Because He Lives – 04-Apr-2021


The Cross – Personal Resurrection

by Pastor Marie

Because He Lives

  • Resurrection Day – A celebration and an affirmation of the hope we have for eternal life in Christ
  • 2 Kings 13:21 – Elisha’s bones touched by a corpse raised back to life
  • Ezekiel 37:9-10 – Valley of DRY BONES– reanimated army
  • 1 Kings 17:17-24 – Elijah lays on a widow’s dead son — brought back to life
  • John 11:17-26 – Lazarus – raised from his tomb after 4 days, ”…I am the RESURRECTION…”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:6 – 500 people witness Jesus’ resurrection – God wanted to leave us with no doubt it actually occurred to give us hope.
  • Because He lives, I have hope that I will also.
  • Because He lives, I can face tomorrow her on Earth with hope for victory.

Holy Hush

“The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding”

by Pastor Roy

Holy Hush

by Pastor Marie

Sing His Praises and Stand in Silent Communion.

The quiet, descending, ascending, all-enveloping, all-encompassing peace that covers my soul in the time when His holy Presence fills the room, blanketing me with a holy hush. 

     When The Holy Spirit enters my dwelling, and my eternal, internal dwelling as well as the room I am in, with His calming Presence, GRACE UPON GRACE.  He touches my soul, heals my body, fills my spirit, and continues filling me with the all-encompassing love that is His very nature. There is nothing quite like it.

I found unspeakable joy

My heart slows, and my breath stills, as His very sacred breath falls in rhythm with mine, calming my heart, assuring me that keeping me safe is His priority, with reassuring murmurs of His cascading waves of glory- He stills my soul. 

I recall four specific times recently when I experienced His Holy Hush entering my circumstances.

When I was in the operating room having my eye fixed, He met me right there and enveloped me in His grace to remain still.

My husband opened the door to our room with a beautifully displayed, absolutely delicious lunch he had prepared for me. It was such a gift of love. I thanked God;

after lying in bed for two days and nights on my back with my chin elevated. I was able to lay on my side: finished. God came into my room and enfolded me into His arms, and I was totally immersed in His ever-present loving embrace. Cocooned in Him.

I looked out the front door and saw all the buds on the trees and the shoots from the bulbs I had planted springing up with the promise of beautiful flowers.

He met me in all those moments right where I was. I worshiped, so grateful. They were life-changing moments.

TO YOU belongs silence (the submissive wonder of reverence which bursts forth into praise), and praise is due and fitting to You, O God, in Zion; and to You shall the vow be performed. Psalm 65:1
In the kingdom of grace (v. 1), 
hearing prayer (v. 2)
pardoning sin (v. 3) 
satisfying our souls as a people (v. 4), 
protecting and supporting us (v. 5) 
In the kingdom of the earth 
fixing the mountains (v. 6) 
calming the sea (v. 7) 
preserving the regular succession of day and night (v. 8) 
making the earth fruitful (v. 9-13).

Sing His Praises and Stand in Silence: bowing in humble gratitude and awe: we bow down low hearing the holy HUSH. Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us. Communion and contentment.

There’s a Place – Leonard Jones
There’s a Place, In my heart,
Where I worship, where I praise 
Lord, it’s only for You 
There’s a Room, pure and white 
and you know it’s holy, holy,
Lord, it’s only for You.
There’s a Hope, in my heart, 
no one else gives, no one has, 
it comes only from You
There’s a song that I sing, 
No one else knows, no one hears, 
Lord, it’s only for You.

Return to in-person Services on April 18!

Getting Ready for Jesus

by Pastor Roy

Revelation 19:7 “…and his Bride has made herself READY.”

The Wedding Garments of the Bride: Isaiah 61:10

  1. Garment of SALVATION
  2. The Robe of RIGHTEOUSNESS
  3. Isaiah 61:3 – The Garment of PRAISE for the spirit of heaviness
  4. The Cloak of HUMILITY – 1 Peter 5:5
  5. Put on LOVE – Colossians 3;14

Matthew 22:1-14(TPT)
Vs 11 – Not wearing the wedding robes PROVIDED for him by the king
Vs 14 – “Many are called and invited in but few have hearts bathed in TRUTH — made pure and worthy of entering.

  • Revelation 3:18 (TPT)
  • Romans 12:1-2 (TPT)
  • Amos 9:11, Acts 15:16, Matthew 16:18 – God says,” I will do it!”
  • Matthew 11:28 – “Come to Me…”

Holy Spirit’s Communion

Invitations to Life

by Pastor Roy

Holy Spirit’s Communion

by Pastor Marie

God’ s ultimate desire is to have constant communion with us – It is His love’s motivation- His heart.

We need to  yield to His communion mood when He calls us to Himself.

John 15

Like a diamond, God is multifaceted and the Holy Spirit wants to reveal the nature of God to us through communion. 

Prayer is communion with the Holy Spirit. There are different forms of prayer.

Petition – asking God for what we need. Philippians 4:6-7 : “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Thanksgiving – A way to enter into the Presence of God. Ps 100: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving. We are grateful for what He has done.

I Thes 5:18- “ In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”    17: pray without ceasing.”

 Supplication – the humble and earnest cry that comes from the deep desire of the spirit and soul.  Acts 1:14- “ these all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…”   “ I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers and intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in godliness and honesty.” I Tim 2:1-2

 Intercession –  standing in the gap for someone else. All three members of the Godhead intercede for us and through us to fulfill the eternal plan and purpose of God for our lives, which is to be transformed into His image.    Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us. Heb 7:25 

 Romans 8:26  “And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words. 27 God, the searcher of the heart, knows fully our longings, yet he also understands the desires of the Spirit, because the Holy Spirit passionately pleads before God for us, his holy ones, in perfect harmony with God’s plan and our destiny.”

Praise  – literally raving about His goodness and greatness. Ps 100:4 

Worship  – true worship happens when we have experienced a divine encounter with the living God. shachah- bow down, crouch, beseech humbly.  proskuneo – Kiss toward= expressing deep devotion and love in response to the manifest Presence of God; bringing us into the right relationship with Him.

John 4:23

Come into agreement with His Values – 

His Manifested Presence comes – 

When we are in Right relationship  –

Divine love is received 

Worship -changes the picture because we see Him and look through His LENS at situations and our lives. We see The Throne in our midst 

Worship places us on the offensive 

Worship represents the voice of the Lord in our midst 

Worship enables us to rightly divide the Word of truth 

The Holy Spirit can show us how to defeat our enemies, how to continue to walk in peace with His perspective in mind and heart.

John 10:10

Rms 5:17- reign in life through One Jesus Christ in communion with the Holy Spirit.

“For if, through the transgression of the one individual, Death made use of the one individual to seize the sovereignty, all the more shall those who receive God’s overflowing grace and gift of righteousness reign as kings in Life through the one individual, Jesus Christ.”

Forsaking Pride – 8-Mar-2021

Holy Spirit’s Moods

by Pastor Marie

Forsaking Pride

by Pastor Roy

  • God saves us in order to transform us!
  • Transformation requires change = UNCOMFORTABLE.
  • Growing in God = becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Faith, Trust, and HUMILITY needed to move forward.
  • James 4:8 – As we acknowledge our sin, ask for forgiveness and turn from self-focus, we will “draw near to God.”
  • Only God has the power for transformation and holds our destiny in His hands.
  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • Humility is the key to enhanced SEEING.
  • God is not looking for talented or intellectual people – but for people who are YIELDED.
  • Matthew 11:25  “Learn of Me…”
  • We learn by LISTENING.  Stop TALKING, yield, “wake up!”
  • 1 Peter 5:5 “God gives grace to the HUMBLE…”
  • It is actually the proud who RESIST God’s grace because they do not ask for it. 
  • SIN is not overcome by Church rules of behavior nor through purging the sinner.
  • 1 Peter 4:8 – “Love COVERS a multitude of sin.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love’s” method  – “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in TRUTH – it always trusts, always hopes.”
  • Love considers UNTRUTH – Evil.
  • Remember: Jesus did not condemn sinners – he condemned HYPOCRITES.
  • Hypocrite – one who excuses his own sin while condemning the sins of others
  • Many times, a hypocrite does not discern his hypocrisy – he is not AWAKE enough to do so, and the corruption in his own heart is never confronted.
  • Not seeking mercy or grace, he receives NONE and therefore has none to offer others.
  • Since he is always under God’s judgment – judging is all he can offer others.
  • Confronting personal sin takes HUMILITY.
  • James 4:6 – God’s grace is drawn to the humble
  • Humility is the sub-structure of transformation.  It is the essence of ALL virtues.
  • All people at some point in life will be confronted with the impurities of their hearts.
  • Our response will determine our direction forward.
  • It is at these crossroads of life that both holy men and hypocrites are bred.
  • Mattew 24:14 – “Many are called…”
  • Sanctification starts not with rules but with forsaking PRIDE.
  • Purity begins with a determined refusal to hide from the condition of our hearts.

Humility

Holy Spirit is a Person

Holy Spirit is a Person 7 fold power of the Holy Spirit

by Pastor Marie

Humility

— God saves us so He can transform us!
— Transformation = CHANGE
— Humility allows us the capacity to recognize what needs to be changed

— F. Frangipane  — “Humility is the spiritual capacity that enables us to perceive our need.”

James 4:6 – ”God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
— God resists the proud because the proud resist God.
— Humility must be “put on.” (Colossians 3:12) through consistent and conscious decisions and actions.
— Spiritual Humility is a created attribute of a character that is formed in us through a deepening  relationship with God practiced consistently
— Humility — the greatest virtue in heaven -(Matthew 18:4)
— No other virtue can enter our lives except humility requests it to come.
— Saul of Tarsus — considered himself “blameless before God” before his conversion.
— His meeting with Jesus devastated that opinion of himself.
— When we meet Jesus along our road, He will “DE-MASK-US” as well
— “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God–”  (1 Peter 5:6)
— Every time we embrace MEEKNESS/Teachableness, we are embracing Sustained Transformation.
— “Learn of Me, for I am MEEK and lowly of heart.” –(Matthew 11:29)
–” Learn” of Jesus in order to understand the power of His Humility

Philippians 2:5-8
— Zephaniah 3:11-12

— Grace – not only unmerited favor but also the power to do what we cannot do by ourselves.

Isaiah 57:18 – REVIVAL

Proclaiming the Kingdom

Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here!

Encouragement by Pastor Marie

Proclaiming
the
Kingdom

— Luke 17:20-21 (TPT)
— Mark 4:26-29
— Our Call:    “Possess the Kingdom!”
–Matthew 11:12 (TPT)
–Matthew 4;7
–Luke 8:15 — bearing fruit with endurance

–Endurance — the capacity to continue despite difficulties, with hopeful fortitude that actively resists defeat

–Hebrews 10:35-36
–Hebrews 10: 39

–Perseverance  — “Severe” root
–Luke 16:16
–Revelation 3:16

–Laodecia   —  Spiritual Passivity

— The issue of the “maturing” church — Not “Am I saved”  – but — “Am I Overcoming?”
“Am I Pressing In”

Possessing the Gates

It Is Written

by Pastor Roy

Possessing the Gates

by Pastor Marie

     God gave you a present in Christ- you have to receive it, unwrap it, read the directions and use it well.

“They that wait for Yahweh’s grace will receive His divine power.” Isaiah 40:31

“So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.” (Romans 11:5 NIV)  … for God’s grace empowers his chosen remnant. [a small believing minority]

     I find the real Christian life to be an exciting adventure and journey into MORE.

 WE NEED TO CONTEND.

   CONTEND- WRESTLE, BATTLE, CLAIM SOMETHING THAT IS TRUE. STRUGGLE TO SURMOUNT.  [overcome (a difficulty or obstacle). conquer-triumph over- vanquish- stand or be placed on top of.

          We need to contend with faith and authority

“Through faith and patience, we inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12

    WE NEED TO BREAKTHROUGH THE LIES AND BONDAGES FOR OUR LIVES SO THAT WE CAN LIVE IN PEACE AND PROSPERITY AND HAVE OUR NEEDS MET BY GOD HIMSELF.

6 TRUTHS that we can stand on as launching pads to start from to assure us victory in every battle.  If we enter His GATES WITH THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE, HUMBLY WORSHIPPING THE KING OF GLORY… we can launch our victory from there.

1.  KNOW  Your identity In Christ

I Peter 2:9 – Romans 8:17 -Ephesians 2:6 – 

Ephesians 1:18-19 – flooded with light, called, and an advertisement of His immense power as it works through us.

Isaiah 62:12 – Revelation 19:14 – You are His Bridal army wearing His garments of praise, humility, righteousness, salvation, and love.

2. KNOW the love and character of Father God

This builds a well of trust as we continue to grow and mature. it gets deeper- a  well of salvation

2 Tim 1:12 Know Whom you have believed.

Eph 1:17  – God has promised that He will give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

3. USE the keys God has given you.

     Matthew 16:18-19 – the church is built on the Truth of Who He is – and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  You have the keys of the kingdom – to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven and to release on earth that which is released in heaven.    [bind or loose]We are not defensive -but OFFENSIVE

 4. Know that your weapons are  supernatural- not natural  –

     2 Corinthians 10:4-6 – Weapons of our warfare are mighty in God energized with divine power.  We can effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide and demolish every fantasy that opposes God.

        THERE IS A POWER, SO OVERWHELMING, ALL OF CREATION, BOWS TO ITS NAME. 

He came to change every outcome,

 lift every head,

win every battle,

and raise the dead.]  Rita Springer

5. A significant part of the Abrahamic blessing that we step into as people of  faith is possessing the gate of our enemies.

   Genesis 22:16-17

6. LAST…OUR  Faith is what we exercise to possess our gates.

   Faith comes through what we have heard. Romans 10:17

“Through faith and patience, we inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12

FAITH IS THE KEY  [faith in GOD]

I pray for an impartation of faith, fresh vision with new eyes – new grace and an enlarged  vision with heavens’ perspective.

Again, receive a personal awakening in the knowledge of your keys and tools given by God and learn how to use them from the Holy Spirit.  Enter the kingdom and walk in empowered living.  

RISE UP, GO IN,
AND POSSESS YOUR GATES
INTO YOUR GOD GIVEN DESTINY.

Eat Your Spinach!

Heart Health

by Pastor Marie

Eat Your Spinach!

by Pastor Roy

  • The Father’s audible voice: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I’m well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17, Matthew 17:5)
  • Doors – “Transition” points
  • Obstacles – “Giants”
  • James 4;7 – “Submit to God, resist the devil.
  • 1 Peter 5:8 – “Remain vigilant…”
  • Ephesians 6:12 – Spiritual enemies /Giants
  • Numbers 13:22 – Giants represent spiritual principalities that are obstructions to the “promised land.”
  • Giants – Sons of Anak – “Long-Necked”
  • Neck – connects the Body to the Head
  • Anikim – to Choke – to strangle – kill the Body before it connects to the Head
    1. SHESAI – “Bleached” white silk – counterfeit purity
      • 2 Timothy 3:1-8 – having the form of godliness but with no power because of impure motives
    2. TALMAI – dyed cloth – crimson in color – Cloth = covering – Crimson = suffering, sacrifice
      • A counterfeit replication of Christ’s sacrifice to replace the Beautiful Garments of the Bride:
        1. Praise (Isa 61:3)
        2. Righteousness (Isa 61:10)
        3. Salvation (Eph 6:13-17) “Armor of God”
        4. Humility (1Pet 5:5)
        5. Love (Col 3:14)
      • Dye – extracted from maggots – Flies = Lies – Beelzebub/Satan – “Lord of the Flies.”
      • Talmai speaks of a spirit that exalts itself above God’s true knowledge, replacing it with lies.
    3. AHIMAN – A “Brother of Fortune” – reveres a person’s social standing, personal power, giftings.  A “Good Weather Friend” – Brothers in name but with no Heart connection
  • These three combine to form conditions that create offenses which are stumbling blocks to transition.
  • Popeye:  Eat Your Spinach!  Eat the Word of God!
  • Psalm 119:165
  • Colossians 3:12
  • Colossians 3:14 (TPT)
  • 1 Samuel 17:45 – “You come against me with the sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty,  The God of the armies of Israel.”

Open Door – Open Heart – 31-Jan-2021

Hidden

by Pastor Marie Esposito

Open Door – Open Heart

by Pastor Roy Esposito

  • Revelation 3:8 “I’ve set before you an open door.”
  • Doors – are passageways from one place to another.
  • Represent – Change or Transition
  • We are often the product of the Doors we walk through: they shape who we are
  • Tests – are there to help us correct any missteps we might have taken in the past.
  • Revelation 2:8-10 – “Teated” – Pie-Rad-Zoe – Which way one is going and what the character of that person is
  • Revelation 3:7 – The “Key of David” – a symbol of authority
  • Josh 1:2-9
    • VS 2 – “Now, therefore, arise and go over this Jordan…”
    • “This Jordan” – a symbol of the obstacles and resistance we face along the journey
    • VS 3 – TREAD – (Hebrew: Darach) stomp, march – aggressive walk
  • Root – “To draw an arrow and bend a bow”  Modern Israel.
    • “Load your weapons!”
  • God: “In every place that you’re willing to load your weapons and take the land – I give you.”
  • 2 Corinthians 10:4 – Our weapons are not carnal but spiritual
  • Colossian 3:12-13 – Our “weapons.”
    • 1) Mercy
    • 2) Kindness
    • 3) Humility
    • 4) Meekness
    • 5) long-suffering
    • 6) Forgiveness
    • 7) Grace
    • 8) Love
  • Repentance – Turning from Self-Absorption to Love
  • 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 The “veil” is removed – VS 18 (TPT)
    • reflect Jesus’ glory
  • Disobedience – Always leaves Jesus on the other side of the Door
  • Revelation 3:20 (TPT); Revelation 3:22 (TPT)