Baptism is the public demonstration of a sinner’s act of repentance and declaration that he/she has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. After being submerged in water, a person is signifying that they are emerging as a new creation and that they no longer will be controlled by their sinful nature but has now embraced justification that is available to them. Water baptism identifies a person as a child of God and is just the beginning of a life where old things have passed away and everything has become new.
There is another gift available to everyone who belongs to the body of Christ, but unfortunately not everyone has taken advantage of. This gift is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was called the comforter by Jesus who told His disciples that it would come after His ascension and it did. The Holy Spirit is the source of power that makes one different than anyone else. It is super-natural and it strengthens our relationship with God; guides, teaches and counsels believers and is accompanied by the gift of tongues. This is God’s gift and will for every person. In order for God’s will to be done on earth, believers must allow the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself so that the world will see that God is alive and miracles are ever present in our world today.
In our human nature we are limited but what sets a believer apart from the rest is the ability to hear the voice of God and carry out His commandments. Whether healing is needed in the body, marriages, families or finances, nothing is impossible because God’s power cannot and will not fail. The Holy Spirit is a promise from God for us and all future generations to those who believe. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and that is why God wants believers to walk in the spirit and to honor Him in everything we do and everywhere we go.
If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ and are not yet walking in the Spirit of God, ask Him and He will not withhold what He has already promised. Salvation is the only requirement and you will be empowered to live your new life at its fullness which will bring glory and honor to your heavenly Father.