We want to do something physical in order to release the supernatural. We lift our hands to You, Jesus, in complete surrender. God, we praise You and exalt You right now. Praise creates a forcefield around us that the enemy cannot touch. It lifts us into the heavenly realm. Worship releases Your manifest Presence into our lives. We bow down and worship You, Lord. We speak and declare that: We desire to diminish the enemy’s plan We want to launch Your plan, Lord, here, right now, in agreement with Your Word and the Holy Spirit. We want to release Your kingdom in every area of our lives. God, Your intention is that we live in Your heartbeat renewed, transformed, empowered, and filled. We desire to abide and remain in a communal relationship with You.
Thank You, Lord, and Amen.
When we take communion: we are celebrating the finished work of the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, together as His body. We are DECLARING AND DECREEING THAT THE CROSS HAS THE FINAL SAY in our lives. What Jesus paid for with His life is ours.
We separate from the first Adam and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and attach ourselves to the last Adam and the Tree of Life in a covenant relationship with Him. –Wade Taylor
We are a branch attached to the Vine in a place of abiding and remaining. THEN WE TAKE COMMUNION AS AN ACT OF FAITH.
In the kingdom of God, physical obedience brings spiritual release. Life is released through our obedience. –Bill Johnson
[We practice the disciplines in faith to bring life to our lives.]
So, what did Jesus say about communion? Paul writes in I Corinthians 11:23-25,26
Taking communion POSITION and aligning ourselves. He said to do it often. Stand soberly, reverentially, resting and at peace: grateful and celebrating your victory.
How we stand:
Worship – in gratitude, opens the heavens.
Rest creates a relational cycle of constant surrender – We rest in the awareness that God is present.
Peace is a ruling state of being.
“When we take communion, we remember Who He is and What He has done. We agree with what Jesus did for us – we declare and decree in agreement with the power of His crucifixion and resurrection by our actions – celebrating communion with Him.” –Marie Esposito
Taking His very life (the Bread) and drinking His blood ( the fruit of the vine), we receive.
We agree and announce BY OUR ACTIONS what Jesus did, and we receive empowerment from the spirit realm.
“Communion is the meal of absolute victory; Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross was more than enough to bring healing to our bodies and freedom from sin. Jesus commanded us to take communion in remembrance of Him that we would continually live aware of the victory we walk in.” –Bill Johnson
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Jesus is the Bread of Life. We are His body. Communion brings His very life into our body.
The law of the Spirit of Life – we are SET FREE FROM THE LAW of sin and death through His Resurrection and Ascension – WE receive healing, divine health, and longevity of life. We identify with His Life gift- we are SET FREE by HIS BLOOD Romans 8 First Adam – a living soul Last Adam – Quickening Spirit.
LIVING BREAD – LIVING BODY – LIVING BLOOD – LIVING LIFE WE RECEIVE THE POWER OF AN ENDLESS LIFE. – Hebrews 7:16
It begins with a personal decision with a commitment to that which will allow me to apprehend it.
I must come to the truth that there is no ME apart from my actual life.
I am not separate from my life – I can’t say “I believe” – and then act in a totally opposite manner.
Being Born Again can’t remain just a concept.
It must translate into what I actually do in my daily interactions IF it is to be meaningful.
Because – if I don’t LIVE it, I will never EXPERIENCE the benefits of what it tangibly means for my life
Without experiencing God’s goodness, it will be hard to believe His promises and plans for me.
Experiencing the goodness that following Jesus affords is foundational to attaining the “Life More Abundant” that He spoke about.
When we receive Jesus as our Lord, we receive LIBERTY.
But without Experiencing His goodness, Liberty can soon devolve into License.
This is because there is a constant conflict within each of us—a battle for control of our minds.
Romans 8:7-9 – “The carnal mind is enmity with the Spirit.”
The solution lies in yielding to the Spirit of God.
Galatians 5:16-17(TPT) – ”As you yield freely and fully to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self-life.
“For your self-life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit and hinder Him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit’s intense cravings hinder your old self-life from dominating you. So then, the two incompatible and conflicting forces within you are your self-life of the flesh and the new creation life of the Spirit.”
It is important to understand and acknowledge that the battle we’re engaged in is not with some overpowering cosmic force from without; the battle is WITHIN.
We have to “see” that what seems invincible has ALREADY been defeated by Jesus’ cross. – and act as such.
If not, we will continue to convince ourselves that we are just helpless victims and not Victorious Conquerors. [see Romans 8:32-39(TPT)]
If we believe we are helpless, we won’t continue to wrestle – we’ll just ‘let it happen to us” – We’re Only Human – right?
Ironically, these patterns of wrong thoughts that lead to wrong actions are not the invincible forces they masquerade as – they’re instead fragile!
They are a simple matter of old habits, feelings, and perceptions we carry about certain things and people.
They are remnants of the “Old Man” and the “Shadow Nature.”
They are typically activated without any reflection.
We probably would not have let them influence us if we had thought things through.
Often these actions of sin are actually contrary to who we really are.
They are rarely the result of deliberation and careful calculations.
Left unchecked, our routine unconscious behavior will manage to keep our deliberate will and conscious mind off-balance and on the defensive.
This causes us to do more wrong through denial, rationalization, the use of misleading words, or outright lies.
Romans 14:17 – “The Kingdom of God is Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit.” – Right?
These are INNER conditions of being.
Luke 17:21 – “…for indeed, the Kingdom of God is WITHIN you.”
This is why the battle is fought within: It’s a matter of what’s IN us that will make the difference in the type of life we’ll live.
John 14:30 – Jesus told them, “…the ruler of this world is coming, but he has NOTHING IN ME.”
The struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane was a matter of Jesus’ inner man – His mind and emotions – being hammered, trying to get Him to Distrust the Father.
But it was what was NOT in Jesus that kept Him impervious to the attack of the enemy; ultimately, the ruler of this world had nothing in Him! – and He was aware of that!
Yielding to the Spirit and becoming Born Again allows the Spirit’s power to keep us from being deceived.
We are able to realize that nothing has the power to lead us into wrong thoughts or actions except that which we have given power by permitting it to remain in us.
And the most dangerous ones are the “little things” that we leave unattended to because we regard them as “normal.”
But we are no longer normal if we’re “Born Again.” We are a new species(new creation) that hold heavenly characteristics.
Experiencing it will seal it as our “New Normal.”
Fortunately, God has equipped us for victory in the battle.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6(TPT) “…our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude raised in defiance of God’s true knowledge. Like prisoners of war, we capture every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.
Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion as soon as you CHOOSE COMPLETE OBEDIENCE.”
We will have victory when we choose, fully and freely, to surrender the old stuff to the Spirit.
It can be as simple as, “Yes, Lord, I want to be Born Again.”
Not everyone is a mother but all of us Have mothers.
There are many types of mothers: good ones, bad ones, biological, spiritual even DEN mothers for the Cub Scouts among us
It’s been said that Mother’s Day is traditionally the day when children give something back to their mothers for all the Spit they produce while washing dirty faces, all the old gum they held in their hands, all the noses they wiped, and all the bloody knees they ‘made well’ with their kisses.
This is a day mothers are rewarded for washing sheets in the middle of the night, driving kids to school when they missed the bus, and enduring all those football and soccer games in the rain.
Mothers hold a very influential part in our lives.
I believe the greatest, most important job in the world is being a mother.
Mothers are teachers, disciplinarians, and cleaning ladies; some are gardeners and landscapers. Mothers are Doctors, Lawyers, Psychologists, and counselors– chauffeurs and coaches.
Mothers are peacemakers, Nurses, educators, accountants, and entertainers
Mothers are developers of personalities, and molders of attitudes.
Mothers are soft voices saying, ”I love you, it’s gonna be OK.”
Mothers are a LINK to GOD – they are the first impression of God’s love for us.
For all this and much, much more – we celebrate moms today.
Mother’s Day began as an early Christian festival in Europe called “Mothering Sunday” – and the faithful were called back to their original Mothe Church
It was designated to be on the 4th Sunday of Lent.
In the USA two women were integral to the celebration of Mother’s Day: Ann Jarvis and Julia Howe
Just before the Civil War, and although she had no children of her own, Ann Jarvis started “Mother’s Day Work Clubs to teach young mothers how to care for their children
These clubs became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided by the war.
In 1868, “Mother’s Friendship Day” began and both union and confederate soldiers gathered to promote reconciliation
1870 – Julia Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” which was a call to mothers to unite for world peace.
1914 Pres. Woodrow Wilson established the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, with no mention of reconciliation nor world peace.
Mothers are a conveyance of generational spiritual blessings and anointings: and a great catalyst in faith-building.
2 Timothy 1:4b-5 (TPT) “I’m filled with joy as I think of your strong faith that passed down through your family line. It began with your grandmother, Lois, who passed it on to your dear mother, Eunice. And it’s clear that you too are following in the footsteps of their godly example.”
Today, we’re gathered to make a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country. We love you moms!
End with a column written by Erma Bombeck:
On the Day Mothers Were Created -Erma Bombeck
On the day God created mothers He had already worked overtime.
An angel said to Him, “Lord, you sure are spending a lot of time on this one.”
The Lord turned and said, ”Have you read the specs on this model? She is completely washable, but not plastic. She is to have 180 moving parts, all of them replaceable. She is to have a kiss that will heal everything from a broken leg to a broken heart.
She is to have a lap that disappears whenever she stands up. She is to be able to function on black coffee and leftovers. And she is supposed to have six pairs of hands.”
“Six pairs of hands!”, said the angel, “that’s impossible.”
“It’s not the six pairs of hands that’s the problem,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes.
She’s supposed to have one pair that sees through closed doors so that whenever she says, “What are you kids doing in there?” She already knows what they’re doing in there.
She has another pair in the back of her head to see all the things she’s not supposed to see. And she has one right in front that can look at a child and who goofed and communicate love and understanding without saying a word.”
“That’s too much”, said the angel, “You can’t put that much into one model. Why don’t you rest for a while and resume your creating tomorrow?”
“No, I can’t”, said the Lord, “I’m close to creating someone very much like myself. I’ve already come up with a model who can heal herself when she’s sick – and who can feed a family of six with one pound of hamburger and who can persuade a nine-year-old to take a shower.”
Then the angel looked at the model more closely and said, ”She’s too soft.”
“Oh, but she’s tough”, said the Lord, “You’d be surprised at how much this mother can do.”
“Can she think?” asked the angel “Not only can she think”, said the Lord, “but she can reason and compromise and persuade.”
Then the angel reached over and touched her cheek. “This one has a leak,” he said. “I told you, that you couldn’t put that much in one model.”
“That’s not a leak”, said the Lord, “That’s a tear.”
“What’s a tear for?” asked the angel.
“Well, it’s for joy and sadness, disappointment and for pride.”
“You’re a genius,” said the angel.
And the Lord said, “Oh. I didn’t put that there, it’ comes as part of the package.”
Being Born Again – is NOT just “changing uniforms and teams”- Devils to Angels.
It should signal that one has received and accepted a Divine Invitation to a whole new State of Being – Spiritually Transformative.
John 2 – Jesus does His first miracle: Water to Wine at a wedding feast.
John 2:11 – “…This was a sign revealing His glory (illuminating His divine state of being), and His disciples Believed in Him.”
Something out of the ordinary was seen, which caused people to believe.
“I believe that when we are Born Again, our lives should reflect something “out of the ordinary” – in our words, actions, and attitudes – but also in a godly Heart approach to everything and everyone we interact with.” – PR
John 2:23 – “…many believed in His name when they SAW the signs He did.”
Believing seems tied toSeeing.
John 3 – Nicodemus, the Teacher of Israel – “How does this work? It’s God, I know – BUT HOW?”
John 3:3 – ”Most assuredly, I say to you unless one is Born Again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus could see the miracles but couldn’t understand them. He could recognize the Kingdom but couldn’t conceive how it worked.
John 3:5-6 – Born of water (Water of the Word: Ephesians 5:25-26, James 1:18, 1 Peter 1:23) and the Spirit’s breath one cannot enter the Kingdom – Flesh is Flesh / Spirit is Spirit.
Abilities that accompany the New Birth:
The Word of God becomes clearer
H.S. works and wonders become solid experiences
Faith comes alive
Affectations of the Kingdom become realized – “On Earth, as it is in Heaven.”
“New birth is more than being “saved.” It is a requalifying experience opening up the possibilities of our whole being to the supernatural dimension of life fitting us for a beginning in God’s kingdom order.” – J. Hayford
Keys:1. Must be received by FAITH
2. Give oneself to it fully
Consumer Christians – a) “Get out of hell free” b) Utilize church for activities without ever giving their lives fully to God – inner selves, thoughts, feelings, and intentions. Never inwardly transformed and not committed to becoming so.
The experiences received in this realm are transforming – step by step – “Glory to Glory.”
If we are not motivated by the Spirit, we will remain motivated by another force: Our natural proclivity toward SIN – Romans 6:16 “Slaves to sin.”
2 Corinthians 3:16-18(TPT)(PLEASE READ)
Psalms 27:13 – “Lord, I want to SEE and EXPERIENCE your goodness here in the “land of the living. I’m willing to commit to that which will allow me to do so.”
What is our true identity? How can we understand the mysteries of the kingdom? By taking on the mind of Christ.
The transformation of our thought life by taking on the mind of Christ [his ideas, images, information, and patterns of thinking] opens the way to deliverance of every dimension of the human self.
Phil 2:5 – “ and consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us.
LET HIS MINDSET BECOME YOUR MOTIVATION.
We can live in a true spiritual atmosphere of light and life and joy as we worship God; and have pushed back the darkness; we stand clothed in the armor of light; ready to discern His voice as He walks in our garden: in communion with Him.
Can we? Yes.
But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purpose I Cor 2:16
It’s all written in the Word of God, and every verse has been breathed on by the Spirit of revelation to embed a deeper meaning of practical insight and guide our steps into the life God has meant for us.
What is The mind of Christ? – the perspective of living and acting in the realm of the Spirit through
1. knowing Who He is
2. What He taught and
3. Why He came
If we are truly born again and walking in the Spirit, we will engage in the process of being TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our minds every day…to prove what is the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God. The spirit of Christ transforms us. Romans 12
Our mind involves at least four major areas: ideas, images, information, and our ability to think. In a sense, the greatest battlefield in the world is located between our ears, and the stakes are incredibly high. Our “mind” constitutes the intellect or understanding and includes all that is described in the word “mindset,” that is, the feelings and the will -The whole man.
Again, “let HIS mindset be your motivation.
Be completely changed: renewed!
“renew” – a restoration to freshness.
It intimates the potential of redemption’s power to reinstate features of God’s original intention for humanity. [A mystery of the kingdom]
God’s RESTORATION or renewal of us includes a recovery of many potentialities of the human mind and soul as designed before the Fall – a literal change in the form of thought or being. [a mystery of the Kingdom]
This restored relationship through the Messiah’s life breaks the curse and leads to forgiveness, healing, freedom, and eternal life.
SHALOM- GOD’S REIGN OF HOLISTIC ORDER AND WELL-BEING, WHICH IS THE OPPOSITE OF DISINTEGRATION AND DESTRUCTION.
If God’s majesty, grace, and power are not being exhibited in us, God holds us responsible.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”
To DEMONSTRATE His mind, His life, and His power.
Col 3:10 “Take another mind.” Metanoia- repent and have a transformational change of heart, a change of your way of life, a change of direction due to a spiritual conversion. CHANGE YOUR MIND.
When Jesus was alone with His disciples, He shared the truths of the parables, which explain the mysteries of the kingdom of God.
His mysteries are the whole work of redemption [the full gospel] from first to last.
Jesus told His disciples that it had been given to them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, and He taught them what they were. Matt 13:10
We are His disciples. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
We have access to the mind of Christ to understand the mysteries of Christ.
Phil 2:5 “And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. LET HIS MINDSET BECOME YOUR MOTIVATION.”
Phil 2:5 “Let this same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
Phil 2:6-11 His Way of living: His Mindset:
Emptied Himself, became a slave, became a human, Humbled Himself, was obedient. Totally dependent on the Holy Spirit of Truth.
HE WAS EXALTED AND EMPOWERED AS A RESULT
In Philippians 2:2 & 5, the Word reads: “Be of the same mind, of one mind, let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”
In Phil 3:15, “Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind.”
Phil 2:12-13 “ continue to make this new life fully MANIFESTED as you live in the holy awe of God – which brings you trembling into His Presence. God will continually revitalize you, implanting the passion for doing what pleases Him within you.
Manifest- [emphanidzo] revealed radiance, or
the self-revelation of Jesus to US.
Paul describes the opposite of the mind of Christ as the struggles among believers in the Philippian church- because of this kind of thinking shaping behavior – people insisting on getting their own way and not being like-minded leads to discord.
In Phil 4:2, Paul urges two women who had been disagreeing over some issue “to be of the same mind,” which is the mind of Christ
These issues continue to plague human relationships both inside and outside the church, but they don’t need to have the final word; we can change our minds about what is happening.
God’s Spirit and power will be increasingly evident in our life as we will imitate Christ’s humble, obedient service as we surrender.
Paul says this is the central defining act of the Christian faith: the attitude, the approach that all Christ-followers are to demonstrate. It may go against our human nature, it goes against the tide of popular culture, but it is the way Christians are supposed to be in having the mind of Christ.
Phil 2:5 “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,”
Col 3:2 Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, not with the distractions of the natural realm.
John 12:12-16 – ” Now, Jesus’ disciples didn’t fully understand….” Matthew 22:37-40(TPT) – Love God and each other with all the passion of your Heart. 1 Kings 3:9 – Solomon asked God for an Understanding/Hearing Heart Daniel 11:32b – The people who know their God’s Heart will be strong and do great exploits.
The Gospel is not simply Information; it must be “lived out” to be effective.
“Information is not knowledge. Information must be followed by interpretation for it to yield knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
1 Corinthians 14:13 – Pray for the interpretation of the mystery. Why? Because mystery needs interpretation. “1. What does this mean? 2. What must I do?” 1 Corinthians 14:19 – Paul said he would rather speak 5 words with understanding
Experiences with God help to develop Trust in Him yielding increased spiritual maturity.
“Each person who chooses to be an adult in faith must Trust his or her Experience of God.” — William Callahan
Matthew 11:28-29 – “Learn of Me…” Learning God’s Language Have a desire to learn – be motivated Get equipped – a) Study the Bible, it’s God’s language book b) have solid teaching of how He’s moved in the past Be in an environment where His language is “spoken” Embrace Humility Be Patient Remember: God wants you to understand Him
The Renaissance Church will transition from a Church of rules and rites to an instrument of God’s power.
A Present Word For Today: Proverbs 22:20-21(TPT) – “Pay attention to these excellent sayings of three-fold things. For within My words you will discover true and reliable revelation. They will give you serenity so that you can reveal the truth of the Word of the One who sends you.”
James 1:2-4(Message) “…let it (the challenges) do its work, so you become MATURE and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
Daniel 11:32b – “The people who know their God will be STRONG and carry out GREAT EXPLOITS.”
1 Kings 3:9 – Solomon asks God for an “Understanding Heart.”
Spirit – PNEUMA – The Breath or Wind of the Spirit “Let the Spirit BREATHE LIFE into all my choices.”
Orthodoxy – Proper Belief Orthopraxy – proper Practice of those beliefs
Orthocardia – practicing with the proper HEART (1 John 4:8)
“As I allow my trials and challenges to shake me and awaken me, I’m refocused. I learn to TRUST God’s love for me, and I gain maturity. Here, the Mysteries start to become unveiled and unraveled, and I see from an elevated viewing platform.”– PR
“Praying from behind.” – AFTER something happens
“Praying from an elevated platform” – Praying with Prophetic Insight inspired and empowered by the FAITH of the Son of God.
Galatians 2:20(KJV, TPT) “…I live by the faith OF the Son of God.”