Friday, 9 October 2015

The Revelation of the Atonement - Day 9

Today, we're going to delve into The Meal that Heals by Perry Stone Jr, Chapter One - The Revelation of the Atonement. 
It was Jesus death on the Christ that split the temple curtain in two, who gave us a way to our Father, without an Old Testament priest who would otherwise be making atonement for us; what is this?  Atonement is when our sins are covered, at least in the old Testament, a better way now to put it; is that they are deleted. In the Old Testament the word atonement is mentioned 80 times, as it was a continual process of animal sacrifices to cover our sin, but our sin has been atoned for in the death of Jesus Christ and one way we remember this is through communion.
After the fall their was death and sickness, but God's covenant with the Abraham and the Israelites was health.  Divine health.  So why doesn't it just happen?  Why aren't we all perfect examples of health once we become Christians?  The world is still fallen, and we have to live in faith and understand our benefits under the covenant Jesus has made with us to activate our Divine Health covenant.   It's the declared Word of God that often activates things, so when I'm taking communion in faith believing that it is for my Divine Health, I'm also declaring  that my health issues of fluctuating blood sugars due to having a third of a pancreas since I was 9 and my eyes that go cross eyed when I drive amidst other things, are going to be healed.   On Day 2 I wrote a list of my health challenges, and I asked my readers to do the same. 
Jesus came to bring us salvation, and the word salvation in Greek is Sozo, which means saved, healed and delivered and this is a revelation that people worldwide are really beginning to grasp and we are starting to live in that.   One of the powerful tools God has given us to live in that is communion.  Jesus blood, as we plead it is a powerful tool against the demonic, and His body is a tool for our healing.  It's not just enough for our bodies to be healed, our minds must be healed and in line with His. 
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God you whole spirit soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  I Thess 5:23
Let's have a look at a well known prophetic portion of Scripture from Isaiah 53:3-5.  I even memorised this whole chapter at our homeschool.
"3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
If you look at this in a few different translations, it becomes clear that he was wounded for our spiritual state (transgression and iniquities) but also for our emotional (our peace) and our health (by His stripes we are healed.)  I've already mentioned this fact once, but for those who may not have gone through the whole series;  Jesus was whipped 39 times and doctors say there are 39 categories of diseases.  The matzah bread which is the traditional Passover bread made with leaven which is symbolic of sin, is also pierced and striped. Interesting, hey?
The final part of this chapter explores the question of whether it is possible to die before your time as 1 Corinthians 11:30 suggests.
"For this reason many among you are weak and sick and a number sleep."  
We've discussed previously that the reason given is because they failed to discern the Lord's body, not the blood, the body. 
There are a number of instances in the Bible where God does add days of life to peoples years, and all through the Bible it is considered a good thing to live until you are old. 
Another very interesting book on this topic is Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth.  It is filled with testimonies of people in trouble who should have died but by themselves or a friend declaring portions of Psalm 91 over them, they miraculously lived.   I've interviewed Peggy Joyce Ruth and you can read it here.
If you would like to discover more about Perry Stone and his ministry regarding The Meal that Heals, please listen to this youtube clip.    Tomorrow we will be looking at the next chapter, Carrying What You Do Not Need to Carry. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Communion and Childbirth; A Testimony - Day 8

Today I was going to continue digging deep into theology, but when my old Pastor's wife, Robyn Small sent me this testimony of how God powerfully used communion in her life, I knew someone needs to hear it, so I'm sharing it now.    Sometimes when people pray for you and you have something little wrong like the flu, they tell you to go home and take some garlic and I've been guilty of that too, but Robyn prays in the most beautiful way, yet with authority and stuff happens. 
Robyn and Allan Small are the pastors at the Range Christian Fellowship in Toowoomba and they also run the healing rooms if you live in the area.  Robyn is also the author of the quilt chats I have here on the blog.

Six years ago I was present when my daughter gave birth to her second baby, Aimee.  The birth left Lee Anna exhausted, and our Christian midwife was concerned that not all the membranes seemed to have come away.
Three days later my son in law woke me in the early hours of the morning to say that Lee Anna was in agony, and he was taking her to the hospital.  As they drove off I was filled with fear that some of those membranes were causing problems and Lee would go into toxic shock and die.  Fear just gripped me like a vice.
I knew I had to take communion for my daughter.  I couldn’t find any grape juice and the bread was all frozen, so I took a sao biscuit and some orange juice, and using these as symbols of the Body and Blood of Jesus, I declared to the heavenly realm that my daughter was under a blood covenant with God, and part of that Covenant was health, and because of what Jesus had done on the cross I was asking for my rights of health for my daughter.
At that moment, as Lee Anna and Jeff drove to the hospital, the pain left.  When the nurses examined her they could find nothing wrong.




Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Communion Songs to Meditate On - Day 6

Hey, everyone.  Are you sort of starting to settle into a bit of rhythm with your communion taking?  If not, don't worry.  My husband and I are trying to take it together just before we go to bed, with our 2 year old.  I love how the Bible doesn't put an age limit on these things.  She is ingesting Jesus life into her body just as we are.  
I just wanted to share today some of my favourite communion songs to listen to, songs that declare truth and life.  Sometimes words and music have the power to sink deeper into our brain than words alone.  Actually, it is a fact that people who are introduced to a concept through song and music before they are taught about it with words, understand and accept it better.
Maybe try meditating on one of these songs during your quiet time?
Forever by Kari Jobe - a powerful declaration of what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
You Saw Me by Hillsong - this personalises what a great big God did for me, and you.  Long before we were born, we were in His mind when Jesus went to the cross.
Nothing but the Blood - an old classic done here by Matt Redman, the very foundations of our faith.
Lead Me to the Cross by Hillsong - a beautiful song to quiet ones heart with and remember what Jesus has done. 
Power in the Name of Jesus - this is a powerful declaration to be singing over yourself as you are focusing on the power of Jesus.  Opening our mouths and singing activates spiritual forces beyond ourselves.   God created the world with the power of the Word, and we are created in His image.  What we speak has the power of life and death and declaring this one is definitely Life.
Oh the Blood by Kari Jobe - I just found this new one by Kari Jobe, she focuses on the deep things in worship. 
It's Your Blood - a beautiful hymn that I learnt in PNG, but I'm sure it has been around for a good while.  One of the most powerful communion experiences of my life.
Oh the Blood of Jesus - a new take on the Old Hymn.
Thank You  Jesus, for all that You've done, and for giving us deeper revelation and insight, and restoring communion to the place You intended it to have in our lives.  

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Monday, 5 October 2015

What About the Blood: Day 5

The past couple of days we've really focused on the bread component of communion, and today I want to focus on the blood before I start outlining another book.  If you want a visual and audio review with some more depth from Joseph Prince, you can watch a video here.
The blood we've discussed is for our forgiveness and for our atonement.  The word atonement is used 80 times in the Old Testament referring to blood sacrifices of animals and just once in the New Testament referring to Christ's atonement.   We'll dig into exactly what atonement is soon.  
Taking communion is also a way to declare to the spiritual powers and principalities Jesus death and resurrection which is powerful. 
The blood of Jesus protects and cleanses.  It is stronger than occult blood covenants and so if there is a haunted area, taking communion there can cause a breakthrough in the spiritual atmosphere.   My husband Stephen has experienced this numerous times, especially pouring out communion over the land to cleanse it from any blood pacts that have been made there, which can be hindering people's spiritual progress and causing illnesses from the curses placed upon the people who dwell there, or even cleansing the atmosphere in a new or existing home.
For an example of how this really works, have a listen to Jennifer Toledo, who also wrote one of my favourite books: Children and the Supernatural. (I realise that the audio is long, but if you can make time for it, it will truly challenge your faith and your relationship with God, I have listened to it numerous times and gained so much from it.)
1 Corinthians 11:26
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Col 2:15
New International Version
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
For a really comprehensive look on the power of the blood, have a read of these stories, including one of how a particular denomination took all the hymns regarding the blood of Jesus out of their hymnals because it was supposedly 'irrelevant and old fashioned' with devastating results.   I heard this story on Vision Radio, Australia's nationwide Christian radio service, several years ago and it has stuck with me.  I was so excited today to find the transcript for that broadcast. 

I'm linking up today at a new link up I found Sharing His Beauty.  What a perfect name for linking up this post. 

Communion and the End Times - Day 7

Hi Friends, I just want to say thanks for the responses, the comments, the facebook messages.  They mean so much and I'm so glad that you're learning and relaying this amazing foundation of our faith.  I'm learning so much with you and my confidence to talk to people about communion is growing as I understand this more.  Instead of just blundering along saying it's important, I have a real solid answer.  Now that's studying to show yourself approved.    Today I'm delving into Communion and the End Times?  Is this something you've ever thought about?  To be honest, I hadn't really either until just this week. 
At a quick glance communion will be very helpful, if we can obtain it, if the world ever goes really crazy and there are a lack of hospitals, because as we've established, it's for our healing, but also, it's not the only avenue to healing, our faith in God's Word is.  That's why it's important for us to know His Word regarding healing.  Another beautiful faith-building book to read about God's covenant of healing and protection over us is Psalm 91, by Peggy Joyce Ruth.  She delved into every word in this Psalm and explored how declaring this Psalm over yourself is really activating God's covenant with the believer.  How do I know this?  Because I was so inspired by her book that I wrote to her and interviewed her.  You can read it here. 

That's not my main thought though for this blog post.  At our wedding we shared communion, as many people do at their weddings.  I guess because it's such an important covenant between Christ and the church, we see it as a beautiful thing to share at our weddings, as they are the beginning of a covenant between a woman and man, but there's more.
A Jewish betrothal is a beautiful picture of Christ and the Bride.  We were a little extreme in our wedding and acted out this whole picture; from the husband going to the father and offering a brideprice.  Stephen offered my Dad camels and he refused asking for 2 John Deere tractors instead, but on a serious side: 
“Once the bride price was agreed on, the groom to be would offer a cup of wine.  IN accepting this cup she would agree to the covenant.  In the same way, God the Father, sought out a bride for His son.  With His own life the Son paid the brideprice and with His own blood He sealed the covenant.”

At this point Stephen offered me a cup of grape juice, which I accepted, and then he said, “ You are now set apart and consecrated to me.  I am going to prepare a place for you.  I will come for you when it is ready.  I will not drink again of this cup, until I drink it with you.” 
See at the last Supper, Jesus was also sealing us as His bride as He then went and paid the ultimate price for us, and he's not drinking of the cup again until He comes back for us.  He's gone to prepare a place for us, and we're declaring that to ourselves when we take communion.  What a precious reminder.  
 If you would like to read more about our wedding, and how it really impacted a lot of our non-Christian friends who attended, please you're welcome to.  Every wedding is special, and it mirrors our covenant with Christ and that's why that attack on marriage is so strong. 

I'm going to leave it there for today and tomorrow we're going to delve into another book entitled 'The Meal that Heals' by Perry Stone Jr.  It is so very deep and rich in ancient Jewish traditions and how Jesus fulfilled them all at the cross.  I hope you can join me.  Blessings.



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Sunday, 4 October 2015

My Communion Challenge - Don't Be Afraid to Partake - Day 4

My heart guys, as we keep delving into this, is not looking like I have this all together.  I've put this study together in love and trembling, because this year I've been looking at my faith like an insurance plan.  What exactly does my faith mean and what is included?  There's so much more than what we realise.  Just like when we sign up for whatever type of insurance plan, we don't always check out what cover is included until there's a disaster; and then we can be disappointed.  I can assure you we will always find what we need in our 'Biblical Insurance Plan' but to activate it requires faith, and I would rather be building my faith now in every area of my insurance plan than to have to wait until I'm desperately ill, broke or in fear of my life before I activate.  I would rather have confidence in God's Word, because I know it in my heart, from studying it. 
The line of a song that my sister wrote is flowing through my head now, "So wake me up if I'm sleeping, don't let me get away, don't let me get away, I'm falling in love with You." 
It's written to Jesus, because sometimes in the business of life we are 'asleep' to some of the promises in His Word.
Today I'm studying the chapter in Joseph Prince's book, 'Health and Wholeness Through the Holy Communion', titled Don't Be Afraid to Partake, which is very relevant, because this has been an issue in pretty well every church I've attended, and has stopped many people from partaking.    One Sunday I didn't partake of communion because I'd downloaded a non Christian song onto my computer.   Hmm, not sure that's exactly what God meant, but let's have a look what He did mean by this verse:
1 Corinthians 11:29-30
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgement to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you and many sleep.
I was taught that unless you have repented of all your sins, you should not partake of communion, and I'm not advocating holding onto your sins here, but unless God is showing you something right then and there, we are doing ourselves a disservice by not partaking. 
Joseph Prince talks about how the words unworthy manner here actually refer to way in which the Corinthians were doing it and getting drunk and disorderly, not about the person doing it.
They were taking unworthily because they didn't realise why they were doing it, and it wasn't doing anything for them, because they didn't realise it was for their healing, sometimes we don't either.  We need to claim in faith healing through the Holy Communion.  I've even written a specific list of health issues I'm claiming healing for. 
We should examine ourselves to see if we are claiming what God gave us communion for, our health and thanking him for our forgiveness.   Being afraid to take communion because we are too messed up, isn't that like not having a bath because we are too dirty?    The more we focus on our sin, the more it drags us down, the more we focus on our righteousness through Christ, the more sin falls away.    Of course, we confess and repent of it, and this is part of healing,
Confess your sins to God and you will be forgiven 1 John 1:9
Confess your sins to one another and you will be healed  James 5:16
Has this given us some nuggets to think on? 


Saturday, 3 October 2015

How To Discern the Lord's Body - Day 3

Hey, how are you guys going?   Have you written out your list of health issues, like we discussed yesterday, and been taking communion?  I have a couple of other families doing it with me now too, and you're totally welcome to join in.    The past couple of days we have laid the basic foundations for communion, What, Why, Where, When and Who, so check that out too, if this a new concept for you.  Today we are really going to dig into the 2nd chapter of Joseph Prince's book Health and Wholeness Through the Holy Communion, Discerning the Lord's Body.
Ready, let's go! 
The first scripture that Joseph Prince presents is:
1 Corinthians 11:29-30
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgement to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.   For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
To be honest, like Pastor Prince says here, there's never been any real teaching in any of the churches I've been at the blood is for forgiveness and the body is for healing. 
He refers to a Scripture in Mark 7:26-28
The woman was a Greek, a syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  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.
So the bread Jesus is referring to could be as healing, because it was part of God's covenant with the Jews even though many of them were not walking in it because they had honestly forgotten that it was part of their covenant, even though it stretched way back to Abraham, where he asked God for healing from barrenness for Abimelek's wife and maidservants.  Genesis 20:17
Did you know that even Matzah which is the unleavened bread used in Passover, which was what Jesus originally presented as the first communion or 'Lord's Supper' before He was crucified, is symbolic of Jesus.  The bread is made with leaven, which is previously referred to as 'sin', there was no sin in Jesus, and it is pierced as Jesus was and striped.  Jesus was striped for our healing:  'By His stripes we are healed.' Isaiah 53:5
We are going to explore Isaiah 53, in much depth in a few days, and we will discover more specifics of how Jesus heals us, even down to him receiving 39 stripes or lashes, and how medical doctors say there are 39 categories of diseases.  Profound or what? 
Jesus refers to Himself as the Bread of Life. 
Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
So discerning the Lord's body is simply realising that it is for our healing and taking it with that knowledge in mind, thanking Him for it and asking for deeper revelation.
God calls Himself our healer, way back at very first Passover, and if that was a shadow of things to come, and the lamb that was slain with it's blood marked over the doorposts for their protection, and that same lamb and bread caused them to walk out of Egypt in supernatural strength and health, then how much better is our new covenant and healing through Communion?
"He said, 'If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.'" Exodus 15:26 NIV

God, our heavenly Father, is Jehovah-rapha, "the Lord who heals you."
I have briefly outlined the 2nd chapter in Joseph Prince's book, but what I am leaving out are the testimonies, but you can find some here of people who have received healing through taking communion and discerning the Lord's body, including painful cramps during menstrual periods because of a certain medical condition and  a strained knee.  There are many more in the book especially for people with serious illnesses.
Until tomorrow, many blessings.

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