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Holy Communion: Meditations for the Lord’s Supper

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Preparing to commune at the Lord’s table? Want to know what the Lord says about Holy Communion? Here are a few Bible passages to meditate on. (Scriptures appear in the English Standard Version).

The Lord’s Supper
According to Matthew: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29)

According to Mark: And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:22-25)  (more…)

Press toward the mark

Philippians 3:13-14
In verse 13, Paul told them to forget the past and to move forward. To move forward, you first must forget the past. You also must realize that you have to move forward with God.

2 Cor 10:9
Sometimes The Lord gives you some things and allows you to go through some things just to show you that it is not your doing. Paul was saying that God’s strength was made perfect when he is weak.
The Lord wants us to have a regimented life. He wants us to chase after Him.

In Phil 3:14, Paul said we have to press in. At the time when the weight is heaviest, thats when you’re getting stronger.
To be used by God, you have to be broken. You have to press into the presence of God, even in the midst of hurt and pain. But on the other side of pressing in is victory. Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God. We don’t pray sometimes until we face adversity.
God is waiting for us to forget the past, to press in, and to let Him work!

The quest to see Him

Philippians 3:7-15
What is your mark today? Is it a better relationship with God? Spiritual confidence? Is it receiving the Holy Spirit? There are many events that we mark in life, but our main mark should be to see His face. Not to see just His hand, but to see His face. When you see His face, it’s not that easy to go back into the familiar.
To do more costs more. We are all on assignment. We all have purpose in the kingdom of God. But sometimes what we see before us keeps us from the presence of God. The closer we get to God, there are somethings in the flesh that have to die. God is looking for purity of heart. God will purify you. It is a lie from the devil that we are dirty beyond cleaning.
There are thought patterns that keep us from hearing God’s voice. We must become obsessed with the presence of God. When God’s presence comes, you can’t operate as you anymore. All of us can carry the kaba, or weight, of God on us so that the people around us can be changed.
We have to press for the more like Paul. We allow things to distract us like depression, going after the things of the world, being crippled by past experiences, etc. We can’t see God is those states. We have to be willing to God after God at any cost!
God transferred His power to us. Nothing can stop you from the pursuit of God but you. We have to get to the point where we want God’s presence more than anything. Carry it with you!
We have to detach from the familiar. We are supposed to be above the enemy. The enemy will come after you when you are on assignment, but the presence of The Lord will help you keep your confidence and quench the darts he throws.
Our responsibility is to host the presence of God. It should grieve us not to have it.
Pure worship brings in the presence of God. We have to want a face to face encounter with God.
We have to also be obedient. There are something’s that God will call you to do that no one else has to do. But you must do it to have His presence.
God wants us to re-present Him to others and bring His presence back.
Stop covering what God has given you because someone else can’t handle it. God is calling us to the forefront. Your light is supposed to shine everywhere you go. When you take the cover off, it will make others want it.
The main point to know is that the high calling is beyond the hand of God.
Isaiah 43:7-21