The ordinance of Holy Communion was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ the last night before His death. “… and he (Jesus) said unto them, with desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk 22:15). Jesus instituted it to be observed by the militant church until the end of this Age.
For a genuine Christian Holy Communion is a double-edged sword. If you don’t take it at all you are disobeying a direct commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ who said “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (Jn 6L53-57). Failure to east the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus puts a question mark on one’s salvation and walk of faith.
Taking Holy Communion unworthily makes you liable to fall sick or die physically before your time, although you may still qualify to be raptured other things being equal. “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” (1Cor 11:29-30).
Taking Holy Communion perfunctorily like once or twice a year amounts to half obedience. It should be taken often. The command of Scripture is “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1Cor 11:26). Half obedience is as the sin of witchcraft. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1Sam 15:23). Proclaiming the Lord’s death by communing with the triune God should be a daily experience.
How often would you like to meet with the person you love – weekly, monthly, yearly or none at all? The Lord expects His followers to take Holy Communion worthily on regular basis as a demonstration of their love for Him.
#Reinventing the Apostles’ Standards
Every human activity on earth promotes either God or Satan. Activities create relationships. In the final analysis, relationships operate like marriage.
Marital relationships have time and eternal dimensions. Except Adam, Eve and the Lord Jesus Christ, all of mankind come into the world married to Satan.
The New Birth in actuality means divorce from Satan and remarriage to Jesus Christ. Human marriage is an avoidable option.
Sexual intimacy is a joyful experience. It has a commensurate responsibility. To seek the joy of coition without the responsibility attached to it is the religion of depraved humanity. In this religious atmosphere, Satan is glorified and his kingdom is extolled.
There is a spirit behind every human activity. Sex is not fun. Every act of sexual intimacy outside of wedlock joined by God is a vote for Satan.
Avoid it if you want to be raptured.
Doing the Will of God
The perfect will of God for every born again Christian is person-specific. What you are doing now in God’s kingdom may be good to you, your ecclesiastical superiors and colleagues in your denominational organization. But is it the will, I mean, perfect will of God for your pilgrimage?
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (NKJV)
Some Christians are engrossed in working for God. Unfortunately, no one can work for God. God’s expectation is for His children to walk with Him and not work for Him. To walk with God is to obey Him. Mankind has nothing to give to God
The key in walking with God is to know God’s perfect will for one’s life. It may not be what you think. Every Christian has the capacity for knowing the will of God for his or her life.
The denominational environment is very exciting. But it can distract from knowing and doing the will of God. I spent more than twenty years in the ‘organized church’ thinking I was working the work of God. What a waste. Promptings of the Holy Spirit to do what I was called to do were assiduously ignored. It’s prestigious to be daddy-in—the-Lord to very important persons in society. I valued the titles and accolades. All along I knew something was missing. There was a void. And dissatisfaction too, in spite of doing well with peer acknowledgment in church work.
Many people spend a long time in church doing what they were told to do rather than what God designed for them to do. If you are not satisfied with what you are doing now, take out time to seek the face of the Lord. Trust Him to reveal your divine assignment to you and be prepared to obey Him no matter how ‘unpleasant’ or ‘belittling’ the assignment may be.
Expect restoration of lost time. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.” (Joel 2:25)