by Andrew Strom
Those who watched the video that we put out last week saw that when the lady was baptized, immediately the demons panicked and started to manifest. This actually happened to a second church lady that we baptized that day as well. Two in a row — very much the same. Seemingly this is becoming more and more of a common pattern all around the world. What is going on?
As you know, we preach to people that they must be baptized in FAITH. In other words, we tell them to truly BELIEVE everything that the Bible says about baptism. Don't just make it a "symbol". Actually believe God for it to be REAL — everything that the New Testament says. This is a very different approach to the modern church — which tends to make baptism largely a symbolic ceremony, rather than the "real thing". But where is the power in that? Surely we should tell people to get baptized in FAITH — believing God for every deep thing that He wants to do in our lives through this experience.
Romans 6:3-4 declares: "Don't you know that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death…"
Read that again slowly. "BURIED with Him by baptism into DEATH." No wonder the demons hate it! For how can they cling to a 'dead' man? When people truly believe this and get baptized knowing that the "old man" will be cut off and buried — when they truly believe God for this to occur — that is when you start seeing very powerful things happen during baptism.
Colossians 2:11-12 declares: "In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, in which you are also risen with him through the faith of the operation of God…"
Again, think about these words: "Putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the CIRCUMCISION of Christ: BURIED with Him in baptism." So what happens when you tell someone to actually BELIEVE for this when they are baptized? A real "circumcision" of the heart. A real "putting off" of the body of the sins of the flesh. A cutting off, a burial, the death of the "old man". I tell you, the power of such an experience is very real. Just as it should be.
Acts 22:16 (the baptism of Paul) declares: "And now why do you wait? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord."
Do we dare actually believe for this also? That someone might truly experience a "washing away of sins" in baptism. Of course! Everything the Bible says about it, we need to believe God that it will really happen. Not a symbol. Not a ceremony. The real thing. People getting baptized in FAITH.
And of course this is a big reason why we see the apostles always baptizing people RIGHT AWAY in the Bible. No delays. Look all the way through the Book of Acts. It was always done immediately. (Of course, repentance and the infilling of the Holy Spirit were always expected immediately too. It all came as one package. See Acts 2:38).
Naturally, we insist that people be truly repentant before baptism. But we also say to them, "What sinful things or dark strongholds would you like to leave behind in these waters today? What dark things would you specifically like "buried" in the water during baptism?" Usually there are several specific things. Of course this is very powerful for destroying those strongholds and setting people free. I believe this is exactly the way baptism should be seen. It really is an opportunity to leave the old life behind. To have it cut it off truly. Exactly as the Bible says. No wonder the demons panic!
Think how powerful the act of true repentance is — just by itself. And then think about the filling of the Holy Spirit. What a powerful experience that is also. And from what we can see in the New Testament, there is no reason why water-baptism should not be just as powerful as these other two. Add them all up and what do you have? The most incredible conversion experience that it is possible to imagine. In the Bible all these things basically happened on the first day. No wonder their converts took off like a rocketship! And the same should be true of us today.
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