Summary: Communion: To share thoughts and feelings
Turn to John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Today I want to talk about communion. We are going to partake of communion or "the Lords Supper" later in the service, but the communion I want to talk about is YOUR communion with God on a daily basis. What do you suppose the word "communion" means? Frankly, I had to look pretty hard to find a definition other than the "communion" that Christians take in rememberance of Jesus.
I did find a good definition that I think fits our walk with Christ; communion..."to share ones thoughts and feelings." And then I began to wonder how many Christians actually have "communion" with the Lord as we ought to. God WANTS us to have that intimancy with Him....communion is the root word of communication.....and that’s exactly what we are called to do...communicate with Him!
So, Pastor....HOW DO I DO THAT? It sounds good, doesn’t it?
Many have not understood the difference between getting into the presence of the Father and the presence of the Son, and being in the presence of the Holy Spirit by direct communion. Because they have not discerned the difference in the operations, they equate them as being the same thing, and they are not.
When Christ came down from heaven to walk as a man among men, to be in His presence the only thing needed was to be in His geographical location. And if you were walking with Him there was no spiritual activity, no great spiritual labor involved to turn to Him and ask Him the questions of your heart. You would simply have turned and asked. He would have responded to you as you see recorded in the gospels.
As God’s Son came down, so now has God’s Spirit come down to be among men. The difference is, He is not limited by geographical location. He is with every child of God all the time. I want your mind to be such that you understand you walk with Him every day just as if you had been walking every day with Jesus while He was physically on the earth.
He is available to you at all times. You are to turn to Him with your questions as if you were turning to Jesus walking side by side with Him in the flesh. My Holy Spirit is with you, says the Lord. For this purpose He has been sent. It requires no great spiritual labor to enter into His presence, for I have sent Him to be in your presence, says the Lord.
Again I say, as the Son came down to be in the presence of men, so now the Spirit has come down to be in the presence of men. He is in the presence of every man, all the time, twenty four hours a day, in every geographical location. Walk and talk with the Spirit as though He were with you, for He truly is, says the Lord.
Communing with the Spirit should be the most natural of all things to spirit born children. Understand the practical reasons for which He has come. He is walking with you, going with you ... He is WITH YOU all the time! It is just as if the Lord Jesus Christ Himself were walking with you and going with you in the flesh. The problem is, we have not learned how to commune with Him in spirit. We have not located the ear of their own spirit to hear Him responding to our questions.
The Holy Spirit is nearer to you than your next breath. He is with you. He will hearken to your voice. He will commune with you as a Friend, as a Teacher, as a Counselor, and as a Helper. So who IS this comforter? John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
He has also been sent and He is the one who brings you into the presence of the Son and into the presence of your Father Who are in heaven. This does require the stripping away of the flesh. This does require quietness of soul. This does require, often, fasting of the flesh. Through the avenues of worship, it is My Spirit that brings your spirit beyond the veil of the flesh into the literal presence of the Son and of the Father. This does often require labor in the spiritual realm to acquire.
Turn to John 15:26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: