I experienced The Last Reformation last weekend and every time a new piece (peace) falls into place, I rejoice! and give all glory to God! For in relationship with Him we are led to every perfect thing for us individually on the journey of our soul to perfect union with His Spirit!
Every thing is not for every one; only God knows your particular background, present ground, and foreground! What kind of soil do you have right now? a path? rocky? thorns? good soil? (Matthew 13:1-58)
When in intimate connection, communion and relationship with our Father through Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit can lead you into your highest and best for the highest and best for all!
I have been baptized before, but I chose to be baptized on Saturday after hearing the gospel in a new way, deepening my understanding. When we were given a selah moment to ask God if we were going to be baptized in the hotel pool, I heard a quick, definite yes in my spirit! I slept on it and another resounding “yes” the next morning!
“Die with Christ; rise with Christ”
By faith we take it literally, physically, mentally, emotionally, willfully and spiritually, within and without! The full gospel baptism is not symbolic or representational; it is actual, real, alive, supernatural and powerful!
When repentance, baptism in water and baptism in Spirit are separated, sin can continue and make self-identified Christians slaves to sin, missing the POWER of the full gospel; missing the circumcision of the heart, missing the death to the flesh nature, missing the death of the old man, missing the deliverance of unclean spirits, missing the resurrection of the new creature with a new Christ-nature. (John 3:3-8; Matthew 3:13-15; Romans 6:6; Colossians 2:11-15; 2:17, 19-20; Colossians 3:1-7; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 3:8-11)
“Die with Christ; Rise with Christ”
After hearing the gospel, we position our heart to receive the new of Christ through repentance; everything and anything that is obstructing, restricting, constricting, causing a barrier, or separating us from God; any sin or falling short of the glory of God is confessed in the repentance room (there were teams of two set up all over the room with a third chair for those who decided to get baptized). One person wrote the list of what we wanted to leave in the water and the other just listened. In the repentance room partitioned off in the ballroom, you could feel the supernatural power, mercy, grace and glory of God begin to work. Repentance is powerful when from the heart and soul; surrendering all to God, submitting all to God, not holding anything back.
We took our list to the hotel pool and waited for a team in the water to become available. I sat up against a palm tree and waited until I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me. As I waited, a huge wind came out of no where (now here!) and I lifted my arms and received it (a John 3:8 moment) Feeling it against my skin, blowing my hair, and experiencing the power in its movement, like it was blowing the past completely away. Right then a team opened up and I stepped into the water.
“Die with Christ; Rise with Christ” When I went under the water, everything that came before that moment was dead and gone, crucified with Christ. When I came up out of the water, it was no longer I who lived but Christ who lived in me. I raised my arms, my head tilted heavenward, and I felt myself growing. I went up on tip toes and felt stretching upward, upward, and started praying in tongues and then rejoicing and thanking and glorifying God! (an Ephesians 4:15-16, Philippians 3:12b–14, 21, Galatians 3:27-29 and Colossians 2:19 moment)
“Die with Christ; Rise with Christ” For he was crucified in my weakness, in my flesh, but lives in me now by the power of God (2 Cor 13:4).
“Do you realize that Jesus Christ is now in you?” (2 Cor 13:5) Yes! “God chooses to make known how great are the riches of the GLORY of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colo 1:27). “We have this treasure in our earthen vessels to show that the transcendent POWER belongs to God. We were afflicted, carried the body of the DEATH of Jesus, so that the LIFE OF JESUS is manifested in our bodies, Christ manifested in our mortal flesh [through water AND Spirit baptism]…the SAME SPIRIT that resurrected Jesus’ dead body that had taken on all sin, RAISES US UP WITH JESUS and brings us into His Presence [manifest glory]” 2 Cor 4:7-15.
In full gospel baptism, we repent, receive water baptism for the forgiveness of sin (past, present and future) and baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire to resurrect us into Christ’s resurrection LIFE now and forever and ever and ever. Amen. Hallelujah!
“Do you not know that your baptized body [“die with Christ, rise with Christ”] is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? So glorify God in your body!” and “Do you not know that you are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you…for God’s temple is HOLY, and that temple YOU ARE?” (1 Cor 3:16-17; 1 Cor 6:16b–17, 19, 20) “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ (arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, heart, mind, will, etc.)? The two become one flesh. Those who are UNITED to the Lord become one spirit with Him.” “Be holy as our Father is holy; be perfect as our Father is perfect.” This is possible with God; in full gospel baptism: hear, believe, do, receive, be made new spirit and soul and body!
After repentance, the baptism of forgiveness of sins in water is immediately followed by deliverance and circumcision of the heart spontaneously in the Holy Spirit and fire baptism of Jesus. The fire burns all that is man-made, any foundations not of Christ Jesus, and all self-made righteousness (wood, hay, straw, stubble, dross, chaff, tares, weeds, or man-made gold, silver or precious stones). The Day discloses it ( I watched approximately 30 baptisms and have never before witnessed the fire disclosing EVERYTHING that was in a person but hidden to the physical eye COME OUT before the gift of tongues came and the heavy load and heavy darkness was lifted off, and the Holy Spirit lifted them up to new Life). “Man’s work was burned up, the old man was lost, the new being SAVED (made complete, healed, whole, delivered, set free, lacking nothing, missing nothing, nothing broken), but only through fire” (1 Cor 3:11-15) God is SOOOOO GOOD! Amazing Grace! Perfect Glory!
I see the need for full body immersion to be buried with Christ to be resurrected with Christ a completely NEW creature; the two become one flesh: Christ and the baptized in water AND Spirit! Born OF God; a new creation! the old is dead and gone; the new has come! That is why on the way to church on Sunday morning I asked God how he sees me and I heard during the amazing worship time, “You are a spotless bride” and I heard and believed and testified before the congregation, “I am a spotless bride” with tears and great joy in the Holy Spirit!!!!!!!
The destroyer tried to put some things back on me the night after my baptism and before my public testimony, but I saw right through it. I only listen to the Voice of the Shepherd who leads me to springs of living water! I agree with God! all other voices are of the father of lies and those words are ignored as I hear the Voice of Truth and Life. I hear and heal! I hear and am delivered from evil! I hear and am set free! I hear and believe, “I am a spotless bride.” In God’s eyes we are flawless, spotless and beautiful! Having gone through the floods and fires, now go through the red sea: the King of kings and Lord of lords destroys the enemy, and we no longer wander in the desert wilderness, but let our Beloved Bridegroom pour His Love, Light and Spirit into us, making you a well-watered garden paradise of God!!!!!!!
This is our inheritance as co-heirs with Christ! Be born again, anew from Above, of God, in both water and Spirit! be MOVED into the kingdom of the beloved Son, no longer under dominion of darkness, and begin to live, move and have your being in Christ, in his glory, for the glory of our God and Father!!!!!!! Hear and believe God, the Father of Christ, not the father of lies! Hear, believe, receive and be who God says you are!!!!!!!