|COMMUNION – NOT A MAGICAL FORMULA
I AM REVEALED
Jun 03 2012
For this is my blood of the new testament [covenant], which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:28)
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, AFTER I first wrote a book highlighting the concept of receiving daily Communion for physical
healing, I received a letter from a woman whose husband had passed away after a battle with cancer. She read the
book and forced her husband to receive Communion every day. Within a few weeks he passed away. In her letter to
me, she was bitter and upset as she wrote, “It really doesn’t work. If there was anything to it, then my husband would
not have died.” After reading the details of her and her husband’s situation, I certainly felt compassion for her.
However, I immediately knew what caused the confusion. First was a lack of personal revelation, and second was her
perception of Communion.
The message she read in the book was not received as a personal, dynamic revelation for her husband. She forced
him to receive Communion based on what she read and not based upon his personal faith. It was similar to someone
who reads a book on how to lose weight in ten easy steps, and they give up after step two because they haven’t
dropped twenty pounds yet. This teaching must move from the printed page and reach into the depths of your spirit to
become a quickened revelation that illuminates your spirit and causes great excitement in your soul.
Also, it appeared from her letter that she perceived that receiving Communion was some sort of magical formula.
People, especially Americans, love quick fixes, including the latest fads and miracle cures. We purchase workout
equipment and get tired just looking at it. We experiment with the latest revolutionary diet that is guaranteed to
vanquish love handles. After a few weeks, if we don’t melt the pounds like Jell-O in hot water, we assume it doesn’t work
for us; we just have one of those rare bodies that don’t respond properly to the recommended formula.
Two points must be made clear. If a person believes for God to restore his or her health or bring a supernatural
healing, then any spiritual method of healing revealed in the Bible must be read through the glasses of faith. In every
miracle that Christ performed, the faith of the individual was linked to the manifestation of the miracle. If I read a
promise from the Scriptures stating that I can be born again, but I do not believe it, then that promise is automatically
void in my life. The same is true if I read about the End-Time outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but believe it is not for our
day and time. The Lord does not force His blessings upon anyone. Therefore my unbelief can make void the promises
of God for me personally (Matthew 13:58). If an individual reads the promises of healing through the atoning work of
Christ and does not believe it, then he will not receive it. Here is what the Bible tells us:
rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV)
special services. When ministering in the altar services I have observed the difference between a person who is
expecting the Lord to move on his or her behalf and the person who is coming forward just to see what may happen
when the prayer is offered. Almost every time, those who have a high level of faith and expectancy are the ones who
leave with the blessing. It has been my experience that those who come forward and go through the routine of prayer
without much feeling, revelation of the Spirit, or anticipation of an expected result seldom receive a breakthrough at that
moment. They often depart the altar, saying, “Just keep praying for me.”
When receiving Communion with the emphasis of releasing God’s healing anointing into our body, soul, or spirit, we
should never simply go through the physical motions with an attitude of, “Let’s see if this works.” We need to
understand Communion in terms of God’s covenant with man, since redemption and the cross are the key to unlocking
the promises of the new covenant.
WHAT IS A COVENANT?
Your English translation of the Bible is divided into two sections called the Old and New Testaments. The English word
testament alludes to a last will and testament, which reveals the benefits left to a family after the death of the testator.
Another term is old covenant and new covenant. Since some Christians consider the Old Testament to be outdated
and done away with, I prefer to call them the first covenant and the second covenant: the first being the covenant in the
Old Testament, and the second being the one initiated with Christ. The sixty-six books of the Bible are a summary of
God’s covenants with mankind.
The Hebrew word for covenant is berit, and it speaks of a binding contract between two people. The covenants of God
are binding contracts between Him and the person(s) involved. Some of God’s covenants include:
Every covenant was, in some way, sealed in blood. In the days after the Flood, Noah burned sacrifices on the altar and
God made an agreement that the earth would never be destroyed by water again. In the Abrahamic covenant, the
physical act of circumcision was the sign that a Jewish male had “cut the covenant” with God. On the eighth day, every
male child was circumcised in the flesh of their foreskin as a token of the Hebrew covenant with God. This was a
physical sign that the male child would be raised to believe in the God of Abraham and that he would be raised in a
covenant relationship (Genesis 17:11-12).
After the resurrection of Christ and the grafting in of the Gentiles into the church, it was no longer necessary for a
believer in Christ to be physically circumcised in his flesh. Paul taught that true circumcision was when God removed
the hardness of a person’s heart after that person accepted Christ and the new covenant. Under the new covenant,
water baptism replaced the physical act of circumcision.
the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the
faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:11-12)
and, as an adult, he could be cut off from among the people (Genesis 17:14). Water baptism is so important to the
salvation process that Christ taught that people should repent of their sins and be baptized. In the Book of Acts, Peter
linked repentance and water baptism to the act of salvation (Acts 2:38).
Water baptism identifies you publicly as a believer in Christ. It is a picture of you being buried in Christ and coming up
out of the water with a new life. In the early church, baptism immediately followed a person’s conversion to Christ (Acts
2:38; 8:12, 38; 9:18; 10:48; 16:15; 18:8; 19:5; 22:16). Water Baptism should be emphasized the moment a person
comes to Christ.
The act of participation in the Communion meal also identifies you as a believer in Christ.
THE PRAYER OF FAITH AND THE COMMUNION MEAL
When I began to understand the spiritual truth behind the power of Communion, one of the important areas of
illumination was the power of Communion as it relates to faith and healing.
There are many methods of healing found in the Scriptures. There is healing by speaking the Word, healing through a
manifestation of the Spirit, healing through the gifts of the Spirit, and healing through the prayer of faith. We are told
that the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise them up (James 5:15).
During a prayer of faith, the lack of faith (or unbelief) can become a hindrance to the prayer being answered. There
are times when a person’s faith may be stronger than other times, and we often judge the power of our prayers on the
circumstances or feelings surrounding the request. For example, we might think that a migraine headache is no
problem for God to heal, but terminal cancer is another story. In many methods of healing, the manifestation comes as
a result of the person’s faith.
The same is true with Communion. A person must believe in healing power of Christ’s body and blood, and that the
redemptive anointing of Christ is working in his or her body to produce healing and strength. Faith is the path that all
spiritual blessings follow. Communion is powerful because it is based upon God’s covenant with us. When I receive
Communion, I sense such a relief knowing that I am leaning, not on another person’s prayers or another person’s faith,
but upon simple trust in God’s covenant! It takes the human pressure off a person who thinks he or she must have a
stronger faith, a special atmosphere, or a greater anointing to see a manifestation of healing.
HEALING CRUSADES AND CONFERENCES
In the 1940’s and 1950’s there were many ministers who operated in the gifts of healing and miracles as spoken of in I
Corinthians 12:7-10. Multitudes attended these meetings, and many were healed of sicknesses and diseases. My
father recalls how people would say, “If I can just get to the big tent revival of Brother So-and-so, I will be healed.” Many
times they were healed because they released their faith, not in the man, but in the anointing present when he prayed
for the sick.
In those days there might be thousands of people attending the service each night. The ministers often sat in chairs
and prayed for hours on end for individuals in the prayer line. The ministers would become weary and, if a person was
missed in the prayer line, he or she left disappointed. Today there are people who attend healing meetings and leave
disappointed because the minister didn’t call them out or the Lord didn’t seem to have His eye on them. The secular
unbeliever often mocks these meetings and considers them a sham or a show. This causes stress on the ministers who
walk in this calling, because the sincere ones have a burden for people and are often accused of being a fraud
because someone was prayed for who wasn’t healed.
One great minister in the 1940’s was told by a skeptical preacher, “If you can really heal the sick, go to the local hospital
and pray for them to be healed. Empty out the intensive care unit.” The man answered, “You are a preacher. Why don’
t you go to the hospital and win them all to the Lord? Get everyone saved if you believe in salvation.” The skeptic
replied, “a person must believe in order to be saved.” The healing minister replied, “And a person must believe in order
to be healed!”
Others seeking healing often believe there must be a certain atmosphere created to ensure the healing prayer has
worked. Even some minister cannot operate under an “anointing” unless the stage, the music, and the lighting are set
God does use people to minister to others, and He does bring special miracles through the anointing of His Spirit (Acts
19:11). However, I believe the most perfect way of receiving anything from the Lord is through your own personal faith
in the Word. This is why Communion is so powerful. God is true to His covenant. He is true to His Word. He has
magnified His Word above His name (Psalm 138:2). God is so true to His covenant that when He threatened to destroy
the Hebrews for worshiping the golden calf, Moses simply reminded God of His covenant with Abraham. With that
reminder, the Lord repented of His decision to destroy Israel (Exodus 32:14).
ACTING OUT YOUR FAITH
Faith without works (action) is dead (James 2:26). Often before Christ healed the sick, He asked the person to perform
an act of faith to demonstrate that the person believed for his miracle. For example, Jesus said:
Years ago a gifted evangelist had great results ministering to the sick. Before prayer he would tell folks to act out their
faith by doing what they could do; for example, to move a part of their body or begin praising God in advance. A young
girl had been involved in an accident and was paralyzed from the neck down. She began moving her eyes up and down
as a sign of her faith that God would heal her. The minister knew what she was doing; she was acting on her faith in the
only manner she could – by moving the only thing she could move, her eyes. As he prayed for her, the power of God
rushed through her body, and she was able to stand up and walk. Her mother was so shocked that she fainted!
By taking the time to prepare the Communion supper and spend time meditating on Christ and His covenant, you are
acting on your faith. You would not take time to go through the process if you did not consider Communion an act of
great importance in your life. God loves to see people act their faith, and he loves it when we understand His
covenant. The Bible says:
The Old Testament was based upon obedience to the written law of God recorded in the five books of Moses called the
Torah. The new covenant is based upon walking in repentance and forgiveness and acting upon the promises given in
the New Testament. Paul taught that we have a better covenant established on better promises (Hebrews 8:6). By
definition, a promise is a divine assurance of something good. Below are a few of the many promises given to believers
in the New Testament:
Receiving Communion is both an act of faith and an act of obedience. God is moved toward us when He sees us act
upon our faith in His Word and believe the words of His covenant. Jesus said it this way:
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7)
THE MEAL THAT HEALS, by Perry Stone, Copyright 2008, Charisma House.
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