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06/05/2024

Take Charge of Your Health!

This month we will be offering free access to our training on Take Charge of Your Health. I became a naturopath about 40 years ago when I was dismayed to discover that Western healthcare did not have the answers to restore my health.

I had picked up parasites in Malaysia, and after 2-3 trips to the doctor, they admitted they couldn’t find the parasites. That startled me, so I explored and found a naturopath within a 1-hour drive and went to see him. He gave me some herbs which chased the parasites out with only one visit! I was astounded!

My entire worldview on healthcare changed right then! I went on to receive training and a diploma as a naturopath, and for the next 25 years did not need to visit a doctor. During this time, I discovered many truths concerning health which were aligned with Scripture, were easy, natural, and spiritual, and things everyone could do at home. I have presented these insights in the training that is being freely offered this month. Please avail yourself of it. The life you save could be yours, a family member’s or a friend's.

For example, did you know that the United States ranks #1 in the annual cost of healthcare per person, but ranks as country #49 in lifespan? This means citizens of 48 nations live longer than we do.
The principle I live by is, “Take charge of your own health!” Don’t trust it to the government or the pharmaceutical companies. God did not anoint either of these to be responsible for your health. He anointed you and the elders of the church (James 5:14-16).
Learn enough to live long enough to fulfill your destiny! Register today. https://go.cluschoolofthespirit.com/health-event

Bonus Offer – Take Charge of Your Health Training with Charity and Mark – June 21, a free 90-minute Zoom session

On Friday evening, June 21, Charity and I will be doing an interactive Zoom call where we share our latest discovery in health. It will be a time of learning, powerful testimonies, Q&A, and the opportunity to appropriate this discovery into your own home.
My paradigm for discovering truth concerning health includes: it must be compatible with Scripture, backed up by science, and when I try it out, I receive a personal health benefit. If these criteria are met, I adopt it and share it with others so they can live and not die.
In our Zoom session I will explain what the Germans are doing different than the U.S. that allows their men to live five years longer than the average man in the U.S. Question: Do you think it is because doctors in Germany are smarter than doctors in the U.S., or is it something else?

Tune in on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 EST to find out! Register here, and if you can’t join us live, a replay will be sent to you. Learn how to treat your body like the temple it is and experience vibrant health today! https://go.cwgministries.org/health-discovery

Have you ever said to yourself “There’s too much conflicting information… I’ll never know how to live in vibrant health!” Discover how Scripture and science agree on how you can live long enough to fulfill your destiny!

go.cluschoolofthespirit.com

06/04/2024

New Seminar: DECODING DECEPTION

How the Bible and the Spirit keep you from being deceived. Come get equipped with the skills of biblical meditation & hearing God's voice!

You can now register for this NEW seminar where I will spend eight hours training you how to avoid deception by learning how to properly meditate on Scripture as you listen to the Holy Spirit.
We will also explore the two ditches on both sides of this highway of light. One side is phariseeism, where one lives by biblical law rather than by the Spirit. The other ditch is when one avoids the Bible and simply seeks to live by the spirit, for example, the New Age Movement.

People often fall into one ditch or the other. We will carefully train you to learn how YOU can do original raw Bible research using the tool of e-Sword, a free downloadable Bible software program, while at the same time listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, "When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come" (Jn. 16:13).

Amazing how we re-write that to say it is my mind and my careful study of the Bible and my theology that leads me into all truth!
Well, I am sure glad I can repent of my errors and move on to higher ground. May we all walk and live by the Spirit (Gal. 5:25)!
It is NOT the Bible OR the Spirit. It is the BIBLE AND THE SPIRIT! (100% Bible & 100% Spirit)

THE REAL - True Christianity: The Bible and the Spirit
1st COUNTERFEIT - New Age Movement: The spirit without the Bible
2nd COUNTERFEIT - Phariseeism: The Bible without the Spirit

Come and discover for yourself these lifechanging revelations in this hands-on workshop where we will practice truth together!
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empower-wknd-decoding-deception-with-biblical-meditation-discernment-tickets-916628329007?aff=oddtdtcreator


How the Bible and the Spirit keep you from being deceived. Come get equipped in the skills of biblical meditation & hearing God's voice.

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Book - BLACKS IN THE BIBLE: Volume I: The Original Roots of Men and Women of Color in Scripture, Paperback – Illustrated, December 21, 2006 by-from James H. Warden Jr, Email?: james.wardenjr@att.net - https://www.amazon.com/BLACKS-BIBLE-Original-Roots-Scripture/dp/142089921X

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06/05/2024

Take Charge of Your Health!

This month we will be offering free access to our training on Take Charge of Your Health. I became a naturopath about 40 years ago when I was dismayed to discover that Western healthcare did not have the answers to restore my health.

I had picked up parasites in Malaysia, and after 2-3 trips to the doctor, they admitted they couldn’t find the parasites. That startled me, so I explored and found a naturopath within a 1-hour drive and went to see him. He gave me some herbs which chased the parasites out with only one visit! I was astounded!

My entire worldview on healthcare changed right then! I went on to receive training and a diploma as a naturopath, and for the next 25 years did not need to visit a doctor. During this time, I discovered many truths concerning health which were aligned with Scripture, were easy, natural, and spiritual, and things everyone could do at home. I have presented these insights in the training that is being freely offered this month. Please avail yourself of it. The life you save could be yours, a family member’s or a friend's.

For example, did you know that the United States ranks #1 in the annual cost of healthcare per person, but ranks as country #49 in lifespan? This means citizens of 48 nations live longer than we do.
The principle I live by is, “Take charge of your own health!” Don’t trust it to the government or the pharmaceutical companies. God did not anoint either of these to be responsible for your health. He anointed you and the elders of the church (James 5:14-16).
Learn enough to live long enough to fulfill your destiny! Register today. https://go.cluschoolofthespirit.com/health-event

Bonus Offer – Take Charge of Your Health Training with Charity and Mark – June 21, a free 90-minute Zoom session

On Friday evening, June 21, Charity and I will be doing an interactive Zoom call where we share our latest discovery in health. It will be a time of learning, powerful testimonies, Q&A, and the opportunity to appropriate this discovery into your own home.
My paradigm for discovering truth concerning health includes: it must be compatible with Scripture, backed up by science, and when I try it out, I receive a personal health benefit. If these criteria are met, I adopt it and share it with others so they can live and not die.
In our Zoom session I will explain what the Germans are doing different than the U.S. that allows their men to live five years longer than the average man in the U.S. Question: Do you think it is because doctors in Germany are smarter than doctors in the U.S., or is it something else?

Tune in on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 EST to find out! Register here, and if you can’t join us live, a replay will be sent to you. Learn how to treat your body like the temple it is and experience vibrant health today! https://go.cwgministries.org/health-discovery

Have you ever said to yourself “There’s too much conflicting information… I’ll never know how to live in vibrant health!” Discover how Scripture and science agree on how you can live long enough to fulfill your destiny!

go.cluschoolofthespirit.com

06/04/2024

New Seminar: DECODING DECEPTION

How the Bible and the Spirit keep you from being deceived. Come get equipped with the skills of biblical meditation & hearing God's voice!

You can now register for this NEW seminar where I will spend eight hours training you how to avoid deception by learning how to properly meditate on Scripture as you listen to the Holy Spirit.
We will also explore the two ditches on both sides of this highway of light. One side is phariseeism, where one lives by biblical law rather than by the Spirit. The other ditch is when one avoids the Bible and simply seeks to live by the spirit, for example, the New Age Movement.

People often fall into one ditch or the other. We will carefully train you to learn how YOU can do original raw Bible research using the tool of e-Sword, a free downloadable Bible software program, while at the same time listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, "When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come" (Jn. 16:13).

Amazing how we re-write that to say it is my mind and my careful study of the Bible and my theology that leads me into all truth!
Well, I am sure glad I can repent of my errors and move on to higher ground. May we all walk and live by the Spirit (Gal. 5:25)!
It is NOT the Bible OR the Spirit. It is the BIBLE AND THE SPIRIT! (100% Bible & 100% Spirit)

THE REAL - True Christianity: The Bible and the Spirit
1st COUNTERFEIT - New Age Movement: The spirit without the Bible
2nd COUNTERFEIT - Phariseeism: The Bible without the Spirit

Come and discover for yourself these lifechanging revelations in this hands-on workshop where we will practice truth together!
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empower-wknd-decoding-deception-with-biblical-meditation-discernment-tickets-916628329007?aff=oddtdtcreator


How the Bible and the Spirit keep you from being deceived. Come get equipped in the skills of biblical meditation & hearing God's voice.

www.eventbrite.com

Book - BLACKS IN THE BIBLE: Volume I: The Original Roots of Men and Women of Color in Scripture, Paperback – Illustrated, December 21, 2006 by-from James H. Warden Jr, Email?: james.wardenjr@att.net - https://www.amazon.com/BLACKS-BIBLE-Original-Roots-Scripture/dp/142089921X

05/07/2024

The Lord’s Supper, Water Baptism, Marriage – Symbols or Sacraments?

Would it make a difference in what I receive from the Lord if, when I partake of the Lord’s Supper, I view it as a sacrament (a means of receiving His life-transforming power) rather than simply a symbol? This is a re-published article with some new additions.
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As long as we’re asking this question, let’s include water baptism and marriage in the discussion. Are these also sacraments? Nowhere does the Bible call any of these symbolic. The Bible does use the word symbol twice (Zech. 3:8; Heb. 9:9), so there is a place for symbols and parables in Scripture. However, the Lord’s Supper, water baptism and marriage are never spoken of as merely symbols. Could I be wrong? I am really a stickler for Scripture. If I believe something and can’t back it up with Scripture, then I throw it out and embrace what the Bible actually says. So what exactly does the Bible say?
Water baptism – can I believe for new freedom when I am baptized?

The word “baptize” simply means to submerge, immerse or dip under. In Christian water baptism, you are briefly immersed under water and then brought back up. There are several layers of meaning to this ceremony. First, it beautifully illustrates the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. At the same time, it is an outward demonstration of what has happened to you in the new birth. Your old man – that independent self that demanded its own way and thought it was the center of the universe – has died. What do you do with something that is dead? You bury it. And so baptism symbolically shows that your old self is dead and buried and no longer in control. As you are brought back up out of the water, it is the new you who is a child of God who comes forth, rising in newness of life.

But water baptism is also one of the doorways that open up more of God’s grace to us. The Church has historically considered water baptism to be a sacrament, which means it is a visible ceremony by which God confers His grace upon us. To understand the power involved, consider the sacrament of matrimony. Remember the words of Jesus concerning marriage, “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Matt. 19:4-6)? Through the marriage ceremony, God supernaturally and mysteriously unites a man and women into one flesh (Mk. 10:8).
If we will have faith to believe it

Water baptism can be a sacrament wherein God gives us the grace to die to sinful patterns and live in victory. I have personally known individuals who have gone under the waters of baptism as smokers and risen up free from the addiction. So you see, while it is a picture of your death and burial in Him, it can be much more than that, if you will believe. Romans 6:3-14 clearly says that we have been buried with Him through baptism into death; we have died with Christ in order that our body of sin might be done away with. Colossians 2:11-14 declares we were buried with Him in baptism and raised up with Him through faith.

If you will embrace it in faith, God will use the opportunity of your baptism to cut the power of sinful habits out of your life and release you to a new level of holiness that you have not known before (1 Pet. 3:21, Rom. 6:4, Col. 2:11-14).

Lord’s Supper – as often as you eat…
The Lord’s Supper is regarded as another sacrament of the Church – an outward ceremony in which the Lord imparts grace to His people. There is the grace of forgiveness of sins as we remember the blood of Jesus. There is the grace of healing when we remember His broken body. There is the grace of knowing that God has chosen to covenant with us to provide all our needs, both spiritual and physical (2 Pet. 1:3, Phil. 4:19). There is the grace of all the blessings given through the divine exchange on the cross. And there is the grace of being part of a Body, no longer walking alone but a member of the royal priesthood, the holy nation, the Church of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 2:9).

Paul exhorts us to remember Christ’s death every time we eat bread and drink the fruit of the vine (1 Cor. 11:23-26). Some churches offer Communion in their services just a few times a year; others offer it every day to those who will come. But there is nothing in Scripture that says only an ordained minister can bless the elements and remember the Lord’s death and receive the grace that is offered through the Lord’s Supper.

Whenever you meet with fellow believers, you can share the bread and the cup and by faith receive whatever you need. In fact, there is no reason you cannot remember His sacrifice every time you eat and drink, even if there is no one else with you. You are still a member of the Body and a partner in the covenant, and His grace is available to you every day.

The Bible states, “This is My body…this is My blood” (Matt. 26:26-28, Mk. 14:22-24, Lk. 19-20, 1 Cor. 11:23-31). So could I partake of the Lord’s Supper in faith, believing to receive everything His body and blood provides for me? His broken body provides my physical healing (Isa. 53:5). His blood washes away all my sin and I stand glorious and radiant in God’s sight. Shame is gone. Darkness is gone. Guilt is gone. I am free.

As for me, I choose to honor water baptism, the Lord’s Supper and marriage as sacraments (Prophetic Gestures), and in simple childlike faith receive all these amazing provisions which God has made available to me!
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Excerpted from Your Extraordinary Life, (https://www.cwgministries.org/store/your-extraordinary-life) an ideal gift for new believers and a great study for all. CDs, DVDs and complete e-learning module also available.
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Journaling
Lord, what would You speak to me concerning the power of water baptism, the Lord's Supper, and marriage?

05/02/2024

Why Should I Be Baptized? by William Dupley

Five people were baptized in our church a few Sundays ago, including a small girl. I spoke to her father this week, and he said my daughter told me that all of her fear was gone since she was baptized.This week, I was discussing Baptism with a friend of mine. He had ministered in Haiti, and he said it was very common for people to experience deliverance when they were baptized. Deliverance also occurred when people were baptized at a camp meeting that Toronto Airport Vineyard conducted at Staynor camp in 1992.

I remember praying for a lady once at church, and when I laid my hands on her, she fell down to the floor in the form of an idol and went into a trance. I wasn't quite sure what happened, but I figured there had been some power encounter between the Holy Spirit and some spiritual force. I asked her friend who was with this woman if she was a Christian, and she said yes, she was. I asked her if she had been baptized. She said yes. I then spoke to the spiritual force and told it that you have no right to be on this woman because she had identified herself with Christ through the waters of Baptism, and you belong to the old man. I command you to leave and go to the tank, where the Baptism occurred. Immediately, she was delivered and came out of the trance.

Why does this not always happen
I've seen many people baptized, and I rarely see people experience deliverance when they are baptized. I suggest this is because they are not taught what really happens when someone is baptized. Often, Baptism is taught as a symbolic activity. I have heard it said it is the outward sign of an inward commitment, sort of like joining the union and getting the union badge that you put on your coat. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, these statements rob the true power of what Baptism accomplishes in our lives.

Types of Baptism
The Greek word for Baptism is baptízō – properly, "submerge" (Souter); hence, baptize, to immerse (literally, "dip under"). It does not always mean water baptism. It means to be immersed in something.

There are three different types of Baptism mentioned in the New Testament. Each has a different purpose.

1. Baptism into Christ
When we accept Christ as our Saviour and Lord, three things happen
1. We are baptized into Christ. We are immersed in God.
Gal 3:26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ
2. Our Spirit becomes one with God's Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in Spirit.
3. We become a new creation.
2 Cor 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!
Jesus commands us to baptize people in Matthew 28:19 20 as part of the process of disciplining people.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
I don't think Jesus is saying that we just water baptize people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in this verse. Rather, I think Jesus is saying that we immerse people in the (love of the) Father, (the grace of) Jesus, and (the fellowship of) the Holy Spirit since he is talking about making disciples in this verse. A key part of making disciples is helping them develop an intimate relationship with God.
2. Baptized in the Holy Spirit
When we accept Christ, our Spirit is united with Holy Spirit, but there is an additional experience that Jesus prophesied would happen to us in Acts 1:4-5
4 And while they were gathered together, He commanded them: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift the Father promised, which you have heard Me discuss. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
This prophecy was fulfilled in Acts 2: 4
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
When we are baptized with Holy Spirit. Our entire body is immersed in the Holy Spirit, and His presence overwhelms us. We feel his presence penetrate our physical being. Just as water soaks us when we are immersed in water, so Holy Spirit soaks our physical being. We also begin to manifest the gifts of Holy Spirit as outlined in I Cor 12

3. Baptism in water
The Book of Acts describes many events where people believed and were immediately baptized. They were immersed in water. In fact, it seemed that in most cases, a person was baptized immediately upon repentance and acceptance of Christ. There is one particularly fascinating example. There was an Ethiopian eunuch who was responsible for the entire treasury of Ethiopia. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was going back to Ethiopia. An angel directed Philip to catch up with his caravan, and he heard him reading the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading. He said how can I unless someone guides me. They had a further discussion, and Philip began to tell him the good news about Jesus.

The Ethiopian made the most remarkable request after hearing what Philip had to say.

Acts 8:36 Now, as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
Now, I want you to capture what happened here. This was a very wealthy man, and he would have had an entourage. He would have been dressed in very expensive clothes, yet it was so important for him to be baptized that he was prepared to get out of his chariot, go down to a muddy hole filled with water, and be baptized. I suggest there was something very compelling that Philip told him about the benefit of being baptized.

Jesus was Baptized in Water
Jesus felt it was so important to be baptized in water that he was baptized in water himself.
Matt 3: 13 At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" 15 "Let it be so now," Jesus replied. "It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness in this way." Then John permitted Him. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and resting on Him.

Jesus never sinned, yet He felt it was important to do this, and the question has to be asked: why did He do this? Jesus said, "It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." I suggest He did this to demonstrate what has to be in our hearts when we are baptized. He humbled himself and publicly declared that His entire life was committed to God and that He was completely dedicating His life to living according to God's will and commands.

A leader leads by example. I think Jesus did this to be an example to all of us.

What happens when you are baptized in water
I do not believe that Baptism is just some symbolic or ritualistic activity. Jesus had no use for those things. I do not wish to minimize the symbolic aspect of Baptism. Baptism is a powerful and symbolic visual aid, a prophetic act demonstrating outwardly what the Lord has done and is doing inwardly. It speaks loudly to the fact that this person needs a bath to be cleansed and needs a burial of the old man to rise up in the newness of life in Christ. But to say it is just symbolic negates the spiritual transformative aspect of Baptism.
Romans chapter 6 :3-7 describes Baptism in great detail and what really happens when we are baptized.

3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through Baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, a that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin

Let's start by looking at what happens when we are baptized:
1. We are baptized into Christ Jesus.
2. We were baptized into his death.
3. We were buried with him.

Now let's look at the results, what we can expect as a result of being baptized
1. We may walk in the newness of life (The newness of life is the life that God intended for us to live)
2. We will be resurrected.
3. Our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with (rendered powerless)
4. We will no longer be slaves to sin

Let's look at some other results of being baptized
1. He will forgive your sins. Acts 2:38
2. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:38
3. He will wash away your sins. Acts 22:16
4. Whoever believes in him and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16. This Scripture is not saying that you have to be baptized to receive salvation. Salvation is by grace. Whether we are baptized or not, we will be saved if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the word for "saved" used here is the Greek word "sozo". The word "sozo" means "safely rescued, delivered out of danger in to safely used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin into his provisions of safety." It is clear from this verse that a real spiritual transaction occurs when we are baptized that delivers us from the results of our sins.

5. You are baptized into the body of Christ (the family of God) (1 Cor. 12:13). In other words, it is also an initiation into the fraternity of Jesus.

These actions and results don't sound very symbolic to me. It clearly sounds like a dramatic spiritual transaction occurs.

Who is buried, who is crucified?
Romans 6:6 states
"Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away
The King James bible reads
6 Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

We read here that it is our old self or old man that is buried. Now, you may wonder who this is. I suggest that your old self or old man is the spiritual being you were before you were born again and became a new creation. Our old man has committed a lot of sins and has also inherited a lot of curses from the generations that have gone before.

When we are baptized, the old man is buried. We choose to bury him. He's put to death. It's an execution, and anything related to the old man goes with it.

Sins give rights to demonic forces. The spiritual world is very legalistic. Negative Spiritual forces cannot attack us or touch us unless we give them legal rights to do that. Prov 26:2 clearly states this.

Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.

However, when we do sin, or our parents sin, it gives rights for a curse to come upon us. When we are baptized, we put to death the old man and the rights that are associated with the old man are made null and void. The spiritual forces that are associated with those rights must leave. They have no legal right to be there. That is why Baptism is so important. This is how Baptism saves us. The act of Baptism rescues and delivers us out of danger. It delivers us from the penalty and power of sin into Our Heavenly Father's provisions of safety".

Deliverance is the children's bread.
I have experienced three seasons of deliverance emphasis in the church. There was a great emphasis on deliverance in the late 1970s, it came around again in the 1990s, and it's starting again in the 2020s. The challenge with deliverance is that people often become consumed with looking for demons. Only one-third of Jesus's ministry was focused on deliverance. If you are spending more than one-third of your ministry time on deliverance, I suggest you readjust your focus. However, ignoring deliverance is also a mistake.

Jesus called deliverance the children's bread in Matthew 15. A Canaanite woman had asked him to deliver her demon-possessed daughter. His response was unusual. He said
24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 The woman came and knelt before Him. "Lord, help me!" she said. 26 But Jesus replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs." 27 "Yes, Lord," she said, "even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." 28 "O woman," Jesus answered, "your faith is great! Let it be done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Jesus called deliverance the children's bread. We are the children of God, and deliverance is our bread, too. It's something that we can expect.

First John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

How do you acquire the results of Baptism?

The first step in Baptism is repentance.
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repent means "to change one's mind or purpose". When we repent, we choose to change how we think, what we do, and how we behave, from the way the world thinks to the way God thinks. We start by asking God's forgiveness for our sins. I recommend that this be done thoroughly and not just as a general statement. We commit sins individually. We should ask forgiveness and repent the same way. Remember, our sins provide the spiritual world with legal rights over us, so the more thorough we are with our repentance, the more legal rights are broken. Now, I don't believe you need to repent of every sin you did. I don't think we can remember them all, but I think we can repent for sins in categories.

The Sozo ministry has a good structure for examining ourselves and structuring our repentance. There are four categories they would suggest that you consider when deciding to get serious in the area of repentance. These categories are Sexual sin, Occult, Hatred, and fear. I recommend that you take the time to do this well and not be in a hurry. I also suggest you ask God's forgiveness for generational sins as well. Often, the sins of our ancestors can affect us because they have given rights to the spiritual world to affect their descendants.

The second step is a public declaration.
When we are baptized, we publicly declare our allegiance to Jesus Christ, identify ourselves with the cross of Christ, and are baptized into Christ. We acknowledge that our old man is about to be crucified and buried in the tank, and because we have repented of his sins, the spiritual forces related to the old man must stay in the tank and have no right to be on you.

Now, if you did not understand this when you were baptized and thought that you were just making an outward sign of an inward commitment, you can correct that situation today. There are no time issues with our Heavenly Father. He lives outside of time. I suggest that you can make that declaration today, even though you may have been baptized 50 years ago.

If you would like to acquire all the benefits of your Baptism, I encourage you to do this prayer with me.

The Prayer
Heavenly Father, I now understand that being baptized is much more than just making an outward sign of an inward commitment, and I want to acquire all the benefits that Jesus purchased for me on the cross.

1. I ask forgiveness for my sins and the sins of my ancestors. (Be specific, and don't be in a hurry.) I repent for doing these things, and as an act of my will, I change my mind and choose to live according to your will and commandments. I ask you for your help to do this.
2. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, and is sitting with his Heavenly Father today.
3. I received his gift of forgiveness that was paid by the atonement he made for my sins on the cross.
4. I declare that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.
5. I choose to follow him in the waters of Baptism and identify with His cross by the act of Baptism, and by doing so, I choose to bury my old man and everything that is associated with him. These include all my sins, all my ancestors' sins, and all curses that were related to those sins.
6. I rebuke every spiritual force that's associated with my sins and my ancestors' sins.
7. In Jesus' name, I command these spiritual forces to go to the baptismal tank and never bother me again because you have no rights on me.

Congratulations, you have now dealt with any spiritual forces related to your old man, and you have the authority to tell any temptation that would try to drag you back into those sins to leave you because you have repented, are baptized in Christ, and they have no rights on you.

You will now find it easier to walk in the newness of life. Jesus is committed to helping you be transformed. This process is called sanctification. You have put off the old man, and your mind will be renewed.

Eph 4:22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

It does take your whole life to become what you are in Christ, but choosing to be baptized is the best way to start the journey.
I bless you all. I hope this has been helpful. Please write to me if you experience a change in your life as a result of this prayer. I would love to know about it.

This blog is originally published here:https://thesecretplace.ca/blogs/f/why-should-i-be-baptized

Author: William Dupley

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