By Tiffany Bretana
I saw in a vision, a person submerge under water, then resurface again. I knew the Lord was referring to baptism. In baptism, we have died with Christ, and when we resurface we are a new creation and share in His resurrection.
My intention in this is NOT to get in a debate about water baptism, whether it’s better to get dunked or sprinkled. There are many examples in the Bible, as a type and shadow, explaining these things. Honestly, it’s a heart issue between yourself and God.
We read in Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Notice there are 3 distinctions made here: (I submit, ankle deep was when we received Jesus as our Savior, see below)
1. the good
3. and the perfect will of God.
In Ezekiel 47, the chapter is titled in AMP, Water from the Temple. In verse 3-5, we read …… When the man went out toward the east with a measuring line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he led me through the water, water that was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand cubits and led me through the water, water that was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand cubits and led me through the water, water reaching the hips. Again he measured a thousand cubits; and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be crossed by wading.
4. Above your head
How much of the Lord are you content in living in/with? A sprinkling of the Word occasionally, a dip to your knees, or a full immersion into the full stature of Christ?
What shall we say to all this? Should we continue in sin and practice sin as a habit so that God’s gift of grace may increase and overflow? Certainly not! How can we, the very ones who died to sin, continue to live in it any longer?
✨Or are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?✨
✨We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life abandoning our old ways.✨
✨For if we have become one with Him permanently united in the likeness of His death, we will also certainly be one with Him and share fully in the likeness of His resurrection. ✨
We know that our old self our human nature without the Holy Spirit was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. For the person who has died with Christ has been freed from the power of sin.
*separation for emphasis
Whatever level we are at now, we pray you would meet us there and draw us in deeper intimacy and higher into Your calling and purposes for our lives. Continually draw us deeper and deeper in You, that when they see us or are around us, they too will sense Your Presence feel their heart burning within them, and that the longing of their heart will be to be drawn deeper as well to KNOW You personally and intimately.
in Jesus’ name! Amen