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

5-8-22

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.”

Born Again – 1-May-2022

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 to Seeing.

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

Alternatives:  

Religious people

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.”

Insight Beyond Analysis: A Hearing Heart

by Pastor Roy Esposito

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.”

Colossians 1:27 – ”Christ WITHIN…” – Jesus’ faith LIVES in me!

Exodus 3:1-4 “Burning Bush” – Moses had a simple faith

Faith will ACTIVATE the promises of God. It is the doorway to REVELATION

Keys: ASK – SEEK  – KNOCK – Wait patiently

Luke 24:49 – Wait in Jerusalem for the power on high

Acts 2:5-13 – The kingdom age starts with a dramatic demonstration and revelation of Mystery.

Questions asked then and now:
1.” What does this mean?”
2.“What must we do?”

“What does each event I experience mean, and what should my reaction to it be?

“The degree to which we are able to answer these questions with the proper ORTHOCARDIA will determine the influence we will have over the circumstances we’ll encounter.”  – PR

Mark 4:26-29 Jesus will return when the CROP is mature

We serve a God who granted Solomon his wish.

1 Samuel 3:7-11 – “Speak Lord, Your servant is listening.”

Great Exploits

  • The Gospel is a DECLARATION of LOVE that changed everything.
  • John 3;16 – “For God so loved…
  • 1 John 4:8  – “God IS love.”
  • Colossians 1:27 – A Mystery revealed – ”Christ within….”
  • Romans 6:11 – I can RECKON myself ( consider and believe) dead to sin
    • Ephesians 2:4-10 – ” I am alive to God in Christ…”  – I don’t have to fight what is already dead any longer
  • Romans 7:5  – the MOTIONS of sin
  • Motions – The AFFLICTION and the AFFECTATIONS of sin
  • Romans 7:6(TPT)  –Being fully released, we can now “live in the freshness of a new life in the Power of the SPIRIT.
  • Spirit – (Greek)  – Pneuma The BREATH or wind of the Spirit
  • The Power of the Spirit  – allows me to live fully and functionally in participation with that which Jesus has ALREADY accomplished
  • In Adam – we inherited the nature and consciousness of sin (Good & Evil)
  • In Christ – we inherited a new and divine state of being Jesus called, 
    • “Life more abundant.
  • “Great Exploits” – not just greater works from the same human platform of life but  works beyond our current understanding with
    • Real Power – Real Wisdom and Real Holiness
  • Deuteronomy 30:11-14(Message) God’s mysteries are meant to be solved 
  • Knowing the Father’s love empowers us to take “Risks” through FAITH because we will TRUST Him even when we don’t see or understand what’s happening.
  • Daniel 11:32b  “…. but the people who KNOW their God shall be strong and carry out GREAT EXPLOITS.
  • James 1:2-4(Message)

Plus/Minus: The Holy Exchange – 13-Mar-2022

by Pastor Roy Esposito

Matthew 28:18(AMP) – All power to rule in heaven and earth given to Jesus and imparted to His disciples for replication.

“You’ll know that you’ve been transformed when the impossible becomes natural.”
-Bill Johnson

Become like Jesus:

  1. Move in His authority
  2. Reflect His holiness

Living a holy life The principal thing that separates a believer from the world.

Holiness – Possessing the right Orthocardia (right heart) while seeking purity in purpose and action: Consecration to God’s service.

God has called His kids to be HOLYLeviticus 19:2; Leviticus 20:26; 1 Peter 1:15-16.

2 Corinthians 7:1(TPT) Remove from our lives everything that contaminates body and spirit.

Promises:

  1. Ephesians 1:6 – Accepted in the Beloved.
  2. John 14:17 – God in us and among us.
  3. John 14:18 – Never abandon us.
  4. 2 Corinthians 6:18 – God our Father.

Hebrews 4:2 – Works mixed with faith.

Hebrews 4:3(TPT) “…for those of us who believe, FAITH ACTIVATES the promises…”

Revelation 7:14 – An exchange of natural inclinations: “They washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”

Ephesians 5:25b-27 – Jesus gave Himself so the church should be HOLY.

James 4:7-8(Message) – Let God do His work in you.

Plus/Minus:

  • Subtract natural inclinations
  • Add heavenly qualities

“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us, and change is painful.”
–Flannery O’Connor

We RESIST that which has SAVED us! –Ephesians 2:8

Holiness brings with it the Power to Discern TRUTH.

2 Timothy 3:1-5(Message) Please read this yourself. –PR

Becoming TRUE and Spiritual Maturity is one and the same.” –PR

Proverbs 29:18 ”Where there is no prophetic vision (DIVINE INSIGHT) the people cast off restraint.”

God has not stopped requiring holiness and Godly behavior from us.

“The moment we stop obeying God and start rationalizing our thoughts and actions is the moment we become False Christians.”
–PR

Galatians 2:20 – The New Creation.

Lord, Where Am I?

by Pastor Roy Esposito

Pastor Roy Esposito

The church’s purpose: To BECOME the revelation of Jesus

The Presence of the Lord should be clearly discernable in our attitudes, words, and actions.”  – basic, true Christianity.

Colossians 1:27 – “Christ within…”

– “If the vision of Christ living in you is not a truth burning in your heart, you may have accepted a false version of Christianity.”      – Frances Frangipane

1 John 4:17 “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

Transformation = Spiritual Change.  

Some react to  change with —  Fear and Doubt

Transformation is not a Task but is a GIFT that only needs to be received.

Luke 1:38  – “Let it be unto me according to Your WORD.”

Before a Change, there is always a Preceding Word. Say YES!

Proverbs 13:12  – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”

Heart Sickness:   Disappointment and Discouragement >>> Doubt, Hopelessness, Fear, Anger, negative perspectives

1 Kings 19:4  -Elijah in a “cave of despair” b/c of a darkened perspective.

2 Corinthians 13:5  – Examine/test yourself to see what you’re putting your faith in/ who are you Trusting?

Psalm 46:10 – Be still to know!

1 Kings 19:9 – “What are you doing here, Elijah?

“A still, small voice…”  (AMP)  “A sound of gentle stillness.”

Hebrews 11:27 – “… he endured as seeing Him, who is unseen.”

To accept a gift from God is never an act of entitlement or of pride. It’s simply an act of humility.”  – Sister Josephine D’Sparo

Romans 4:20-21 – Abraham staggered not at the promise of God …”

Distrust of God –  The root of all despair and discouragement

–” From the Garden to the present, satan’s attacks have been on the character of God – specifically to undermine our trust in Him.”  – PR

“Only those who can see the invisible can accomplish the impossible.”

Changing the Atmosphere

Pastor Roy Esposito

The “Dove” IN us – We benefit.
The “Dove” ON us – Others benefit.

John 6:63 “The SPIRIT gives life…” – “The Words I speak to you are SPIRIT and life.”

Mark 1:15 – ”Repent, (Metanoia) and believe the Gospel…”

”Look beyond that which is apparent to you now and believe My words (Gospel) for they are LIFE.” –Jesus

John 1:14 – Jesus: The WORD made flesh.  When He speaks, His words become SPIRIT – the source of Life.

Romans 14:17 – The Kingdom of God is IN the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17 – “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” – The Evidence of God’s presence is FREEDOM.

Jesus’ words stunned people not only because they contained profound ideas and intellectual challenges but because they caused an Atmospheric Shift whenever He spoke.

Acts 3:1-10 Lame man healed at the temple gate called Beautiful.

Habakkuk 3:3-4 – “Rays of power flashed from His hands.”

Matthew 10:1 – Jesus imparts power and authority to disciples.

Matthew 10:11-13 “Leave your Peace…” – Perfect well-being.

Matthew 10:13(AMP) Freedom from all distress experienced as the ill-effects of sin.

Acts 5:15-22 – Peter’s shadow heals the sick.
“Your shadow will always release that which overshadows you.” – The Lord

Think Beyond

”Every viewpoint is a view from a point.” – Richard Rorh

Isaiah 55:8-9 – ”My thoughts are not your thoughts…”

Encouragement from PR

  1. Darkness creates the desire for light
  2. Chaos often precedes creativity3. Uncertainty is the doorway into Mystery
  3. Mystery is the doorway to Surrender
  4. Surrender is the pathway to God that Jesus called, “Faith”
  5. Faith precedes great leaps into new and enlightened knowledge

Ekklesia – “the Called Ones” –

Metanoia(Greek) – META = Beyond; NOEO = to Think ≈ “THINKING BEYOND”

”Thinking Beyond“ – A rewriting of Priorities, Thoughts, and Values to align with God’s

“Repentance” – Paenitentia(Latin Vulgate) Connotes penitence and contrition

Mark 1:15 – Repent and believe the Gospel

Romans 13:10-12,14(NKJ) Time to AWAKE out of sleep! – “Change your FOCUS”

John 16:12-15You cannot bear the weight of My words will release over you

Glory – SHEKINAH (Hebrew) – “Weightiness”

Habbakuk 3:3-4 “His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise.  His brightness was like the LIGHT; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden.”

John 16:12-15 – Declared by the Holy Spirit

Declare — To disclose, Transmit, Impart

Make time daily to envision the “Dove” on you – LITERALLY – FOCUS!

“The moment you let a problem get bigger than God’s Presence in your life – the problem OBTAINS YOUR HONOR and you will yield to it BECAUSE you’ll see it as having more power than God.” –PR

Ephesians 4:27 “Don’t give place to the devil.”

If you should error – Put on the Mind of Christ (Metanoia) and return to the LIGHT

1 John 3:8 “For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

When challenged — “THINK BEYOND”

  1. Light is more powerful than darkness
  2. Truth is stronger than error
  3. There is more Grace in God’s heart than there is Sin in the hearts of men.

-Jack Hayford

The Battle Over Reality

“Life is not stagnant. If you aren’t being renewed daily, you’re being given over to decay.”

“Our physical bodies are servants of our minds and obey the commands given them in the operations of daily life. 

Psalm 23:7 – “For as he thinks within himself, so is he.

Frances Frangipane – Revelation 12:7-8 (AMP)   “…NO ROOM WAS FOUND FOR THEM in heaven any longer….”

“All spiritual warfare is waged over one essential question: Who will control REALITY on earth –   Heaven or Hell?    – Frances Frangipane

Revelation 12:7-8  – “No room..”   Dragon DISPLACED by Christ’ Reality:

  1. Truth
  2. Honor
  3. Virtue
  4. Love
  5. Humility
  6. Forgiveness
  7. ALL the Fruit of the Spirit

Romans 13:12 (TPT)  -” The ARMOR OF LIGHT”– displaces the Darkness

John 15:-16:1  – Holy Spirit – given to bear witness 

“Dark Thoughts” – KILL!

Job 3:25 –   ”…the things I greatly feared has come upon me….”

Anxiety – Will demoralize the whole body allowing disease to enter.

Impure Thoughts – Even when not acted out, they can shatter a nervous system.

Matthew 5:6 –  Get alone with God to pray.

Philippians 4:8-9 (TPT)  – Please meditate on this each day this week.   -PR

Philippians 4:8-9  (NKJ)  – “Good Report”  – Words that are –  Fair – Gracious – Auspicious – and Favorable

Meditation positions us to Receive the things we are meditating on; Noble, Pure, Good, etc.  – They will Displace Dark Thoughts –  We come into agreement with Jesus’ thoughts.

When we “FIX” our minds on these things, we will receive the “Perfect Peace” Jesus has promised. (Isa 26:3, Jn 14:27)

“Agreement with either heaven or hell will set the reality of life  lived,”  –PR 

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

Christian Mystic – One who has had this mystery unlocked, believes it, understands it and sees it as an actuality.

It’s having hell and its sickly effects DISPLACED through a personal revelation of “Christ Within”– the “Living Water.”

Let’s  Re-Hydrate today and let health and New Life flow to our entire beings.