Stones of Remembrance – 5-March-23

by Pastor Marie

Sunday, March 5, 2023

A memorial stone of remembrance. 

We need to be aware that there are points of focus in our lives that need to be marked with a stone of remembrance.

It is a stone to mark in your journey a specific experience or encounter with the Holy Spirit that powerfully impacted your life.  A reminder of what God has said or done in your life at a particular point in your walk with Jesus. 

ZOE – the very life of God is what cleanses us and sets us apart for Him. 

There is a time when we sit with God, and He brings together parts of our lives and casts light on the fragmentations of our life to bring cleansing and healing into our souls, emotions, remembrances, and thoughts. 

Purify our hearts, O Lord.  Cleanse us and heal us, O God.

The garden: You can try to slowly remove the weeds and dead branches in your life without success or let Him do it.

Time in His Presence can efficiently work in you, His new creation—more of Him and less of you.  We want to move in wholeness and the fullness of Christ.

Let Him blow away the dead branches in the garden.

As we walk the highway of holiness with the Holy Spirit, there are moments when He reveals Jesus in a way that changes us.  We then carry a weight of glory that the Lord has implanted in us, whether it was at a time of great sorrow and disappointment or ecstatic joy over a triumphant victory which helps us build an inner home of Truth.  We need to stay focused on Him at the time.

The imprint of His Presence deep within our inner man [our being with Someone] will last for eternity and give us tools to navigate situations in the future.  We must continue cultivating a deep inner knowing and hearing of His Voice to live well in our outer lives.  Inwardly attentive to His divine whisper.

Times of soaking and contemplation are disciplines of our faith that are the most significant and direct journey to greater intimacy with the Lord.  Consider if that is what you really want. 

The prophetic words we receive at these times will propel us forward into the next leg of our journey, EMPOWERED by His revelation. 

Our testimony, our stones of remembrance, are authentic and influential in the kingdom of God. 

The areas of soaking will become prophetic areas.  We can move in what God has shown us when we are soaking in His Presence and have godly wisdom to navigate through any situation we encounter.  He sends His Word and heals us.  The more deeply we watch and wait, calming the inner chaos and noisy distractions, the deeper our insight will become, and our prayer life will take on an entirely new dimension of grace as we walk in greater intimacy with God.

A moment focusing on the Lord carries weight in the kingdom that we desire to invade this life that we live here.

The Truths we receive in the secret place are alive in His Presence and can change the course of our life.  His heart beats with a rhythm of everlasting life.

“Now, therefore, O sons and daughters, listen to ME, for blessed are those who keep My ways.  Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.  Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.  For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.  But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:32-36

Verse 34 contains three principles: listening, watching, and waiting.

These verbs are in the continuous passive tense in Hebrew, meaning they are ongoing rather than momentary.




Hebrews 5:14 – “But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses [or powers of discernment] are trained by constant practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.”

Ephesians 4:13(NIV) “…until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

“Spiritual maturity is responsive dependence on God.” –Jack Hayford

God’s kingdom operates according to the principle of a continuous increase (Isaiah 9:6-7), not diminishing power.  His kingdom come, His will be done.  There is always more, deeper, and higher.  Are you interested in that?

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Madame Jeanne Guyon [an early Christian contemplative] writes: “It is Jesus Christ Himself, the real and essential Word, Who is in the center of the soul that is disposed of for receiving Him. Never one moment ceases from His living fruitful and divine operation.” 

“Christ within the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 the Mystery.

Stones, biblically, are monuments to what God has done.  We each have monumental stones in our journey that need to be remembered.

Consider the reality of when the children of Israel crossed the Jordan written about in Joshua 3.  The priests entered, carrying the Ark of the Covenant, and stood.  After the entirety of all the tribes followed, twelve leaders went into the Jordan and got a memorial stone to make a monument to the Crossing Over.  Then the priest returned to the Jordan where they had stood with the Ark, and they made a stone monument in the middle of the Jordan. 

The book of Joshua marks the doorstep of Israel’s entrance into Canaan.  They were at the threshold of experiencing the fulfillment of God’s promises – to become a great nation and receive Canaan as a homeland.  It would happen as they obeyed God. 

Blessings of victory, inheritance, abundant provision, peace, and rest come from faithful meditation on His word and obedience to His commands.  These are key to blessings and abundance.  Joshua 1:8

Consider that Joshua waited outside the tent when Moses prayed throughout the Israelites’ journey through the desert.  He experienced firsthand the glory of the Lord, watched, and stayed there at the door to the tent of meeting.  Then he remained there and had his own experience with the Holy Spirit.  Joshua heard God call him to step into Moses’ shoes.  And he did.  Places, encounters, and experiences are marked with stones of remembrance.

Joshua had an encounter with the triune God recorded in Joshua 5:13-15 when God appeared to him as the Commander of the army of the Lord.  It changed his life there again.  He had a place to mark with a stone of remembrance.

Our foundation Stone is Jesus the Cornerstone.  Our inner life builds from there.  We have a home in our hearts for God to dwell.  The inner life prepares us for the outer life.  So, we have stones of remembrance in our lives, and we want more.

We are presently at a crossroads.  Are we ready to receive the continuous revelation of Jesus and make a mark on the world?

The Same Holy Spirit (Sunday, January 15, 2023)

The Same Holy Spirit

by Marie Esposito

Share about the door –

What is the function of the Holy Spirit in our lives? 

When we are converted, the Holy Spirit gives us a new birth, and He comes to live inside us. We become a member of the body of Christ, and He seals us as a possession of Christ. 

He is the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Adoption, the Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of Grace, the Spirit of Supplication, and the Spirit of Glory. As the Holy Spirit moves and functions in all these offices, the primary purpose is to redeem us to become the Bride of Christ. HIS BELOVED.

I Corinthians 12-13 – The same Spirit distributes, activates, and operates wide different varieties of gifts, ministries, miracles, and revelation as He chooses. These gifts are imparted by God, and they confirm His word and expand the kingdom of God. They are the divine power source. The Holy Spirit is the DIVINE POWER SOURCE.

“By One Spirit we all were immersed and mingled into one body…We are all privileged to drink deeply of the same Holy Spirit.” I Corinthians 12:13  means that we can drink of the Living Waters until it fills us up and then flows out from the inside of us and empowers us to live an endless life.

The Holy Spirit is the unifying and empowering Force in the body of Christ.

Romans 8:2 “For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us  from the “law” of sin and death… but if the Spirit of Him that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He that raised Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.”

The Holy Spirit frees us and makes us more active, accelerates our energy in Him, and lifts us up. 

The Holy Spirit is The Blessed Comforter.
He has come to:

  1. Bring comfort
  2. Teach
  3. Bring light
  4. To bring purity
  5. To bring power.

Romans 8:14-17 TPT – “The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit…[ He directs our lives ] and are delivered from the spirit of bondage again to fear…For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”… And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. 

The Holy Spirit reveals our adoption into God’s family, sharing about our inheritance. He also helps us to get free from our old natures.         

Romans 8:13 “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if BY THE SPIRIT you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  

This is a prophetic word spoken by the prophet Isaiah about Jesus and the Holy Spirit and what we have access to as believers.

Isaiah 11: 2,  “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – [the spirit of prophecy] the Spirit of wisdom [equipping ability]  and of understanding, [intelligent insight] the Spirit of counsel [guidance, leadership] and might [warrior, conqueror], the Spirit of the revelation [ insight gained only by experiencing intimacy with God], and the Spirit of the fear of the Lord [absolute loyalty to God].”  All of these attributes and qualities are ours.

The revelation of Jesus Christ by the Spirit of the Lord is something that is unveiled within us, not just to us. It is an inward journey. CHRIST IN US IS OUR HOPE OF GLORY, the hope that moves us into fullness, expectancy, and maturity. Christ continues to express Himself to us, and through us, by the power of the Holy Spirit. The revelation of God is the true treasure. The Holy Spirit is the One Who gives us this revelation.

I Corinthians 12:31 – speaks of a path corresponding to transcendence or a more excellent way, which is Love. It’s the path led by this Same Spirit.

It is the Spirit of God that fills us with His Love and all the aspects of His Grace… the more excellent Way, and directs our steps and our way as we journey on the path of Life into Love.

I Corinthian 13:7-8 Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving.

So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.

Love in Aramaic – set on fire. 

Love in Greek – intense affection which must be demonstrated. The loyal, endless, unconditional commitment of love. 

Love transforms the spirit in us through The Holy Spirit. 

So, what is the function of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and Who is HE?

He is the Spirit of Life, Truth, Adoption, Holiness, Grace, Supplication, and  Glory. As the Holy Spirit moves and functions in all these offices in our lives, the primary purpose is to redeem us to become the Bride of Christ. HIS BELOVED.

It’s how we live and move and have our being in Him – through the Holy Spirit.

Johoshaphat: Our Eyes Are on You – 19-Jun-2022

by Pastor Marie Esposito

He was a worshiper of God.

He loved and obeyed God. 

He was the King of Judah, following his father, Asa.

A bold and faithful follower of Yahweh, Jehoshaphat consulted God’s prophets before making decisions and credited God for every victory. 

A victorious military leader, He was honored and made wealthy from tribute. 

He learned that consistent dependence on God is the only way to succeed. 

He was a humble man of faith.

   Jehoshaphat took office, about 873 BC. What did he do as a leader?

  • abolished the idol worship that had consumed the land.  
  • drove out the male cult prostitutes  
  • destroyed the Asherah poles where the people had worshiped false gods. 
  • solidified devotion to God
  • sent prophets, priests, and Levites throughout the country to teach people God’s laws. 
  • He appointed judges throughout Judah to deal fairly with the people’s disputes, admonishing them to fear the Lord bringing further stability to his kingdom. 

            God looked with favor on Jehoshaphat, strengthening his kingdom and making him wealthy. The people of Judah and Jerusalem enjoyed a great measure of prosperity and God’s blessings under Jehoshaphat. Neighboring kings paid tribute to him because they feared his power.

3 enemy territories decided to band together to attack this kingdom. When Jehoshaphat learned that a great army had come against him (2 Chronicles 20:1-2), he immediately realized three things. 

  1. His vast army was not a match for the joint forces of the invaders.
  2. The joint forces of the invaders were no match for God Almighty.
  3. God Almighty was his ally and would surely come to his rescue. 

Jehoshaphat’s immediate response was to call a nationwide prayer and fast and he cried out to God for help. (2 Chronicles 20:3-11). The people gathered in the temple and sought God.


Prayer was his first strategy.

I love how Jehoshaphat proclaims his faith from the very beginning. 

“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” (verse 6)

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but OUR EYES ARE UPON YOU.” (verse 12) 

Jehoshaphat’s pattern and directive: He:

  • Acknowledged who God is
  • Acknowledged His authority
  • Acknowledged His power and might
  • Acknowledged His supremacy over all
  • Reminds God that He gave them the land. [to Abraham]
  • Acknowledged what God had done and His faithfulness.

He stood in the temple, in God’s Presence, and cried out in his affliction and declared that God will hear and save.

He trusted God and WORSHIPED HIM.

God answers the prayer of His people through the voice of a prophet: “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle. 


God said: “Position yourselves, stand still, and see!”

Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (verses 15 and 17) 

3 things happened when Jehoshaphat prayed.

  1. God gave him assurance (2 Chronicles 20:14-15).
  2. In keeping with Jeremiah 33:3, he revealed valuable intelligence about the enemy’s movements (2 Chronicles 20:16).
  3. Finally, God gave Jehoshaphat the battle plan and the outcome of the battle (2 Chronicles 20:17).

Jehoshaphat and all the people bow themselves to the ground and WORSHIP.

“So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, 

Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe [same word in hebrew as in Abraham believing God’s promise and obeying him] in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.  

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying


And you know what happens? CONFUSION.   CHAOS.

The different enemy armies began to fight one another rather than making a unified force against Judah! They fought and killed one another! The only action on the side of Judah was PRAISING AND WORSHIPING God! Their eyes were on Him.

When his people came upon their enemies they were all dead. It took them three days to gather all the jewels and spoils of war.

They went home to Jerusalem and began PRAISING AND  WORSHIPING GOD!

Our directive in all things: 

Worship before, worship during, worship afterwards!



Communion 22-May-2022

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.

For communion:

  • prepare
  • worship
  • find rest
  • find peace


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
  • Rest
  • Peace  

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.


We celebrate this when we take communion.

Power to Overcome – 15-May-2022

Align by Pastor Marie Esposito
by Pastor Roy Esposito

“Born Again” – a new state of being

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.”

A Mother’s Influence – 5/8/2022

Mother’s Day Encouragement by Pastor Marie
A Mother’s Influence by Pastor Roy


Today is a day set aside to honor mothers.

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.”

The Mind of Christ

by Pastor Marie Esposito

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.


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.


Consider this:

     If God’s majesty, grace, and power are not being exhibited in us, God holds us responsible.

 In Peter:

“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.


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.

                                         It will change your life.

The Renaissance Church – 10-Apr-2022

Palm – Symbol of victory over death.

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.”


Pray: Holy Spirit come. We acknowledge our dependence on You and rely on Your Empowering Presence as we walk in this newness of Life. “Not by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit.”

We are EMPOWERED as we walk in the reality that we are the body of Christ. This is our Identity – Infused by the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 119:117

The empowering comes from the Holy Spirit-  He comes into our hearts, our inner being, when we are born again, and is our Teacher.

John 14:26

1 John 2:27

Let the Holy Spirit embed the Truth about Jesus deep into your inner being. BE EMPOWERED.

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive POWER and ability when the Holy Spirit [the Spirit of holiness] comes upon you; and you will BE My witnesses  both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

We have received the POWER TO BECOME

 the Spirit is the DIVINE ENABLER

Come after Me… [Jesus said] And I will MAKE YOU TO BECOME… fishers of men. Mark 1:17

Galatians 2:20  TPT “My old identity has been co crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with Him. and now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me – we live in union as one! MY NEW LIFE IS EMPOWERED BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD WHO LOVES ME SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME, AND DISPENSES HIS LIFE INTO MINE

Ephesians 5:14

We are to be imitators of God and live our life, EMPOWERED through the indwelling Spirit. We are to be filled with the Spirit,  walk in spirit and truth, live in unity with all the saints of God, and provide mutual encouragement to one another. We are to be spiritually alert and grow in grace.

Over the long haul, we gain spiritual perception developed by HABITUAL EXPERIENCE as we read and apply the Word of God in our daily lives, anointed by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:13 -14

2 Timothy 3:17

2 different facets  of being empowered:

Empower – given the authority or power to do something,  qualify, equip  –  made stronger and more confident and able to control our lives through His Presence, displaying His fruit.

  We become Empowered as we are released, emancipated,  set free, from sin and from the pull of the world. Again, made stronger and more confident and able to control our lives through His Presence, displaying His fruit. 

2 Corinthians 3:16-17  “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Jesus is seen,  known,  received, and communed with, in the Spirit. The Spirit is the One in whom, and by whom , we receive the Lord.  If we are going to behold the glory of God, we will behold Him by the Spirit in the Son.

God’s Spirit danced over the waters on creation’s morning. God’s kingdom [ in which we live] operates according to the principle of an endless increase in power,  (Isa. 9:6–7) NOT  diminishing power. 

“The Lord your God is among you, a Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring [you] [calm you down] quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah” 3:17

Ephesians 4:13

Let us BECOME the Matured body WALKING IN AND WITH, THE HOLY SPIRIT, EMPOWERED  by Him as we continue to BE THE BODY of Christ- THIS IS OUR IDENTITY. 

Ephesians 2:20