Elder Florence M. Johnson
Declare Your Independence!
Many people celebrate the July 4th holiday, Independence Day, with cookouts, fireworks and other activities to commemorate America’s declaration of independence from British rule in 1776. We who believe in God have another declaration to celebrate; our independence from sin! One of the best ways we can proclaim this declaration of independence is by taking Holy Communion.
When we take the sacrament of Holy Communion we eat bread, cracker or wafer, and drink juice or wine, to represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ that was broken and shed for us when He died on the cross. In I Corinthians 11:17-30 the Apostle Paul explains that by taking Holy Communion we remember that Jesus died on the cross for the remission of our sins and we proclaim - openly declare – His sacrifice. Every time we take Holy Communion we openly declare our independence from sin!
Paul also explains that we take Holy Communion in a "worthy manner" by "discerning the Lord’s Body." In other words, by understanding that the power of Jesus Christ can save, deliver, protect, heal and preserve us! We can overcome fear, worry, addictions and other adversity, fully believing in God and His power to change our lives through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We can proclaim with much gladness that we are truly free!
Don’t ever hesitate to participate in the beautiful, powerful ritual of Holy Communion. When you do, remember that you are making a proclamation of independence from sin! That makes everyday a holiday. Amen!
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