Thursday, August 6, 2020

HOLY COMMUNION: GOD'S CHANNEL FOR DIVINE HEALTH





Pastor Rhodora Howell is my guest writer this month. She focuses on an important aspect of Holy Communion that many Christians don’t often consider, or even comprehend. As a result, many are missing out on a special blessing God provides for believers. She is a dynamic preacher and teacher of God’s Word, and I’m honored to have her article appear on my blog.


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Pastor Rhodora Howell

Rhodora Howell, known affectionately as "Pastor Rod," is a happy, enthusiastic Christian who loves Jesus, people, and teaching and preaching the Bible. After a career in advertising in Dallas, she pastored Divine Hope Family Church in Red Oak, Texas along with her late husband Bruce, and also led an international Christian ministry. A gifted and anointed teacher, she is now retired and serves on the pastoral board at The Sowers Ministry Church, where she shares the practical application of the Word of God. Her desire is that everyone know Jesus as their personal Lord, Savior, Healer, and Deliverer.


THE HOLY COMMUNION:
GOD’S CHANNEL FOR DIVINE HEALTH

There is no man or woman on earth who has taken from God’s gracious hand  ALL that he is extending out to give us. We are suffering from the lack of receiving or taking


As a young person growing up, I was afraid to take Holy Communion!

What struck me most about it was God’s judgment! I believed that unless I confessed ALL my sins before partaking of the Lord’s Table, I would bring damnation upon myself . . . but what if I forgot one? So, I tried to confess every sin to get right with God before partaking. But after some time, I decided it was easier to just not have Communion. I surely did not want God to kill me! 

Many Christians have that same fear about bringing judgment on themselves. The average believer may have unanswered questions and all kinds of worries. But these anxieties stem from a misinterpretation of key verses on the subject. 

This leads to my purpose for writing. My hope is that this article will help you understand the following: 

  • what Paul meant by “fully discerning the Lord’s body,” when he said to the Corinthians: “For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. (This) is the reason many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.”
     (1 Cor. 11:29–30);

  • how to stir up your faith, and help you understand God’s loving heart that is expressed through the Communion;

  • how to receive the blessings of health and wholeness from partaking of the Holy Communion . . . because it is God’s channel for Divine Health! 

Here is what you will learn:

    • Who Communion is for
    • How you should prepare yourself before taking Communion
    • The meaning of the bread and His body
    • The meaning of the cup and His blood
    • Why there is power in the act of eating and drinking
    • How Communion can heal us
    • Proof of Communion healings
    • What Paul meant when he said some are sick and die prematurely by not rightly discerning the Lord’s Body?
    • What it means to partake unworthily
    • What the “double cure” is that the Lord’s Table generates to believers
    • What is meant by “proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes,” and how doing it can defeat Satan
    • Why you don’t need a pastor to take Communion
    • Suggested thoughts while partaking of Holy Communion

Holy Communion is only one channel out of many whereby God heals. There are other avenues, like prayer, faith, and the laying on of hands, but this one, in particular, is important for our consideration.

 WHO IS COMMUNION FOR?
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Communion is for believers—those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. When partaking of the Lord’s Table we are instructed to “remember Jesus” and what His death made available to us.

This is what it means to “discern” the body of Christ. It is very important that we understand this because Communion is all about Him, not you or me.

Yet, at the same time, the Lord’s Table is also for our benefit. That’s why Jesus commanded us to observe it. God ordained Communion not as a ritual to be observed, but also as a blessing to be received—the blessing of health and wholeness through Communion with him. 

HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE YOURSELF TO TAKE COMMUNION?

Two tasks are involved: 

First, every believer should search his or her own heart every day—ask the Lord to bring to your remembrance any sin in your life, whether by commission or omission. As soon as something comes to mind, repent, and choose to turn from that behavior and ask the Father to forgive you in Jesus’ Name. 

Second, if there is something you need to make right with another person, ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to do so. 

Now, having done that, you are ready to receive Holy Communion.

The meaning of the bread AND HIS BODY
Growing up as a Christian, I was taught that the two elements of Communion, “body and blood,” should be lumped together. So, I used to believe that both were for the forgiveness of my sins. 

God has since shown me that they should not be treated as one. The reason there are two elements is because there is a two-fold application in Holy Communion. The cup, which is His blood, is for our forgiveness. The bread, which is His body, is for our healing. 

As you hold the bread in your hand, you are coming in touch with the greatest expression of God’s love!

This love made Jesus endure the cruel stripes on His back and subject His body to be beaten, bruised, and broken so that your body can be made whole. He made this provision for our healing: “He was beaten so we could be made whole . . . (Isa. 53:5) and “by his stripes we were healed” (1 Pet. 2:24). 

The bread (Matzah, a flatbread eaten during the Jewish Passover) is a good object lesson of what Jesus’ body symbolizes.     

The Mishnah, or Jewish oral laws, give instructions on the preparation of this bread. It was to be unleavened, baked, pierced with holes, striped, and no leaven was to be used. Today, Jewish rabbis do not know why the bread has to be prepared this way. But the scriptures reveal why.  

Jesus’ body was also pierced. He bore those merciless stripes on His back so that our bodies might be made whole. And he had “no leaven” in him (leaven represents sin). Jesus was the perfect, sinless Son of God. That is why he was able to take our sins upon Himself. 

There was no need to tell the disciples what Jesus meant when he said, “Take eat; this is my body.” They knew (with even more certainty later) that he was imparting His life, His health, and His wholeness to their bodies through their Last Supper with him because Jesus was a healer! Taking the bread meant ingesting His health into their mortal bodies. 

Jesus was never sick. The disciples were with him every day, and not once did they see Him sick. He did not come down with the flu, fever, or a stomachache. he never had to say to them, “Can one of you preach the Sermon on the Mount for me?  I don’t feel up to it today.” 

No. Jesus was vibrant, full of life and health. When those with withered hands and crippled feet were brought to Him, they were made perfectly whole when they touched Jesus. His body was so filled with life that even His clothes were soaked with His health. 

The 5th chapter of Mark tells us about a woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years and came to Jesus. She knew He was her only hope (Mark 5:25-34). 

She had spent all her money and suffered many things from various physicians, and was no better, but instead became worse. Yet, with just one touch of the hem of Jesus’ garment, she was immediately healed of her affliction. No wonder Luke said, “And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all” (Luke 6:19). Luke was a doctor. If a doctor says this, you know it is for real. 

If the hem of His garment could be so soaked with His health, can you imagine the abundance of life and vitality within His body? This is included for us at Communion when we “rightly discern His body.” 

How do we know the bread represents healing?
When Jesus spoke to the Syro-Phoenician woman, a gentile, who asked him to cast the demon out of her daughter, he called healing “the children’s bread/” 

But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs” (Mark 7:26-28). (“Children” means Israel, not Gentiles.) 

So, “bread” refers to the “healing” she was asking for. And what do the “little dogs” refer to? They refer to non-Jews or Gentiles like herself. Jesus was actually saying that healing was only for God’s covenant people, and not for Gentiles (they were included in the covenant later). 

When you partake of the Bread in this spirit of faith, something happens to your body. You become strong, healthy and you will live long. In contrast, those who do not discern His body “eat and drink judgment on themselves” (1 Cor. 11:29). If you want Jesus’ healing, you must make sure you discern all aspects of His body when you come to the Lord’s Table, make sure you discern His body. 

Jesus broke the bread with his disciples because His body was going to be broken both for them. It was also broken for you, so your body could be made whole. 

But the blood means something different . . . 

THE MEANING OF THE CUP AND HIS BLOOD

When you drink the cup, Paul’s epistles make it very clear in both Colossians and Ephesians that the blood of Jesus brings “forgiveness of sins:” 

… in whom (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Col. 1:14). 

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Eph. 1:7).           

Because the Son of God paid the penalty for your sins with His spotless blood, you can go scot-free when you put your trust in His blood to save you. When you partake of the water, grape juice, or wine, and discern this, you can know you are forgiven and have been made righteous. 

But there’s more . . . 

Discerning his body and blood also makes you forever righteous. That is, holy, and blameless in God’s eyes through Jesus, our Mediator. This is why you can come boldly into His presence, and you can be sure he hears your prayers: 

 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Heb. 4:16) 

Why can we assume taking of the communion will heal us
The answer is because it is God’s nature to heal. When Jesus walked on earth, most of his miracles were in the area of healing. The Bible says that Jesus “…went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). He did so because it was his nature to heal . . . and still is. 

He did not walk on water all the time . . . he did not calm storms all the time . . . but he healed all the time

Bible scholars estimate that about 2.5 million Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land, healed, healthy, and whole. He made sure that none of them were sick. Psalm 105:37 says, “He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes.” 

That is God’s will for His people today—all healed, healthy, and whole. 

Celebrating Jesus and discerning his unspeakable, immeasurable gifts through his body and blood release your faith to receive His health and wholeness in exchange for your sickness and disease. 

Next to being saved from hell, Divine Health is the greatest blessing we can have here on earth. Without it, there is no way we can enjoy the blessings of God. 

Some might say, “No, I don’t agree—it would be greater if I had lots of money. Then I could do so many things.” Well, there are people who have lots of money, and they are sick—flat on their back and unable to enjoy their money or the things they bought. If someone is on his deathbed, I don’t think he would say, “I wish I had one more million.” 

WHY DID PAUL SAY SOME ARE SICK AND DIE PREMATURELY BY 
NOT DISCERNING THE LORD’S BODY?

The Apostle Paul, speaking to the Corinthian church, said, “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.” Sleep means death, not bodily rest. (1 Cor. 11:29-30) 

When Paul said the above to the Corinthians, he did not say there were “many” reasons. He was pointing us to one “singular” reason why Christians become weak, sick, and die before their time. And “this” reason was clear . . . not discerning the Lord’s body. 

So, the reason many of the Corinthians were becoming weak and sick was their failure to discern the Lord’s body. That is, they did not comprehend why they were partaking when they came to the Table. They didn’t discern what Jesus’ body was all about. This was the reason they were not receiving the divine life of their Savior which infuses health, causing them to be weak and sick, and to die prematurely. 

Therefore, it follows that if we do discern the Lord’s Body, we will generally walk in His health and wholeness. I say “generally,” because it doesn’t include a violent virus that may attack and kill those who are faithful Christians. Covid-19 is an example. 

Christians should study the Corinthians passage so they can walk in divine health. After all, Paul singled out this one reason as the cause of sickness and, ultimately, premature death for many Christians. 

However, it seems most people in the Body of Christ chooses to focus on food and exercise as the key to living a healthy life. In fact, one of the best-selling themes in Christian bookstores today is food. There are all kinds of books on what to eat and what not to eat. I’m not knocking these books. They have their place. 

But, for example, some people think they will walk in divine health if they are on a Mediterranean diet since that was Jesus’ diet. But the majority of people Jesus healed were on a Mediterranean diet. They never had pork or prawns or any high-cholesterol stuff. Yet, they were still sick because natural solutions can only go so far. God, of course, has provided food for us, and we should use wisdom on what we eat. So, by all means, eat well and exercise. 

But what I am saying, is that God does not want us to focus on food or exercise as the main key to divine health. He does not want us to put our sole trust in natural means to stay healthy. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal…” 

The early church took God at His Word. That is why “… they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” In Acts 2:43,46, we read that they “broke bread” from house to house, and many signs and wonders were done through the Apostles because they discerned Jesus’ body and blood. It is no wonder they experienced God’s power, not only in themselves but also when they healed others. 

God ordained the Holy Communion as a “key channel” of health and wholeness for his people. Although the body of Christ today understands the importance of doctrine, fellowship, and prayer, few in the church truly understand the significance of the breaking of bread or Holy Communion. That is why many are weak and sick and die before their time. 

It is one of God’s great passions to see members of the Body of Christ receive every single thing that our Savior suffered and died to give us, and to comprehend this fully. God wants to restore the true meaning and power of Holy Communion to the church so that his people, through rightly discerning his body when they come to the Table, will reap benefits. 

When God’s people are correctly taught about how healing is dispensed in the Communion, health and wholeness will follow. It will add years to our lives, and life to our years. 

Is there proof today of healing through Communion   

I heard the following testimony of Pastor Barabas Mam of Cambodia, whom God saved from many life-threatening situations when the Khmer Rouge were slaughtering their own countrymen in the 1970s: 

Due to the impoverishing conditions, Pastor Mam developed chronic physical conditions, including low blood sugar and calcium levels, insomnia, and rheumatoid arthritis. 

It was such a cruel irony that God’s man of faith and power, with a ministry accompanied by signs and wonders, had difficulty sleeping every night. he had to take sedatives and tranquilizers, and they did not always work. His grandchildren would massage his swollen joints, racked with pain from arthritis. Pastor Man’s knees and feet gave the most trouble, especially after standing preaching for two hours. 

One morning, desperate after yet another sleepless night, he listened to a tape on health and wholeness through Holy Communion. As he listened, faith grew in his heart. He immediately prepared and partook the elements at home. That night, he slept like a baby. 

The next morning was Sunday. He stood up in church and shared on the power of the Lord’s Body to bring health when we receive Communion. After standing for hours, he had no pain in his feet. He was totally healed of chronic rheumatoid arthritis! 

His strength began to increase. he got a checkup from the doctor before traveling to Malaysia and discovered his calcium and sugar levels were normal. Later, he had another checkup, and everything was normal. Brother Mam’s healing was so amazing, his wife said she had a new husband. 

Brother Mann went about preaching this message, he received many testimonies from people healed of all kinds of debilitating conditions after having Holy Communion. A lady on his staff was healed of longstanding migraine headaches when she partook of the Lord’s Supper. 

We need to recognize that the Holy Spirit is God’s channel of health and wholeness for His people, and teach the church to rightly discern the Lord’s body when they come to His Table. If this is done in the right manner, God’s people will be healthy and strong!

The Lord’s Supper Brings the “Double Cure”

The blood and the body have two different applications. This is consistent throughout the Bible. It is what hymn writers of old called the “double cure,” as sung in the original version of Rock of Ages. What is the “double cure?” It is a double blessing we receive through the body and blood of Christ. The blood was for forgiveness, and the body and bread were for divine health and strength. 

David described the double cure this way: 

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities (sins), who heals all your diseases (Ps 103:2-3). 

The prophet Isaiah said, Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…” (Isa. 53:4). Young’s Literal Translation of the Bible provides a more accurate translation for the words, “griefs” and “sorrows.” It states: “Surely our sicknesses he has borne, and our pains he has carried them!” Similarly, in the Gospel of Matthew, this verse was interpreted as “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” (Matt 8:17). 

In the Greek, “infirmities” (asthenia) means bodily weaknesses. So, we can see very clearly that Isaiah was saying the Messiah would take upon his own body, our bodily weaknesses, sicknesses, and pains. In other words, Jesus bore not just our sins, but also our bodily weaknesses, sicknesses, and pains. 

When Jesus took our punishment on the cross, it did not just bring us forgiveness by the blood, it also brought us healing through discerning and partaking of his body. Healing, like forgiveness, is the blood-bought “right” of Christians. They go hand in hand. The faith you have for forgiveness is the same faith that will bring your healing. 

Jesus took the bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And he took the cup and gave thanks for it, saying, “Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” 

A testimony of healing through the Holy Communion 
When you believe and rightly discern the Lord’s body, you will experience miraculous healings and wholeness when you partake of the Holy Communion. Joe Prince tells the story of his church member, Albert. 

The doctors told Albert his 75-year-old mother had a 3 cm cancerous growth in her rectum. A few days before surgery, two leaders of Albert’s church led his mother to the Lord. The operation went well and she was discharged within days. 

Months later, she was re-admitted for follow-up surgery to close the stoma. Complications resulted in three more operations, and her body began to react negatively. Her condition deteriorated and the doctor informed the family to prepare for the worst within the next three days.     

Albert knew the faithfulness of God, and had a strong urge to have Holy Communion with his mother. 

He believed that when partaking of the Lord’s body there is an infusion of His incorruptible life into our bodies. he gathered his doubting family and took the communion elements to his unconscious mother in ICU.     

Albert prayed in the Spirit, building himself up in his faith. Then he declared out loud that by Jesus’ stripes and His broken body, his mother is healed. he placed a small crumb in her mouth and poured in a little grape juice. Albert felt a sweet and strong presence of God in the room, knew somehow that his mother had been healed. he left with peace in his heart.     

Nothing happened until the morning of the 3rd day, when the nurse called, to tell Albert that his mother had regained consciousness. 

Within a week, all tubes were removed and she was eating again. Soon she was home, helping her daughter bake cookies. She spends her days witnessing to relatives and friends about Jesus and her spectacular miracle received during Holy Communion. When her family partook of the Lord’s Supper with her, the resurrection life of Jesus filled her body! 

Healing through the Holy Communion may be gradual 
Healing through Holy Communion is often a gradual process. As you partake, you will get better over time. The more often you partake, the better you get when you claim by faith the full benefits of His broken body for yourself. At first, it may seem like nothing is happening. As you continue in faith, healing will come – maybe not in a spectacular way, but still, it will be supernatural. 

The Power Of “Proclaiming the Lord’s Death”
OVERCOMEs ATTACKS BY SATAN

Paul said: “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). 

While proclaiming by partaking of the Communion is a re-telling and remembering of what Jesus did for you, there is a lesser-known aspect of proclaiming—that of using it as a tool against Satan when he attacks your body with sickness or other afflictions. 

In that instance, “Who, specifically, are you to proclaim it to?” We proclaim it to Satan’s “principalities and powers”: 

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12). 

Fortunately, Paul let us know that Jesus was victorious over them: 

Having disarmed principalities and powers, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it (Col. 2:15). 

When we “remember” Jesus’ death, we are also proclaiming to evil principalities and powers that they have been disarmed because Jesus triumphed over them. 

Here is a testimony confirming the power of proclaiming:   

Some years back, a couple had a house that most people would call “haunted.” It is more accurate to say that there were demons hanging around that place. This is not uncommon because demons usually congregate in places where tragic accidents have taken place. 

One tenant felt spooked because his family said they saw “a figure moving around in the house.” Two pastors and a deacon went to the house and took the Lord’s Supper there. 

When you have Holy Communion, you are proclaiming to demon spirits that Jesus reigns. And when you release your faith in the finished, complete and perfect work of Jesus at the cross, every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Every demon has to flee (James 4:7). 

They proclaimed the power of the Lord’s death and Jesus’ triumph over all principalities and powers, and that house was cleansed of demons. There were no more problems. 

You Don’t Need A Pastor To take COMMUNION

Jesus told us to have Communion often. So, there must be something powerful about it. Do you think he would make us do something often without having our blessing in mind? 

Is this valid? Yes, because once you are a believer, you are a priest:  

You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light (1 Pet. 2:9).

Therefore, you can partake of the Lord’s Supper by yourself and even minister it to others. You don’t need a pastor to do it. Pastors in the church do it because they are the spiritual authority over the people, and there must be order in how they conduct things. But outside the church, you, as a royal priest, are qualified to partake on your own in your own home, or those of others. Do as Jesus said – have it often. 

How often? As often as you need to. It depends on how much you want His health and wholeness. If you’re sick, I recommend you have Communion daily. I heard of some people who are so radical that they take it like medicine—three times a day. And you know what?  They get radical results! 

Don’t be fearful to partake
As I mentioned earlier when I was a young Christian I was told, “Don’t come to the Lord’s Table if you have sin in your life because if you are unworthy and partake, you are guilty of the body and blood and will drink judgment to yourself. At that time, I was not sure what all that meant, but it was enough to scare me. 

From then on, I always worried, “Is there some sin I have not confessed?” It is not that I was living in sin. I just did not want to risk it. Judgment might fall on me. So, I chose not to partake, just to be safe. Every time the elements of the Communion were passed to me, I just passed them on. I thought I was better off not partaking. But by not coming to the Lord’s Table, I was robbing myself of God’s source of health, healing, and blessing for me. 

God made it truly easy for his people to walk in divine health. We just need to come to His Table, put our faith in his broken body for our healing, and partake. It is so simple, yet so powerful. 

The devil has tried to steal this truth from the church by making them believe they are unworthy. Legalistic and erroneous teachings are damaging because it keeps us from receiving what God has for us. 

What DOES it mean to partake unworthily?

Paul said the following—which is often misinterpreted: 

Wherefore whosoever shall eat of this bread, and drink of this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and the 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 who eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body (1 Cor. 11:27-29). 

We need to get one thing straight. The word “unworthily” is an adverb, which means it modifies the verb “eat” and “drink.” Therefore, “unworthily” describes the action of eating and drinking. It is NOT describing the PERSON who is eating and drinking. 

So, Paul was NOT saying that if you are an unworthy “person” do not partake. Yet, the church has somehow misconstrued that teaching and now, Christians are saying, If YOU are unworthy, don’t partake.” They further caution with a quote: “If you have sin in your life, don’t come to the Lord’s Table lest you become weak and sick, and die prematurely.” They have turned something that is meant to be a blessing into a curse. 

All of us who come to the Lord’s Table are unworthy, but we are made worthy by acknowledging the breaking of his body for us, and his blood that has already forgiven us our sins. 

Jesus’ death “qualifies” us to partake. Paul was NOT saying that we should not partake if WE are unworthy. he was saying that we should not partake in an unworthy manner

So, what does it mean to partake unworthily?  It means, if you fail to discern or understand the significance of the Lord’s body, you are eating and drinking in an unworthy manner. Without this discernment, the Lord’s Supper will end up being just a ritual. This is why Paul said, “let a man examine himself.” Although it can mean one needs to repent of sins, it also means to examine yourself to see if you are discerning the Communion rightly. 

This is what the Corinthians were doing. They were partaking unworthily because they were treating the communion as a ritual. They did not understand the significance of the bread. They did not know WHY they were partaking. They also failed to recognize that the broken body of the Lord was meant to bring them health and wholeness. Nowhere does it say that Paul told them to examine themselves to see if there was sin in their lives and that this would be the governing factor whether they could partake or not.           

The manner in which we partake is the key. This is what determines whether we experience the benefits of the Lord’s body or not. If our attitude is, “It’s just a piece of bread,” then that is what it will be. But we will have robbed ourselves of the bread’s life-giving effects, and making His work of the cross ineffective and powerless. 

SATAN Is No Match For Those Who Believe In The
Power Of COMMUNION
 
I believe that for a long time, the devil has tried to blind the church to the power of the Lord’s body. “Stay alert!” Peter said. “Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). But he is no match for those who have faith in the power of Jesus’ broken body. 

Here is an example of overcoming a spiritual attack through partaking of the Lord’s Supper:  

Suwen, an Asian Christian lady in her twenties was part of a group flying to Israel when she experienced an attack from Satan. 

She developed deep vein thrombosis during the flight to Israel. This is a rare condition that results from a blood clot in a deeply situated vein in the thigh or leg. It’s called “economy class syndrome” because some people develop this condition when the seats are cramped and humidity is low. If the clot makes it’s to the lung, it can cause respiratory failure, which can result in death. 

Suwen felt pain in her right calf during the flight. As she was getting off the plane, Suwen suddenly collapsed. Her eyes rolled up and she started foaming at the mouth. The airline personnel called for an ambulance to take her to the hospital. 

On the way to the hospital, her heart suddenly stopped. The clot had traveled from her leg to her heart and finally to her lungs, causing cardiac arrest. When the ambulance reached the hospital, she had already turned blue. They wheeled her to the accidents and emergency ward where they tried to resuscitate her. 

The doctors asked for Suwen’s next of kin because they believed she was not going to survive. They were about to pronounce her dead, but miraculously, after a last-ditch account, they managed to revive her heart. 

However, Suwen was in critical condition. The clot made breathing difficult. She was unconscious with tubes running through her nose and throat. The doctors monitored Suwen closely, fearing the clot might bring about respiratory failure. 

That evening her husband, sister, and brother-in-law, who were all firm believers in the power of the Lord’s body to bring healing partook of the Lord’s Supper together, speaking health and wholeness to her body. Suwen’s family knew this was not the work of God, but an attack of the devil. 

Her condition worsened over the next few days. Suwen’s pastor and elders arrived at the hospital and also partook of Holy Communion with her, and pronounced the benefits of the Lord’s broken body upon her. They were confident that by partaking, health and wholeness would come upon Suwen. 

The next day, Suwen regained consciousness. The doctors, keeping a close watch on the clot, could no longer find it!  They did not know what to think and dared not be too optimistic. 

Doctors continued their close observation of Suwen day after day, but were unable to find the clot. She started getting stronger, and after a week was discharged. 

In the midst of an intense spiritual attack, we will experience victory when we believe that what Jesus did on the cross is greater than any attack of the devil. Once we realize how much Jesus suffered so our bodies can be made whole, we will be confident that partaking of His broken body will bring healing and health to our bodies. 

Isaiah predicted this: “He was beaten so we could be made whole” (Isa. 53:5). 

Remember that God wants you to “prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 Jn. 1:2). 

suggested thoughts while Partaking Of The Holy Communion

As you receive the elements, do not be in a hurry. This is not a ritual. This is your time to receive healing in your body. You are about to personally experience afresh, Jesus’ love for you

Hear Him say to you, “Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for YOU.” See Jesus’ eyes burning with love as he says to you, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for YOU.” 

Visualize the Lord carrying all your sins in his body on the cross, and also taking on his body your physical conditions. If you have a tumor, picture the tumor on his body. Whatever disease you might have, see it on his body. It is no longer on you. The scriptures confirm this: “Surely he bore your sins and carried your diseases” (Isa. 53:4). 

See His health come upon you. As you partake, release your faith in the bread and wine. 

Hold the bread in your hand and say to yourself:  

“Thank You Jesus for your broken body. It is for my healing, my spouse’s healing, and my children’s healing. Thank you that by your stripes, by the beatings you bore, by the lashes that fell on your back, we are completely healed. I believe and I receive.” 

Take the cup in your hand and say: 

“Thank You Jesus, for the new covenant cut in your blood. Your blood has brought me forgiveness and washed me from every sin. I thank You that Your blood has made me righteous. As I drink, I celebrate and partake of the inheritance of the righteous, which is preservation, healing, wholeness, and prosperity.” 

This is one of the many channels whereby healing and wholeness can be obtained. While there are others, this one is very powerful. 

The very act of eating and drinking,
and realizing God’s great love in providing forgiveness and healing for us,
draws us closer to him and enhances our faith to believe more strongly
for what the scriptures tell us he has provided for us.


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