Fear Of God

Daily Devotions for Tuesday: by Christina Farris 12/10/2016

Exodus 20:18-26 KJV
(18) And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
(19) And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
(20) And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
(21) And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
(22) And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
(23) Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
(24) An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
(25) And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
(26) Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

The children of Israel had just heard the reading of the Ten Commandments for the first time, then God spoke to Israel through what some might say is silly superstition. The mountain smoked and lighting from the mountain and told Moses they were afraid of God and that He might kill them if they talk to Him. It more of go talk to God for us Moses in case we might die. It is interesting how ancient world related volcanic activity to God. Israel was not the only people of the ancient world. Yet Israel God even over time was more then smoke, lighting from a mountain. The plagues of Israel might be explained away to a degree, but what can not be explained is a burning bush to Moses that never burnt up and the voice of an angel and then His God coming forth to his ears.

The voice of God is like a trumpet the word of God says. Yet Israel heard more then just a trumpet they seen smoke and lightening on the mountain. Did the things of nature interfer with hearing and knowing God? God clear about the type of altar that is built in the Old Testament to give a peace and gift offering to Him. Just a simple campfire will do with a rocks, nothing fasten by human hands. It seems in conflict with the tabernacle and the temple. God had no desire for man to make graven images, yet one was forming with a mountain because of the smoke and lightening. Mount Sinai would be consider a sacred mountain to Israel.

Yet God speaking had little to do with what they saw only what they heard. God’s voice is said to be like a trumpet. God voice is said to be quiet. Yet God voice is spoken so the individual will know it is God. Israel did not want to talk to God. Yet it was God that freed them from Egypt and even protected them crossing the Red sea. Man fear God because of their unworthiness to be in his holy presences. Man was required to holy in the presences of God. To be purified from sin. God told Moses in the story of the burning bush to take off his sandals he was on Holy Ground. In the passage of scripture the people feared they were not holy before God. Moses explained to the people God came to approve or test them, so that they will not sin against Him. In other words make appearance so they have a fear of who He is. To testify of His existence to them. This is why the cloud of smoke, and lightening comes. It is to testify of the power of God. Do we ourselves see the power of God in the storms of life, whether by natural or spiritual forces. Elijah stood on the mountain and seen a whirl wind and fire but God was not in these things. God showed Elijah His power, but His power was not God. God is more then demonstration of natural fury, but a spiritual being that speaks to the heart of man. God power and control is not to consume but to show His reality and power.

Atheist read scripture only seeing the natural force of creation, but not the one behind the forces. We must look at spirituality of faith and see a living God/ being of super power we do not possess. Our power being limited by us not being God. Yet through the name of Jesus we see miracles come. Yet we have no power to control what God’s will is. We pray in the name of Jesus for His will to be done, and yet if it not mean it happens according to our design. It must be a prayer of the Spirit and not a prayer of man. Yet we claim if we ask it will be, because God’s word says so and that be good enough for me. Yet Paul is quick to explain if we pray according to God’s will, then what we ask will be done. Many miracles and things were done by Moses to show Israel the power of God. Yet they feared the power of God. Israel received things from God’s power, from manna in the wilderness and water from a rock. Yet these things did not scare them but they took the manna and the water readily for human consumption. They fear of God never kept man from receiving the things they needed readily.

The thing we need to remember our fear of God should never stop us from coming before His presence. For with faith our sins upon confession are forgiven. Through the blood of Jesus is atonement now made for every man, because God loved us. Our only choice is to receive His God’s salvation through Christ Jesus. If God has promised we can richly believe it. The law given to Moses was to show man the error of their ways and they were not God. God could of killed Israel at any point along the road of the wilderness and yet He did not. Instead He choose them to give them time to believe and receive His grace. Israel faith would cost them forty years in the wilderness instead going immediately into the promise land out fear of the giants in the land. Is your fear of God holding you back to where you will not talk to God, by seeking and asking of Him. God loves you let not your fear keep you from Him today.

Dear Heavenly Father help me to talk to you and not allow my fear coming to your throne keep me from speaking with you on the things of my heart and soul. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Reading For Devotions: Romans 8:26-28 KJV
(26) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
(27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
(28) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Every Sunday A Psalms: Reverence Of God

Daily Devotions For Sunday: by Christina Farris 11/13/2016

Psalms 111:1-10 KJV
(1) Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
(2) The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
(3) His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
(4) He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
(5) He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
(6) He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
(7) The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
(8) They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
(9) He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
(10) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

To choose to revere God is not always scary meaning. To ssay I fear the Lord is a form of reverence. It respect of God’s judgment and mercy. A godly respect for God is to be able to praise God in the assembly of His people. It is a testimony to oneself that you fear God more then you do those around you. No, it is the knowledge of being in a crowd and not fearing if people laugh at you for your faith. Allowing your faith to shine no matter where you are. That the praise from your mouth comes forth as a part of your life. In truth I meet very few people in my life time that have that gift of continual praise on their lips. To listen to these type of people can be a blessing, but one has to listen carefully to what being said. I often wonder how many unbelievers hear the truth of these people’s words. Most people either ignore it or encourage these people.

Those that have this gift are a blessing to the believer, it is a testimony of speaking of faith in the middle of a crowd of potential unbelievers. Yet one never knows today by dress if one is a believer or not. People tend to blend with their surrounding. Yet those that testify of a humble life style still exist. The lack of jewelry either means one is poor, or humble. The long dresses and little bonnets represent a segregated life style and puritan hats. Many folks wonder about this life style, but never ask. The appearance of humility is not always humble though in the heart.

To be humble in the heart, is to recognize God’s authority in one’s life. To know without God that in truth life would not go so well. To walk with God is to know His business. To understand his power and might. To know the works of his hands. To be able to distinguish His power from the enemy. To praise him for his handiwork, or his miracles of life is only a beginning. It to know the hour of weakness before the enemy and to know the power of God taking the lead in one’s life. He show His power to his people so they know the power of God and the hope of the inheritance that is taken from the unbeliever, who has no hope in God.

To praise God is more then lip singing, it to know God for who he is. To know He is trustworthy even when we, ourselves would never believe the power of his mercy and rescue in a storm until it happens. It is the fire fighter going in and rescuing someone in the middle of a burning building, where seemed to be no hope. To rest in the hope of God’s deliverance can be life and death, but it can be standing in the crowd and sharing only to hear the amen corner of God’s encouragement.

Dear Heavenly Father let us praise you today for your word is true and faithful, your judgment ever so right. Encourage your people to share your goodness and mercy to the crowd. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Countdown To Thanksgiving 12 Days left: Thank God for humbling of his people as we face the world of those needing Him.

Continual Scriptural Study for Devotions: 1 Peter 1:3-9 KJV
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(4) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
(5) Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
(6) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
(7) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
(8) Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
(9) Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Every Sunday A Psalms: Be Still

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris 8/2/2015

Psalms 46:1-11 KJV
(1) To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
(2) Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
(3) Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
(4) There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
(5) God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
(6) The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
(7) The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
(8) Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
(9) He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
(10) Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
(11) The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Judgment day we will see the wrath of God upon the earth and with that judgment we will see wars cease, mountains moved, water flowing, fervent heat that melted the earth, yet God’s holy temple will not be moved. Who is the temple of God but His people, for He lives within their hearts. He lives with in those He has sealed by His Holy Spirit. As the earth be demolished, but not destroyed, as the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven, the earth begins to grow once more the fruit and the trees upon it. The water flowing through the streams, taking away the scorching heat to cool the earth. We need to be still and know the power of God.

After ever rain and every storm there is a time of stillness. A time to reflect and see the grace of God for his people. To see the destruction of wrath of God to remove the evil from the earth, from our lives. Mountains are moved the forgiveness of sin but the earth shook and trembled. God’s power the ability to remove sin, the ability to destroy those that refuse to repent, God’s power to heal the broken hearted and deliver each of us from sin. No one perfect and all guilty of sin. Christ standing in the gap for all that repent and seek God and choose to obey Him. Be Still and Know God is great and His mercy is forever.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for you mercy and grace, though the enemy be destroyed, your people will look around after destruction of judgment and see your power and glory in its place. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 2 Peter 3:10-14 KJV
(10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
(11) Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
(12) Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
(13) Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
(14) Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Daily God’s Promises: Luke 21:33 KJV
(33) Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Every Sunday A Psalms: Teeth Gnashing

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris

5/17/2015

 

Psalms 35:1-28 KJV
(1) A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
(2) Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
(3) Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
(4) Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
(5) Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
(6) Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
(7) For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
(8) Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
(9) And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
(10) All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
(11) False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
(12) They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
(13) But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
(14) I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
(15) But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
(16) With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
(17) Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
(18) I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
(19) Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
(20) For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
(21) Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
(22) This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.
(23) Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
(24) Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
(25) Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
(26) Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
(27) Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
(28) And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

God is not a God to be mocked. The mocking world understands nothing of God’s world. Anyone who ever watched Professional Wrestling knows the mockery of their villains and heroes is a pass time of both those in the wrestling ring and those outside of the ring. If the audience is not mad or happy with the wrestler, then his ratings are down. It is not like baseball where there is always some mockery but it usually has to do with how will a player plays not how well a person can act. Baseball it not really a mockery but a fact or statement that the guy is off his game. The baseball arena is very different then the wrestling world, but they both have highs and lows of fans.

People have been mocking God for a long time. People with no care for God or interest in God’s success. The church world is more about the success of God’s people and the work God is doing that is good. Though evil might be discussed it more of baseball game then a wrestling match. People get angry with God because they seldom understand why God is allowing punishment, or trials to come. The rebellious nature of man is to get angry with God, to mock Him without the knowledge or facts of seeing all God sees.

The rebellious nature is one that begins simple with anger, but it grows to a mockery of God if allowed to fester. The doubts and fears of God knowing best becomes a cruel and indescribable mess. It begins with a simple blaming God for one‘s own mistakes, causing one to apply the cartwheel effect of going around and around in a circle of the blame game or the question why game.

Nothing wrong with asking God why, nothing wrong with questioning God. One can never learn their own downfalls and times of testing without questioning God. Job was tested and his question to God were not understood by his friends. Yet Job’s righteousness gave him the ideology of his own self righteousness and not the righteousness of God. God corrected his self righteousness or worthiness not to suffer. Are you called to suffer? Are you suffering as a child of God, is sin plaguing your doorstep, or is something else occurring in your life. Is your trial to give you a better testimony of the grace of God in times of struggle.

I heard a woman ask God for more testimony, yet watching the person struggle as God begins to do that work so that testimony of faith can be given is like saying are you praying for trials and trouble or are you praying for pathways of streets of gold. I say it with love not mockery, because in truth we want that ability to testify of the works of God, but we forget that it not about the trials of faith but the everyday walk that is a testimony whether spoken for the stage or by observance by others.

David in this Psalms was angry wanting the enemy to fall into his own trap and caught by his own net that leads to destruction. He was angry at the mockers of God, angry at the mockers of him. Angry because they could only see the faults and not the victories. Today is Ascension Sunday, is when people of faith celebrate Christ returning to His Father and sitting on the throne in heaven His rightful place. Jesus had faced his mockers, went through trial and was crucified to only have victory over the grave. Yet this victory was for all mankind that would believe. All mankind that would gain hope through the word of God. The victory won yet not complete, only for the enemy to mock because of Christ did not become an earthly king at this time, though He is King and Lord to all believers. He is our spiritual king and a king that will one day be a physical king when He returns. Yet mean time the world mocks the people of God and God. No matter if they going through a trial or being punished for sin. Let the Christian not be the mocker of God but the one seeking understanding to keeping of the faith and enabling others to stand too, because they have been there through the trials in life.

To my friend that is struggling you did get what you asked God for, don’t use it for a time to be bitter but a time to praise the Lord. The world is gnashing their teeth at the ways of God, The devil thought he won when Jesus was laid in that tomb. Yet his defeat was soon realized with the quake and the angels rolling back the stone. His body coming out of the tomb risen. Christ ascended into heaven, yet one day he will return and revenge those that mock him in the world today. So what if we are going through a trial, it does not change who God is, or the fact He desires us to testify of Him. To testify of His mercy and grace to endure the trials of hardship.

David did not ask to be mocked, but he made a mockery of God with his sin, with continual sin to try and hide his first sin by killing of a soldiers. King David sin would be known in the world to show his imperfection as well as the state of his country who was going through rebellion of their own. The fall of man begins with the sin of I can do it on my own. I made this or that, not with the fear of God who created all things.

David sin if any beyond Bathesheba was mocking the enemy. Speaking cruel against the enemy wishing only destruction and not for their redemption. There is time in life when we all want the enemy revenged, yet we understand not Christ died for enemy too. Mockery only makes people angry especially if it is not justifiable.

Christ is returning and on the day of judgment that world will be angry and will mock God like never before. See they will not only see Christ coming but His people with Him. They will know there name is not in the Lamb’s book of life. The book that has those saved in it. They will know the truth of who God is. Yet there fait is sealed. Pray for enemy because judgment is coming. It is not easy to do. Yet on judgment day you do not want your neighbor not saved, because of unbelief with good homemade spaghetti. You want them saved with spaghetti, because you were saved by the grace and love of God.

Dear Heavenly Father let us not be mockers of faith, but encouragers through trials and troubles in life. Help us to testify through our own struggles. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Luke 24:38-39 KJV
(38) And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
(39) Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Daily God’s Promise: Romans 12:20-21 KJV
(20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
(21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Time Of Christ: Jesus Departs

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris

5/16/2015

Luke 24:40-53 KJV
(40) And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
(41) And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
(42) And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
(43) And he took it, and did eat before them.
(44) And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
(45) Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
(46) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
(47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
(48) And ye are witnesses of these things.
(49) 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.
(50) And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
(51) And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
(52) And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
(53) And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

One of perhaps the biggest question one could ask is if Jesus was raised from the dead why did He not just remain with us on earth. God’s grace is sufficient then why did Jesus triumph lead to Him taking his rightful seat by the Father? Christ showed the disciples who he was, by showing them the nailed scarred hands. Jesus had to go back to His position and role in heaven, it was not time for him to be King on all the earth. One day He would be king upon the whole earth, but first man had to give testimony and be willing to pay the price to testify about Him. God would send another comforter. He was not leaving us without power to see the sick healed, or the lame to walk, or the dead to rise. He was not leaving us empty handed without, but showing us by His power and authority through His name, the power of God has to change lives if they would only trust.

Man is more willing to listen to man tell about God then man is willing to listen to God themselves. If people were willing to listen to God there would be more silence in the world. Israel was afraid to hear God’s voice so God spoke through Moses. Baalam was not willing to listen to God so he used Baalam’s donkey to speak.. Job’s friends was willing to give advice but not willing to pray for Job. Job would intercede to God for his friends. When God’s people refused to hear, God sent a prophet. Nathan was sent to David, and Isaiah to Hezekiah.

As humanity goes it is often easier to watch a video, then to read a book, or pick up the phone instead of reading a letter. It is easy to get distracted by something else while on the phone, or reading a letter. If Jesus stayed man would not have to testify, they only need to draw a crowd. People would of come from miles to see Jesus. Yet the miracle of the Spirit of God he is able to be in more then one place at a time. Jesus in the incorruptible flesh could only be in one place. God by sending His Spirit to the believer would allow the uniting of the people who believed in Jesus to unite and carry the Gospel to many nations around the world. Yet God needs not man to testify, but He gives man opportunity to join His team and His workforce. To be a testimony to the world of who God, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), truly is. Yes God can do it all by himself, but He likes company.

Jesus had to depart so the Holy Spirit could come and be apart and do a work of love that the world has never known. After all did we not kill the Holy Spirit Son Jesus, with our sins?

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for sharing your work with us, that we can be apart of your work. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: John 15:15 KJV
(15) Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Daily God’s Promises: Hebrews 6:17 KJV
(17) Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

Ascension Thursday:

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris
5/14/2015

Mark 16:15-20 KJV
(15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
(16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
(17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
(18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
(19) So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
(20) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

In some traditions of some churches that tradition of baptism in the flesh is so important that without it some are consider unsaved or at least that is how it is understood by those not a member of these groups. Verse 16 is not talking about physical baptism but the spiritual baptism that begins with belief and continues on throughout the believers life. Physical baptism though important can not save you, but it is a testimony of faith. Do not think if you get dunked or sprinkled that it makes you part of the Christian community by faith. Until you believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit you are unsaved. By tradition you only need to believe in Jesus. Yet Jesus is clear in Matthew that one is to baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Throughout Acts this tradition is continued. Some even only receiving the baptism of God not knowing of the Holy Spirit, or never hearing also of Christ. The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament teaching seems to only be segregated to only the Jewish people by tradition. Yet upon conversion of faith it did not keep God’s Spirit from baptizing the believer in Jewish tradition of faith.

Some might be wondering then why a sudden change in tradition of Christ coming and departing to bring about the Holy Spirit. It is a testament of faith for the Gentile or non believer in God so they too might believe. Jesus did not come for the righteous but those that were lost might be saved. Are the Jewish then our brothers and sisters in faith it depends on if you ask a Christian or a Jew and what knowledge they have of scripture.

Can you be saved without Jesus, not if Jesus is the Word of God. Belief in his word is important. Belief in the coming Messiah and that He has already come and will return. It opens up a new problem in faith for some who are still learning, yet for a believer with knowledge it only proves how ignorant of faith and belief in God we truly are as we continue the road between belief and unbelief. It is not a matter of unbelief but believing all that God says and does. What point does God declare a person an unbeliever would be at the point one reject Him and His Word or at the point of where one knowledge and understanding of His word is not received. Fact is no one believes like they could or should. That is why Jesus on that cross, who died for you and me, breaks the sound barrier between faith and unfaith. Anyone looking to God’s Son on that cross would be saved. Looking to the Word of God and knowing by faith that God is able to keep us from sinning against Him. Faith comes by hearing the word of God, and if faith comes by hearing then that my friend is what is needed is to hear the Word of God and know his departure into heaven and sitting at the right hand of the Father was part of the prophesy of Jesus. By God’s Spirit we receive the truth of tradition of faith along with Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit baptism who teaches the believer all things of who He is.

Dear Heavenly Father remind us of Christ ascension so your Spirit can do the work in every believers life. That the Spirit would manifest in the believers heart upon belief. Remind us how important the baptism of the knowledge of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is to salvation. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Acts 19:2-3 KJV
(2) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
(3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Peter 1:2-5 KJV
(2) Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(4) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
(5) Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.