The Power Of Bread And The Wine

What is the greatest blessing that we can have in life? It is “Devine Health!” Divine health is not a term found in the Bible, it is actually a man made term, that has been handed down from generation to generation. Many people have used this term, but only a few people actually understand what they are saying.

How do we define “Divine Health?” Divine health is people who are completely free from diseases and sickness through divine intervention from God, at least that is what the world defines as “Divine Health.”

What does ‘Divine Health” look like for us today and are we living in that “Divine Health” today? God has a better definition for “Divine Health” and His definition is this: “People are free from diseases and sickness in the physical body, free from anxiety, free from fear and free from bitterness, having their minds filled with peace and rest, being successful with everything that they do and being sound physically, mentally and spiritually through divine intervention by God forever.”

Satan, has blinded most people to the truth, because he does not want people to know the what Jesus Christ has already given us, that is “Divine Health.” Our problem is simple, we keep trying to get something that has already been given to us. “Divine Health,” is one of the finished works of Jesus. To the world, money and being wealthy is the best blessing that anyone can have, but we know that this is not true, because when we are sick or have a terminal disease, money cannot cure us. Let me share with you a story in the Bible, that I like to call “The Woman With The Issue Of Blood.” This story is found Luke 8:43, ‘Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any.” From reading this one verse of Scripture we can gather some important facts. The woman had money and wealth, but she also had a terminal illness. Blood was flowing from her body continuously. So she did what any person who is this position would do, she hired doctors to care for her, but all the doctors that she had hired could not cure her. When she had used up all of her money, where the doctors could do nothing more for her, and no medicine they gave her was working, she was left to her own fate, because the doctors said that there is no cure and no hope. How many of us have heard that told to us? When people are sick, they only want to be cured. They only want to be healthy. From our Scripture verse, we know that this woman was one of these people.

Somehow, and the Bible doesn’t tell us, but this woman heard about Jesus of Nazareth, so she gained all the strength she could muster inside of herself to go and find this man Jesus. She did the unthinkable for any Jewish woman to do and that is to go into the crowd, knowing that she could be put out if people knew she was unclean. She reached through the crowd of people all around Jesus and with great faith, touched Him. She touched the hem of His garment. Now to you and me, this really didn’t make any sense, but to this Jewish woman, it was all that she needed to be healed. Why your probably asking? Jewish tradition from the High Priest. I know that this is a lot to take in, but what I am about to share with you will make perfect sense. When a high priest is chosen, oil is poured over the priest from his head and it would flow down the persons face and beard all the way to the feet. This was the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This woman not only saw Jesus as a prophet, but as the High Priest with the anointing oil that flows over Him. By faith she reached out, knowing in her heart, that if she would just touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be healed.

When we are sick, we can’t enjoy money, relationships, family or anything else. The world views a person who is wealthy, with money as someone who is powerful, this is a false assumption. Divine health is far more a blessing than any amount of money or wealth. I believe, that divine health is a true blessing, because it helps us enjoy all the blessing of God while we are still alive in these bodies. Even while Jesus was here on the earth, He always brought healing to the people that He ministered to. Acts 10:38 says, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” As can be seen here in this verse of Scripture, Jesus healed people all the time. Does God do this today? Yes, but do not take my word for it, look at what the Bible says, turn to Psalms 105:37, “He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.” This verse of Scripture is talking about the children of Israel, when they were being delivered from the slavery of Egypt, there was not one of them who was sick, diseased, blind, lame or feeble when they left Egypt. They were all in divine health. They were all whole! If it is God’s will for us to be in divine health, then why are so many of us sick, diseased, blind, lame, oppressed, depressed and we are dying prematurely? The Bible gives us the answer, turn to 1 Corinthians 11:29-30, “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.” Paul was given the reason that people in Corinth were sick, diseased and died prematurely. They did not discern the Lord’s body.

What does discern mean? The Corinthians did not know why they were partaking of the bread [the body of Christ] at the Lord’s table. This is why they were not receiving “Divine Health” and the reason that they were sick, diseased and died prematurely. If we will discern the the body of Christ when we take the “Bread,” we will see health and wholeness. When we do not discern the body, then we allow sickness, disease to enter in. partaking of thee the “Bread” and knowing what the Lord Jesus has already done, will strengthen our bodies, souls, and spirits.

Most people believe that if they live a healthy lifestyle, this will keep them from receiving sicknesses and diseases, but this is just another false hope. I have personally known people who have lived very healthy lives, but they still ended up dying prematurely from a sickness or a disease. God wants us to turn to Him and pray to Him for the answers. You see, we do not fight a flesh and blood enemy, we fight an enemy of principalities, dark powers, and pure evil. God knows this and He has given us the means to combat the enemy, with the “Bread and the Wine.” Only God can give us “Divine Health,” but we have to surrender ourselves to Him. We have to yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. God has ordained the taking of the bread and wine for our healing, deliverance and our complete wholeness. The apostles knew this, they knew that if they would keep taking communion even after Jesus left the earth that they would remain healthy and whole. Acts 2:42 says , “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” What was the “apostle’s doctrine?” Let us take a look at what the Amplified Bible says, “And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.” The disciples of Jesus, did as Jesus had instructed them to do and wherever they went, they took communion, remembering what Jesus had already done. Read Acts 2:43, “Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.” The disciples took and broke bread with others and with the taking of communion there were many signs and wonders happening.

There are still many people who do not have a grasp on the power that is in the “Bread and the Wine.” The devil has influenced the church doctrine of communion, it is not just to be done just in the church building, it is to be done at home, at work, or whenever we want. It is not a ritual to be performed because of religion. it is the truth to be shared by true believers of Christ Jesus. It is to be done at home with our spouses. It is to shared with our children, not only shared with them, but the true meaning needs to be explained to them. Children need to understand the significance of communion. we all need to know why Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19) God wants us to restore the true meaning of the “Bread and the Wine.”

Let us now take a deeper look into the meaning of the “Bread” [the body of Christ] and how by His body He gives us health, strength and long life. Why do you think that this is so? When we take the ‘Bread” we are remembering what Jesus has already done for us. Paul did not say, we are not discerning the blood or the wine, he said that we are not discerning the body or the “Bread.” He said that this is what is making us sick, diseased and die prematurely. Many of us believe that the body and the blood are for the forgiveness of sins, but again this is a false doctrine. The body or the “Bread” does one thing while the blood or the “Wine” does another, they cannot be the same. yes they are the elements of communion, the blood for the forgiveness of sins and the body for our healing.

Most of us are able to discern the power of the blood, we agree that the blood or the “Wine” if for forgiveness of sin. Look at what Colossians 1:13-14 says, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Also look at what Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” From these Scriptures, we know that Jesus shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, so when we take and drink the “Wine” we remember what Jesus did for us by not just covering our sin with His blood, but we know that he washed the sin away. We remember what the blood of Christ did for us, by making us righteous in God’s eyes. We thank Him for the shedding of this blood and giving us right standing before God so that we can enter boldly into His presence. We thank Him for letting us have intimacy with the Father and we now know that we can walk with Him again in the cool of the day, just like Adam did in the Garden of Eden and we know that wen we pray, He hears us. Yes many of us can discern the “Blood or the Wine.”

This is not so much the case with the “Body or the Bread.” Please hear me…we must know what the “Bread” means. Jesus told us that the “Bread” represents His body which was broken for us, it is our healing. How do we know this? We have to look into the Bible and turn to Mark 7:25-27, “For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.  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.” First let us look at who this woman was, she was a Greek, Syro-Phoenician woman, which meant that she was a Gentile, not a Jew. We have to understand that Jews and Gentiles did not like each other and that the Jews called Gentiles ‘Dogs.” Now we have to ask the question, “What did Jesus mean when He said, “The Children’s Bread?'” He was talking about healing! When Jesus said that by throwing the “Bread” to the little dogs, he was saying to the woman, that He was not here for the Gentiles, but for God’s children; the Jewish people. The woman was not a Jew, she was a Gentile, so Jesus was saying that “Divine Healing” was for God’s covenant people only.

Why is the “Bread” for healing, since healing was not what the woman wanted for her daughter, after all her daughter was possessed by a demon, she was not in need of healing, but a deliverance. Jesus was saying to this woman that the devil oppresses and evil spirits possess people and place sickness and disease upon them. Let us take a look at what Acts 10:38 says, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Jesus went everywhere and healed people who were oppressed by the devil. Diseases and sicknesses are a form of oppression from Satan and all of us need God’s healing. Jesus saw healing as the “Children’s Bread.” Let us go back to Mark 7:28, “And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” This woman, although she was a Gentile, had faith in Jesus to heal her daughter. She knew that just a small crumb of healing from Jesus was enough for her daughter to be whole again. Jesus then tells her this in Mark 7:29, “Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” What did this woman do to receive the healing? She took the crumbs from under the table and her daughter was delivered and set free.

What does it mean to discern the “Body?” Let us again take a look into God’s Word for the answer, read Matthew 26:26, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” First we must see that Jesus took the “Bread” and He blessed it, What does this mean? When He took the “Bread” He gave thanks for it to His Father. After He had given thanks for it, He breaks the bread and then He gives it to His disciples. Jesus wanted them to see for themselves that the “Bread” symbolized His body broken for them. His broken body would be given to each of them as the ‘Bread” for their healing. He was giving them His “Body” to them to take and eat and receive their healing. Even today as we break the “Bread” during communion, we are taking of the Lord’s “Body” so that we can be healed. Jesus gives us His “Body the Bread” that is full of life, health and wholeness. The disciples knew this, because they never saw Jesus sick. They knew this because just being near Jesus filled them overflowing with life. Now here at this moment in time Jesus was giving them what He already had, abundance of health and wellness. Jesus was so full of life and healing virtue, even His clothes were immersed in it. Do you remember the woman with the issue of blood, she only had to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe and she was healed. makes me wonder how many more people were filled with life, by just being in the presence of Jesus. I even wonder how the Roman soldiers who threw lots for Jesus’ clothing must have felt the healing inside of their bodies. can you just imagine the person who put on the sandals that Jesus wore, I bet his feet were never the same, or the man who got the robe that Jesus wore, his whole being must have changed. Even the person who took the crown of thorns off Jesus’ head, he must have experienced things that he could not explain. Life abundant life, flowed from Jesus and the disciples knew that when they would brake the ‘Bread” they were eating and digesting Jesus’s life force and healing would come to them.

Whenever we take and brake the “Bread” and give thanks, we must always discern what this “Bread” means. That this is the body of Jesus that is broken for us so that we can have life in abundance. When we take and eat this “Bread” we are to take in faith that the abundant life will be inside of us and that health, “Divine Health,” has already been placed into our bodies. We must claim this as one of the finished works of Jesus Christ. Our bodies are going to become stronger, our mentality is going to strengthen, and not only that but our spirits are going to strengthen as well. Isiah 533:4 says:

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Jesus bore our griefs [sicknesses], He carried our sorrows [pain], He was esteemed stricken [reckoned] and He smitten by God and afflicted. This means that his body took on all the sicknesses of the world, those back in his time and those we see at the present and those that will come in the future. Think about that for a moment. Jesus took every pain for us and every diseases known back then, known today and to be known in the future. This tells me that me that Jesus knew of the virus we are experiencing today and the good news is that He has already healed us from it. It is one of the finished works that He has already done. Isaiah goes on to say this in the next verse:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”

Jesus was wounded [pierced through] for our transgressions, He was pierced through His head with the crown of thorns, so that we could be healed from our mental illnesses. He was pierced through with the nails in his hands and feet to give us healing to all parts of our body from top to bottom. He was pierced through in His side and heart so that we are healed from every emotional pain. Jesus was bruised [crushed] for our iniquities so that we can be healed from the trauma we suffers from others. The let downs from our friends, or the hurt from being betrayed just to name a few. Jesus had the chastisement for peace laid upon Him, and by His stripes [the blows that cut into his flesh] we are healed. Take a look at Matthew 8:17, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.'” My friends, this confirms that Jesus did not only take our sins to the cross, but He also took our sicknesses, diseases, and all pain to the cross as well. Luke 22:15-20 says, “Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;  for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

The Old Testament is the shadow of the New Testament, the “Passover” was the shadow of what Christ Jesus did on the cross. The blood on the lintel and the door posts were for our pain, diseases, and sicknesses. The first Passover was for a lamb to be slaughtered and the blood placed to be placed on the lintel and the door posts so that the destroyer would Passover. John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus was the perfect lamb for the slaughter, His blood is what keeps the destroyer from harming us. In the first Passover, they were told to roast the lamb and eat it, I believe that when they consumed the body of the lamb, their bodies were healed from all sicknesses and diseases. The Bible says in Psalms 105:37 “He brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among Hos tribes.”

We have healing through the ‘Bread or the Body” and we have our sin removed through the “Wine or the Blood” When we believe and discern the “Body,” we receive “Divine Healing.” I know this to be true, because my wife has a history of “gout.” The Lord told us to take “Communion” for a week. After one day of communion, there was no more gout. She went to the doctor and she gave a testimony to her doctor of the healing power of God to him. So today wherever you are at, take the time and take the “Bread and the Wine,” and receive your healing too. Remember to do this, “In remembrance of Jesus and what He has already done.”

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