Alright, good morning everybody. It’s another beautiful day, September 22nd and I am so glad to be with you guys again here on the communion connection. Hey, I was able to get over to the West side and visit Ariel over at Sunshine Juice. I had that chunky monkey I was talking to you guys about a couple of weeks ago boy was that good, I had her put some extra protein in it and it ended up actually being my lunch. Tell you what, there’s nothing like having fresh juice to just kind of make you feel good for the day. Normally I would probably have been all weighed down with a hamburger from some fast food place, but it gave me all the energy I needed and I knew I was taking in organic fruits and cocoa. So I know next time I’m going to be going and checking out they have their version of V8, it’s called a crazy eight, but you don’t have to have worry about it, having all the salt that you would get from a can of V8 and you know that your vegetables in it are a hundred percent organic. Hey, maybe you guys could join me in visiting Sunshine Juice and support Erin and her two locations and if you’re on the West side you can stop by and see Ariel, or on the east side you’ll see Erin over there. Hey, I wanted to get into this week to something that can be really exciting about communion and that is the subject of how healing relates to it.
You know, when we read the scriptures for communion, we are reading in first Corinthians 11:23 through 26. But if you continue to read on beyond that, Paul gives us a serious warning that we need to properly discern the Lord’s body. And it goes on to say, if we don’t properly discern His body in verse 30, that for this reason, many of you are weak and sick and a number of sleep. Now he’s not talking about taking a nap. In this case, we know that in the new Testament, oftentimes sleep is referred to as death. I know when they came to Jesus and told him that Lazarus was sick, he was talking to his disciples and he said, well, we need to go see Lazarus because he’s fallen asleep. And the disciples said, well, Jesus, if he’s sleeping, he’ll recover. And so he said, well, let me break it down for you, he’s dead. And so that’s, that was even though they had called it sleeping, what it really was was he’d passed away.
So fast forward that to this, what they’re talking about here in first Corinthians, you have a situation where people who are properly discerning the Lord’s body are sick and they are even possibly dying because of their lack of discernment. So there’s a couple of different things we need to deal with when it comes to discerning Jesus, his body. It looks like this is kind of a crucial element here that we need to deal with, since the results of not doing it correctly can be so detrimental. So the first thing we need to do is to discern him physically, we must realize what Jesus bought for us when he was beaten, bruised, and broken. You know, in Isaiah 53:5 it says that he was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities and the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. So we must understand that the broken bread represents his broken body, which bought our healing. You know, everybody seems to understand that when Jesus died on the cross, he purchased salvation for us. But there’s a lot of things that he did on the cross, one of these things that He did was he purchased our healing. That’s what it’s saying there in Isaiah 53 five that by the stripes he took, we are healed. He bought that for us with what he went through. So what we can do, what our part is to do is discern that this is something that Jesus actually accomplished for us and to put our faith toward believing in what He did.
So when we in faith discern what Jesus bought for us on the cross and we can begin to have faith to be healed. Now please hear me in this because I know so many people, they get discouraged when they pray a prayer and they are not instantly healed that second and they just give up on the word of God. So sometimes healing is a miracle, which is instantaneous, but many times God’s healing is a process. And just because it’s a process makes it no less supernatural. In fact, sometimes God in his wisdom, in his foresight, accomplishes so much more in doing healing in as a process. Because while he’s also healing our infirmity, he’s also building character in us at the very same time he’s building our faith. He’s growing our faith and he’s teaching how to rely on Him and see Him work in our life.
So this is sort of the physical,discerning of what Jesus bought for us. The second thing we need to do is begin to discern him spiritually. So there are many in our body, the body being the body of Christ who are sick and dying and they’re being eaten up inside by bitterness, jealousy, envy, resentment, things like that. You know, harboring these feelings inside of us can lead to all types of sickness. The types of things that Paul speaking of, you know, some are sick, some are weak, some among your are sleeping. You know, true Christianity properly discerning his spiritual body should not include any of these negative thoughts or actions. It talks to us in the Bible many times not to harbor such things. In fact, on the contrary, Jesus said in John 13:35, that by this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.
And of course, love doesn’t include jealousy, envy, resentment, or the like, I encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 13 to get a list of what exactly love does look like, what it does look like and what it doesn’t. There’s a great list there in first Corinthians 13, but the negative things I was talking about, bitterness, jealousy in the things like that, they can be like a cancer inside of you eating you up. Paul could see that walking outside the will of the Lord would have disastrous results in your body. I’d like to share a testimony. I could share many, many testimonies as I’ve heard from people over the years and as I’ve read online. But I want to share just this one testimony that I heard actually several years ago. I heard it on Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural. This is a story about a lady, a lady named Shirley, and she had a metastasized, malignant cancer which was incurable.
And so what she did is she ended up going and staying with a lady, a lady named Gwen Shaw. Some of you may be familiar with her. She was in charge of the Endtime Handmaidens. So , Shirley, she went and stayed with Gwen and she ended up taking communion every day, day by day she would take the bread, she would take the drink. The Lord began to reveal to her all the unforgiveness in her life began to reveal to her people that she was bitter against, that she was refusing to let go of judgment she had against them. And so as these things would come about in her life, as the Lord would reveal them, she would just repent of them and turn them over to the Lord. And an amazing thing began to happen, she day by day, was growing stronger and eventually she became completely healed of the cancer, a cancer that they said there was no way that she was going to live through.
So it just shows you the power of this communion that you can have with the Lord and hearing from Him and the power of repentance in our life of, of releasing unforgiveness and bitterness. If you’re out there and you’re listening to this today and your life is just ate up with bitterness and unforgiveness, Hey listen, I’m not saying that the things you went through weren’t legitimate. I’m actually walking through with a friend right now who had to deal with some sexual assault issues.
So, I’m not saying that the thing that happened to you isn’t legitimate and real. I just want to affirm you in that, that, that this world is brutal to us so often. But what I am saying is that the Lord has called us as believers to walk in forgiveness and to let people’s sins go as far as us holding it against them and just put them into God’s hands. And believe me, I understand how difficult that can be. So many times we feel a sense of empowerment or control when we hold something over people. But we also so often walk in sickness and God knows that he wants to release healing in our bodies and he knows the path to that.
I would just encourage you to walk in health divinely even through forgiveness and a releasing of bitterness and through properly discerning the body of Christ and the love that the Lord wants us to walk in. I hope this has just really been a blessing to someone. I feel like there’s people out there who this message is just gonna really hit home and it’s going to make a difference in your life. And maybe you’ll see some things you’ve been carrying with you for years began to fall off you. So I want to go ahead and read communion at this point.
So once again in first Corinthians 11 verse 23 for I received from the Lord, that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night which he was betrayed took bread. And when he had given thanks, he broke it saying, This is my body, which is for you, do this in remembrance of me. Jesus, we just are so grateful for everything that you accomplished on the cross. Not only did you buy our salvation that day so that we can be with you for eternity, but you took the stripes on your back and purchased healing for us, Lord. So we can walk in health, so Lord, I just pray for those who were joined with me today and I pray for myself, Lord, that I would walk in complete healing, Lord, that I would walk in everything that you have for me physically. And I pray for those listening that you would, I pray, Lord, that you would just allow them to walk in health. That things like diabetes would begin to break off with them through the taking of communion. That things like cancer would begin to be broken. Lord, Lord, I just ask that people would have revelation from you about places in their life where they might need to forgive people, where they might need to just release bitterness. Lord, I believe that you’re going to do a big, big work through this episode today, Lord, through communion connection that you are going to cause healing to flow to the body. Let’s take the bread.
In the same way he took the cup also after supper saying this cup is the new covenant in My blood ,do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. I thank you for your spilled blood Lord. When you took those stripes, when that crown of thorns went on your head as they whipped you, as they pierced your side and your blood poured out and for us and it washed us clean. Even though our sins were red as scarlet, you made us white as snow. Lord, I just thank you that we are saved, we are healed, we are delivered. That which bound us in our mind we have been delivered from through the breaking of your body and the spilling of your blood. I just pray that you would cause freedom to reign in people’s bodies and in their minds. We just thank you for all that you do for us and who you are to us and in us in your precious name I pray Jesus.
All right. My family, my gathering, my community of believers. I’m so glad that we were able to spend this time together. Hey, I’m going to try and include in the show notes all the scriptures that we worked with today so that you can look them up for yourself and read them. If you found us through iTunes, could you leave a review, download us, of course we hope that a review will be five stars. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time with us today. Hey, if anyone out there knows James Turner, he’s a good friend of mine and we’re going to do things a little differently next week. Next week we’re going to have an interview with him. I’m going to have him on my show and an interview and we’ll have him lead in communion with prayer next week. So I hope you’ll join me. I really look forward to it. For those people who know me and those who know James, were excited to share communion with you next week. So please join us next week on the communionconnection.