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Romans 6:4 ” We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

This new life that Paul speaks of – is taking off the old and putting on our new self.  But for many of us, this is a painful, almost impossible struggle.  For when doubt and fear have our minds so conditioned, anything that’s new or requires us to be bold, will be met with resistance.  We want to change, but fear has us so bound up – we can’t.   And so we wrestle with God.  But wrestling with God is a good thing.  For God isn’t our opponent, it’s rather our old self and fear we’re battling against .  And as long as we continue to grapple with God,  we’re still engaged and interacting with Him…and hopefully listening along the way.   In Genesis 32:28, after Jacob and the Lord had wrestled all night, God gave Jacob a new name.  And God has a new name for you too, but it involves the renewing of your mind.  It means taking on a new self-perception of who you are in Christ…and then accepting that daily restoration of your inner strength…so that you may be victorious over doubt and fear.

Matthew 16:25 ” For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.”

It tells us in John 12:25 that, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”   Everyday is a struggle, where our affections are pulled one way or the other.  The glitter and lure of the world is great, with its promises of immediate gratification and unending ecstasy.  But the cold hard truth is that our excessive fondness for things of the world will only  lead us down a path to self-destruction and death.  For the world tells us to live today to the fullest… to eat, drink, and be merry, with no regard for tomorrow.   But the Lord tells us that there is life beyond the grave, and that the world is blinding us from this truth.   If  I want to save my life, I must lose it in the person of Jesus Christ…I must turn my focus and  affections from the temporal to the eternal…from the fleeting to the everlasting.

John 10:10 ” The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “

Make no bones about it – Satan would like you dead…and He’s out to kill you by any means he can.  He’d love to get you entangled in an addiction that would take your life, or get you to compromise and make bad choices that would lead to your demise.  You see, Satan doesn’t have an ounce of compassion or regard for you.  He’d rather take your joy…ruin your life…and ravage your body than watch you grow strong in the Lord.  But in Jesus Christ…you are stronger than any threat Satan can throw your way…you are more powerful than any addiction that holds you bound…and you are tougher than you could ever imagine yourself.

Matthew 3:6 ” Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.”

Baptism…just as during the time of John the Baptist, is a public action,  for an internal, personal decision for Christ.  It symbolizes the spiritual cleansing through the forgiveness of sins to those who repent and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Baptism is part of the Great Commission that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:18, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”   As a new Christian, you don’t have to be perfect before you can be baptized…you don’t have to have it “all together” and cleaned up prior either.  Baptism is a public “Just as I am”  coming to Jesus moment.

Psalm 39:5 ” You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before You. Each man’s life is but a breath. “

Take a deep breath…inhale and exhale slowly.  Without breath, you’re dead.  Your life force is gone, your body shut down.  This verse looks at the very fleeting nature of one’s existence.  That life is but one breath away from dying…and that our life span is measured as a blink of the eye in the eternal scheme of things. Let us then determine that while we’re  here on earth for such a short duration,  our focus should be on what we can do to better the world, rather than just exist in it.

Colossians 2:12 ” …having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, Who raised Him from the dead.”

The act of water baptism is  full of symbolism and meaning.  For those watching, it’s a public declaration of the person’s inner  decision.  For the person being baptized, it’s a time of newness of soul and spirit.  In Romans 6:4 it says, ” We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  Therefore, within the action of water baptism, our old self dies, and our new self  emerges out of the water.