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Eat Your Way to Life and Health: Unlock the Power of the Holy Communion
by Joseph Prince
Learn More | Meet Joseph Prince
Did you know you can ask God for a long, good, and healthy life?
Are you aware that God is still healing people today? And have you ever wondered if it is the will of God for you to be healed?
I don’t know what circumstances you are confronted with as you hold this book in your hands. Perhaps you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a critical illness, and you are still reeling from shock, fear, and helplessness. Or maybe you have suffered a relapse of a condition you thought you had beaten, and you have resigned yourself to it being “God’s will.”
My friend, whatever situation you might be faced with, do not give up.
No matter how dire your medical report might be, God can still turn your situation around. He is a God of miracles, and whatever giant you might be faced with today, He is bigger.
Your outward circumstances might be discouraging. You may be surrounded by intravenous drips, respiratory ventilators, or other medical equipment. The X-ray report you received, that lump the doctors found in your body, or that spreading patch on your skin may be foreboding. But you know what? You can see these things, and that means they are temporal. The Bible tells us that “the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).
There is an enemy who uses the visible to snare you and oppress you with fear and discouragement. But I believe the Lord arranged for you to have this book in your hands because He wants you to keep your eyes on Him—the invisible God who is eternal. He will never leave you nor forsake you. And, even now, He is reaching out to you through the pages of this book. You have a God who loves you so much He gave His own life for you on the cross.
And yet people have somehow believed the lie that sometimes it is God’s will for us to be sick. There are even those who claim that God uses sickness to “chastise” us or teach us a lesson. These lies have robbed His people of partaking of their blood-bought right to divine health. These lies have caused too many believers to simply accept sickness in their bodies.
My friend, God is not the author of sickness, disease, and death. The destructive power of disease and death was released through an act of eating when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But God never intended for man to suffer disease and sickness. In fact, God never intended for man to die. Death came into the world because Adam sinned against God, and the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).
The good news is, our beautiful Savior didn’t just die for our sins—He also paid the price for the healing of our sicknesses and diseases with His own body. And because of His work on the cross, we can believe for healing and divine health. The Bible declares that “by His stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:5).
How can we receive this provision of health and wholeness? Just as death and sickness came through the act of eating, I believe God has ordained that another act of eating reverses the curse brought about in the garden of Eden. I believe life, health, and healing can also be released through the simple act of eating.
In other words, you can eat your way to life and health.
What am I talking about? I am talking about the holy Communion.
The truths behind the holy Communion have been neglected by the body of Christ, with many seeing it as a mere ritual or tradition and partaking of it only a few times a year, or at most once a month. But because of the revelations God has unlocked for our church, we have been partaking of the holy Communion every Sunday for years. Many of our church members even partake of the Communion on a daily basis, with some partaking several times a day!
I have received healing testimonies from people all around the world since I started preaching the gospel of grace more than two decades ago, and especially when I started to preach on how God has ordained the holy Communion as a channel of receiving healing, health, and wholeness. As more and more people got hold of the teachings on the Lord’s Supper, testimonies of healings began to stream in, and I cannot wait to share some of them with you in this book. Whether you are facing a medical challenge or you simply desire to live in a greater measure of health, I know you will be blessed by the truths in this book.
Interestingly, many people think the way to live a long and healthy life is to watch what they eat. That’s why so many fad diets have come and gone, and we are constantly told we need “health foods” like barley greens, coconut oil, and spirulina, just to name a few, in order to stay healthy. I was stunned to discover that the dieting industry in America alone is a seventy-billion-dollar industry today,1 with businesses trying to push all kinds of dieting methods, supplements, and plans.
Don’t get me wrong. By all means eat well, choose the right foods, and stay away from excesses that will damage your body. But our dependence cannot be on diets, fancy activity trackers, exercise apps, and health foods. Thank God for nutritionists and fitness instructors. They are fighting the same battle. Our trust, however, has to be in the redemption purchased by Christ and not in creation. I will elaborate on this in the following chapters.
Divine health and long life can only come from God. Unlike the health foods, diet, or vitamins and supplements industries trying to sell their products, God’s provision for life and health is not sold in a bottle, nor is it a plan or a pill. It has been given to us freely, but it came at an astronomically high price that was paid on the cross of Calvary by the Son of God Himself.
I wrote this book because I want you to receive—through partaking of the holy Communion—the full benefits of all the Lord Jesus has purchased for you on the cross. I want you to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God wants you healed, whole, and well. I want you to know that God’s heart is for you to enjoy a long, healthy, and satisfying life.
Here are just some of the questions I hope to answer for you in this book:
- Is it God’s will to heal me?
- Do I qualify for His healing power?
- What should I do if I am sick?
- Is God punishing me with sickness and disease?
- Of what relevance is the holy Communion to me?
- Can God heal my loved ones?
- How can I have a long, healthy life?
- What should I do when I don’t see results?
In answering these questions, I don’t want to share my personal opinions with you. I want to show you everlasting promises from the Word of God. I want to share testimonies from Scripture as well as from people who have received healing even though doctors had told them their conditions were terminal or incurable.
What God has done for them, He can do for you too.
My friend, your healing breakthrough is on its way, and I can’t wait for you to receive every iota of the blessings our Lord Jesus paid for you to enjoy. Let me show you how you can eat your way to life and health.
COME TO THE TABLE
This book you are holding is not an ordinary book.
I feel strongly that I am on assignment from God, an assignment to bring us to a place where every child of God can walk in divine health all the days of his or her life!
I fully believe the Lord has given me a mission to teach on the health-giving, life-imparting, healing power of the holy Communion, and I cannot wait to tell you more.
This is not a new revelation or some passing fad. I have been preaching, teaching, and practicing the insights the Lord has given me for close to two decades now. We have a congregation of more than thirty-three thousand people meeting across multiple services in multiple locations every Sunday. Every Sunday, at every service, including our kids’ services, we partake of the holy Communion together as a church.
The holy Communion is not just something for me to teach. I am fully convinced of its efficacy, and I personally partake of the Lord’s Supper on a daily basis. There are seasons when I even partake of it several times a day, and I can’t begin to tell you how the freedom to freely receive the Lord’s Supper has blessed me and my family.
Get a Powerful Revelation of the Communion
Whether this is the first time you are hearing me teach about the holy Communion or the hundredth time, I pray that your life will be revolutionized as the Lord reveals His truths to you. Whatever sickness or pain you might be dealing with, may your healing begin today as you learn more and more about how you can partake of Jesus’ finished work through the holy Communion.
The fruits of teaching the holy Communion have been astounding. Since I started preaching on it, healing testimonies have been pouring in from around the world. If you are one of those who have written to me, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I am so humbled you would take the time to share your testimony with me. I may not be able to respond to everyone or to share every testimony during my preaching, but reading about what the Lord has done for you and your loved ones has blessed me beyond measure, and I want you to know the word of your testimony has also gone on to help others to overcome the enemy in their lives (Rev. 12:11).
In particular, I want to say a special thank you to those of you who have sent me copies of your medical reports, scans, X-rays, and other medical documentation that validate the Lord’s healing in your lives. I rejoice to know you are walking in the health our Lord Jesus paid for you to enjoy. I rejoice even more to know you have experienced His love for you in such a tangible way.
Health Is the Greatest Blessing
Would you agree that apart from the gift of salvation—receiving Jesus as our Lord and being saved from eternal destruction—the greatest blessing we could receive is health? You can have a wonderful family, but if you are flat on your back and cannot enjoy being with them, that would be misery. As for money, you might be able to afford the latest medical treatment or best surgeons, but all the money in the world cannot buy health.
I have no doubt God wants you and me to enjoy His blessing of health. When Jesus walked on earth, He didn’t walk on water or calm storms all the time, but He healed all the time. Every village He stepped into, everywhere He went, He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed (Acts 10:38).
We Have Been Robbed!
One of the reasons I am so passionate about teaching on the holy Communion is that I was a victim of flawed, legalistic teaching that kept me in fear and bondage for many years when I was a young Christian. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you reading this were taught the same things.
I was taught to “examine myself” before coming to the Lord’s Table and warned not to partake of the holy Communion if there was sin in my life that made me unworthy. I was told that if I did, I would bring judgment on myself. I would become weak and sickly, and I might even die before my time. As a result, I was so fearful of the Communion I never partook of it.
After all, I was no fool. Why would I want to risk it? I wasn’t living in sin or anything like that, but what if there was some sin in my life I didn’t know about or had forgotten to confess? To make matters worse, I was told I could commit not just sins of commission (things I did), but also sins of omission (things I failed to do), and even sins of transmission (sins committed by my ancestors). How could I ever know if I was “worthy” enough?
In the previous church I attended, I remember how those who wished to partake of the holy Communion were invited to go forward, and we would have to walk to the altar in front of the church. I was a youth leader then, so I would pretend to go forward together with those who were receiving the Communion. After standing for some time, I would go back to my seat and make it appear as if I had already received the Communion. But I never partook of it.
Why? Because of fear.
I was robbed of my inheritance because of well-meaning but erroneous preaching that put an invisible fence around something that was meant to be a source of health and healing and a blessing for God’s people. A fence was put around it saying, “Don’t come near unless you are worthy.” I don’t want you to be robbed like I was, and that is why I want you to see for yourself what the Word of God says. Are you ready?
Misinterpretation of Scripture Leads to Wrong Beliefs
How did such wrong beliefs come about? They stem from a misinterpretation of the apostle Paul’s teaching on the holy Communion in his letter to the Corinthian church:
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. (1 Cor. 11:27–30)
Somehow, people have misunderstood verses 27 and 29 and have taught that we cannot partake of the Communion if we are “unworthy” because of our sins. But Jesus’ blood has already been shed for us, and as believers, we are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). We are completely righteous and worthy not because we are perfect, but because He is perfect.
Now I want to make it clear that I am against sin. But we don’t have to be perfect to come to the Lord’s Table. If that were a prerequisite, no one would be able to partake! You might not think you have committed any serious or major sins, but to God, sin is sin, and if you fail in even one area, you are counted guilty of all (James 2:10). Thank God that even when we fail, we have “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).
I also want to point out that verses 27 and 29 do not say that those who are unworthy cannot partake of the Communion. Look closely. Paul was talking about the manner in which one partakes of the Communion. The apostle was writing to the Corinthian church, which was treating the Lord’s Supper with irreverence, eating to satisfy their hunger with no consideration for others and even getting drunk. Paul described the manner in which they were partaking:
So when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper, for when you eat, each one hurries to get his own supper first [not waiting for others or the poor]. So one goes hungry while another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and humiliate those [impoverished believers] who have nothing? (1 Cor. 11:20–22 AMP)
It is clear Paul was correcting them for treating the Lord’s Supper like any other meal, rather than partaking of it in a manner that was worthy of what our Lord Jesus had ordained it to be. They were treating the Communion as something ordinary instead of seeing it as holy and set apart.
For us today, to partake of the Communion in an unworthy manner is to be like the Corinthian church, treating the elements of the Communion as common, insignificant, and powerless. It is to treat the Communion elements as natural and ordinary and to fail to recognize the potent, sacred force we get to hold in our hands. It is to disdain the elements and to be like the children of Israel, who got so familiar with the manna God in His grace provided that they saw the bread from heaven as worthless (Num. 21:5). It is to simply go through the motions of eating the bread and taking the cup without valuing the significance and power they contain.
Maybe you have never really understood why Christians partake of the Communion, and you have only been partaking because you were told to. It is an empty ritual to you, something your church organizes once a month, or only on special occasions like Good Friday. Maybe you are partaking of the Communion superstitiously—you are giving it a go simply because you have heard healing testimonies from others, and you are hoping it might work its “magic” for you too. Or maybe you see it as a sentimental custom or quaint tradition that simply reminds Christians about the roots of their faith. Maybe when you hold the elements, all you see is a cracker and some juice, nothing more.
If that sounds like you, may I tell you that you have also been robbed? The Bible says God’s people are destroyed “for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). Your lack of knowledge about what the holy Communion is really about has been destroying you, and you don’t even know it!
We Have the Real Fountain of Youth
Let me tell you why I preach so strongly about the holy Communion, and why I partake of it every single day. Let me tell you why the holy Communion is ingrained as part of the DNA of our church and why I believe it is more powerful than any medicine, any medical procedure, any antibiotic, and any chemotherapy used to heal our bodies. Let me tell you why I believe the holy Communion is the proverbial “fountain of youth” mankind has been in search of for generations and why I believe every time we partake of it, we are causing our youth to be renewed like the eagle’s (Ps. 103:5).
The earth has been under a divine judgment ever since Adam sinned. Aging, disease, and death are all part of this divine sentence. The reality is, we live in a fallen world and these effects of the divine sentence are happening to all our mortal bodies. But God never intended for His children to suffer any of it. That is why He sent His Son to bear our sins and sicknesses on the cross. That is why He provided the holy Communion as a way to escape the divine judgment that is on this world, to offset its effects. The holy Communion is a supernatural channel for His health and wholeness to flow into our bodies. While the world is getting weaker and sicker, I believe we are getting stronger and healthier each time we partake of the Communion by faith!
There are some who have misconstrued 1 Corinthians 11:27 to say that when we are unworthy and we partake of the Communion, God will judge us by giving us sicknesses. It makes me sad that people would inadvertently accuse our loving Father of inflicting us with sickness, when He made the ultimate sacrifice to take away sicknesses from us. Isn’t it just like the deceiver to erect fences of wrong beliefs around the very channel the Lord meant as the antidote to sickness and disease? Isn’t it just like the enemy to put up these fences so God’s people would be too fearful to partake of His provision?
The early church clearly understood how powerful the Communion is. That’s why they didn’t partake of it only once in a while. The Bible tells us they broke bread “from house to house” (Acts 2:46). When they met on Sunday, the main reason wasn’t to hear preaching and teaching. I want you to see this for yourself:
Now on the first day of the week . . . the disciples came together to break bread. (Acts 20:7)
Even though the apostle Paul was the guest speaker that weekend, the main reason they gathered was to break bread. If people today only knew the magnitude of the power contained within the Lord’s Supper, they would be like the early church, partaking of the Lord’s Supper as often as they could and receiving as much of His benefits as they could. We have been robbed, people! It’s time to wake up!
Let us always examine ourselves, not for sins (as they have been washed away by the blood of Jesus), but to ensure we partake in a manner worthy of the Lord’s Supper, with a revelation of His finished work. Let us always be conscious that, as we partake of the bread, we are partaking of Jesus’ body that was broken so ours might be whole (1 Cor. 11:24; Isa. 53:5). And as we partake of the cup, let us be conscious we are receiving His blood that was shed for the forgiveness and remission of all our sins (Matt. 26:28; Col. 2:13).
He Is with You in the Midst of Your Trial
But if God wants us to be healthy, and Jesus’ body was broken for us, why are there Christians who are sick? I personally know believers who are battling severe illnesses, and I am sure you do too. You or your loved one might even be facing a health challenge right now.
If you are fighting a medical condition, please know that it is okay for you to have doubts and questions. The Lord knows the confusion and pain you feel, and He wants you to know He is with you through it all. I know it can be hard to keep trusting Him when you are going through a fiery trial. But keep trusting Him, my friend. He is, right now, your very present help (Ps. 46:1). Keep fixing your eyes on Him. He is faithful, and He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deut. 31:6).
Daniel 3 records the story of three friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego), who were bound and thrown into a fiery furnace when they refused to bow to and worship the gold image set up by King Nebuchadnezzar. The furnace was so hot that the men who threw them in were killed by the heat. But the king saw the three friends walking in the midst of the fire, and he saw a fourth man with them who was “like the Son of God” (Dan. 3:25). Amazed, the king called them out, and he and all his officials saw that the fire had had no power over them. Not a single hair on them was singed, their clothes were not scorched or damaged, and there was not even the smell of smoke on them. As a result, the king acknowledged that there was no other God who could deliver like their God, and the three friends were not only released, they were also promoted.
Beloved, your Lord Jesus has promised that “nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). Even if you are going through a trial, He will deliver you. Just as He was in the fire with Daniel’s three friends, He is with you. I pray in Jesus’ name you will emerge from this trial so much stronger than before you went in. I declare that this disease shall have no power over you, and that the Lord will deliver you so completely you will come out of this without even the smell of smoke on you!
How to Escape Being Weak and Sick
I want to share with you something that I believe can help us to experience more of His healing power. The apostle Paul draws our attention to the reason many Christians are weak, sick, and even dying prematurely. Aren’t you glad he used the word reason and not reasons? I am not saying every believer’s sickness is due to this. I am just pointing out that in His Word, God highlights this as the reason many Christians are weak, sick, and asleep (dead prematurely). This is good news because it means that when we know what this reason is, we can avoid it.
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. (1 Cor. 11:29–30)
The “reason” highlighted by Paul is “not discerning the Lord’s body.” The word discerning is translated from the Greek word diakrino, which means “to make a distinction.”1 There are some who recognize that Jesus’ blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins, but they don’t recognize that His body was broken so that our bodies can be well. There are also those who lump both the bread and cup as one, seeing both as representing the forgiveness of sins instead of separating the two.
But Jesus didn’t just suffer and die for our forgiveness. He also died for our healing. The psalmist David wrote, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases” (Ps. 103:2–3). The same Jesus who purchased the forgiveness of all our sins also removed all our diseases. The failure to make a distinction and see that the Lord’s body was broken for our diseases to be healed causes many to be sick and weak.
If many are sick and weak because they have failed to discern the Lord’s body, then it stands to reason the opposite is true: those who discern that His body was broken for our health will be healthy and strong, and will live long, good lives! That, my friend, is why I am writing this book. There is such healing power in the holy Communion, but too many people have been robbed of this gift either because they do not know about it or because they have been taught wrongly about what the Lord meant for it to be.
Every time we partake of the Lord’s body, we are ingesting health, vitality, strength, and long life. If there is disease in the body, the disease will be supernaturally driven out. If there is decay and degeneration, the deterioration will be reversed. If there is pain, it will be removed. The results may not be spectacular and immediate, but they are sure and will surely come. And I pray you will experience them for yourself.
Cancer Disappeared After Partaking of the Communion
Some years ago, doctors found a huge tumor in my uncle’s throat. A biopsy showed it was cancerous. He was then sent for another more detailed scan, and the pathologist told him the cancer was aggressively spreading all over his neck and behind his tongue. My uncle told me that the moment he heard what the pathologist said, he gave up hope he would live. But before he went for his surgery to try to remove the tumor, his daughters, who had been attending our church for years, went to him and said, “Let’s have Communion together, Dad. Let’s pray and believe God.”
He shared that as they partook of the Communion, he felt hope rising in his heart for the first time, and he partook believing that Jesus was his healer and believing that the body of Jesus would make a difference in his body right there in the hospital ward. After that, he went for the surgery and the doctors removed the mass from his throat. The amazing thing is, when they did a biopsy on the growth that was taken out, they found absolutely no trace of cancer in the tumor, and his doctors could not explain it!
Multiple scans before the surgery had confirmed that the growth in his throat was cancerous. In fact, the tests showed that the cancer was spreading and that it was aggressive. And yet, when the tumor was removed, there was no trace of cancer in it. Somehow the Lord had caused the cancer to supernaturally disappear, and I believe it happened when my uncle and his family partook of the Communion.
In the same way, if there is a condition in your body, and your doctors have given you a negative prognosis, do not fear. We may not know how our healing can take place, but let’s have faith in the finished work of Jesus. “With God, all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).
Even though we just started talking about the holy Communion, I pray that this chapter has already helped to answer some of your questions and that you are now excited to receive its benefits freely. You are so loved. Don’t live as though you don’t have a Savior. Whatever condition you might have been diagnosed with, do not despair. He has paid the price for you to be well. And He has made it easy for you to receive not just His love and forgiveness, but His healing power as well.
I want to invite you to the Lord’s Table. The table has been prepared, not by human hands that can falter and fail, but by the perfect One whose hands were nailed to the cross for you. He prepares this table in the presence of your enemies, and invites you to come to partake of His body broken for you and His blood shed for you. Come boldly to the table and partake by faith and receive your healing.
If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have been made worthy by the blood of the Lamb. You have been washed clean of all your sins. Don’t allow the enemy to rob you any longer. Partake of the Lord’s Supper with thanksgiving, knowing that each time you partake, you are getting healthier, stronger, and younger in Christ!
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