Will Water Baptism Save Your Soul?

Were you baptized as an infant? As an adult? Are you trusting in your baptism as a means of salvation?

Do you know why the 1st century Jewish leaders were furious with John the Baptist? Did you know that baptism originated with Orthodox Judaism? . . .

To explore the subject of Baptism, please click the link below and check out these audio messages from Living God Ministries!¬†ūüėäūüĎćūüŹľ‚úÖ

https://www.livinggodministries.net/…/radio_arc…/baptism.htm

Those audio messages say it all, so I’ll just close by saying that salvation is by faith alone. ¬†It’s has nothing to do with taking a bath or getting wet.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV)

We are nothing like God

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6, 35-36, NASB.)

Do you love your enemies?  God does.  He loves His enemies because He is kind.

“For He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” (Verse 35)

Is all of your behavior good? ¬†God’s is. ¬†He always does¬†good. ¬†Our attempts at doing good, on the other hand, are called “dead works” (Hebrews 6 and 9.)

How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14, NASB)

Are you a merciful person?  Are you full of mercy and compassion and forgiveness toward others?  Well, hallelujah!  God is!  He is the only One who is merciful.  That is good news because we really need His mercy!

The first verses listed above, from Luke 6, are part of the famous “Beatitudes,” a.k.a., The Sermon on the Mount. ¬†In that sermon Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, trying to get them to see that they needed Him as their Messiah, their Saviour. ¬†But the fact is that they had already rejected Him and at that point in the story, they were already planning to destroy Him, to do away with Him. ¬†Why? ¬†Because, according to them, He “worked” on the Sabbath Day.

Yes.  How dare Him, right?  He actually walked through a grain field and allowed His disciples to pick wheat and eat it.  In addition, He healed a man who had a withered hand . . .  on the Sabbath day!!!  Shocking, huh?

The Pharisees were like, “You evil unrighteous person! ¬†You picked wheat! ¬†You healed a man!” ¬†. . . uh? ¬†Okay.

It’s ridiculous to us, of course. ¬†But to them, it was audacious and wrong and against the rules!!!

And yet, all of us, at one time or another were just like the Pharisees.  Blind, rule-following, religious, prideful jerks who rejected Jesus and saw no need for His love, His goodness, His mercy.

But . . . I can take a deep breath, take a sigh of relief and rejoice in His mercy to me.

“He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” (Luke 6:35)

I can be thankful today and every day, no matter what my circumstances are, because He has saved me by faith through grace.

I just want to praise Him today and remember that I am NOTHNG like Him. ¬†Neither are you, if you’re honest, and that is good news! ¬†Because He is God, and we are not.

 

 

How Easy it is to Get Deceived

The age of 27 is a turning point for some; it brings with it a certain amount of sobering awareness.  Many people turn their life around at age 27; this happened to actor/comedian Russell Brand.  (He discusses his recovery from opiod addition with Dr. Jordan Peterson in an interview found here: https://youtu.be/r2S58rH0PAw )

It seems that the age of 27 is often the period when a person chooses to live or die.  Think of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse, just to name a few, who all died by OD’ing at the age of 27.

I am 27 years old today. ¬†Today is my spiritual birthday; I received life 27 years ago during an “altar call” at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale.¬†Not everyone knows the day and the hour that they got saved, but I can say with 100% certainty that I choose life on 9/1/91. ūüėä

So now that I am at that critical age of 27, I want to continue to choose life.  I want to turn away from foolishness; I want to live a prudent life.

O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom. Proverbs 8:5

But, some might say, “Lisa, you‚Äôre a Christian, you’re a child of God; therefore, you‚Äôre¬†not¬†a fool; you‚Äôre¬†not¬†naive.”

Wrong.

I spent 15 years being deceived by Churchianity.¬†I spent those years being double-minded and ‚Äúschizophrenic,‚ÄĚ in a spiritual sense.¬† I mixed the Old Covenant with the New Covenant and lived a life of confusion and, not only that, spent 10 of those years teaching my¬†children falsehood! ¬†Now¬†that¬†is a serious matter!¬† I am seeing the repercussions of this now more than ever, and talking openly to my kids about it. For example, on a long hike recently, my 21-year-old daughter kindly explained how the false teaching of Christian patriarchy negatively impacted her emotional state as a young girl.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Eve lately, and have been¬†feeling a lot of empathy for her. ¬†She¬†was certainly a child of God, yet she acted foolishly. ¬†Naively.

Adam and Eve were born with the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them, and yet they became deceived by Satan; they believed falsehood.  And yet they knew the Lord personally!  They had heard the truth spoken directly from the Lord Himself.

“But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” ¬†Genesis 2:17

Of course, it is recorded that Eve was the one who was deceived, while Adam sinned deliberately, with his eyes wide open.  And though it was extremely tragic, to say the least, that Eve was deceived . . . I can understand how that could happen.  Satan’s speech was so persuasive!  Everything he said seemed so logical.  She truly thought she was doing the right thing.

Sure, let’s go ahead and grow in wisdom and have our eyes be opened!  Thumbs up, man!

Though God does sometimes rescue us from our own messes, our own personally created disasters . . . sometimes He doesn’t. ¬†In this case, He didn’t come to the rescue. ¬†He didn’t swoop down and stop Eve from eating that piece of fruit. ¬†He didn’t stop Adam from doing so either. ¬†He allowed them to totally and completely reject Him.

As a woman, I have nothing but empathy for Eve.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13

Now that I‚Äôm 27 years old in the Lord, I want to turn a corner; I want to choose life; I want to press forward into maturity. ¬†I want to live in such a way that I don’t expect God to rescue me from the messes I make; from the personal disasters that I create. ¬†I want to grow up and be a mature adult; someone who doesn’t get deceived.

How does this happen?  How can we grow up and become wise, discreet, prudent adults in the Lord?  We trust in Him.  We rely completely on Him.  We rest in His finished work.   We let Him be who He is:  the God who will be who He will be.  And He is so different from us.  He is a mighty and fierce warrior who does not waver when it comes to the truth.  He is the truth.

Let us turn to Him.