The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus…
Having been dunked in water, called “baptism”, on two previous occasions it was done for “ceremony”, for show. Having no real idea what was happening, or why it was happening, it just seemed like a “cool thing to do” at the time. Yes, there was a bit of understanding that it had to do with “being a Christian” and Jesus Christ, but not having any real knowledge of the Gospels or baptism itself meant there was no change and the being dunked in water meant almost nothing.
In April 2018 that all changed. At that time, having been a changed man for more than 15 years, the weight of the world was crushing the soul inside this vessel. With each passing day the weight of human trafficking, child molestation and organ harvesting felt like an attack as described in 1 Peter 5 “your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour“. It felt like the dinner table was set everyday in the very seat in which this vessel was seated.
With tears streaming uncontrollably it felt as if the world had finally crushed the Light inside. Crying out to God there was a plea for the Whole Armor of God when suddenly everything fell silent. A quiet peace fell over the room, within the heart and a spark of Light could be seen. It was as if a flame had been lit inside and the whole of this vessel was illuminated with the Glory of God.
To this day the peace that fell upon the room and filled every fiber of my being can only be described as quiet, calm, light.
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. ~ Acts 9:17 KJB
It would be July 8, 2018 before the baptism could be performed. There was a certain Pastor that had to be the person to conduct everything and his schedule was booked until such time.
That morning the family was assembled, the water was drawn and the Holy Spirit filled the room. What happened was akin to what happened on that day in April. Everything became calm and quiet. While there was a band playing, people all around and a sense of excitement none of that penetrated what was happening. After a brief testimony the Pastor, Dustin, said a quick prayer, grabbed my arms and splash! Under the surface.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:2-4 KJB
This time it was different. When coming up, straightway, out of the water everything was different. Something had changed. The calm and quiet was now inside. The feeling that something had changed was running head to toe. Everyone was present but no-one was heard. Hands clapped silently. Then breakthrough, it passed. The music was heard, the people were cheering and clapping. It was like awakening from a dream. Life has never been the same.
There is now an Army of Angels being assembled. These are the weak in Spirit, the broken, the lepers in our society. They will rise up and spread the Word of God throughout the land.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.