The Other Baptism
by G T Adejumo
To be baptized in the knowledge of God’s will is to live with utmost consciousness or get carried away with what we know is God’s will for our lives. Basically, this will represents His desire ensure we have a glorious future here on earth plus a hope of eternal life (Jer 29:11).
Now, without the knowledge of what God has for us, we would be like sheep without a shepherd. We would live by trial and error. We will face tomorrow with uncertainty. We would be bound and limited by fears. We would grope in the darkness of this present world with it’s dangers, pestilence and tragedies without hope of survival.
Apostle Paul wrote almost the same message for the Christians in Ephesus and at Colosse. Eph 1:16-17 & Col 1:8-10. He prayed earnestly that these Christians be blessed with the knowledge of God for their lives, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. There’s no word to describe the experience of spiritual understanding. Paul knew that once a man get the understanding of God’s will for his life, a lot of problems become solved.
One of those things you will experience when you are filled with this uncommon knowledge is strength from above. When others are weary by hopeless facts, figures and news, you will notice you are just not tired of trusting the Lord.
Have you ever been in a situation where people or even a part of you expect you to cry or weep but a stronger part of you just won’t let you? I have been through tough times where a part of me wants to cry but another part would say, “you are a king, you know“. Also, the Spirit of God may just start to remind me of occasions where God had given me victories in the past with this message, “if God showed up then, why will He not intervene now?
When you see a man who is stable and focused in the midst of adversity, there is something unusual that he knows.
Now, how do you please a master you don’t understand what exactly he expects from you? Chances are that you will break his rules. To walk worthy of God’s expectation, you need to really understand what He has for you. Everything God has given to you as talent or opportunity is to carry out His will. Let me state it here that you can’t please God without a deep understanding of His will for your life.
How do you connect this knowledge till you are baptized in it? You need a fellowship with the Holy Spirit who is the revealer of God. No man can know God or His will without the Holy Spirit. For those who are not Christians who mock and say all manner of contrary things about the Bible, I do tell them that the knowledge of the Bible is sealed with a seal and unless they have the Holy Spirit of God through Jesus Christ, they cannot understand what’s God’s mind and message as revealed in the Bible (1 Cor 2:9-16).
Paul knew this, that’s why he prayed finally for the Corinthian Christians in 2Cor 13:14 that the communion of the Holy Spirit abides with them. It is by constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit that we can receive supernatural understanding of God’s will for our lives.
40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: Isaiah 40:29-31
Do you now understand the above scriptures better, those that wait on the Lord shall receive from God what will keep strengthening them. Now, waiting on the Lord means staying in a fellowship with God the Holy Spirit (your spirit connected to the Spirit of God.
When God wants to strengthen you, He will start with your heart (that’s where a man is made or broken).
This is where the believers’ strength is “downloaded” from, through the knowledge of the Most Holy. It stabilizes the heart and helps us to stay focused, hopeful and floating even on the sea of life.
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