"The Power of Communion and
5 Spiritual 'Nutrients' for Your Digestion"
By Ben Peters
God has been speaking to me about His plans to prepare His Church for the spiritual battles and victories that they have only begun to experience. While
Christians in the Middle East, Asia and many countries in Africa have experienced very intense warfare and opposition from hostile religions and governments, the Western Church has had a relatively soft existence and has not been seriously training for war
until more recently.
God is saying that He is going to be taking us to a much deeper understanding of the military power in both the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. He also wants us to
understand the secret authority He gives us in the sacraments of baptism and communion.
Both power and authority at a whole new level are already available, but our enemy has distracted us to keep us from
discovering and experiencing the superior power that we have over him. He has, as it were, clogged the arteries of the flow of God's power, so whatever spiritual nutrition comes to us comes in depleted amounts because of blockages and hindrances. We then,
in turn, have little to pass on to others since we didn't seem to get enough for our own needs.
Unclogging the "Arteries"
Just as the arteries of
your body can be clogged from an unhealthy diet, so the arteries of the Body of Jesus Christ can be clogged by spiritual health issues. The good news from Heaven is that the Great Physician has diagnosed the problem and is unclogging the spiritual arteries
of His own Body. They said, "Physician, heal Yourself..." (Luke 4:23), and that is exactly what He is doing. He is healing His own Body on Earth.
We, as His Body, must agree and submit to any operation
that He feels is necessary for us to properly function as healthy members of His Body. Everything He is doing is for our good, even if it doesn't feel so great, and it will enable us to fight effectively and secure glorious victories against the enemy. In
the process, we will discover how awesome and amazing He is. We will draw so much nearer to Him in intimate fellowship and experience glimpses of the glory of Heaven.
Our bodies are totally dependent on
a continuous flow of oxygen and other nutrients to every cell, supplied by the blood stream, flowing from cell to cell and organ to organ. If this blood flow is restricted by blockages, our cells will suffer malnutrition and they will not function well. If
blockages get severe, life-threatening heart attacks or strokes may occur.
The Body of Christ is also dependent on the flow of the Holy Spirit, who supplies us with all the spiritual nutrition the Body
of Christ could ever need to keep it strong and healthy. But if we grieve or quench the work of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19), He cannot freely flow from member to member or church to church. Sadly, we've seen a lot of grieving and
quenching in our lifetime. This has created serious blockages in the flow of the Holy Spirit through the arteries of the Body of Jesus Christ.
What the arteries need to keep them clean is a healthy supply
of fiber. While we tend to prefer sweet and starchy pastries, our arteries are crying out for fiber to keep them cleaned out and free flowing. Fiber is abundant in the food that God created for us to eat. However, we have often preferred processed and refined
foods. The result is heart disease, the number one killer in western nations.
5 Spiritual "Nutrients" for Your Digestion
I believe spiritual fiber
and other important spiritual nutrients are digested when we read and reread the whole Bible and follow God's principles and priorities for the Christian life. Let me identify a few of these:
1. God created
us and not visa versa. He has the master plan. He doesn't exist to meet our needs, although He does that. We exist to meet His desires for intimacy and fellowship.
2. We are at war! His Kingdom of light
is at war with the kingdom of darkness. We must be sober and vigilant and never let down our guard. Our desires should not be just to have a nice, comfortable existence and then go to Heaven. Our desires should be to seek first the expansion of His Kingdom,
which if we do, He promises to provide our every need (Matthew 6:33).
3. The Body of Christ is one Body, not many little bodies (1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:4). We must pray earnestly for unity so
that the world will believe that Jesus was sent by the Father in Heaven (John 17:21-23).
4. Baptism represents a promise and a willingness to live and to die for the Master we have chosen to follow, serve
and be taught by. "And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (Revelation 12:11). This is how we overcome. As His disciples, we commit ourselves to our Master out of deep
appreciation for His work, and for the benefit of being known as one of His disciples.
5. Communion is the sharing of the Body and Blood of Christ. "For we, though many, are one bread and one Body, for
we all partake of that one bread" (1 Corinthians 10:17). We need to more fully understand the power available to us through communion. Many have taught on communion, but most have missed a most significant aspect. I believe God spoke to me that HE is going
to open the eyes of His Church to this incredible blessing in order to empower His Body to experience great spiritual victories in these turbulent times.
What Is the Important Truth Regarding Communion?
What is this important truth regarding communion? I have expanded on this teaching in two of my books, "Holy How?" and "God's Favorite Number." The nutshell version is as follows:
Jesus meant it when He said, "This is My Body, which is broken (divided up) for you." He was talking about His work, which He accomplished, in His earthly body through His dependence on the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit.
I once asked a group, "Why did Jesus need a body, and why do we need bodies?" A long-haired worship leader answered, "So we can do stuff." Jesus had a body so He could do stuff. He still has a Body on this earth – His Church – and He
still wants to do stuff through His Body.
Paul continued his communion teaching in 1 Corinthians (chapters 10, 11 and 12) where he taught on the gifts of the Spirit and the Body of Christ. When Jesus said,
"This is My Body," and shared the loaf with them, He was giving them His ministry divided up among them, as described in chapter 12. The gifts empower each member of the Body to function in support of the rest of the Body.
Jesus divided up His spiritual authority and gifts among His disciples and was telling them that they could do what He did (John 14:12), because they were to become His Body. The devil would kill His physical body, but He preempted and outfoxed
the evil one by giving His body away before He died. His gifts were transferred to his disciples by the same Holy Spirit who had empowered Him at His own baptism.
He prophetically declared by His actions
that, as the Son of Man, He was committed to being a disciple of His Father in Heaven. He would do and say what He would see and hear from His Father. He would go wherever He was sent and be willing to die for His Father.
I believe the cup, the New Covenant through His Blood, represents the Holy Spirit, who flows through the Body of Christ and empowers each member with these gifts, just as the blood empowers the cells and organs of our bodies. Confirming Scriptures
can be found in Jeremiah 31:31-33 and Ezekiel 36:26-27. The New Covenant is God's Holy Spirit living in our spirits. Jesus said the New Covenant was in His Blood. Thus, the cup represents the Holy Spirit and the bread represents the gifts that He empowers.
God reminded me of one more thing regarding communion. Paul recorded the words of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 11:24, "...Do this in remembrance of Me." When we remember someone who has passed away, we don't focus totally
on the way they died. Rather, we focus on the way they lived and what they accomplished with their lives. I believe Jesus wanted his disciples to remember what He had done with His life as well as His death. He had loved the children, taught the humble, healed
the sick, cast out demons, cleansed the lepers and raised the dead before He finally laid down His life for our salvation. Then He gave them the authority and power to do the same.
A Word from the Lord
This is what I believe God spoke to my spirit:
"I am going to visit My people and empower them to win many battles in the days ahead. I am going to help them understand
and appropriate what I gave them when I gave them communion. They will not just remember My pain and suffering, but they will remember the fact that I have empowered them to defeat their enemy and to do what I had done on the earth in My season of ministry.
"I am blessing My Church, those who truly love Me, with a much greater level of power and authority on their spiritual gifts, as well as the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This will give them a great advantage over their
earthly foes, who are empowered by My enemy.
"I will show them that there is nothing to fear when they appropriate what I give them, when they celebrate communion together. The level of disunity and dysfunction
that exists in My Body today cannot be overcome outside of a supernatural visitation. Therefore, I am preparing to shake Heaven and Earth to enlighten and empower My people.
"Do not be dismayed by the
attacks of the enemy. Receive My empowerment and go forth with a new awareness of what I did for you on the Cross. Remember Psalm 103:1-6 ('Forget not all His benefits') and Isaiah 53. My death was not just for your salvation, but for everything you need on
the earth. Take courage, receive strength and don't forget your benefits as My disciples."
Let's allow God to remove any blockages caused by fear, anxiety, pride, selfish ambition, addictions, etc., and
receive the blessings provided for us in the communion ceremony. Let's consume a balanced spiritual diet with lots of healthy nutritional fiber. Let's pursue unity and love for the whole Body of Christ. If we do what we can do, God will surely do what He can
do and fulfill His promises to His Body, His Bride, His Holy Temple.
Blessings and love to all!
By Ben R. Peters
Kingdom Sending Center
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Communion with the Lord Jesus
By the unction of the Holy Spirit, the Intercessor discovered that in order to get into a deeper level of intimacy with the Lord, she could
only obtain it only through communion on a daily basis thereby “eating His flesh and drinking His blood."
"Drink full of His glorious power, as you enter into the depths of
His blood and body and partake in one of the most intimate unions with Jesus Christ.
32 Then Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from
heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto
them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the
Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did
eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said,
This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
For the first time in a long time, she began to have a “vision” as the music played, while she was awake. She had just had communion
with the Lord and as she was sitting in a chair, she saw a door. The door was an ancient door. It looked extremely heavy. It was a “timbered barrier” between the earthly dimension and the heavenly dimension. The Intercessor was handed a beautiful
"Key to Love" made of pure gold. She somehow knew, the key head design was the symbol for “Love.” It was very ornate and wonderful to behold! She held the key in her hand and she knew also, that this key was also the “Key of David.”
The presence of her Beloved gripped her as she reached toward the keyhole of the door with this elaborate key, shaking in His presence.
heavy, easily, she opened the door. Extraordinary light flooded in her earthly realm and she took in a deep breath. The light was very tangible and she could “feel” it! It had warmth to it . . . the warmth of His “Love” surrounded her.
His presence of “Love” engulfed her. She was trembling. Everything seemed to move in slow motion. It was easier for her to take it all in. She is invited to step into the doorway into the heavenly, spiritual realm. She stepped through the threshold.
The Intercessor “heard” the thought, “lift your hands up.” She took a deep breath and lifted them up, unsteady from His immense presence. A gown of pure, beautiful white,
yet extremely colorful, indescribable iridescent light in simple design dropped over her body. The gown was of many colors, shimmering, and “alive” somehow with tiny diamonds cut to capture the light and radiantly shine back so she could see the
unearthly glimmer of many beautiful colors as it fell down over her body.
As she stepped through the doorway, she heard “I in you and you in Me . . . I in you and you in Me!” Lastly, for a
third time, “I in you and you in me!” Through communion she was allowing God to enter her, cleanse her, and be one with her. She was now entering into His chambers . . . end of vision. She wept in joy, until the essence of His presence left. She
The Intercessor “knew” exactly what the diamonds in her gown represented. The diamonds represented the pressures and the intense warfare she was constantly bombarded with
over all these years, cutting away at her flesh to remove all spot and all blemish. The white represented the result of all that is pure and holy—the essence of holiness. She had on the coat of many colors, representing the Fruit of the Spirit. They
are the Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance.
Moreover, the Bride with her lamp full has the “Key of David.” The Bride has spent many
years in intimacy with her Beloved, allowing him to purify and cleanse her . . . to allow Him to prepare her for when He comes and getting to “know” Him! For yes, my beloved readers, He comes for the “Overcomers!” He comes, ready or
not, for the Bride with her lamp full! He comes for those whom He "knows!"
It is important to note that she had just recently decided to start communion (15 years ago), by an unction of the Holy Spirit,
on a daily basis with the Lord. She would get bread and purchased grape juice from the store, ready to do communion in remembrance of what Jesus had done for her at the cross. (This was over 15 years ago . . .)
By His grace, He comes for the Bride, without spot or blemish. This process of preparation is not a pleasant thing, beloved. It is extremely painful, but we must allow Him to finish His work. It is well worth it! He is coming soon . . . sooner than
you or I think! She trembled and whispered, “Finish your work!”
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall
be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride , so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins , which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were
wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried,
they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight, there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins , saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
...."For our light, momentary affliction [this slight distress of the passing hour] is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively
surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!], Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal [brief
and fleeting], but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting".... 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 The Amplified Translation
If you do not eat of My flesh or drink of My Blood . . .