Why is Baptism important?

Why is anything God says important?

How can we believe and desire to live only a mere part of scripture? It is almost as if some of us pick and choose which scriptures we want to believe and follow through.

Did we forget that every book, verse, and word in The Holy Bible is crucial to a holy life, an eternal life, and a life with Jesus Christ himself? Or did we just start ignoring that voice of truth in our minds reminding us of the discipline we sometimes hate to hear?

In that case, baptism is just another important aspect that we need to follow.

I understand it is not easy for everyone to make that choice for themselves when the devil is in your ear telling you that you are unworthy, which is why I want to remind you of how worthy you are before I inform you of the importance of baptism.

We are told over and over how Jesus is our savior, but what does that actually mean? It means that God himself saw the suffering that we as people on earth face every day. He poured out his mighty spirit unto a virgin and gave her a child born into this sinful world just as we are and sent him out to remind us of the word and promises from OUR father.

In case that just seems completely normal to you, think about it– would you send your only Son into the world to be tortured, beaten, falsely accused, and hung on a cross?

Despite all the wrong things done to Jesus, he still asked his father, our father to forgive us (Luke 23:34). Has anything changed since that day? Well of course much has changed, but have the promises of God changed? God forbid it. Despite Jesus dying on the cross and being buried, he still rose again with the same love if not more in his heart for us.

You might be thinking by now this is a long read, yet nothing to do with baptism, but I promise I am heading somewhere.

When he rose again what is it that Jesus himself told his disciples (Luke 24:47)? And in return what was it that he gave them? The promises of God in return for our repantance (Luke 24:49).

Now if Jesus can die, rise again, and still give us the promises of God, then we should be able to give ourselves to him.

Baptism is a beautiful choice.

It is the choice of surrender, a devotion that you yourself have chosen to give over to Jesus.

You are accepting all he has to offer and asking for forgiveness for all you have done.

Well if The Bible says I’m saved if I just confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) then why is it important to be baptized?

How can you confess if you don’t believe? How can you believe without receiving, and how can you receive without making a choice to receive him? (Mark 16:16)

The bottom line is when you choose to receive Jesus in your heart he gives you something POWERFUL.

He gives you his spirit.

He gives you gifts, promises, salvation, and an eternal life.

I don’t know about you, but I most certainly want to live forever with a loving God, a loving father, and a forgiving father.

You are more than your past choices and are remade into a new person when you wash yourself clean in the water.

By HIS name you are made new.

IN JESUS NAME, you are made new.

You are forgiven, you are strengthened, you are restored, and you are given a miraculous gift.

The gift of The Holy Spirit, the same spirit that is within Jesus Christ himself.

I cannot comprehend all the things people go through, but I know someone who does understand. He understands your suffering, your hurt, your loss, your Temptation.

He understands.

Devoting your life to Jesus, starting with asking for forgiveness is one of the best choices you will make and have ever made.

Put on your clothing of Christ (Galatians 3:26-27) and let him do the rest.

Someone has brought to my attention that the term baptism is referred to in a couple different ways in the Bible and I would like to clarify which I am talking about.

Immersion. The dunking under water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission or forgiveness of your sins, so that you may receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which comes from being water baptized in general. First the repentance than HIS spirit will flood you.

I do not mean this boastfully, but I have been baptized four times, and yet each time has meant something different for me. Yes one time is all it takes and I know that, but coming out of the water knowing my decision I made is such an overwhelming rush. From warm soothing water to freezing cold water I have buried my sins away. I wish I could put into vivid detail how it feels coming out of the water after knowing you just made a life changing experience for yourself, but I think it is one you have to experience on your own(;

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34 NIV

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:47 KJV

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 NIV

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16 NIV

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27 NIV

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you WILL receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”” Acts 2:38-39 NIV

““I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

-Matthew 3:11

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.”

-Matthew 3:16

““As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.”

Acts 8:36, 38-39 NIV

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

Romans 6:4

“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

Acts 22:16 NIV

Glory to God

Be Careful!

This is a little out of my comfort zone when writing but I feel like it is something that needs to be addressed.

Have you ever been exposed to something that stuck with you from then on?

Exposure to impure things can impact you for the rest of your life. The younger the person the more important it is to make sure they are only being exposed to godliness and holiness.

Today as I went to the laundry mat to wash clothes– typical college life, I heard something that caught my attention. Keep in mind that I rarely watch tv anymore so I don’t know the full extents of what is being played across the world and this may only be one example. The more I kept trying to ignore the ignorance, the more Jesus kept anointing me with the power to share.

The word “energy” is what originally sparked my attention. A lot of the times when the word energy is being thrown around, I truly believe people do not understand what they are peaking their nose into. As I continued to listen to the show on Travel TV, I will not lie I was disgusted at first. The more I listened all I could feel was sadness. The people on tv clearly knew what they were dipping their toes in as they were “looking for energies” and “calling to spirits and witches,” this is nothing but a result of pure evil and witchcraft. The people and even children who will encounter and have encountered shows like these are not only being taught that witchcraft is okay, but are in result being EXPOSED to something they have no business every witnessing.

By now you may be wondering how does she know this.

I feel it is important to always honest with y’all in order to truly reach people and help them towards Christ. A little backstory about my encountered knowledge. I was a child that was exposed too early in life to things that come to my mind from time to time. The day I devoted my life to Christ he began to take my mind away from those things, and taught me how to look for signs of those things through scripture and a great gift of the Holy Ghost known as a discernment– one I am forever thankful for.

God warns us to refrain from any kind of wickedness but I feel strongly that it is extremely important to stay away from anything that is enticing the devil. Everything God has made the devil has made a copy, be careful to not be easily fooled but the devil’s copy.

It is vitally important that we guard ourselves and those around us. We have all we need with our Lord Jesus Christ, the one who holds the keys to hell. We do not need to consult or entice these evil spirits. This world is exceedingly spiritual and it is important to keep our spirit guided by the only spirit that matters, the only one that promises us ETERNAL LIFE– The Holy Spirit.

 “Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:31

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

“Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead?

Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark.  They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness.” Isaiah 8:19-22

I am sad for the people who will be and have been exposed to something that is being displayed as acceptable. I know this is only one example of wickedness on the world, but today I am addressing the issue and I hope you will too by sharing this with as many people as you can! Keep a sharp mind towards the Lord.

Glory to God