God at Work, Personal Growth

Communion With God

Communion

Communion is described as “the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.”

As I meditated on the idea of communion, and what it means, I recognized a deeper place in our relationship with God. When we take communion, it is more than thanksgiving, it is more than praise. It is mentally thinking about and internally taking in all the word tells us God has done for us through Christ.

True intimacy with God is our mental agreement with the word of God, and as we meditate, it then begins to abide not only in our head but also in our hearts. It reminds me of the scripture in Philippians 3:10-11. The AMP version of those verses read, “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] that if possible I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

When we accept Christ, our purpose then becomes to known Him, and progressively become more intimately acquainted with Him. As we being to understand His ways and His thoughts, we know the power that flows from Him. Just like any other relationship, we don’t start out knowing everything about them. It happens as we take in their words, look at their actions, understand what makes them who they are. We come to know God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit the same way.

The deeper relationship I continue to see, is for the body to move from a place of acquaintance to a deeply held friendship. When we add to it acceptance of all that He has done, we can embrace fully, the truth the He represents. When we allow the sacrifices made by Christ, to stay in the mental realm we rob ourselves of the richness of experiences that cement our knowledge of Christ and who He is to us. His sacrifice is priceless and meets every need we could ever have.

I pray every day would be a day of communion (remembrance) of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

Here are a few scriptures to start off with when you take communion. I read these in the morning when I wake up and let the words sink in. I read them before I go to sleep at night to remind myself of God’s goodness toward me. Look them up in different translations and it will help broaden your understanding of the word of God.

1 Corinthians 2: 16
I have the mind of Christ and I hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

1 Corinthians 3: 23
I belong to Christ.

1 Corinthians 11: 24 – 34
Lord, your body was broken for me. The cup I drink of is the new covenant that was ratified and is established in your blood.

As I eat and drink I represent, signify, and proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again.

I examine myself before I partake in communion. I appreciate and recognize it is the body of Christ of which I eat. I detect my own shortcomings, Lord, and recognize that without you my life is over. I have committed sins against you whether intentional or not. Please forgive me so that I would stay in right relationship with you.

Romans 7:4
I have undergone death to the law, through the crucified body of Christ, so that I now belong to Christ, who was raised from the dead in order that I may bear fruit for God.

Romans 8: 10
Christ lives in me. My spirit is alive because of the imputed righteousness of Christ.

Romans 8:11
Because the spirit of him who raised Christ Jesus from the dead dwells in me, He who raised Jesus from the dead will also restore to life my mortal body. That restoration is accomplished through His spirit who is at work in me and dwells in me.

Romans 8: 26
The Holy Spirit comes to my aid and bears me up in my weakness. And when I don’t know what prayer to offer, nor do I know how to offer it worthily as I ought to, the Holy Spirit Himself goes to meet my supplication and pleads on my behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

Romans 8: 27
God, who searches my heart, knows what is in the mind of the Holy Spirit and what his intent is. The Spirit Intercedes and pleads before God himself on my behalf, according to and in harmony with God’s will.

Romans 8: 28
God is partnering in my labors with me. All things work together and are fitting into a plan that is good for me and to me because I love God and am called according to his design and purpose.

Romans 8: 29
I am being molded into the image of his son, and inwardly I share in his likeness.

Romans 8: 30
He called me out of the very darkest place. He put me in right standing with Himself. He raised me, to a heavenly state of being or condition.

Ephesians 1:4
He chose me, picked me out for himself as his own, in Christ before the foundation of the world. He did all that so that I would be consecrated and set apart for him and would be blameless in His sight, and above reproach before him in love.

Ephesians 1:5
I was destined and planned, in love, to be adopted and revealed as God’s child through Christ Jesus in accordance with God’s will because it pleased Him. It was his kind intent that I would be awarded His glorious grace, His favor and mercy, which he freely bestowed on me in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:7-10
I have redemption, (deliverance) and Salvation through His blood. I have been forgiven of all my sins, shortcomings or trespasses according to the riches and generosity of his gracious favor, which He lavished upon me in every kind of wisdom and understanding which is practical insight and prudence, in which He made known to me the mystery (secret) of his will, his plan and purpose.

Ephesians 1:13
In Christ, I have heard the word of truth, the good news of my Salvation. I believed in and adhered to and relied on Him and was stamped with the seal of the long promised Holy Spirit.

Galatians 2: 20
I have been crucified with Christ I have shared in his crucifixion. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. I now live life in this body by faith in Jesus, the son of God. I live in adherence to and reliance on with complete trust in him, the One who gave himself up for me.

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