I’ve had many unique experiences baptizing people but none as unforgettable as when John baptized Jesus in the river Jordan. In fact, the Bible says that John tried to talk Him out of it, saying, “I am the one who needs to be baptized by You, so why are You coming to me?”
God wants to settle the differences between you and Him. He longs to rescue us, redeem us, and restore our lives! He knows the sin that has separated us from Him and stained our lives. You don’t have to live with that stain anymore!
The Bible says that the glory of children are their fathers. For those who never knew their dads, you could rewrite that Proverb to say, the longing of children is for their fathers. God wired us that way.
Are you a praiser? Think about that before you answer too quickly. Really evaluate your attitude and conversations of late. Are they filled with praise or complaints? Are they positive in nature or more negative and fault finding?
Have you ever prayed for strength? Strangely enough, sometimes, our prayers may hinder our faith more than help it grow. So, let’s examine our prayer lives for a minute. Are they filled with faith? One of the greatest expressions of faith in prayer is thanksgiving.
Would you do it? Would you, like Abraham, leave the security of where you were and set out on a journey if you did not know where you were going? Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? That’s the kind of faith that honors God!
I love grace stories! Nothing energizes me more in ministry than hearing the impact of God’s grace on a life! There’s no other explanation for life change but God!
Each year, we witness the miracle of life change in our Super Summer Baptism Celebration at Woodlands Church! It’s my favorite event of the year! What a thrill to see God at work, healing hurts and restoring lives! Each one is a grace story! Last year, Janet took that step following a painful experience in her life that could have left her shattered and bitter.
When Jesus approached John the Baptist to be baptized, John protested as you or I probably would have as well. Matthew records the account in Matthew 3:13-14:
Nehemiah’s example shows us how to use anger as our ally. When he discovered the abuse of his people, he said, “I got really angry!” What do you do when you get really mad? How do you respond? Is anger your ally or your nemesis?