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What a Soul Tie is?

A soul tie is when souls are stuck together by a Universal adhesive. This binding of the souls has many purposes and functions, but its primary function is to bind souls in the Spiritual Realm. If soul ties aren’t understood, they can be detrimental to the souls that are bound together. Many define a soul tie as being sexual in essence, but I beg to differ in my opinion. Soul ties, have no sexual boundaries, because dealing with the Spiritual Realm, there are no boundaries of the Physical Realm. In fact, soul ties are bound together before the physical realm is manifested. There are ties of the soul that haven’t been realized because of our consciousness not being Enlightened to the Spiritual Realm. Remember, those things that we are conscious of become our realities.

How soul ties are formed?

There are many different ways that a soul tie can be formed. Listed below are the most common.

Vows, commitments and Agreements: Any time you make a vow, commitment, or agreement with another, you tie yourself to that individual. In the Spiritual Realm, souls have a free course, meaning they can roam freely in and out. On occasion a soul can lose consciousness of Realities, that have been roamed. Once that soul is returned to its place of origin, it (the soul) must be reminded of its initial consciousness. The soul must be reminded that Everything is Everything and will always be. The soul then makes a vow, commitment, or agreement with another soul, to be reminded of its Consciousness. This is why it is necessary that we respect the relationships/friendships that we are in. So, many times we miss out on opportunities to be Enlightened in Consciousness, because we negate relationships/friendships we are in. These persons (souls) are tied to us to remind us of our Origin and keep us on our paths. Rather it be a sibling, co-worker, bff, spouse, or neighbor; it is imperative that we respect these ties. It’s imperative that we understand that we are Spiritual Beings having a Human experience. Before we took on this human structure we made agreements in the Spiritual Realm (refer to my article Agreements Unveiled: Spirit, Self, & Space). Within these agreements we also have made agreements with other Spiritual Beings, this is what a Soul Tie is.

Sexual relations: One can also form a Soul Tie by having Sexual Relations with another. In its own regard there are two types of Soul Ties that can be formed by Sexual Relations: A Godly Soul Tie (between a married couple) & Ungodly Soul Tie (between unmarried persons). Godly Soul Ties are formed when a couple are married (Ephesians 5:31, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”), and the Godly Soul Tie between a husband and the wife that God intended him to have is unbreakable by man (Mark 10:7-9). However, when a person has ungodly sexual relations with another person, an ungodly Soul Tie is then formed (1 Corinthians 6:16, “What? know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.”). This Soul Tie fragments the Soul, and is destructive. People who have many past relationships find it very difficult to ‘bond’ or be joined to anybody, because their soul is fragmented.

How to break a soul tie

This only applies to Soul Ties that have been formed through sexual relations. As any Soul Ties made pre-human experience are infinitive.

1. If any sins were committed to cause this soul tie, repent of them! Fornication is perhaps one of the most common ways to create nasty soul ties.

2. If gifts were given to you by the other person in connection with the sin or unholy relationship, such as rings, flowers, cards, bras, etc. I would get rid of them! Such things symbolize the ungodly relationship, and can hold a soul tie in place. If you are still friends or in a relationship (just now it’s no longer an ungodly relationship), like say a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, except you’ve repented of and forsaken the unholy practices you used to do in your relationship, then I don’t feel it is necessary to destroy all the gifts and things that you have been given. I would still encourage you to get rid of anything that symbolizes the ungodly practices in the relationship though, such as if a guy gives a girl a bra and panties with his initials on them during fornication. I wouldn’t encourage you to hang on to such things that symbolize sin or that are wrong to give each other before marriage. Things such as flowers and love letters given during an adultery should be destroyed.

3. Any rash vows or commitments made that played a part in forming the soul tie should be renounced and repented of, and broken in Jesus’ name. Even things like “I will love you forever”, or “I could never love another man!” need to be renounced. They are spoken commitments that need to be undone verbally. As Proverbs 21:23 tells us, “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” The tongue has the ability to bring the soul great troubles and bondage.

4. Forgive that person if you have anything against them.

5. Renounce the soul tie. Do this verbally, and with purity of heart.

6. Break the soul tie with all assurance that it is being broken! Do this verbally using your spiritual authority. Example, “I now break and sever any ungodly soul ties formed between myself and _________ as a result of ______________ (fornication, etc.)

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Worrying will get you nowhere! (ministered August 21,  2011)

Philippians 4:6-Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
 
 A. English word “worry” from Old English wyrgan and Old High German wurgen, both
          meaning “to strangle, to choke”
    B. Greek word merimnao used in most NT references above
         1. Etymologically derived from merizo = “to divide;” and nous = “mind.”
              Thus means “divided mind” – cf. I Cor. 7:34
         2. Linguistically at time NT written, did not necessarily have negative connotation (“to be anxious, worried”), but often had a neutral orientation (“to be concerned, to care”).
    C. Difficult to distinguish sometimes between modern usage of English words “concern, worry, anxiety”
}1. “concern” means to “have an interest in, give attention to, be engaged by a situation, as a matter of consideration or responsibility”
  2. “worry” is a disquieted uneasiness…

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There are seven Universal Laws or Principles by which everything is Universally governed. The Universe exists in perfect harmony by virtue of these Laws. While these seven Laws are biblical, they are also Ancient mystical, esoteric and secret teachings dating back over 5,000 years from Ancient Egypt to Ancient Greece and to the Vedic tradition of Ancient India, all have as their common thread these seven Spiritual Laws of the Universe. Once you connect, appropriate, and align yourself with these Universal Laws, you will experience transformation in every area of your life beyond that which you have ever dared to imagine.

You will notice that the Law of Attraction is not specifically mentioned as one of the seven Universal Laws. This is not to diminish its importance but rather to highlight it because the Law of Attraction is the basic Law of the Universe which runs through all the seven Universal Laws discussed here. It holds everything together. It is through the knowledge of the Law of Attraction that one can rise above the mutable Laws of Polarity and Rhythm and gain a better understanding of each of the seven Universal Laws.

The Changeable and the Unchangeable: Of the seven Universal Laws, the first three are unchangeable, eternal Laws, meaning they are Absolute and can never be changed or transcended. They have always existed and will always exist. The other four laws are transitory, changeable Laws meaning that they can be transcended or at least “better used” to create your ideal reality. This is not to say that you should ignore these four Laws or attempt to defy them for even if you do they will still govern your existence. Your aim is to master each of the seven Universal Laws and only then learn to transcend the changeable ones.

1. The Law of Mentalism (Unchangeable): The first of the seven Universal Laws tells us that “The All is Mind – The Universe is Mental”. That everything we see and experience in our physical world has its origin in the invisible, mental realm. It tells us that there is a single Universal Consciousness – the Universal Mind – from which all things manifest. All energy and matter at all levels is created by and is subordinate to the Omnipresent Universal Mind. Your mind is part of the Universal Mind – the same in kind with the only difference being one of degree. Your reality is a manifestation of your mind. This is true Mind Power. Associated with The Crown Chakra and Pituitary Gland. The Pituitary gland is the first gland to appear in the human embryo.

3. The Law of Vibration (Unchangeable): The third of the seven Universal Laws tells us that “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates”. The third and last of the immutable Universal Laws, tells us that “the whole universe is but a vibration”. Science has confirmed that everything in the Universe, including you, is pure energy vibrating at different frequencies.

The axiom that “like energy attracts like energy”, upon which the Law of Attraction is based, has it’s foundation in this Law. Everything that we experience with our five physical senses is conveyed through vibrations. The same applies to the mental realm. Your thoughts are vibrations. All your emotions are vibrations where “unconditional love” (in the sense of love for another) is the highest and most subtle of the emotional vibrations and “hate” is the densest and most base. You can learn to control your mental vibrations at will. This is true thought power. Associated with The Throat Chakra and the Thyroid Gland. the Thyroid glad produces “thyroxine” to convert oxygen and food into usable energy.

4. The Law of Polarity (Changeable): The fourth of the seven Universal Laws tells us that “Everything is dual, everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree”. It is also the first of the changeable or transferable Universal Laws. It means that there are two sides to everything. Things that appear as opposites are in fact only two extremes of the same thing. For instance, heat and cold may appear to be opposites at first glance, but in truth they are simply varying degrees of the same thing. The same applies to love and hate, peace and war, positive and negative, good and evil, yes and no, light and darkness, energy and matter. You can transform your thoughts from hate to love, from fear to courage by consciously raising your vibrations. This is what in the ancient Hermetic Teachings is called the Art of Polarization. Associated with The Heart Chakra and the Thymus Gland. The Thymus gland produces “T cells” for the immune system of the body.

5. The Law of Rhythm (Changeable): The fifth of the seven Universal Laws tells us that “Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.” It is the second of the mutable or transferable Universal Laws and means that the pendulum swings in everything. This principle can be seen in operation in the waves of the ocean, in the rise and fall of the greatest empires, in business cycles, in the swaying of your thoughts from being positive to negative and in your personal successes and failures. In accordance with this Law, when anything reaches a point of culmination then the backward swing begins almost unnoticeable until such time that any forward movement has been totally reversed, then the forward movement begins again and the process is repeated. Associated with The Navel Chakra and the Adrenal Gland. The Adrenal gland produces”Hydrocortisone” that regulates the use of food and helps the body adjust to stress.
6. The Law of Cause and Effect (Changeable): The sixth of the seven Universal Laws tells us that “Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause.” In accordance with this Law, every effect you see in your outside or physical world has a very specific cause which has its origin in your inner or mental world. This is the essence of thought power. Every one of your thoughts, words or actions sets a specific effect in motion which will come to materialize over time. To become the master of your destiny, you must master your mind for everything in your reality is a mental creation. Know that there is nothing like chance or luck. They are simply terms used by humanity in ignorance of this Law. Associated with The Spleen Chakra and the Lyden or Spleen. The spleen produces “Macrophages” to cleanse the blood and is vital to the immune system of the body and a person’s health.

7. The Law of Gender: The last of the seven Universal Laws tells us that “Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles”. This mutable Universal Law is evident throughout creation in the so-called opposite sexes found not only in human beings but also in plants, minerals, electrons and magnetic poles to name but a few. Everything and everyone contains both masculine and feminine elements. Among the outward expressions of feminine qualities are love, patience, intuition and gentleness and of masculine qualities are energy, self reliance, logic and intellect. Know that within every woman lie all the latent qualities of a man, and within every man those of a woman. When you know this you will know what it means to be complete. Associated with The Root Chakra and the Sacral or Reproductive Glands of Male and Females in all Species. The reproductive organs of “male and female” in all life forms that exist.

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self-actualization     While meditating last night, I was illuminated and began to personally understand The Power of Agreements. I had never really took into consideration the aspect of Call and Response on this level. I began to understand how certain aspects of my life were shaped, by Agreements I have made in the very nature I was created. Within these Agreements, there were 3 that stuck out like a bulge of energy in a darkroom.

1. The Untainted Confession
2. The Untainted Awareness
3. The Untainted Identity

     By Unveiling these 3 Agreements, I have come to realize there is a Relational mystery bound by Spirit, Self, and Space. Every impulse, every act, and every decision affects the relationship of the Spirit, Self, and Space. Some would like to believe that there is a phenomenon in our Creation, I beg to differ in my opinion. However, the phenomenon lies within the levels of our Creation. Realizing that we all have the same chromosomes and dna of the Creator, it should be our effort to progressively Create.
But before you can progressively create, you must understand Agreements. They are the very fiber that connects your past teachings, experiences, and mind states. See everything that is has cultivated a belief that this is why this is or this why that is. Without even knowing we have set foundations upon merely what was perceived, many times in error. According to The Holy Bible, the only way we can demolish these foundations, is not to be structured or controlled by this world and Renew our minds (our views and reactions) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 KJV) What was so illuminating to me about this particular passage was, the opportunity of The Created to prove what that good, and acceptable will of The Creator is. So, somewhere between Creation and this very moment. We misconstrue what that good and acceptable will of the Creator is. You see because of Different Agreements we make concerning ourselves, we twist (if you will) what the Will of The Creator is.

If we honor These 3 Agreements, we will find ourselves back into the natural order of Creation.

1. THE UNTAINTED CONFESSION

      In this Agreement, we have the power to shape and mold our very destiny. While some don’t believe that our Words (Confession) has no bearing of the past, present, or future. Others are careful of the words they release from their being, because Confession has a direct effect to moments in time. I’m sure all of you have heard the really cool quote “Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny”, isn’t it just amazing how if perceived on the quantum level Confession can change our Destiny. Understand this, the words that you speak about yourself become The Writer, The Director, and The Producer of the motion picture called Your Life.

2. THE UNTAINTED AWARENESS

     In this Agreement, we have the unbreakable understanding of our very nature. Of course there are some aspects of this Agreement, that we must cultivate and foster; but the ultimate goal is definitely obtainable. Everything that we do, every place that we go, and everything that we say; are stimulated by this particular agreement. We are connected to the people we are connected to because of our Awareness. If you are a doctor, the majority of the persons you would be connected to would be in the medical field. If you are a lawyer, the majority of the persons you would be connected to would be in the legal field.  When we become Aware of the very nature that we were created, we will link/connect to those corresponding Areas.  In this Agreement, it is imperative that we understand, that we were created in the very likeness of God. His nature is our nature; we have the same chromosomes and dna of God the creator.  With this understand we began to connect ourselves with God’s very nature. We begin to think the way the Creator thinks.  We act without doubt, because we believe we are creating within his will. As the Spirit began to speak to me concerning this Agreement, I was reminded of Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

     Yes, some would argue that we do not have the ability to think as the Creator thinks, but by biblical contexual comparison,  verses 1-7 urges man to return to a former state, that defy the things that we perceive to be normal (Awareness). Isaiah 55:1-7 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. 6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  You see when we become aware of what it is that we are, then we began to Agree with, what it is that we are. It’s then that we can go and buy without having any money, it’s then that we can hearken diligently unto Gods will, because we are living in his will. Remember, So as a man thinketh, so is he (Proverbs 23:7)

3. THE UNTAINTED INDENTITY

     In this Agreement, the Spirit, Self, and Space: shall be unveiled.  How can we Confess, that which are not Aware of? How can we be Aware of that which we cannot Identify? The Untainted Indentity allows us to search through and through, propelling us into the very crux of creation. In every religious brand, man has a relation to God or Gods. The major difference is that some religions are Mono-Theistic (believe in one God) and others are Poly-Theistic ( believe in more than one God).  These two major differences stem from man trying to find his identity or his place within the universe.

     But simultaneously, man’s spiritual and emotional immaturity, producing fear and many other problematic emotions, paints this concept of a superior Creator and Creation. On the one hand, he wants an authority who thinks for him, who decides for him and is thus responsible for him. He clings to this authority in the hope of being relieved of self-responsibility. On the other hand, his fears of life and his inadequacy to cope with it project onto this God. He senses the power of this immensely wise and resourceful Creator of all the natural laws that he can see. Since he cannot yet separate power from cruelty, he begins to fear this God(s) of his own projection. Then he begins to appease, to cajole, to submit to, and become subdued by this God image(s).

     In his entire search man is given to the idea of power, but is mostly afraid to accept any responsibility for misconceptions of fate. Remember, man has a problem separating power from cruelty, this is where mans fear comes from.  The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said accept all responsibility, because all things are shaped by my awareness and projected by my imagination.  In the Untainted Indentity, we learn to project that image that we are Aware of, by the consciousness that we Confess, and believe is our Identity.  These three Agreements are primal and must be honored, if we are to find ourselves back into the natural order of Creation.

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Intro: Today we commemorate a Christian institution that is 2,000 years old. In our observance of the Lord’s Supper, we participate in a form of worship that is as old as Christianity itself. In fact, the Lord’s Supper observance was inaugurated by Jesus Himself on the eve of His crucifixion, Matt. 26:26-28. This morning we will gather together around the Lord’s table and worship Jesus Christ through the observance of the Lord’s Supper.

I believe that we should take a look at the Lord’s Supper and talk for a while about just what it means to us as believers. The first thing I would like to mention, by way of introduction, is that the Lord’s Supper is what we call an “Ordinance“. This is a word which means a prescribed practice or religious rite. Jesus only gave the church 2 ordinances, or religious rites, which we are to practice. One is the Lord’s Supper and the other is Baptism. So, if you want to feel religious, this morning is a good time to do it.

Another truth I would like to share, also by way of introduction, is how the Lord’s Supper is practiced in various churches. There are 3 basic ways that Christian churches observe the Lord’s Supper. One way is by what is called “Closed Communion“, in this, the church only allows those who are members in good standing to participate in the observance. A second method is that of “Open Communion“. In this, everyone present is encouraged to participate in the observance of the Lord’s Supper. What we practice here is the third method and it is known as “Close Communion“. In this method everyone present is invited to participate, but only after they have been warned of the consequences of partaking in the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner. Everyone present is urged to practice self-examination and then they can participate if they wish. In other words, only those who are in close communion with the Lord are encouraged to participate.

Now, with these truths in mind, I would like to consider some ideas given to us by the Apostle Paul in this 11th chapter of 1 Corinthians. Hopefully, these truths will help us understand the Lord’s Supper observance a little better.

I. V. 25b IT IS A SYMBOLIC SERVICE

A. Notice what Jesus, Luke 22:19, and Paul, 1 Cor. 11:25, have to say about the Lord’s Supper service. According to these 2 passages, the Lord’s Supper is a time of remembrance.

(Ill. There are 4 basic views as to what the Lord’s Supper represents.

1. Transubstantiation – The bread and wine literally change into the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The recipient actually eats the Lord’s body and drinks His blood, because Jesus is literally being sacrificed in the mass. This is the Roman Catholic view and it is non-biblical!

2. Consubstantiation – The bread and wine actually contain the body and blood of Jesus, but do not literally change. Christ is actually present “with, in and under” the elements. According to this view, the recipient receives the forgiveness of sins and the confirmation of their faith through the elements. This is the Lutheran view and it too is unbiblical.

3. Reformed – Christ is not literally present in the elements, but there is the spiritual presence of Christ. The recipient receives grace through partaking of the elements. This is the Presbyterian and Reformed Church view and it is unbiblical as well.

4. Memorial – This view teaches that Jesus is present neither physically or spiritually in the elements, but that the Lord’s Supper stands asa symbolic reminder of what Jesus did for man as the cross and the tomb. This is the Baptist and Mennonite view and it alone represents the truth of what the Bible teaches about the Lord’s Supper.

B. Ill. With that in mind, allow me to share with you what the Lord’s Supper serves to remind us of.)

1. V. 24-25 We Are To Remember An Agonizing Lord – The blood and juice represent the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we partake of this observance, we need to remember the awful price that Jesus paid to save our souls. Please remember that when He died on the cross, He was dying in your place, and that He suffered greatly when He did, Isa. 52:14.

(Ill. Is the crucifixion fresh in your mind? A certain family lived on a farm alongside a dirt road. Only on rare occasions would an automobile pass by. But one day as one young member of the family was crossing the road on his bicycle, a car came roaring down a nearby hill, struck the boy, and killed him. An older brother said, “Later, when my father picked up the mangled twisted bike, I heard him sob out loud for the first time in my life. He carried it to the barn and placed it in a spot we seldom used. Father’s terrible sorrow eased with the passing of time, but for many years whenever he saw that bike, tears began streaming down his face.” The older brother continued, “Since then I have often prayed, ‘Lord, keep the memory of Your death as fresh as that to me! Every time I partake of Your memorial supper, let my heart be stirred as though You died only yesterday. Never let the communion service become a mere formality, but always a tender and touching experience.’)

2. V. 26 We Are to Remember An Achieving Lord – As we take the bread and the juice today, we need to remember that Jesus Christ died, but that three days later, He arose from the dead. He lives, Matt. 28:1-6; Rev. 1:18!

3. V. 26 We Are To Remember An Appearing Lord – After Jesus rose from the dead, He ascended hack to Heaven and sat down at His Father’s right hand to await the day when He will return to this earth to receive His people unto Himself. Every time we take the Lord’s Supper, we are declaring to a lost world that we believe in a returning Lord.

(Ill. By the way, this is also an incentive to keep ourselves clean before the Lord, 1 John 1:1-3. If we really believe that Jesus is coming again, we will live like we are looking for Him.)

I. It Is A Symbolic Service

II. V. 26 IT IS A SACRED SERVICE

The Lord’s Supper service is sacred for several reasons. By sacred, I mean that it is to be held in high regard by those who participate in it. It possesses no saving power, but it is still holy unto the Lord. There are 3 basic reasons why the Lord’s Supper is sacred.

A. It Was Instituted By Christ – Jesus inaugurated the first Lord’s Supper before He went to the cross and He intends for His people to follow His example. It is sacred simply because Jesus set the example.

B. It Witnesses To Christ – Paul makes it clear that when we participate in the Lord’s Supper service that we are declaring our faith in the death, burial, resurrection and return of the Lord Jesus.

(Ill. Please do not misunderstand me! Many lost people have taken the Lord’s Supper and they are just as lost after they swallow as they were before they participated in the observance. There is no saving power in the Communion. However those who are saved are proclaiming the fact that they believe in a man named Jesus Christ.)

C. It Witnesses To Christ – While the Lord’s Supper declares the faith of those who partake of it, it also points to the truth of Gospel to those who do not know the Lord. Every time we gather at the Lord’s table and observe the Lord’s Supper, we are serving up a witness to a lost and dying world that 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus went to a cross and died for the sins of humanity, that He rose from the dead and that He lives today and will return for His people. It is a powerful witness.

I. It Is A Symbolic Service

II. It is A Sacred Service

III. V. 18, 28-34 IT IS A SPECIAL SERVICE

Ill. The Lord’s Supper service offers the church an opportunity to come together, v. 17, 18, 20, 33, 34. Five times in this verse, the Apostle refers to the “coming together” of the church. Anytime the saints of God can gather themselves together and focus on the Lord Jesus Christ, is a special time. While we are together, there are 2 things that we should do before coming to the Lord’s table. This observance is special to the saints because it affords us the opportunity to do 2 great things.

A. We Have the Opportunity To Repent – Before anyone takes part in the Lord’s Supper, they need to search their hearts and confess and repent of their sins. There are 2 things that need to be dealt with.

1. Our Sins – v. 27-30 – These verses paint a very solemn portrait of the Lord’s Supper service. It seems that this is something that the Lord takes very seriously. The Corinthians were guilty of taking the Lord’s Supper service lightly and as a result, some of them were sick and others had died. Folk, God hasn’t changed His mind! Before you take from the Lord’s table this morning, please take the time to confess your sins and receive forgiveness from His hand, 1 John 1:9.

2. Of Our Selfishness – v. 17-22 – (Ill. The Corinthian debacle.)

When we come to the Lord’s table, we need to remember not just ourselves, but also our brothers and sisters in Christ who are struggling, Gal. 6:2. We need to consider those who are outside the family of God. Those outside the faith need someone to cast them a lifeline. God help us to remember this time is a time to remember and to repent.

B. We Have The Opportunity To Renew – The Lord’s Supper service is a wonderful time for the child of God to his vows and his vision. It is a great time to remember why we are here. It is a good time to renew our vows unto the Lord. Many allow sin to creep into their lives and hinder their walk with the Lord. This is a good time to get al of that fixed up and get back on track with the Lord.

I. It Is A Symbolic Service

II. It Is A Sacred Service

III. It Is A Special Service

IV. V. 17-22 IT IS A SOLEMN SERVICE

Ill. The Corinthian mentality surrounding the Lord’s Supper service. For them it was a time of gluttony and selfish excess. They had lost the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper and were taking the whole thing lightly. I would like to say that I believe that the Lord’s Supper may just be the highest form of worship we will ever engage in while here on earth. In everything else we do, there is always an element of self mixed in. Whether it be preaching, praying, praising, testifying, singing or whatever, there is always the danger that the flesh will try and get some glory. But, when we come to the Lord’s table, there is nothing or no one to get glory but the Lord. When His Supper is received with faith and gladness, Jesus will be glorified, the saints will be edified, sinner will be evangelized and God the Father will be exalted! When we call to mind the price Jesus paid for us and the fact that He lives for our justification, it will bring us to the place of praise and worship.

I. It Is A Symbolic Service

II. It Is A Sacred Service

III. It Is A Special Service

IV. It Is A Solemn Service

V. V. 28-30 IT IS A SERIOUS SERVICE

Verse 28 tells us that we are to examine ourselves. That verb is in the imperative mood. It is a command and not an option! Before you partake of the Lord’s Supper, be certain of a few necessary things.

1. Be Sure You Are Saved – This is a service for Christians. If you are lost, you can neither understand nor appreciate when we are doing here this morning. If you are lost, then I want to invite you to come to Jesus and be saved today.

2. Be Sure You Are Right With The Lord – If you are saved, then be sure you examine yourself and that you confess your sins before the Lord. He will receive you and forgive you and make you ready to receive the Lord’s Supper.

3. Be Sure You Take It In The Right Spirit – This is a time of worship and not a time to take things lightly. Please focus your heart and mind on the Lord and do your best to be in communion with Him as you receive His Supper.

Conc: After hearing all of this, some may wonder who is worthy to partake of the Lord’s Supper. The answer is simple, anyone who is saved and living for the Lord is worthy. Not in ourselves, but made worthy through the blood of Jesus and by the power of the Lord.

Now, if the Lord has spoken to your heart this morning through this message, then I invite you to come before the Lord and make use of this altar this morning. If you are saved, please examine yourself and do what you need to do. If you are lost, then I want you to come to the ord and be saved. Will you do that right now?

Before my wife and I were married, we were separated for awhile, after being together for 7 years. I must admit that this period was a miserable period. I relocated to Texas, tried dating, and changed my career choice. All to stimulate forgetfullness. After a chain of enigmatical events, I was convinced that she (my wife) was the woman I was meant to spend my life with. Listed below are 5 Tips to initiate Reconciliation in Relationships. These tips helped us and I hope they help you. Sometimes, a relationship is just worth fighting for.

1. Acknowledge every good trait. Too many times in relationships, we zero in on each others faults. Not realizing, you are not with them for those reasons. Reminding yourself, why you initially sparked a relationship with him/her, will promote reconciliation.

2.Seek to be friends. It is so important in a relationship, to not only have a lover, but to have a friend. Unfortunately, in relationships its easy to transition from being friends & lovers to being just lovers. In many cases this transition happens so fast, we never notice that our best friend has disappeared. Being able to relate and share is an important part of reconciling a relationship.

3.Never try to work things out while you are angry. The reason why reconciliation doesn’t work the majority of the times is because we try to reconcile while we are angry. Problem with that is, all of our insecurities and fears begin to bubble up. So instead of supposively working things out, we are arguing about unrelated things. Being able to talk and work things out rationally and calmly will help in reconciling your relationship.

4.Work on yourself. If your’e always trying to fix your mate, then you aren’t spending anytime, trying to fix yourself. The truth is we all leave and take something from every relationship we have ever had. So, many times we are trying to fix other people and we need to be fixed ourselves. By neglecting to confront personal unresolved issues, we tend to harbor resentments. Instead of resenting relationships or an individuals traits, we must work on ourselves. Remember, you can only fix yourself, you can’t fix your mate.

5.Become what you want. It is vital in a relationship to give what you want to receive. It’s easy to forget that we get what we give, if you give negative vibes, you will get negative vibes in return. However, if we become exactly what we desire to receive, in return thats what we will get.

Part 1. Finding Favor in Gods Eyes.

Genesis 41:44-52, 44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45 Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt. 46 Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. 47 During the seven years of plenty the land brought forth abundantly. 48 So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields. 49 Thus Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure. 50 Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him. 51 Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 He named the second Ephraim, “For,” he said, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Favor by Definition -To favor means to give special regard to; to treat with goodwill; to show exceptional kindness to someone. Sometimes, it means to show extra kindness in comparison to the treatment of others; that is, preferential treatment.

Favor & Grace
Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Meaning there is nothing you can do to receive it. Eph 2:8- For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Favor is a trait that you can earn or enhance. I want to share with you some ways on how you can obtain Favor from God.
Here are some of the ways by which we obtain the favor of the Lord:
• By praying unto the Lord (Job 33:26He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness).

• By keeping the commandments of the Lord (Proverbs 3:1-4 [1] My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: [2] For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. [3] Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: [4] So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man).

• By seeking and finding God’s wisdom (Proverbs 8:35For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD).

• By diligently seeking good (Proverbs 11:27He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him).

• By living righteously (Proverbs 14:9Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour).

There are many benefits of being in the favor of the Lord. Here are some of them:
• Our petitions are more likely to be granted (Esther 7:3Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:).
• God will compass us with a shield (Psalm 5:12For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield).
• We will receive life (Psalm 30:5For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning).
• Our enemies will not triumph over us (Psalm 41:11By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me).
• God will show mercy (Psalm 119:58I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word).

Divine Favour

Job 10:12 NKJV
You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit.

Job 33:26 NIV
He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.

Psalm 5:12 NKJV
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 30:5 AMP
For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime or in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 41:11 AMP
By this I know that You favor and delight in me, because my enemy does not triumph over me.

Psalm 44:3 NKJV
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.

Psalm 89:17 AMP
For You are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment], and by Your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted faces!

Psalm 102:13 NKJV
You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.

Psalm 106:4 NLT
Remember me, too, LORD, when you show favor to your people; come to me with your salvation.

Proverbs 3:3 – 4 NIV
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 8:32 – 35 NKJV
Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD;

Proverbs 11:27 AMP
He who diligently seeks good seeks [God’s] favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come upon him.

Proverbs 12:2 NKJV
A good man obtains favor from the LORD, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.

Proverbs 14:9 NKJV
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.

Proverbs 18:22 NLT
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 28:23 AMP
He who rebukes a man shall afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.

Isaiah 45:2 – 3 AMP
I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.

Isaiah 60:10 AMP
Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I smote you, but in My favor, pleasure, and goodwill I have had mercy, love, and pity for you