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Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
 
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
 
Big Idea:
           Communion keeps our focus on Jesus and becomes a weapon of breakthrough in our lives.

 INTRODUCTION
           The Apostle Paul teaches us about the power that communion has for the life of a believer. This is not to be a thing that we do because “it’s what we are supposed to do”, but as an act of thankful worship for what Jesus means to us.
 
EXPLANATION
           The key to celebrating communion can be found in verse 24 of this chapter. It was only after Jesus had given thanks that He took the bread and broke it saying “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” It is important for us to always give thanks as we approach the Father with our prayers and worship. Being thankful helps us focus on what really matters in our lives—JESUS! With our focus on Jesus, we render our problems, worries, and stresses powerless over our lives.
 
ILLUSTRATION
            Peter experienced the power of being able to focus on Jesus when He walked on water. Look at the conditions that they found themselves in—in the middle of a storm and on top of that, they see a man walking on the stormy waters. The scripture says they were terrified thinking that Jesus was a ghost and cried out in fear. Yet Jesus calls out to them and says to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
            What is Peter’s response? He focuses on Jesus and tells Jesus, “Lord, if it is you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus immediately calls Peter out to him and Peter obeys and walks out of the boat and unto the water. For that brief moment that Peter’s focus was on Jesus he walked in freedom and safety in the midst of the storm around him.
            As we approach celebrating communion with thankfulness we declare the goodness of Jesus in our lives. We declare His presence in the midst of the darkness surrounding us, the storms we find ourselves in, the worries that weigh us down, the stresses that keep us up at night. Where the Spirit of the LORD is there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
 
Matthew 14:22-33 (NIV)
 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
 
APPLICATION
           When you find yourself troubled by the storms of life that come against you, all you need to do is begin to praise Jesus for who He is in your life and for what He has done for you. The Apostle Paul tells us to go even deeper in our thankfulness and boast about the fact that we are weak in the midst of the storms. He says to delight in our weakness, insults against us, hardships we face, persecution we endure, and difficulties we find ourselves in. This is key because in our weakness Jesus is made strong.
 
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
 
          When you celebrate communion in the midst of your storms you are preparing yourself for battle. Praising Jesus for who He is in your life and what He has done for you, invites Him to walk upon the turbulent waters of your life. This helps you to keep your focus on Him and not on the things that trouble you. When you take the bread in remembrance of Him you declare the very words He spoke on the cross: “It is finished.” He completes you in every way and provides you with all you need —hope, strength, power, love, forgiveness, peace, joy, etc. When you take the cup you declare the power of the blood of Jesus over the situations you are dealing with. The cleansing power of the blood of Jesus that washes sin away will wash stress, anxiety, worry, and fear away from you.
          All you need to do is ready yourself with communion. Everyday. Several times a day. As often as the storms, worries, stresses, and anxieties come to mind, you confront them with praises unto to Jesus for who He is and what He has done in your life. Thank Him that He is made strong in your life at that moment. Rejoice that He is walking on the waters of your storm. As you praise Him take up the bread and cup and ask Him to call you out to Him. Praise Him as you walk out on the turbulent waters of your storm. Keep your focus on Him. Then bask in His presence as His peace washes over you, taste and see that He is good, and watch Him deliver breakthrough in each and every area of your life!
 
PRAYER
 Jesus,
             I praise Your holy name. Jesus there is power in Your name. I thank You for being my salvation. I thank You for all that You have done for me. I thank you for personally interceding on my behalf. I thank you for taking my place on the cross and shedding Your innocent blood that sets me free and cleanses me. Jesus I invite You to be with me in the storms of my life. Come walking upon the waters and call me to You. I want to walk in victory with You. I lay all my troubles at Your feet and walk in freedom with You. AMEN!!!
 
Your servant in Christ,
 
Pastor Nathan

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