RECEIVING PHYSICAL HEALING & WHOLENESS THROUGH COMMUNION

THE REAL “WHY” BEHIND TAKING COMMUNION…AN IN-DEPTH BREAK DOWN OF TRUTH & RELIGIOUS MISCONCEPTIONS (Sharing this break down for the purpose of believers gaining understanding so they can RECEIVE by faith all God has powerfully made available to us through communion – namely physical healing & wholeness as well as spiritual benefit) Let me begin by sharing a bit of sentiment from Joseph Prince, Senior Pastor of New Creation Church. “Misconceptions about the Holy Communion have robbed many believers of an important God ordained avenue of healing and wholeness.” “Jesus did not walk on water all the time, He did not calm storms all the time, but He healed all the time.” Our God is a healer!!!! And we know that Jesus remains the same yesterday, today and forevermore (Heb 13:8). Therefore, once a healer, always a healer! His character never changes. Father God is so loving and faithful towards us that out of His great mercy and grace, He reveals His healing nature to us through: His written Word, His spoken Word, His Son as the manifested Word, ministering angels, the Holy Spirit, the laying on of hands, prayer, anointing oil, and even a gift of healing to work through one member of a body to another. Additionally, He has also made His healing power available to us through partaking in communion and eating of the resurrected body of Jesus Christ. I want to focus specifically on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 where Paul is speaking to the church of Corinth regarding “The Lord’s Supper”: [1Co 11:17-34 NIV] 17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter! 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 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.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world. 33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And when I come I will give further directions. We see that in verses 17-22, Paul is addressing the behavior of the church in HOW they are taking communion…they aren’t really connected with what they are doing. Some are caught up in divisions, some are having their own private party within the church, some aren’t getting anything at all, and others are getting drunk. He is calling them out on not really connecting with the Godly purpose behind what they are doing. Before we break down the meaning in verses 23-26, let us recognize that in context, Paul is briefly sharing with them the purpose behind what they are doing and what taking communion is supposed to be about, and he says in verse 34 that he will give them further directions when he comes to them. So now looking at all these verses in context, we can see that what we are about to look at in verses 23-33 is in the middle of Paul addressing the church regarding their lack of understanding in the purpose behind what they are doing. There was no benefit being received in what they were doing, because of their lack of understanding; for we know that everything we receive from God is by faith, and faith requires having a confident expectation of something…there was no confident expectation here, because there was no purpose they were connected to behind what they were doing. People were getting together and filling their bellies…missing out on powerful divine provision that God had made available to them if they had understood the “why” in what they were doing. Paul, and even more so our Lord, wanted the people to receive. The “why” and divine benefit God has for us to receive in taking communion is physical healing to our bodies (through eating of the body of Christ/the bread) and spiritual healing and forgiveness of sins (through the blood/the wine). These are 2 separate things not […]

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

Be encouraged to know that with God all things are possible! Know that there is nothing too hard for God and therefore nothing is too hard for you when you’re WITH Him!! No matter what the situation looks like, no matter what man has said, God spoke FIRST and His word remains supreme (Psalm 138:2); His Word hold everything together (Col 1:17); His word never fails! WHEN WE BELIEVE, WE RECEIVE! (Matthew 21:22) Here are a few more verses to wash our minds with the truth about what God has said to us in the area of challenging circumstances: Jeremiah 32:27: “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Matthew 19:26: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Mark 9:23: “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” God clearly wants us to continue to believe on Him in the midst of every challenging circumstance…His desire is that we wouldn’t be swayed by what our eyes see, by what someone else says, or by the emotions of our flesh. Instead, His desire is for us to come to Him in those very moments that present us with a challenge, so that He can remind us of who HE is and what HE has said. He will also remind us of who WE are in HIM. What we are experiencing in the challenging situation is temporary but God’s promises are eternal. When we go to The Holy Spirit with an open heart, He reminds us of God’s character – of His unconditional love towards us, His compassion and kindness, and His constant faithfulness to what He has spoken in His Word. He will remind us that God already went ahead of us and made provision for us for that very circumstance! In those moments where you’ve done everything you know to do and the situation still hasn’t changed, a door still hasn’t opened, a loved one still hasn’t turned their life over to The Lord…whatever the challenging circumstance is, it’s time to see God in your midst and to let go of the steering wheel. Rest in His faithfulness and in the provisions of His grace. See Jesus. See God’s spoken Word. See what Jesus did on the cross. See even before the cross…see that God spoke His Word over you and your life and already made every provision for you before the foundation of the world!! (Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 1:11, 1 Peter 1:20, Titus 1:2). God’s promises and provisions for our lives were made WAY before we were ever born! He spoke His faithful provisions into our lives even before He ever made the earth!! Before he made us, He made every kind of provision for us – supernatural as well as natural. Prayer is simply about coming into agreement with God and allowing His Word to bring us into that place of perfect alignment with what ALREADY IS in the supernatural.  We need the Word (Jesus) who is truth to lead us into that place where we can see as God sees through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. God really really wants us to receive what He took the time to personally prepare for us. In Christ, we freely receive what was already prepared for us thousands of years ago in the supernatural realm. There is NO lack in the kingdom. There is nothing God didn’t think of, nothing He has forgotten. No ounce of love He spared. We don’t have to beg and plea with God for anything, for He thought about those provisions way before we ever knew we would need them…He thought about them before we were ever born…He thought about them before He created the world, because that’s when He first thought about US. Before He made us, He made everything for us. Be reminded today, whether in the middle of your own challenging circumstance or standing with someone else in the middle of something they are experiencing, that OUR GOD IS THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH AND THE WHOLE UNIVERSE!!! NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR HIM!! (Luke 18:27) See that God already gave Himself, and He made healing provisions for our physical bodies as well as salvation for our souls…heaven is holding the supply in God’s storehouse of grace for us. Since God took the time to make those provisions out of His love for us, let us not miss out on receiving them…let us turn to Him and allow Him to wash us in His word so that we are cleansed from all doubt and unbelief, from all lies of the enemy, from all conditioned thinking of this world, and let us be free from everything that is contrary to what God’s Word speaks to us. We meditate on God’s Word so that it can work in our hearts, in our minds, in our souls and  in our physical body how we need it to! Whether as fuller’s soap (Mal 3:2), a refiner’s fire (Mal 3:3), the sword of the spirit (Heb4:12), or a hammer (Jer 23:29) to break up that gigantic rock that keeps getting in the way… If you’re in the middle of a challenging situation, I encourage you to skip your favorite t.v. show this week and take a bath in God’s word instead. 🙂 You’ll come out feeling even more refreshed and fulfilled than you do after washing your favorite show. It even seems like a shallow comparison to type that, but sometimes our flesh needs convincing…you can always watch your show too if you get time for that after you’ve had a good bath!! By the grace of God given to us in Jesus Christ, let us come BOLDLY to God’s throne of grace with confidence (full expectation that we have already received), so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our […]

God’s Word is life and HEALTH (medicine and a cure) to all our flesh

Proverbs 4:20-23New King James Version (NKJV) 20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health (marpe: medicine and a cure) to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. God has made provision for us in His Word for divine health.  As His children, having been made righteous in Christ, we have the RIGHT to divine health and to live free from all sickness and disease. In John 14:6, Jesus reveals to us that He IS life: “I AM the way the truth and the life.” When we keep the Word (Jesus) in front of our eyes, in our ears and in our mouth MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, we are receiving LIFE into our eyes, ears and mouths more than anything else. Life produces life, and therefore what continually goes into our heart is LIFE, and what continually flows out of it is LIFE. God’s ways for man are simple…He gives us life and then says now choose life. He gave us Jesus and man has a choice whether or not to choose Him. God tells us to pay attention to Him — give attention to HIS words, incline our ears to HIS sayings…not to our own thoughts and words, not our neighbor’s words, not our spouse’s words, not to our friend’s words, not to the words we read on facebook, not to our doctor’s words…He says give attention to GOD’S WORDS in your ears and keep GOD’S WORDS in front of your eyes. With very clear instruction, the verses go onto say, DO NOT LET THEM DEPART FROM YOUR EYES…what often happens is Christians say they believe God, but then when it comes to the ratio of what they are thinking on or putting in front of their eyes, God’s words fall into the 10% or less percentage range (I just threw that number out there). I looked at some research online of the average number of thoughts a person has a day and it is reported that the number is 50,000–70,000 thoughts per day!  This means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person. God desires for us to think on Him and His Words because He is LIFE and He wants life for us! Nothing but God’s word has the ability to give us life, and He desires that we wouldn’t wait to think on Him more intently just when we have a need, because He never wants us to be running on empty. The truth is that what often happens when God’s thoughts are ranking up on the percentage scale in our thought life on a daily basis, is that we have far less personal needs, because we’re no longer living from crisis to crisis and our needs are regularly met in abundance…Our life begins to transition into a place where we’re in the business of being a vessel for God to help meet the needs of others, because ours have already been met. Society is so inundated with words coming at us from every angle — through television, facebook, radio, people talking wherever we go, and those words we open our ears and our eyes to and start “spinning our wheels about” are seeds that have opportunity to come into our thoughts and into our hearts…even if they aren’t necessarily “bad,” they are taking up space in our minds. Though we may be thinking on God’s word some of the time, once all those other things start coming into our minds, we begin to experience “run on sentence syndrome” LOL! that may sound something like this in a Christians’ mind: “God’s word is life to me who finds them (Proverbs 22)….I’ve been saying that for almost a week now and this symptom hasn’t left my body yet, and this person says I should really get it checked out so I think I should get it checked out…I got it checked out and the doctor gave me this prescription and it helped for awhile, but now I’m battling the same thing again…I’m tired…this thing just won’t leave my body…they laid hands on me at church tonight and I received my healing…oooh not again, that headache came back….I guess the prayer Sunday night didn’t work. Maybe there’s something else God wants me to be doing…God, I believe, by your stripes I am healed…(1 Pet 2:24)..I just need to take a rest…what’s on t.v….Oh I have to finish doing that thing for tomorrow…what am I making for dinner?…I wish I could sleep in tomorrow…I have that meeting at 9:00…”Ring, ring…hey! Do you have time to chat? Sure….they did what!?” There is absolutely NO condemnation for us in Christ Jesus!!! And this is not to make any of us feel bad about our thought life! We have ALL fallen short in this area. Instead, this is the time to simply see that God has a clear pathway to the promises that He has prepared for us, and if we really want to be living in them on a daily basis, that pathway comes from HIM occupying the most space in our minds as well as in our hearts. While every promise is already yes and Amen (so be it!) unto us in Christ as 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us, WE are the ones to say the Amen (so be it!) And sometimes those thoughts in our minds want to try to rob us of what is already ours in Christ by taking up too much space and stealing space away from life-giving thoughts in us. Proverbs 4:20-23, involves embracing God’s Words more than anything else and that takes discipline of the Holy Spirit and a choice and willingness on our part to submit ourselves to Him on a daily basis. BUT IT’S NOT A HARD THING! And God wouldn’t give us instruction that we couldn’t […]

God’s “river of delights” (Psalm 36:7-9)

Did you know there is a river in the bible called God’s “river of delights” that is continually available for us to drink? We don’t have to wait in line or rush to get there first, and we can drink from this river morning, noon and night…and as often as we desire, because it flows within us by the Holy Spirit. [Psa 36:7-9 NLT] 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.   We see it revealed to us in the New Testament as well that out of a Jesus believing heart flow rivers of living water by the Holy Spirit:   [Jhn 7:38-39 ESV]  38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.   Through what I would call a “Holy Spirit rabbit trail,” I was out walking and it was in my thoughts of us drinking from “heaven’s mercy stream”… I followed the trail and it led me to Psalm 36:7 and God’s river of delights…This was wonderful, but there was something even more beautiful He revealed as He drew my attention to the word “delights.”   Read the scripture again, only this time personalized:   [Psa 36:7-9 NLT] 7 How precious is your unfailing love towards me, O God! I find shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed me from the abundance of your own house, you let me drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which I see.   The word “delights” stood out to me to look up and I learned that the Hebrew word is “eden.” Does that sound familiar? It’s of course the name for the region of Adam and Eve’s home in the garden that God had made for them and called the Garden of Eden. We know that in the beginning the garden was perfect and encompassed every kind of provision of which Adam and Eve could ever have need. This Hebrew word means: delicate, delight, pleasure and luxury.   Each one of these words gives us a clear picture of God’s great love and desire for us to receive in abundance…He wants us to take delight in Him, to receive pleasure and luxury. We can all have a singular idea of something of delight and pleasure, but luxury is a word I believe we can all agree signifies in abundance. God has an abundance of delight for us…an abundance of pleasure for us…an abundance of love, an abundance of joy, an abundance of peace…   Meditating on this verse and seeing the river of God’s delight, Eden flowing from within us by the Holy Spirit is refreshing and powerful alone, but there was one more beautiful picture that also unfolds to us in looking at this word “delight.”   I pondered about the word delicate being one of the Hebrew meanings for the word delight…thinking it didn’t seem very synonymous to me…in my mind I only thought of delicate as being something fragile, which is certainly true…Yet, there is another meaning for delicate in the dictionary that says: very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality. I now understood how delicate could be used alongside God’s delight, pleasure and luxury for us…   I realized God’s love for us is so great, that He has ever so intricately — with great care and detail — with intricate workmanship and quality — personally prepared for us a place in Him that is full of every kind of delight, pleasure and luxury our hearts could want for.     God gave us His Holy Spirit so that we could drink of that river of delights (eden), 24/7 from the abundance of His own house as Psalm 36 says. God opens His house to us, invites us in, and leaves the door open…we have full access to Him and everything in His house. Now THAT’S something to rejoice about. 🙂    Whether we’re hungry or thirsty, tired or weak, challenged, confused, or just wanting some intimate fellowship time with our Father in heaven, we can freely come to Him and receive in abundance.   We see God’s desire to refresh us and sustain us with the supply from his own house mirrored also in Ephesians 1:23 when the scriptures speak of Jesus being the head over the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.   God desires that through Christ we be filled all in all…His love for us is so great and He never wants us to run dry or empty, so He has given us His Spirit and river of delights to drink from often.    Know God’s great love for you that compelled Him to so intricately make provisions for you. Drink deeply of His river of delights today and experience the refreshing and abundant provisions of eden full of God’s delight, pleasure, and luxury that He has so intricately prepared for you.   Personal Prayer: Father God, I thank you for your unfailing love towards me. I take shelter in  your love. I thank you that your love protects me and feeds me out of the abundance you have prepared for me in your house. I receive through Christ and drink from your river of delights in the Holy Spirit. I take pleasure in you and in the luxury you provide me in your presence. By grace I receive the delight, pleasure and luxury you have so intricately prepared for me today, and […]