BBB = “Bob, Be Bold!” This was said to me in the presence of Jesus by Mother Mary when having Communion in CommunionFire last year. By December 2015 Camille and I crossed the mark of 1,000 daily Communions in our living room.
There are three powerful miracles over the past three years that are so natural the only way to describe them is ‘supernatural’.
Contained, released and revealed within each one are innumerable other miracles!
“Bob, Be Bold” Miracle #2: Meeting Mary
On another morning while having Communion with Camille, while drinking the wine of the Lord’s blood, I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say, “Read John 2:3”. This was the first time during CommunionFire that the Holy Spirit spoke about a specific scripture reference, so I was a little bit hesitant thinking, ‘Okay, I guess this is where this Communion Fire thing breaks down! I was very jittery about these encounters at first and still I shiver with the fear of God that I don’t mess up!
But in over a thousand encounters during daily Communion, I feel Jesus is more my friend than anyone I have ever known. He has never let me down and everything he shares with me is gently powerful, filled with His love and leaves me with a certain soundness that constantly gives me peace and joy.
O me, of little faith! LOL
When I told Camille, neither of us had any idea of what the scripture reference was, so I wanted to read it to her out loud at the same time I looked it up.
“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’ “
I noted to myself that this scripture also introduced the personage of Mother Mary. So there were two firsts. A scripture reference and Mary. Mary just posed the problem. She knows her Son is the ultimate problem solver. She placed the situation before the Lord and left it to Him. At the same time, she was used by the Heavenly Father to sound the wake up call to public ministry.
Up until this moment all of our CommunionFire encounters and experiences were focused exclusively on Jesus. We saw other people including the disciples but now the action involved Mary.
So the question always is, “Lord why do you bring this to my remembrance this morning?”
Somehow I knew instinctively that the Lord was pointing to the Church and that the wine had run out! There may be Communion, but those who were not celebrating Communion or CommunionFire were missing out on the life that Jesus gives to us through the bread and wine that He blesses.
I also sensed that the Lord was making it clear to me that the ignition of his ministry began with these words and they came from his Mother.
Two years later as mentioned in a previous post, Mary shows up through a flying scroll, and says, “Bob, Be Bold” with a nod from her Son, my Lord Jesus. I didn’t know at that moment that very much the same way the Holy Spirit was speaking through Mother Mary to take an action that would also indicate the start of something new igniting me to serve God’s people.
Sharing our experiences about what more Communion could mean became the message. In Communion if each of us would ‘be still and wait on the Lord’ after receiving the bread of His flesh and after receiving the wine of His blood then there is an encounter to be had. Ou witness is that Jesus is waiting at the Table to feed us physically as well as spiritually and to quench our thirst physically and spiritually with the essence of His presence, His glory..
When we wait, just 5-10 seconds, we see the Lord Jesus is there waiting to share with us and to speak with us.
“The Word (rhema) of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword diving between the soul and spirit, the marrow and the bone, the thoughts and the intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12
When applied to Communion, there it is! So that’s what this is. Its Jesus (the Logos) made alive to us (Rhema) as real food that has been blessed to open our eyes to see and our ears to hear in the spirit. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
So I also had my first encounter with Mary through the John 2:3 confirmed 2 years later with Dear Mother Mary, Queen of Heaven. She would be the first of others the Lord would introduce me to in the Kingdom of Heaven during time spent with Him at His Table.
FYI: I am not Eastern or Western Catholic. I grew up Methodist and then became Charismatic Evangelical and landed in Southern Baptist Churches. After 40 years, I am just a helpless, hopeless mess, broken and frail and totally dependent on Jesus Christ as my foundation and friend. Its no longer I that live but Christ who lives in me.
Outside of that I love all God’s people everywhere and anywhere including heaven and earth without regard to time and space.