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.”

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.

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. 

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.

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.

                                         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.”

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)

Empowered

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

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.”

Through Faith and Patience

Pastor Marie Esposito

Hebrews 6:12 – “so that you will not be [spiritually] sluggish, but [will instead be] imitators of those who through faith [lean on God with absolute trust and confidence in Him and His power] and by patient endurance [even when suffering] are [now] inheriting the promises.”

So how do we inherit the promises?

Through faith and patience [endurance]  we inherit the promises 

His mercies ENDURE FOREVER. 

Lean on Him. 

Tap into the One Who is 

Eternally patient and agree with His faith. 

Galatians 2:20

Mark 4:4

  1. Plant the Word of God 
  2. Tend to those crops.  add  “miracle grow”
  3. speak the Word, praying over the Word

praising and  worshiping  

the God Who is the Living Word… 

and giving thanks for them, 

you will reap a harvest! 

YOUR ‘ALTITUDE’ WILL DETERMINE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

    2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, with unveiled face, [having been unveiled in the face] and having the veil removed, contemplating His glory, can reflect His glory, as we are continually seeing  [beholding] as in a mirror His glory, are progressively being transformed [changed]  into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more intensifying] glory, which comes from the Lord, Who is the Spirit.

UNVEILED FAITH.

 Corinthians 1:22 -“and who has also put his seal on us [and He has identified us as His own] and given us His Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything He has promised us.” 

2 Cor 1:20 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

Are you operating in Fear or faith?
Fear paralyzes – faith propels us forward. 

There is no failure in faith. If what you are believing for is not fully accomplished yet, WAIT FOR IT. Also realize that as you wait in faith, it opens the way for breakthrough for those walking behind you. 

Read Hebrews 11.

How do we increase our faith? “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 

Build and increase your faith by reading and studying the Word of God with the Holy Spirit. Meditating on it…Declare and decree what God says.

That faith which works by love will MAINTAIN HOPE in its full and due exercise.  Exercise the disciplines of faith. 

“The just shall live by his faith” Habakkuk 2:4

Romans 1:17 – Galatians 3:11 – Hebrews 10:

The Proclamations of God’s victory are powerful.

We confront the assault of the enemy with the Shield of faith, our Measure of faith, a heart filled with the Word of faith, and then out of the abundance of our heart our mouth proclaims words of faith. – James Goll

AGREEMENT WITH GOD RELEASES GOD TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES IN AND THROUGH US TO THE WORLD AROUND US. BJ

Galatians 5:25

“The walk of faith is to live according to the revelation we have received in the midst of the mysteries we cannot explain.” BJ

Maintain Your Life with God Jude 20-21:20

Romans 15:4   

Matthew 4:4

I believe in the power of the prayer of agreement with God and His Word. He is the Great I Am. He is Who He says He is, and He does what He says He will do. How do we increase our faith? We spend time with the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith!

Job 22:21-30 “Now acquaint yourself with Him…

God’s will for each of us:

Ephesians 3:8 …to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made KNOWN BY THE CHURCH to the principalities and power in heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in CHRIST JESUS, our Lord, in WHOM WE HAVE BOLDNESS AND ACCESS WITH CONFIDENCE THROUGH FAITH IN HIM.

All the promises of God IN HIM, are yes and amen

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