The most commonly known forms of baptism are by water and of the Holy Spirit. Both forms of baptism play an important role in the spiritual development of a born-again believer (Christian) in Christ Jesus. The following is my experience and understanding thereof.
In life, there are moments when circumstances and events begin to escort a person out of a facet of their known life and into a different one. Sometimes the transition is not what as expected. Furthermore, it can be rough and bring challenges into a person’s life. Yet, for born-again Christians, this facet of life does not have to be a dreadful moment, they can arise in faith and serve in the areas where God has them at that moment in time.
There are many "faith circles" around me that cling to doctrines interpreted and instituted by men, as oppose to those of the Author and appointed writers of the scriptures of God (YHWH). These "faith circles" continue to spread both their ideology and philosophy to people who posses both young and open spirits; who truly hunger and thirst for the elements of Jesus (Yeshua). Unfortunately, these people (victims) have been led astray from the truth by the mind and emotions, as oppose to the truth by the heart and spirit. It is the later that brings the soul into transformation by God and into a new way of life that leads to walking a new path together with Jesus.
It is the first day of the month and yet I find myself struggling. I struggle with the lack of future that I can foresee for my life. I struggle with the lack of finances, lack of better job, and lack of working auto as well. I have called out for help from some brethren, that they may pray for God to make an intervention and supply for all of my needs. I am tired and cannot help to wonder what God intends to do with all of these things with which I struggle.
A person can study and work hard for a time and rarely see the product of their labor. Sometimes they wonder if their efforts they put into their work are of worthy of any value. In my life, this a matter that is often presented, especially in my place of work.
Over the course of your life you have the privilege of learning about the life of people and God’s transforming power within their hearts and revival of their souls. For some of them, you have been able to encounter them for a brief time, while others for years on end. Well, in the most condensed form, here is my story.
I often wonder by what capacity and motive do people express their love towards God and others. I have witnessed some people press hard with their minds, and lack heart. I have witnessed other people who love at the surface level. Yet I have witnessed an incredible love, that can only be expressed through of the transforming work of God within the life of that person.
Last week, as I sat down over a meal with a friend, we talked about God and the diverse roles He had called me to fulfill over the coarse of my Christian lifespan. One of the roles was that of music, in particular playing the trumpet within a church congregation(s). His statement was, "I don't understand, why didn't you continue to play the trumpet, and become a better player; you were doing it for God?". My reply to him was brief and with little detail. However, the summary of it was that God had a different plan for my life that laid beyond being a trumpet player within the confines of a congregation(s). He had so much more for me to do.
Reflection: It was the third day, or so, that I had helped my parents clean a property (e.g. cutting grass, cutting down trees, overgrown plants). In the process of unloading the equipment, as I walked back to my truck, I tripped over a mesquite stump and took a bad fall; in the process, I broke my radius bone (which is in my forearm). It took a total of three weeks before it could be surgically repaired.
Yesterday evening, I passed on a Bible Study Group meeting and went to a fast-food place to work on something on behalf of my parents; I did call in to the Bible Study to let them know of my absence though. However, at the place I went to, the lead person remembered me and a friend (he had mentioned something about God to them). This stayed with them for several weeks, and we discussed the issue for several minutes (no other customers came in after me). No great conversions occurred that evening, but a stepping stone was set, clarifications were made, and gratitude for the opportunity to discuss the matter was expressed. I invited the person to stop by my place of work when their schedule allows them with the opportunity to do so.
I can not help but wonder what God will hold for our next encounter, this one was sharp and intense, it was a challenge to soften it.
Yup, God had it in his plans all this time ... go SubWay!
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