Jesus’ Baptism: Week 7 of 52 Weeks of Devotionals by Shelia~s Notes

Week 7 of 52 Weeks of Devotionals by Shelia~s Notes

Jesus’ Baptism

We have talked at great lengths in the previous weeks about how Jesus Christ is prophesied throughout the OT. Jesus is in every book of the Bible. How awesome is that?

Last week I jumped right into why Jesus came to earth. He was rich but He became poor for our sake. He came to save the lost world of humanity. He came to teach us what we are to do to obey.  He came to seek and save the lost. He came to be our Passover sacrifice as we learned earlier. He came to fulfill the prophecy of God. These are some of  the reasons He came.

This week we will look at His Baptism.

Jesus’ Baptism

What does Jesus’ baptism say about the importance of obedience and of baptism?

Matthew 3:13-17

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.  But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”
But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.  Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him.  Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus was without sin but He did the will of His Father by being baptized. We are taught what to do to have our sins forgiven in Acts 2:38  Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

We are to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. This is what we must do to be obedient to the will of God.

Jesus learned the Obedience. Hebrews 5:8-9 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

Jesus lived, suffered and died as a man to show us what obedience to God looks like. Jesus did not have to be baptized for the forgiveness of sin. He had no sin. He was baptized to fulfill the righteousness of God’s will.

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves not having been baptized by John. Their hearts were too stubborn to obey.

Jesus’ baptism fulfilled the appearance of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in one spot of time. This is a huge statement and witness of the power and might of God.

As we read in Matthew 3:13-17  Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

  1. Jesus was baptized
  2. The Holy Spirit came in the bodily form of a dove,
  3. The Father spoke from heaven.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three distinct Beings.

God miraculously demonstrated Jesus’ special nature when Jesus was born. He again demonstrated Jesus’ special character at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.

Jesus and His disciples taught us what we must do to obey and be saved through Jesus Christ precious blood.

  1. I must Hear the saving message of Christ’s Sacrifice. Romans 10:17, 1 Cor. 1:18
  2. I must Believe Jesus is the Son of God. John 8:24, Hebrews 11:6
  3. I must Confess Christ as my Lord. Matthew 10:32-33, Romans 10:9-11
  4. I must Repent of my sinful conduct. Luke 13:3-5, Acts 17:30
  5. I Must be Baptized for the Forgiveness of my sins. Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16
  6. I must Teach others the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:20

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When We Feel Like a Failure.

It May Seem Like We Have Failed but God Has Not.

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Anyone ever feel like you do not always understand why things do not work out the way you planned? I wish God would speak directly to us today to tell us exactly what He wants us to do. I wish He would say yes this is what I want you to do, or no don’t do that. Do you think we would really listen to Him or just argue with Him and tell Him what we want? Maybe I do not know what I am wishing for. There might be stricter consequences if He did that. We know He speaks directly to us through His Word and that is good enough because that is His plan.

I may fail God but He will never fail me. God will not fail us or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU.

Joseph’s brothers did evil to him but God used it for His glory and good. Genesis 50: 19 But Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring this present result, to preserve many people alive.

But sometimes I am a little confused on exactly what He wants me to do at a particular time in my life. I feel like the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, not knowing what is going to happen next. I feel like Moses when he did not get to cross the Jordon into the promise land.  God spoke through Moses for 40 years.  Then in the end when he could not enter the promise land but he showed great faith when he spoke to the Israelites.  I cannot imagine how broken hearted Moses was but I can empathize with him. This seems more real to me than ever now. BUT Moses kept his faith and he gave God the glory and credit.  God was the one who crossed the Jordon ahead of them. Not Moses.  Deuteronomy 31: 3 It is the Lord your God who will cross ahead of you; …. Moses tells them in Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you.

What seems like failure to us may very well be glory and success for God.  We do not know God’s ways and that’s the way He planned it. He has revealed everything we need to know to us. Romans 11:33-36   Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For Who HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

God does not need us at all. Acts 17: 24 The God who made the world and all the things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, …For we also are His children.

He does not need us, YET, He desires us. James 4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?  8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.  10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt you. He desires us to be in His presence so much that.

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He gave His Only Son for our sacrifice. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12: 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. One thing I do know for sure:  The greatest commandment is found in Deuteronomy 6: 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Matthew 22: 36-37 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? And He said to him, YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it. YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.

Without faith, we would be so lost we would die. We would not know which way to turn.  We truly stepped out on faith when we moved to Zambia and we continue to live our life on faith in God and all He says in His word is true. We do not fully understand what has happened or why and we may never know in this lifetime. But we believe Romans 8:28 is true and God will cause this all to work for His good and His glory. Romans 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ: Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?

My charge to you is to keep the faith and keep on keeping on.

Romans 8: 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  1 Peter 4:11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

We have been afforded the opportunity of a lifetime to live in Chipata Zambia for six months.  However, our greatest opportunity is to serve God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength where ever we are.

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Create in Me a Clean Heart Oh God. Psalm 51:10

I chose Mark 12:30 as my bible verse for 2014 
because I want to learn to serve God 
with all my heart, 
with all my soul, 
with all my mind and 
with all my strength. 
I also chose this scripture because 
I like that it says with all my strength.
Matthew 22:36-40  says;
 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 
 And He said to him, 
“You shall love the Lord your God 
with all your heart 
and with all your soul 
and with all your mind. 
This is the great and first commandment. 
If the greatest commandment 
is to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul 
and mind, I have to study God’s Word to
 learn what this truly means.
I need a clean heart to accept God’s Word.
Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, 
O God, 
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.    
Ezekiel 36:26
And I will give you a new heart, 
and a new spirit I will put within you. 
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh 
and give you a heart of flesh.
God is the one who can create  a new heart in me. 
He will remove my heart of stone 
and give me a living heart of flesh.
Psalm 139:23
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
Romans 8:27
And He who searches hearts knows 
what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes 
for the saints according to the will of God.
Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
Matthew 5:8
“Blessed are the pure in heart, 
for they shall see God.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart 
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and he will make straight your paths.
James 4:7-8
Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners, 
and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Psalm 119:11
I have stored up your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,
singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
                       with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
                                              Hebrews 4:12
                           For the word of God is living and active, 
                              sharper than any two-edged sword, 
                        piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, 
                                        of joints and of marrow, 
                                 and discerning the thoughts and 
                                        intentions of the heart.
                   God is the only one who can give me a clean heart. 
               He is the only one who can remove my old heart of stone.
Father keep my heart from any evil 
so that I will live with You forever.
Father, create in me a clean heart 
and make me like You in all my ways.
Father, I pray that I will love You and 
You only with all my heart, and all my mind,
and all my soul.
Father I do not want to love any other God but You.
Father, please make Your living word dwell in my heart, 
my mind and my soul all the days of my life. 
Father, I please remove any unworthy thoughts 
from my heart, soul and mind.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!    
Try me and know my thoughts!
Thank You for creating a clean heart in me God.
Thank you God for searching my heart and
 knowing my ways and thoughts. 
Thank you for revealing Your will to me 
through Your Holy and inspired word. 
In Jesus Most Holy Name I pray, Amen.
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Rain Rain Rain, Beautiful Rain

Picture is copyrighted by Shelia Holmes
This is my husband baptizing a man in Zambia whom he had studied with in 2009 and again in July of 2012. You may notice the cane that Stephen is holding for the man being baptized in Apollo Dam.
Picture is copyrighted by Shelia Holmes
Stephen and Bashan helping Mr Phiri out of the water.

It has been so dry here all summer. 
We have had a few showers but not enough to last long with the 100+ degree weather. However, we finally got a good rain today. 
Matthew 5:45
…for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
By water God saved Noah and his family because of the faith they had.
Our faith in Jesus Christ and our obedience to be baptized  into Him  saves us from our sins.
Our warning comes from Jesus Christ Himself:
Mark 16:16
He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Acts 2:38
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 22:16
Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.
Romans 6:3
Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
Galatians 3:27
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
1 Peter 3:18-21
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in person, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you–not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 

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How Much is One Soul Worth?

How much is one soul worth to you? How much is your soul worth to you? This lady thought her soul was as worth a lot to get in this water to be baptized. Would you take the plunge in this water or any water to know that your soul is saved?

How much is one soul worth? 
I suppose it depends on who you are talking to. 
If you are talking to satan he will tell you that one soul is not worth anything.
2 Corinthians 11:14
No wonder, for even satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
John 8:44
“…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
If you are talking to God, He will tell you that one soul is priceless. 
Matthew 18: 14
So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
He will tell you there is not enough money in the world to buy one soul. 
Luke 12:6-7
Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
There is not enough value in all the gold of the world to buy one soul. 
1 Peter 1:18
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold….
There are not enough diamonds in the world to buy one soul. 
There is not enough oil in all the world to buy one soul.
There is not enough anything in the world to buy one soul.
God will tell you that all the souls in the world, past, present and future have already been bought and paid for with His own Son’s precious blood.
John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

1 John 4:9-10
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten son into the world so that we might live through Him.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 8:32
He who did spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
ll Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
James 5:20
let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Acts 2:41

So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
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My Heart is so Full of Africa I can Hardly See Home!!!

This reminds me of Act 8:36-38 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 

We just returned from Zambia after three weeks.
Before we go people say, “What are you going to do when you go to Zambia?”
I just say, “Whatever God wants me to do.”
When I return home, people say, “What did you do while you were in Zambia?”
How is it possible to answer that so they can truly understand?
How can I tell them how happy it makes my soul when I first see the Zambian people I have known for seven years? 
They always have a huge smile on their face, a hardy hand shake and a tight hug that is fit only for family.
They say, “THANK YOU FOR COMING, I JUST THANK YOU FOR COMING.”
How can they understand how my heart feels when I first hear the Zambian accents, when they sing praises to God in Chichewa, and when they call my name?
There is never enough time to spend with them. There are always so many people to see, so many villages to visit and so much teaching to be done.
I took over 2000 pictures and I wish I could post everyone of them so you could see what I see, feel what I feel, smell what I smell, hear what I hear, touch what I touch and taste what I taste. I wish you could feel what my heart feels, what my soul feels.
I think I take so many pictures because I do not want to forget one minute of my time in Zambia.
I do not want to forget one face, one baby, one child, one woman, one man, one soul.
The souls are why I go. 
The souls are why I return.
The souls are why my heart is so full of Zambia I can hardly see home, even though home is where I am now.
When people ask me what I am going to do when I go to Zambia I will always say, “Whatever God wants me to do.”
When people ask me what I did when I went to Zambia I will always say, “Whatever God wanted me to do.”
There are some things that are hard to explain.
When I go to Zambia, I go to do what Matthew 28:18-20 says.

Matthew 28:18-20

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We had three baptisms while we were there. Not all because of us. Some were because of the work that had been done before we got there. However, praise God that we witnessed three souls being saved while we were there.
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