"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand." (1 Peter 5:6, NIV)
Near Aenon, John the Baptizer utilized the Jordan River's deep water to baptize. Jesus came from Galilee for immersion "to fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15, NIV). This act declared Jesus' willingness to obey God completely.
His compliance brought divine approval as the Holy Spirit descended in dove's form. God's voice thundered, "You are my son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased."
Remember your immersion; were there bells or whistles? God who acknowledged Christ's obedience promised us "forgiveness of sins" and "indwelling of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38, NAS). The indwelling Holy Spirit verifies both my salvation and divinely validates my discipleship.
The first few hours after physical birth are critical. Following spiritual birth we are vulnerable. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert for temptation. He won. Our spiritual new-birth signals the beginning of the devil's testing which is personal, internal and daily. We win using the God given weapons of resistance, obedience and the indwelling Spirit. Our promise is victory.
Lord God, Father, thank You for providing our spiritual salvation through Christ's gift on the cross. We praise You for Your providential care throughout our life and eagerly look forward to our eternal home with You. We praise Your name through Jesus Christ. Amen.
- HOWARD MAHLE, Houston, Texas
A mighty Fortress is our God,