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Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)
By Garry Stopa
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How do you encourage a church plagued with sickness and bondage? The apostle Paul faced this problem with the Corinthian church. The people served God but did not experience the freedom Jesus provided. Paul made this powerful statement---know Jesus and the crucifixion.
Paul taught them about love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8), and communion (1 Corinthians 11:19-32). The cross was a demonstration of love and communion is about fellowship.
I truly believe fellowship with Jesus is the best way to release the power of God into my circumstances. This message is echoed in 2 Peter 1:2. He said, "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." Peter was teaching us to know Jesus personally and then grace and peace would multiply.
Dictionary.com* defines communion as, "the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings". Breaking bread at the communion table is a great place to study with God and learn about His love. I also like to meditate on His continual presence. I continually acknowledge His never-ending presence in my life. I bring my communion with God into my whole life.
My life has been flooded with grace. I make better decisions; many bad habits have faded away. I am more enjoyable to be with. I used to have terrible habits, many of my decisions were wrong, and I had a tendency to be rude. I sometimes wonder if it was a blessing to have so many obvious faults. I have truly seen God work in me. He has taken my weaknesses and provided me with strength to overcome them.
As I get to know the Lord Jesus Christ on a more personal level, I get a better understanding of His love for me. That is more wonderful than anything this natural life has to offer!
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