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Communion: The Joy Of The Burning Heart

Someone has said that the Bible is a book of promises. There is much truth in that and the more we read it, the more promises we shall find. Many of the promises of the Bible become ours only when we accept them by faith. In this article attention is drawn to the promise of communion. This promise is found in Revelation 3:20.

Some parts of Revelation are not easy to understand, but there is a promise in it given to all who read and obey the book's message (1:3). Don't fail to read the book or you will miss

the blessing of that promise. Now for the promise of Revelation 3:20. Here it is, "Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with Me".

The Lord Jesus was speaking here to some poor, lukewarm Christians. Such Christians have no real joy in the Lord. They do not witness for Him, nor praise His Name. They are powerless and fruitless, all because they do not have communion with Christ. The Lord sends a message through His servant John to tell them that He was

standing knocking at the door of their hearts, and if they would only open He would come in and have fellowship with them. What a great promise that

was! And the promise is to us also, and to Christians everywhere.

Christian, don't be lukewarm. Make sure every day that you ask the Lord to come and dwell with you and sup with you. Whatever else you forget to ask, don't forget to ask for His presence with you.

Remember the story about the two disciples who met the Lord on the way to Emmaus, and how when He walked and talked with them, their hearts burned within them and how they hurried back about seven miles to tell the other disciples they had seen the Lord and how He had talked with them. Thai was real communion; no wonder their hearts burned within them.

Be a Christian with a burning heart, don't be lukewarm. True joy comes from within, not from without. When we have burning hearts, this will be seen in our faces, our actions and our words. Those who have burning hearts will overflow like the Psalmist in Psalm 45:1. His heart overflowed because he was thinking about the King, that is about the Lord Jesus.

What a delightful thing it is to meet disciples who have burning hearts! those who overflow to others because the Lord is with them. Fellowbeliever, do you belong to the "Order of the Burning Heart?" Why not join

this company today? Claim the promise of Revelation 3:20 and ask the Master to come and be at home with you. And He will, every day, when you ask Him.

But you must, of course, put out of your life all the things that are unworthy of His presence. There should he no "filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting ... but rather giving of thanks" (Eph. 5:4); no uncleanness or unworthy books or magazines; We must have a real spring-cleaning of these. No joining with the world in its vain amusements. "As He is, even so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17). Yes, that helps 'us to know what to do, and where to go.

And then the yielded life. Remember the story of the servant who chose rather to serve his master than to go out free (Ex. 21:2-6). Read it again today, and think of yourself as the servant and the Lord Jesus as your Master.

When all is ready, and our hearts are yielded and clean, we can invite the Master to come; and every day, and all the days, He will come. Then our lives will be full and abundant and overflowing, because He is at home with us. This is communion. This is the joy of the burning heart. Then, in the joy of fellowship with Him, we can go Out and serve Him, for fellowship in secret leads to fellowship in service. Press on in this, for your life can be a very real blessing to many others.