The Power of Communion

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Taken from “The Biblical Laws of Attraction” by Carmen Abercrombie copyright 2013 -2019

When Jesus’ broke bread with His disciples that final time, it was much more than a meal. He was teaching them a ceremony that would keep them reminded of the unimaginable sacrifices He made for the world’s redemption on the cross. During that first ceremony Jesus explained the symbolism of the food they ate as He showed them step by step how it was to be done. That meal is known as the Last Supper or the Lord’s Supper. That ceremony is known as the Holy Communion which as Disciples of Christ we are privilege to partake in today to honor the extreme sacrifice and receive the blessings our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ paid for on Cavalry’s Cross. II Corinthians 5:15 “and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: Before you partake of the Lord’s Supper, it’s important to be knowledgeable of its true purpose and power. The first thing to understand is why the practice is so significant. Communion is much more than the once a month, religious ceremony many people consider it to be. In “the natural” it may simply appear to involve breaking and eating a piece of bread symbolizing Jesus’ body that was broken for us, and having a sip or two of wine or grape juice, which symbolizes Jesus’ blood that was shed. Having that knowledge is very important, however knowing and receiving what’s involved in the spirit realm during communion is what makes this holy practice so powerful and not to be taken lightly. I Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Communion symbolizes everything that Jesus’ did and sacrificed for us. Jesus gave up the glories of heaven and the entire universe to reside on earth in a mortal body while remaining victorious over sin. He endured ongoing persecution, went to the cross where He suffered the worst death on record, and turned His own Spirit-being over to the hands of Satan, descended into the depths of hell, and was subject to all of the torments of hell for three days.

REMEMBER YOUR REDEMPTION: Redemption – To buy back or pay off; to be cleared by payment; to be delivered from; to be rescued. I believe one of the reasons God instituted the Lord’s Supper was to put us in remembrance of ALL that we have been redeemed from because of Jesus’ death. Jesus lived a sinless life so that He could be The Sacrifice for our sins. If He hadn’t we would all be on our way to hell. Once we proclaim Him as the Son of God and confess Him as Lord of our life our sinful past is wiped away and we are made new. What’s more, we are adopted into the family of God and given eternal life.
As awesome as this is, God knew that we would need to be reminded often of our redemption and the price Jesus paid for it. Ephesians 1:4-7 “…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to His the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…”

EXAMINE YOURSELF: When we receive Holy Communion, we are receiving Jesus’ body and blood which is why we are told to examine ourselves closely first. Apostle Paul warns us in I Corinthians 11:27-31  “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. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the cup. For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep (die). For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” Okay now before you get totally freaked out, let’s examine what this means. In addition to coming before God repenting of unrepentant sins and forgiving any ill feelings towards others, we must also examine our needs. We are to recognize the things that are missing in our lives that Jesus’ sacrifice obtained for us. This is the examination piece most of us have not been taught in church.

NOT JUST FOR SUNDAY: Most Christians prefer to leave Communion to their church which is traditionally taken on the first Sunday. Most non-denominational pastors however, decide when to have Communion based on how they are lead each Sunday. This is great but what if you want to take Communion weekly or even daily? Most of us were never told that Communion is not restricted to a church building. We missed out on taking Community when and where we desired because we failed to realize that we are the church. The other thing that stops many of us from preparing the Lords Supper is feeling that the practice is too sacred and that we are not worthy enough. Then there’s the fear of not doing it correctly or honorably.

I was very grateful when my spiritual dad Kenny Copeland taught that Holy Communion could be taken whenever and wherever it’s needed. I remember Him telling the story of when he and his wife Gloria got the news that their granddaughter Lindsey had fallen deathly ill with spinal meningitis. They were out of town so they prayed and took communion together where they were. They didn’t wait for the first Sunday to roll around. That may have been too late. We have been authorized by Jesus to prepare, serve and take Communion. In Matthew 26:26-28 it doesn’t say that we had to be in a church building to partake in this “sacred supper”!

COMMUNION STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Now that you understand the significance of Communion, what makes it so holy and why it’s so important, let’s see how Jesus did it and follow Him. Matthew 26:26-28 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took up the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Prepare Your Table: Place the following items on your Communion table (it can be your desk or snack table). These consecrated elements of Communion are called the Eucharist.
• A small piece of bread
• A small cup or cordial glass with one or two swallows of organic grape juice
• The bible

Examine (judge) Yourself To The Fullest: Prepare your heart and soul. Release and forgive anyone who has wronged you. Be ready to receive all that belongs to you that is currently missing in your life. Set an intention to accept and leave with everything Jesus’ sacrifice provided for you. If you don’t you will be receiving Communion just as a religious exercise—you will not be discerning the Lord’s body and blood as we read in I Corinthians 11:30.

Receive Communion: Pray this prayer…
Father bless this Communion. I desire to come before you with a pure, clean heart. I ask that you forgive me for all that I have done against your name. I release any and all bitterness and ill feelings towards those who have done wrong to me.

  1. (Take the bread) Lord, Isaiah 43:4 – 5 says “Surely You had borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed you stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But You were bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon You, and by your stripes we are (I am or loved one’s name is) healed.” Therefore I take this bread, bless it, and break it. This is your body. I take it in remembrance of the sacrifice you made for my complete deliverance. (Eat The Bread)
  2. (Take the cup) And Lord I give thanks for this cup; I drink from it for this is Your blood, the blood of the new covenant, which was shed for the remission of man’s sins. I drink it in remembrance of the blood you shed for my complete deliverance (on behalf of loved one’s name). (Drink The Juice)

Claim Your Guarantee: Pray something like this…
Lord, it’s not right that I (or loved one’s name) should suffer from this (sickness, oppression, financial lack, abuse etc.) after all that you have done, therefore I judge it now as being from Satan, and I reject it. I denounce you Satan and every opposing circumstance in my life. I refuse all of it from today on. I receive the blood-sacrifice Jesus spent to legally pay for my health, abundance, protection and mental wellbeing.
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Prepare for Communion as often as you’re led to. I believe that having weekly even daily Communion is an empowerment we can all use during these times.

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