“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27) Adam was created in God’s own image and likeness, Eve is a part of Adam. They were separated for the purpose of multiplying their likeness in the earth, but man and woman are one creation in the image of God.

The devil was a thief from the beginning and he fully intended to steal God’s image and become God in the earth. He played his hand well. He knew the capacities that man possessed, and with clever manipulation he could steer them into establishing all manners of religions through which he could rule as God.

The serpent would use the very ones who were created to represent the true God and trick them into representing a crafty counterfeit and shrewd lie. “And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die (LIE). For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, (COUNTERFIET OF GOD) knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3: 4-5)

The “will be like God” was the bait that the serpent used to lure Eve, “you will know good and evil.” The big lie was “you shall not surely die,” because the moment that they ate of that fruit they were plunged into the darkness of death which is separation from God who is the light.


So they began to partake of the tree of good and evil, thinking that they were becoming wise as God. But instead they became entangled in a maze of confusion and fell further and further away from the truth. The deception was that they really thought that they were now wiser while they were actually trapped into a labyrinth where they could never find a way out.

From that time on, they were never able to know the difference between what is good and what is evil; they had lost the light of God. As a result man began to call good evil and evil good, oblivious of their darkness. They even thought (and still do) that they are in the realm of life, when in reality the earthly realm is the realm of death. This was the beginning of the Adam man’s destruction.

It is the desire of every honest man to know what is right from what is wrong, what is good from what is bad, but when he searches for the answer through his intellect or through the accumulated knowledge of societies, man is unable to come up with the truth. It is only in Christ, who is the Truth that this problem is resolved.

God’s Holy Spirit is the only One who is able to connect truth to our understanding; He is our Guide into all truths. He comes to us in various ways; He may come in the form of dreams, visions, revelations, inspirations or prophecies. Many of these have been seriously counterfeited and abused by so called prophets possibly using ruse or even psychic powers, but if we patiently wait upon the Lord, He will send us His Light in a way that we personally best understand. He is a faithful guide and He will always show us the right way, using everyday things to communicate to us according to our spiritual understanding.

We should always keep in mind that prophecies, dreams and visions are not to be used as “fortune telling.” At times, God may speak a word to someone else for us, but He will first give guidance to us from His Spirit within. The word given for us to another will confirm that which we have already heard from Him. Or another’s word will encourage, edify and comfort, but it will never command and direct.

If someone had a dream or prophecy that you are to sell your house, quit your job and buy a ticket to “Wherever,” make sure that you had already heard about this in your heart. Be sure that you had been praying for awhile about it first and that you had received a witness of it in your spirit. Then the dream or prophecy given to another can be a needed confirmation. The ministry of confirmation, edification and comfort is important and precious, but it is not for direction.


Because in the book of Genesis, chapter one, we read that God created man in His image, men continue to claim that they are in the image of God. However they forget that in chapter two of Genesis, man sold out the image to the serpent for a bite of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Without Christ to redeem men, and the Holy Spirit to lead them out of deception and into all truths, humanity remains in the image of the counterfeit devised by the cunning serpent. The serpent works under cover of darkness and so he can pull the wool over the eyes of humanity and make himself to be God. 

Satan has men believing that they are like God, in His image, and that they can accomplish their heart’s desire by just finding that special power within themselves. This is at the root of all the religions of the world. They have contrived rules and formulas that one must follow to lead a happier and more prosperous life. In medicine this kind of thing is called “snake oil;” in religion it is truly from the snake. 

God is a Spirit and He is Life. The serpent’s realm is the flesh and it is death. God said that He would not share His glory with another, yet through his unredeemed carnal mind, man gets the glory for all the wonders of this world. When man gets the glory, Satan gets the glory! The carnal mind and the serpent are one.

This is why Paul declared, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity (strong hatred) against God; for it is not subject to the law of God (Word of God) nor indeed can be.” (Rom. 8:6-7)  The carnal mind in every man is in partnership with Satan. Scientists even call this part of the brain the “reptilian mind.” Wonder why??

Indeed with his carnal mind, man is able to pull up all sorts of knowledge, talents, wisdom and more, but without Christ, the head of these is the serpent.  The Seed of the woman (the true Church) is Christ. That Seed has already bruised the head of the serpent, now the church must stand until the Christ within her appears in all His glory and replaces the lie (false religions) that the serpent had produced all over the earth. 

The counterfeit must be replaced by the true. The carnal mind must be replaced by the mind of Christ- He is the true Head. This brings man back to the true image of God and gives God the glory and honor that belongs to Him.

When man fell for the lie, his mind became permeated with the concept that a man’s worth is measured either by his wealth, his looks or his intelligence. Man was led to believe that by such powers he could accomplish anything he desired. In the field of sciences, man believes that he can figure out and produce everything that is necessary to health and happiness. Today man can produce babies in a Petri dish and even clones of himself.

In the realm of religion, man has been able to assemble multitudes into powerful organizations that are as God’s image in the world. The closer we get to the revelation of Jesus Christ to the world, the more cunning and deadly the counterfeit becomes. Today, mega churches are coming up like mushrooms, offering all kinds of programs to fashionable families seeking a refuge from the violence of this world. It is now very trendy to go to church and even Hollywood is joining in with some of their most attractive and admired celebrities asserting their faith in such cults as Mormonism, Scientology or New Age.

In the area of law and justice, man has come up with ways to detect and capture those who break the law, and lawyers have become veritable geniuses at manipulating and devising ways to keep their clients out of jail. In the realm of medicine and psychology, “how to” books are flooding the market, teaching people what makes them tick and how to control their emotions. Motivational speakers are made rich by the crowds hungry to hear their philosophies for life. This is not far remote from the ancient Greek Market places where countless stirring thinkers debated their philosophies for life.

In every realm of life, man has found his abilities and capabilities to determine what he thinks is good and what he thinks is evil. This ability to think things out is all part of the image that God had given to man from the beginning, but the trap is that underneath it all the serpent is still in control. “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Prov. 14:12)

Throughout the ages, man has built great civilizations and societies in the earth, but along with all the good that has come out of these, evil has been on the increase and each great civilization has crumbled from decay into oblivion. It is a sad but true fact that the further men advance in knowledge and technology, the faster they destroy each other. This is proof positive that at his best, man without his God cannot possess the land and live. Without Christ who is our peace, there is no peace.

When we are not joined to the mind of Christ, we operate with the carnal mind under the control of Satan. Some believe that Christ has been in us from the beginning, if this is so, then why did Paul travail until Christ was formed in the church? “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you.” (Gal. 4:19) And why are we exhorted to “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5) Jesus was The Christ, the Anointed One; when we are re-born in the Christ we become part of His body.

Christ is birthed in us through God’s Holy Spirit. The Word is the seed and the Spirit is the power that plants it and nurtures it in us. Just as Jesus was born in a manger, the seed of Christ is born in us.  Through the miracle of rebirth, our souls are joined to the Christ spirit and we are born from above, or born again, each with our own identity in Him.

In all fields, man has been able to recognize and to respect the mighty “brains” that have produced so many benefits for the human race. We have paid homage to such exceptional individuals as Einstein, Pasteur and Galileo among the many who have contributed so much to the betterment of humanity; and this has been God’s goodness and mercy to us all. But it is only when these things are under the direction of the Spirit of God that they lead to eternal light and life.

Every generation has had heroes whether they were great leaders, warriors, explorers, scientists or even great preachers, but have you noticed the change in the heroes of today? Today’s heroes are no longer men or women who improve humanity, they are men or women who are either entertainers or athletes and have a knack for thrilling their fans with what they do best. Their lifestyle is not important to their admirers who pay huge amounts of money to be entertained by them.        


Jesus came to earth to fulfill the Scriptures and to destroy the works of the devil. He came to redeem that which was lost and to restore man to the true image of God. He came in the image of the true God. He is the Way, the Truth and the Light with the power to expose the counterfeit in every area of life. The prophet Isaiah declares that there is not one good man anywhere.  Mankind is evil at heart as long as they do not lead their lives according to God’s will.

Jesus fulfilled His mission and He is the Savior of the world. The image of the true God is seen in Jesus, but will there be a generation in His likeness visibly seen in earth? The answer is surely “yes.” By the power of His Holy Spirit, Jesus has sown the seed of His image in the earthly pot of His willing bride, and a generation of sons in His likeness has been born. They have not yet been manifested, that is they are not yet visibly active, but they are in place on both sides of the veil.

Man counts a generation as twenty years, but the generation of Jesus Christ began at the time of His resurrection and will be complete at the time of His appearing. The serpent knows that he cannot stop this generation from appearing, and he is fighting tooth and nails to keep the people in the dark and keep his hold on them as long as possible.

He is coming up with counterfeit religions as fast as he can. Using every ruse and every means of publicity that he has available to bring people in, He makes each new one more exciting and more desirable to the flesh than the last. Counterfeit Christian religions are emerging at an increasing rate all over the land today.

We can be lured into these by the lust of our hearts. Lust is any strong appetite that causes us to go after that which makes our flesh feel good. Today there are many scams that operate successfully using the people’s lust for their gain. Telephone scams on the elderly are famous. They call to say that the person has won the lottery or that their name has been picked to receive a valuable prize. The person falls for the bait thinking that they have won something good, (after all everyone seems to be winning something today!). Their joy seems to blind them to the fact that they must either give their bank account number to receive the cash or send some amount of money to claim the prize.

A person who has no greed and does not desire something for nothing cannot be trapped by such scams; it is all a matter of the heart. Yet our carnal hearts will deceive and betray us every time. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Thanks be to God for His Spirit. He knows the wickedness of our hearts and has the power to reveal it to us. Then when we have seen how wicked we really are, we desire to change our ways, (this is repentance) and He cleanses our hearts from the lusts that would cause us to be lured away from the simplicity that is in Christ. Jesus said that the impostor would become so crafty that he would deceive the elect, if it were possible. It is the Spirit of God in us that keeps us from falling.


“Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Rom. 8:30) The “elect” are a people that have been chosen and anointed according to God’s foreknowledge from the beginning. They are the ones who are following the Lamb wherever He leads and letting the Christ be fully formed in them. They have been chosen to restore the image of God in the earth.

Through the remarkable power of the Spirit, the Lord has begun to cleanse our hearts from the things that would make it possible for us to be lured into deception. Dust is the serpent’s meat, so everything that emanates from the flesh is his meat. However, as the Lord removes the fleshly desires of our hearts and replaces them with the things of His Spirit, the serpent loses all power over us. He has to go somewhere else to look for food. Only God by His Spirit can accomplish this. This does not come about by our own efforts.

David is called the man after God’s own heart. He declared, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.” (Psa. 27:4)

When the Lord asked Solomon in a dream what was the one thing he desired from Him, Solomon did not ask for anything material.  His answer was clear cut: “I need your wisdom to rule so great a people.” As a result Solomon received not only wisdom, but also riches beyond compare.

If God was to ask us what one thing we desire most what would come to mind and what would we ask for? We may be going through a time of great need, perhaps financially or physically, and so at that moment it would be easy for such things to take precedence in our hearts. It may be that a loved one is suffering a debilitating illness and desperately needs a touch from the Lord, so this would understandably be our utmost desire at this time.

God knows this. But what He really wants us to know is what is at the core, what is the deep desire that rules in our heart? David cried out “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psa. 51:10) He knew that his heart had the power to turn him away from his God, but he also knew that God had the power to give him a new heart.

Our obedience to the Lord also hinges on the desires of our hearts. We hear so much about “Obey God,” “Trust and Obey,” and this is good. But how can we obey lest we hear and how can we hear if our hearts betray us and turn aside?

Jesus taught this, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:20-21)

It is that which we love from our heart that we will protect and follow after. Whatever we make our treasure, we will follow after. This is where our allegiance and obedience will be found. We need to sort out our priorities, even in our commitments to our spouses and our children.

This is why Jesus said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26) Even though this is a hard saying, Jesus was teaching that unless we put Him as our “treasure” first, we are not in that company of elect.

We may lose some of the people that we dearly love, but we will never lose Him. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. If we are joined to our spouses by the Spirit, then we keep that bond, but the bond that we so treasure in the flesh will be taken away.

David’s heart desired the things that God loves.   This is why God called him a man after His own heart. David wanted very much to dwell in God’s presence and behold His beauty and His goodness toward him while, in his dream, Solomon desired wisdom to deal with the challenges he faced as a king of God’s people. Both David and Solomon’s requests at the time were led by the Spirit and not by their emotions.

There is a huge difference between spirit and soul, or spirit and emotions. The soul has been attached to the things of the natural man, yet when Solomon asked for spiritual things he received natural wealth as well.  Jesus gave us a key, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt. 6:33)

Riches beyond compare were added to Solomon. God’s wisdom came along with more gold and precious materials than anyone had ever seen. God knows our needs and He provides for each in His own way and He is never late.  

I have heard many say, “What can I do for God? I really want to follow the Lord. I really want to please Him and receive the promises that He has for me.” The answer may be found in David’s words, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret- it only causes harm.” (Psa. 37:7-8)

David knew how his emotions could easily betray him. He had felt jealousy and rage take over his heart at the thought of Saul, yet he had been well trained in the sheepfold. He had fought bare-handedly against the lion and the bear and he has slain his Goliath. So when he was given ample opportunity to vent his anger and kill Saul, he found the strength to hold back the force of his raging emotions. David knew that unchecked jealousy and rage in his heart were much more deadly to him than Saul’s javelin ever could be.

God had chosen David to be king long before he was even born. Yet it was God who put Saul in his way so that before David could ascend to the throne he found himself like a fugitive, hiding in caves and running from a mad man ready to kill him. Could this describe the path that some of us have walked, on our way to ruling and reigning with Christ? Have we met up with the Saul within us, that religious king that has tried to keep us from taking our place of power in Christ?

I am sure that we have met many “Sauls” along the way, beside the one in us. But as we learn to wait upon the Lord and take authority over rage, jealousy, disappointment and emotional forces, we find that God has always been there to take us through. God has been salting this David with salt and testing his heart to the nth degree.  This David has been learning not to fret and to keep his emotions under the authority of the Spirit. David of old passed every test and David within each of us will not fail.

As the Spirit takes us through our experiences He reveals our hearts and changes us. This is not just to make us nicer people or better Christians. It opens the way to knowing our God and inheriting the promises to the Overcomer.  It is He who overcomes in us, who shall inherit all things, even His image and likeness.


Several years ago I had this dream, “I was in Paris on the elevated line of the subway. I was going to my father’s house. (My father lived and worked in Paris) However in the dream my father had a new address and it was “Rue des Etres.” So this is where I was going.” I do not believe that there is such a street in Paris named “rue des Etres” but I knew that the Lord was telling me that I was on my way to the “Street of the Beings.”

When I first interpreted the dream, I translated the name of the street as “Street of the Living.” I felt that the Lord was telling me that I was headed in the way that leads to life.

But now as the dream is renewed to my mind I see more clearly that the name of my Father’s Street takes on another dimension. It is certain that the dream speaks to the entire Body of Christ; not just to me.  It confirms that we are indeed headed for the Way (street) of the Living, but much more, we are headed for the Way of Being. The exact translation is actually “Street of Being.”

This opens a whole new way of finding who we are in Christ. We know who we have been in the past and all that we have walked through, but just as we are no longer the same little children in the flesh, so in Christ we are no longer who we were at first.  All that we’ve been was simply to bring us to this place of “Being” who we really are in Father’s house.  This means that up to the time that we enter the place of Being, we have not fully been who we are in Him.

This is why John wrote, “Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see him as He is.” (I John 3: 2)

Jesus told his grieving disciples, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it was not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) This verse has been interpreted many ways, and somehow we have been given the impression that we do not enter any of these dwelling places (mansions) until after we die; it is not so.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit we begin to enter the many mansions of our Father while we are still here on earth. This is what Jesus went to prepare for us. He prepared the way for His Holy Spirit to come into us so that He could lead us to our Father’s house.

Indeed, as soon as we turn to Jesus, His Holy Spirit begins to lead us toward the spiritual places where Father dwells. Our soul enters into many levels of His Presence, or many mansions or dwelling places as we go. 

In my dream, the Holy Spirit was taking me to a new place, a new address in the Father- “Way or Street of the Beings.”  Most people reading this have already been in various levels of His Presence.  We have all met with Him on the Street of “Ye must be born again.” And we have known Him on the Street of Pentecost. Some have met with Him on the Charismatic Street and others have found Him at other places in other ways.

But the time is here when He is revealing Himself on the Street of the Beings. Just to BE who we are in Him. Not to represent Him through a group, making sure that we comply with every teaching of that group, but finding Him and trusting Him within ourselves, discovering who we really are in Christ. We are coming to the realization that all the Streets that we have been on before were only to bring us to BE who we are in Christ. In this place there are no longer the activities and excitements of the past. We are now at peace and content with the assurance that we are indeed more than conquerors.

It is good to mention here that the impostor has really been working overtime at this point. He is busy concocting ways to keep our minds on our good works and on how good we can make ourselves. Teachings touching on the psychology of how to improve your life and help you cope are very popular today, but unless they point to the Christ in you and not in the power of “self,” they are works of darkness. In this way the beguiling serpent is snatching many naïve and unsuspecting souls into his clutches.

Our safeguard in Christ is the power of God’s Spirit to take out of our hearts the things that defile and trip us. The counterfeit leads to more death, but Christ leads to overcoming death in spirit, soul and eventually BODY. Only the pure in heart will not fall for the counterfeit.

This is the incorruptible inheritance and the full salvation of those who are kept by the power of God. This is the inheritance that is reserved for us and that will be revealed in the last time. (Paraphrased from I Pet. 1: 4-5)

The blood of Jesus cleanses from all sins, and by His life within (His Spirit) we work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Jesus brings our souls out individually to make each one a unique son in Him. He pulls us out and saves us from the hodgepodge of religions that man has set up in this world. This is how we work out our salvation.

This is a walk of trials and testing every step of the way, and there is no turning back. Little by little, all that is not God’s perfect will for us is separated from us.  Up to this time we have, as it were, looked at ourselves in the mirror and saw a blurred image. We have many times worn a mask; often the mask of “religion.”

Paul wrote, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (I Cor. 12:12)

We have looked in a mirror and seen our own reflection through the blurred doctrines of men. We have had a part of this and a little of that, but the day comes when we clearly see Him in our own reflection. Up to that time we reflect His image only in part; the image has been blurry and dim, to ourselves as well as to others. But then we will know even as we are known; we will see Him even as we see ourselves in the mirror.

As we move from glory to glory and from one level of knowing Him to another, we embrace each new place without looking back. Before receiving this word, I was inquiring of the Lord concerning the separations that He has already wrought into my life, as well as those that He may be working in my future. 

He made me understand that if I went back to the familiar gathering places that I loved, and still do, I would be expected to operate as the person that I was then, I would be at my Father’s house behind a pulpit on the Street of Preaching and Teaching and not on the Street of Being.  I would have no problem picking up where I left off but I would not reach the place that is now set before me.

When we put our hand to the plow and look back it causes us to plow crookedly and not straight. It is like driving our car looking backwards and not keeping our eyes on the road in heavy traffic. We would not be fit for the kingdom of God because we would not walk a straight path. It is when God closes a door that He also opens a new one.

Truly each day is a new day. We are very much a part of the Body of Christ, but each member in particular fulfills its own function. In the flesh we may be miles apart, but in the Spirit we indeed function together and we are made one by our experiences and by who we are in Christ.

Jesus bluntly declared that “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matt. 8:20) He was saying that He had no “body” of people to call His own in heaven or in earth; He was alone in His mission and even His disciples at the time did not understand what He was saying. Since His resurrection He has taken His place as the Head of the Body, the Church; He has all power in heaven and in earth.

Until we reach “Rue des Etres,” the place of “being who we are in Christ,” we find no permanent place to call home. We just keep walking toward our destination – the place in Father’s house prepared for us.


Years ago the Lord taught me this, “You will know Me to the measure that you are like Me.” The more we are in the Son, the more we know the Father.

Daniel wrote that in the last days, “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Dan. 11:32) Great exploits also translates: “Whatever needs to be done.” 

Jesus knew His Father because He was as the Father. This is what it means to know God; it is to be as He is. This does not mean that we are God, but it means that through the Son, we inherit the nature of our Father.  This is what it means to be born again and to become a son of God.

A son bears the genes or identity of his father and a son of God bears the name or nature of Father God. Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren. Because of His death and resurrection, and through the power of His Holy Spirit, He has given birth to an entire generation in His likeness and image and this is who we are now and forever; “Old things have passed away and all things have become new.” We are truly a new creation in Christ. Our sins could have wiped us out from the face of the earth, but because of His love, He has saved us from our sins and given us new life. We are new creatures in Christ.

When we are children we require the support of others for our faith. We need the guidance of a pastor or teacher and we derive much strength in listening to the testimonies of those who have gone before us in the Lord. When we become mature sons and have been tested through suffering, we begin to know Him and to depend on Him only.

Now we no longer depend on others for our faith, instead we can be a rock to them. This way the “body” is building itself up in love, each one imparting that which has been given to them.


This allegory has been used many times, but somehow it is always fresh. For many years, we have been as chickens scratching in the dirt for our food. We had wings but down in the coop they were useless. Then one day we saw this large eagle soaring way up in the sky.  We examined ourselves a little closer and discovered that we did not have the wings of chickens after all; we saw that we had the large powerful wings of that eagle bird.

It took a lot of faith and courage to take our first flight. We were leaving behind all we had ever known. We were leaving those that we had called our brothers and sisters chickens. We were leaving the security of the perch and the protection of the chicken wire that kept the foxes from getting to us.

As long as we thought we were chickens, we were happy and satisfied in the coop. But when we knew that we were different and that we belonged to a much higher place, we became restless and wanted to try our wings. It was not easy; it was a hard decision but something within us knew that there was no other way to go.

So we flew up and up and the more we used our wings, the more we knew that we could really depend on them. Now we would no longer scratch the dirt for grubs, now we found that we had a sharp eye and that we could find all the meat we needed from up above. We no longer needed the company of chickens. This eagle is equipped to live alone in high places. This eagle is learning to know His God.

Daniel said that it is the people who know their God who will do wonders and meet all needs at the end of time. What an experience that will be. Even now, through prayer and faith we are able to meet the needs of those that God has given us. But then, the sons will meet the need of the entire creation.

The time to “wait upon the Lord” may seem long and tedious to us, but it is the way that God has ordained to free creation from the bondage of corruption. We have come a long way so far, and He is taking us all the way. Amen.

Because of His love,


























































IMAGE of GOD – MSG. No. 148 [Jackie Caporaso]           1


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