritan, returned to thank Him, He gave the man another blessing. Jesus made him well – he was made whole.

All the men were blessed with being cleansed (healed), however the one leper that thanked Jesus for His blessing received an even greater blessing. Instead of just being cleansed, he was made well (whole).

Psalm 34:1 NKJV

“I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

All believers are to give thanks to God for His blessings. When we truly thank God for His favor and His blessings, He will bless us even more. The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for everything, and that includes the blessings of God.

Ephesians 5:20 NKJV

“…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Dear Father,

Thank-you for blessing me spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. Thank-you for the favor that You shower upon me. I am most grateful that I am Your child and I have an intimate relationship with You. You are my heart’s desire and I love You with all my heart and soul. You have set Your love upon me and You deliver and protect me in every circumstance. You give rain in due season and I never lack for anything. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to follow Your ways and obey Your commands. May I not focus on myself, instead focus on You and others. Fill me with an increased desire to spend more time in prayer and reading Your Word. And may my entire life be worship unto You. May I be an extension of Your mercy and compassion. Give me a pure heart and clean hands. Purify me from all unrighteousness and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Let peace surround me in every relationship and situation.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

What’s Your Motive?

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Isaiah 58:5-12  NKJV    

“Is it a fast that I have chosen,

A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,

And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast,

And an acceptable day to the Lord? Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness,

To undo the heavy burdens,

To let the oppressed go free,

And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,

And  that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him,

And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning,

Your healing shall spring forth speedily,

And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard,

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’

If you take away the yoke from your midst,

The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

If you extend your soul to the hungry

And satisfy the afflicted soul,

Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,

And your darkness shall be as the noonday.

The Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Those from among you

Shall build the old waste places;

You shall rise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,

The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

      What does fasting and compassion have in common? Some dictionaries give “to go without food; eat little or nothing; go without certain kinds of food” as the definition of fast. Others say that fasting is quietly choosing not to eat for a period of time in order to give extra attention to God. We could say that fasting is quietly choosing to deny yourself something that you need (or that you think you need) for a specific purpose.

Compassion is feeling for another’s sorrow or hardship that leads to help. Compassion is not the same as sympathy. Sympathy is pity, feeling sorrow (sorry) for someone who is in distress. We can feel sorry for someone without doing anything (or trying) to help them, but it doesn’t please God.

Many times in order to be truly compassionate we will have to deny ourselves something (food or things). It pleases God when we deny ourselves things in order to help someone who is in need (distress).  Go does not take pleasure in us denying ourselves or afflicting our souls (mind, will and emotions) in order for us to gain attention from others. However, God does take great pleasure in someone who denies them self something in order to help someone else.

Isaiah 58:6-7  NKJV    

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness,

To undo the heavy burdens,

To let the oppressed go free,

And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,

And  that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him,

And not hide yourself from your own flesh?”

     When we fast (deny ourselves something) for the benefit of someone who is in need it benefits them and us. We will be an influence, our relationship with God will deepen and God will bless us.

I. We Will Be An Influence

When we deny ourselves things in order to help someone who is in need (distress) we will be a positive influence. Jesus is the Light of the World and we are to be a reflection of Him. Jesus gave up His very life in order to help man – He denied His own desires so that we could be restored into a right relationship with God. Because of Jesus’ many selfless sacrifices He was (and still is today) a positive influence in the lives of those that recognize Him as the Son of God.

Everywhere Jesus went, He radiated the love of the Father, and so should we. Our lives are to shine in such a way that we will be an influence for the kingdom of God. Everyone is an influence in some way, however, everyone is not an influence for the kingdom of God.

Isaiah 58:8 NKJV   

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning,

Your healing shall spring forth speedily,

And your righteousness shall go before you…”

 

Isaiah 58:10  NKJV   

“…Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,

And your darkness shall be as the noonday.”

II. Our Relationship With God Will Deepen

When we deny ourselves things in order to help someone who is in need (distress) our relationship with God will deepen.

Isaiah 58:8-9  NKJV   

“The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard,

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’…”

      God desires for us to be His hands and feet (His body) to the world in which we live. God is a spirit and He needs a body to work through. We are to be that body. When we are obedient to do what God calls us to do, even though (and especially if) it is a sacrifice on our part, we will grow closer to Him.

Our relationship with God will grow deeper and stronger as we heed His voice (commands). While we are doing what He has told us to do we will not have to worry about the enemy sneaking up on us from behind. He will be our rear guard. He will stand beside us, in front of us and behind us. When we call out to Him, He will hear and answer.

III. God Will Bless Us

Blessings take many forms. Some are spiritual, some are physical, and others are material. When we deny ourselves things in order to help someone who is in need (distress) God will bless us.

Isaiah 58:11  NKJV   

“The Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you

Shall build the old waste places; You shall rise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,

The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

A. The Lord Will Be Your Guide.

The Lord will show you the way. He will lead and direct your every step. When you follow God on the path that He has for you, you will be able to see the obstacles that the enemy tries to put  in your way.

B. The Lord Will Satisfy Your Soul In A Drought.

A physical drought is a long period of dry weather; continued lack of rain; lack of moisture or dryness. In the spiritual realm a drought is a long period of time without a move of the Holy Spirit or a continued lack of the move of the Holy Spirit. It is during these times that God will satisfy your soul.

Satisfy means to give enough to a person; meet fully or fulfill (desires, hopes, demands, etc.); put an end to (needs, wants, etc.); make right; set free; make contented; please; make up for the wrong; give satisfaction.

C. The Lord Will Give You Strength.

Strength is the quality of being strong; power; force; power to resist force; something that makes strong. God is our strength. He gives us the power to resist evil and to stand strong, no matter what comes our way, for His glory.

D. The Lord Will Cause You To Flourish.

Flourish is to grow or develop with vigor; do well; thrive; be in the best time of life or activity. God will cause us not to just survive, but He will cause us to thrive. We will grow and develop with vigor (active strength or force filled with power).

E. The Lord Will Fill You To Overflowing With An Endless Supply Of Living Water.

Overflow means to flow over the bounds; have the contents flowing over; be very abundant; cover or flood; flow over the top; extend out beyond. The living water that we have been given will not only be enough for us, it will be enough for everyone that we come in contact with. We will be filled to overflowing with a never ending supply of the Living Water.

F. The Lord Will Use You In The Restoration Of Lives.

We serve a God of restoration. One of the greatest blessings that we can be given is to be used by God in the area of restoration of lives (bodies, souls, and spirits).

Jesus came to this earth, gave His life up on the cross and rose from the dead so that we can be restored. Through Jesus’ sacrifice our relationship with God can be put back together. We no longer have to be separated from God by sin. The intimacy that God had with man in the garden was restored. God desires to use us  to tell others that they no longer have to be separated from God because of their sins. They can receive the gift of salvation that Jesus paid for and they too can be restored into right relationship with God and enjoy intimacy with Him. There is no greater joy than reconciling someone to God. To know that God allowed you to have a part in restoring someone to everlasting life is truly one of the greatest blessing we will ever receive.

Conclusion:

People fast for many different reasons. Some fast for the wrong reason. When people fast for selfish reason God will not honor their fast.

Isaiah 58:1-5  NKJV  

  “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression,

And the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek Me daily

And delight to know My ways,

As a nation that did righteousness,

And did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice;

They take delight in approaching God. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?

Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ In fact, in the day of your fast, you find pleasure,

And exploit all your laborers.

Indeed you fast for strife and debate,

And to strike with the fist of wickedness.

You will not fast as you do this day; To make your voice heard on high.

Is it a fast that I have chosen,

A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,

And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast,

And an acceptable day to the Lord?”

           When we fast for the right reason or reasons (motive) we will be an influence, our relationship with God will deepen and God will bless us.

The Lord’s Supper

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          The Lord’s Supper is also referred to as communion. On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus gave us “communion” as we know it today.

1 Corinthians 11:25-26  NIV    

“In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is

the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

          The dictionary describes communion as the act of sharing (having in common), an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate time together, fellowship, and a close spiritual relationship. When we receive the communion elements (bread / juice) we enter into a very special (sacred) time with God.

1. Sharing

Share means to use, enjoy, or have something in common with another. Share emphasizes the idea of common possession, enjoyment, and use.

Romans 8:15-17  NKJV    

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

          Communion is a time to remember that you share an inheritance with Jesus because of what He did for you. We are joint heirs with Christ. Those who have received the salvation that Jesus paid for are the sons of God. They have been adopted into the family of God. Because of  this adoption, they will receive an eternal reward (inheritance). God has already set aside a wonderful inheritance for each believer in heaven.

1 Peter 1:3-5  NKJV    

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

2. Exchange Of Thoughts And Feelings

Exchange is to give one thing for another or to substitute one thing for another. When we exchange something we replace it. Communion should be a time of exchange. During communion we should exchange our mind, will, and emotions for those of Christ.

A.) Mind: Communion is a time of renewing your mind. It is very important for us to have the mind of Christ. When we have the mind of Christ we can resist the temptations of this world. We will also see ourselves as God sees us.

Romans 12:2  NKJV   

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

          When we have the mind of Christ we will strive to be obedient to the Father, just as Christ was obedient to the Father. Obedience comes from having the mind of Christ. Humility will also be part of our life as we take on the mind of Christ. All of our actions begin with a thought (within our minds).

Having the mind of Christ is important for the corporate body as well as the individual believer. As a body we must think and act like Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:6  NKJV    

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”

Romans 8:5-8  NKJV    

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal minded life is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

1 Corinthians 2:14-16  NKJV    

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

        During communion you can exchange your worries and fears for the peace of God. As we keep our focus on God we will be at peace no matter what we see, feel or experience. When we have the mind of Christ we will be at peace. It will be a ‘perfect  peace’, one that comes only from God.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV   

  “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

B.) Will: The power of the mind to decide and do; deliberate control over our thoughts and actions; purpose; determination; what is chosen to be done; a legal statement of a person‘s wishes, feeling toward another.

Communion is a time of exchanging our will, our hopes, our dreams and our goals for those of God.

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.”

          Jesus desired to do the will of the Father, and we too should desire the same. Jesus delighted (desired greatly) and was determined  to do what His Father wished.

Psalms 40:8  NKJV  

   “I delight to do Your will, O my God,

And Your law is written within my heart.”

          Communion is a wonderful time to hear the voice of God as His Spirit teaches and instructs you to do His will.

Psalms 143:10  NKJV   

  “Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God; Your Spirit is good.

Lead me in the land of uprightness.”

          Communion is a time when we can rededicate our lives to God and renew our commitment to Him. It is a time when we can express our desire to do His will and not our own. Like Jesus, each one of us must come to a point in our lives when we say, “Not my will Lord, but Yours.”

Luke 22:42  NKJV  

  “…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

C.) Emotions

Our emotions are the tender and sensitive part of us. Feeling, emotion and passion are pleasant or painful sensations produced in a person in reaction to something. Examples of these sensations are: love, joy, grief, fear, hate, anger, excitement, or sorrow. Communion is a time when we should exchange our emotions, our feeling, and our passions for those of Christ.

3. An Intimate Time With God

Communion is a very intimate time with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The dictionary describes intimate as very familiar; known very well; closely acquainted; resulting from close familiarity; close; personal; private; far within; deepest; inmost; a close friend. Communion is truly a very special, personal and private (even when in a corporate setting)  time between you and your very best friend that takes place deep within your inmost being. As we draw close to God (intimate with) He will fill us with living water. There will be a river of living water coming out of those who are intimate with God. It will satisfy not only them, but others may drink from the water and be satisfied.

John 7:37-38  NKJV    

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

          Because of your intimacy with God, He will guide you, satisfy you and strengthen you. It is only natural to want to bless the ones that you are intimate with. The Holy Spirit will satisfy our thirst and produce a fountain flowing out of us for others.

Isaiah 58:11  NKJV    

“The Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;

You shall be like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

4. Fellowship

Communion is a time when you can experience true fellowship with the Trinity. Fellowship is a condition or quality of being a member; companionship; friendship; a being one of the group; membership; brotherhood.

1 John 1:6-7  NKJV   

  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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.”

          When you have fellowship with someone you will reflect their character. Our fellowship with God is dependent on walking in the light of God. In God’s light sin can be revealed (by the Holy Spirit). When the Holy Spirit exposes sin we can go to Jesus for forgiveness. Communion can be a wonderful time of forgiveness and restoration.

5. Close Spiritual Relationship

Close: with little space between; near; fitting tightly; tight; having its parts near together; intimate; dear.

          Spiritual: having to do with the spirit or soul; caring much for the things of the spirit or soul. 

          Relationship: connection; condition of belonging to the same family.

          During communion your spirit can connect with the Spirit of God. It is a time to draw near to God.