How do you address a GOD that you have never known?
A first prayer should cover the following:
After getting to know the Bible and understanding its real message the next logical step is to make a decision whether you believe the message of the Christian Bible and the GOD of this Bible. Following on that is whether you choose to obey GOD and to align your life according to the CREATOR GOD's purpose and plan for you in HIS family. The GOD of the Bible requires all man (mankind) to make a choice. A choice to submit and obey GOD or to go on their own way as the whole world of mankind has since the Garden of Eden.
At this point some “rocket scientists” may ask, 'What if I do not believe the message of the Bible and the GOD of the Bible?' I could answer that question but I won't because there comes a point when you just have to leave “rocket scientists” to their own devices.
Numerous are the times in our lives when we have to make temporary or provisionally decisions because we don't have all the information we need to make a final decision, and the situation requires either an immediate or an urgent decision. Other times the decision we have to make are not critical, as in life changing, so we can afford to make momentary or a non thoroughly thought through decision. But a decision to repent and turn to GOD seeking HIS will, to obey HIM as your GOD is not such a decision.
Now I am not saying that a decision to repent and turn your life from that of self expediency and rebellion against your CREATOR and MAKER is not a compulsory requirement. I am saying you have a choice, a choice of life (forever life) or of death, forever death (Deuteronomy 30:19).
The decision you are going to make have a forever consequence for you. That is why you must be very clear on what it involves, which is the steadfast forever commitment on your part and the certainty in you heart and mind. That is why you must thoroughly study the Bible and continue to do so, in order that you know the GOD of the Bible and not be like the disciples of the Christmas religion who neither understand the Bible nor know the CREATOR GOD whose Words are the translated text of the Christian Bible.
For those who are ready and want to make a commitment to change their lives direction and focus, these are the things you need to understand and be very clear on before you take that step to acknowledge the absolute right and authority of the ALMIGHTY CREATOR GOD over you and your commitment to completely, totally and absolutely trust, obey and depend on HIM.
GOD created you and everything else that exist. HE owns you whether you accept it or not. Every possible thing that exist is HIS property. That means HE can do what ever HE will with them and none can question that. HE has absolute rights over everything including every man, woman, child and angel. That is the first thing you must understand and accept absolutely.
GOD created man to have the potential to be born into HIS DIVINE Family. This is via the begettal of GOD's HOLY SPIRIT (GOD'S HOLY SEED). That was and is GOD's unchanging purpose when HE first created Adam and Eve. The commitment you will make in baptism will see you one day born into GOD's DIVINE family in a 'resurrection' (a coming back to life, after you have died, as a Spirit being) or a 'quickening' (if you are alive, an instantaneous change from being a physical fresh and blood human being to a fully Spirit being). For all those call since the beginning until then this will happen at the return of JESUS CHRIST when the 'last trumpet' sounds. This inheritance is far superior to that of the angels of heaven, if you stay the course and not give up (on your commitment to GOD to obey HIM as your GOD). Angels do not have immortality but you will. In the face of such an awesome future don't expect the journey to be easy. Top athletes train their body relentlessly to be at the top of their field and all that they can attain to is a fleeting momentary glory. The glory you can attain to as a Son of GOD is far far greater and it is forever.
Once you have made that commitment of undergoing baptism there can be no turning back or faltering. Forever shame awaits all who falter. Forever death all those who turn back. Do not treat this lightly. This is one decision that will change your future forever either way, you really don't want to screw it up.
Do not be insincere to enter into your covenant with GOD in bad faith. This the ancient Israelite who came out of Egypt did, that was why they all died in the wilderness and never entered into the promise land, all those twenty years and older except for Joshua and Caleb. They were insincere in their commitment to the covenant they made to be a special people who worship the CREATOR GOD. They saw the promises of blessings and being protected by HIM from their enemies. But they were not prepared to fulfill their obligation of obeying GOD and keeping all HIS commandments, charges, instructions and obeying HIS voice. Because of bad faith they were unable to love HIM (Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12; 11:13 - 14; 13:4; Joshua 22:5), their GOD, BENEFACTOR and DEFENDER. So they all perished in the wilderness. And most of their dependents, generation after generation did likewise and suffered a similar fate.
The commitment you will make is not just only to obey GOD absolutely, but to have faith in GOD, to love HIM. To hold on the belief that GOD loves you and wants only good things for you, even when everything appears to be going against you, even when all manner of evil and harm are falling upon you like hailstones in a hail storm. And on that faith to walk against all signs and indications to the contrary, against all threat and danger and temptation. Clinging on to the faith that can see you walk on water, move mountains, walk into burning inferno (Romans 8:18). Faith is very simple but hardly easy.
Do not be deceived or act deceitfully. If you can't commit to the requirement of the Everlasting Covenant do not enter into it. JESUS CHRIST requires all HIS disciples to endure persecution including imprisonment, torture and death to obey, keep and perform all HIS commandments, charges and instructions. All these are clearly written in the Christian Bible and the Jewish Scriptures. The requirement is the same as with the ancient Israelite which is and has been to love GOD with all your heart, mind, soul (life) and strength. In simple English it means, 'To love GOD unreservedly, without reservation, without holding back anything at all'. Not persecution, torture, harm or death should prevent or hinder you from loving and obeying GOD absolutely'.
The promises is a forever inheritance of immortality with immense power and authority to rule over all things. Yes everything forever. Man throughout the thousand of years of human history have strive harder and gave up more for alot less. All they could attend to were the temporary glory, fame and power that perish together with them. You, if you enter into and continue on in this Everlasting Covenant in this life will inherit the Kingdom, to have the Life and Glory of GOD, yielding the power that GOD yields (Romans 8:18; 1 Corinthians 2:9). GOD is infinitely wise and knows better than to give such glory and power to any self expediently wicked person or any cowardly wimp or any self centred self seeking parasite (Revelation 21:8).
All who attain to the first resurrection as the First Fruits to GOD will rule under and with JESUS CHRIST and HIS FATHER (Daniel 7:22, 27; Matthew 25:34; Jude 1:14; Revelation 5:10; 20:4, 6). Ruling over everything forever (Hebrew 2:5; 1 Corinthians 6:2 - 3), including the angels and over the rest of all mankind who will attain to eternal life at the Final Judgment. This is not a temporary inheritance or wealth that perishes with time and the using (Matthew 16:19 - 20).
Once you have made the commitment by seeking and going through with the baptism ceremony, realize that this is just the very first step to a life's journey of faith in GOD. Be aware of all the pitfalls of this life and this world. Commit yourself to a pattern of regular prayer, diligent study of the Scriptures, regular fasting to learn the Word of GOD that it might be the framework for the conduct of your life (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; 7:24 - 27; Luke 4:4), to produce the good works that will build you to the Day of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Put all these knowledge into the conduct of your life (Matthew 7:24), seeking GOD's righteousness and Kingdom. This is what GOD's will is for you (Matthew 7:21 - 24). That you should set as your primary focus, and first and over riding priority to establish every thing you do (work and words) to align them with GOD's will that they might advance you towards that goal of everlasting glory.
Do not be shaken by anything. In your life journey as a Saint and Elect of GOD there are going to many trials and tests and temptations. At times you are going to become very confused. Cling on to the things you know for a certainty (Deuteronomy 30:20). That is why it is so important for you to know the GOD of the Bible. GOD is an unchanging faithful and trustworthy GOD WHO never goes back on HIS Word and HIS commitment to you (Psalm 89:34; Judges 2:1). The only one who can fail in your covenant with GOD is you. It is not GOD's will that you should fail (Matthew 18:14).
Obedience is the main thing. In it you demonstrate your faith in GOD exactly as Abraham did (Genesis 26:5). That is why it is very important for you to study the Bible thoroughly so that you may know the commandments, judgment, statutes, percepts and all the Words of GOD. They are your anchor to HIS way and the framework to seeking and knowing HIS will. Always maintain a humble attitude (Micah 6:8; Malachi 4:1), earnestly in all things to seek after the righteousness that comes from GOD. Never try to establish your own righteousness and fall in the pit of bigotry and hypocrisy.
Do not allow yourself to get fixated on anything that is of this temporary physical life be they wealth, security, fame. honour, comfort, health or anything at all. Fix your focus on the eternal inheritance that awaits you after you have endure to the end (Matthew 10:22; 24:!3).
You have a powerful enemy in Satan and all those he acts through. That can include you if you let him channel your thoughts to his direction and orientation. The real struggle of your life is spiritual in nature. The target of that is your mind and heart. These are your emotions (passions and fears), contemplations and reasoning resulting in the decision you will make on what you will say or do and the direction you will take in you life.
Now that you have chosen to go GOD's way, Satan will hate you more than ever, and more than all the rest of mankind. He will pull all stop to destroy you. He will attack you mentally, emotionally and physically through his agents. Your only weapon is your faith in GOD but that is all you ever need. JESUS when HE was a man like you and me, defeated Satan because of HIS faith in HIS FATHER, and YOUR FATHER (John 20:17) if you believe and accept the calling of JESUS CHRIST (Matthew 12:50).
It is a war you can win if you establish yourself in GOD and JESUS CHRIST. Know for a certainty that there will be many battles where you will lose, and sin as a result (Proverb 24:16). Just make sure you don't lose the war by giving up (Mark 13:13).
What Is Baptism?
Baptism is a symbolic but necessary gesture on the part of a repentant person to say to GOD that he or she is sorry and remorseful for sinning and rebelling against GOD, that he or she is now committed to repent from that rebellion to obey and submit to GOD's authority.
In as much at the two trees in the Garden of Eden are symbolic yet carried real consequences. So also is going through the process of baptism. Of these two trees, one symbolized life while the other symbolised death. Adam and Eve ate of the tree that symbolized death so they died and are dead, and all man born of woman since then has an end of life which is death. JESUS CHRIST came born as a SON of man that through HIS death as the LAMB of GOD to pay the full penalty for all mankind's sins, HE would mediate the New Covenant in the Passover with HIS Blood in order to redeem all mankind from this death through a resurrection to life just HE is the first born of this resurrection and now live forever sitting on the right and of GOD.
Baptism while demonstrating the repentant sinner's commitment to GOD, turning from his/her self expedient way, also symbolizes a death to the carnal self (Romans 6:3). That we have buried our carnal self and its 'inherent' self expediency with JESUS CHRIST in HIS death and have re-emerged from the burial to a new life orientation (Romans 6:4, 10) which is opposite of self expediency towards the life of JESUS CHRIST (Mark 8:34; Matthew 10:38) WHO lived HIS life as a SON of man solely and fully committed to seek and do the will of the FATHER (Matthew 7:21). Performing all HIS FATHER's commandments (John 15:10) and doing HIS FATHER'S work (John 10:37, 25, 32; 14:10 - 11), going about HIS FATHER'S business (Luke 2:49).
If you are ready to make this forever commitment to trust and obey GOD then you have to go through the baptism process as ordained by GOD, this is a must. JESUS CHRIST when HE first came as a SON of man went first to be baptised by John before HE started HIS ministry (Matthew 3:13 - 16). JESUS CHRIST kept all HIS FATHER's commandment without compromise, without fail, without faltering (Isaiah 42:3 - 4). JESUS CHRIST lived HIS life as a SON of man as an example for us to follow in HIS footsteps (John 13:15). GOD leads by example and not by lip service.
All the Apostles that were hand-picked by JESUS CHRIST were baptized at their conversions. Every man and woman who wants to make that commitment to turn from their life, repent from their sins and self expediency must be baptized. This is a process that demonstrates as a sign to GOD that you are willing to die to follow JESUS CHRIST in as much as the partaking in the commemoration of the Passover annually is a requirement of your covenant with GOD and JESUS CHRIST. The same commemoration demonstrates your commitment to this Everlasting Covenant as a sign to GOD that you have not turned back to the way of the world following after Satan.
It is the New Covenant sign that you are a begotten son of GOD, a true Christian if your commitment is done in continuing good faith and in genuine sincerity. The Jews today think they are still the people of the CREATOR GOD, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, because they keep the Sabbath, the Ten Commandments and all the Holy days. They DO NOT REALIZE THAT THEY are not the people of the Almighty GOD anymore. That Old Covenant ended when JESUS CHRIST died on the cross. Sabbath and commandments keeping alone no longer signified you as a true worshiper and the people of GOD unless you also having being baptized and having received the HOLY SPIRIT continue to commemorate the New Covenant in partaking of the Passover (on the GOD ordained and JESUS CHRIST instituted day and time) with the New Covenant symbols of unleavened bread and wine representing CHRIST flesh and blood (John 6:53 - 56).
This is the very reason an apostate part of the Church of GOD from the Thyatira period (Revelation 2:20 - 23) which still keeps the Sabbath rest but changed the commemoration of the Passover is not the Church of GOD but Antichrist (Revelation 2:23). Anyone who understand Biblical symbolism will know what sexual immorality is in a Spiritual context. Here is another key, the term 'eating things sacrificed to idols' in the Book of Revelation refers to the changing of the New Covenant Passover commemoration to a manner or time from that which GOD had ordained as instituted by JESUS CHRIST before HE suffered.
How do you get baptized and who can baptize you?
Can you baptize yourself? Can just about anyone baptized you? Now if you have been truthful and faithful and committed, you won't need to ask these questions, because you would have understood it from reading the Christian Bible thoroughly a few times as I have advised.
But for the sake of the “rocket scientists” and also for those who have not done as I have advised, but felt so sorrowful and remorseful of their own life orientation and wants to make an urgent commitment to GOD immediately after understanding all these things (that you have read so far in this work) I will touch a little bit on the baptism ceremony - the 'how' and 'whom' requirement.
As baptism is a death of the self (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12), the process involves the person who is undergoing baptism to be ‘buried’ in the water. That means a total submersion of the entire body of the person for a few seconds. As he or she is being submerged into the water the person under going baptism should pray for forgiveness in his/her heart to GOD briefly confessing his/her sins in sincere repentance. It is a baptism of repentance, not a baptism into a religious institution or church or congregation. Baptism is a necessary symbolic expression of repentance and a commitment to die to the self. To die to the self expediency of the carnal self.
Please read the discussion ‘Christianity — Know The Basics’ in the post ‘Why Create Life Through The Process Of Evolution’ in the blog ‘The Holy Bible Expounded’ to understand the anointing requirement in the conversion process to becoming a true Christian, the true disciples of The LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Who Should You Seek When You Seek To Be Baptized?
Matthew 3:13 – 16
A True Disciple of JESUS CHRIST.
Who is a true disciple of JESUS CHRIST?
Just The Beginning.
For a more complete discussion of the ordained induction process to be a Christian and a member of the Church of GOD please read the section ‘Christianity — Know The Basics’ in the post ‘Why Create Life Through The Process Of Evolution’.
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Last Updated: 2015 07 12
First Posted: 2010 06 06