Mom’s little miracle.

This is a something that happened to my mom a few months ago. Her father, my grandpa passed away do to complications and cancer. A few years earlier we also lost grandma as well. My mom was mowing the yard on the riding lawn mower trying to hold it together. She was struggling with it. She prayed for a sign to know that they were both in heaven and doing well.

The very moment she prayed it, two butterflies one yellow, and one black landed on her hand. They stayed there for quite a while before they flew away. She took this as a small sign that everything was alright.

Don’t underestimate the little things.

Homemade Teas

This was meant to go with the potions post. You can grow your own herb garden and harvest  ingredients you can combine and steep your own teas. There are a lot of herbs you can grow. Listed here are some of the better herbs and their uses.

ALFALFA: The leaves of this valuable herb are packed full of vitamins A, D, E, and K. Alfalfa is also considered to be one of the best sources of essential minerals.

ANGELICA ROOT: Known in the past as the “root of the Holy Ghost,” this heavenly aromatic variety known for aiding the digestive tract and strengthens the heart.

CATNIP: An age old remedy for chasing away fevers, nervous headaches, insomnia, and various other aches and ills, catnip is also a pleasant tea for everyday use.

CHAMOMILE: Makes a delicious, golden colored brew. Extremely popular in Europe and with women having menstrual problems. Chamomile may not be everyone’s cup of tea because it causes allergic reactions in some. If you’re not sure, try a weak brew and see how you feel. Increase strength and amount consumed as desired.

CLOVER: A delicate tisane may be brewed from the dried flowers of the red clover. This iron-rich herb is considered a wonderful blood purifier.

DANDELION: Everyone knows what this is. They grow all over the yard.  No need to plant in your garden. Just dig it up and save the leaves and brew a tea from them. Dandelion is said to have a slightly laxative effect. Also, the roasted roots are edible. Can do for survival in a pinch.

DILL: A weak decoction of the seeds is reputedly a good remedy for hiccoughs.

GINGER: A spicy spice that is warming. Mix with a tea for those chilly wintry nights. It has a strengthening and cheering effect on the body.

HOREHOUND: An old-fashioned remedy for coughs and colds. Promotes perspiration and has a laxative effect if taken in large doses. Makes a bitter brew, so sweeten generously with honey or sugar.

RASPBERRY: Leaves from the red raspberry bush make an energizing and nerve-soothing tea that is also supposedly good for canker sores and sore throats.

SAGE: A delicious Old English tea that makes a good tonic. Said to make hair grow, relieve pain in the joints, quicken the senses, and aid the memory. Better than coffee for a quick pick-me-up.

Peppermint: Helps with indigestion and a soar throat.

Hibiscus: Good for lowering blood pressure.

Lavender: Some use it in tea, but I recommend lavender water. Just soak them and let it take on the properties. It is said to protect from spirits. Sprinkle it around the area and yourself to keep any lingering spirits from attaching to you and following you home, when out at a cemetery or some similar place. (Like a hospital)

Of course with all these, don’t drink them all the time. Too much is bad for you and can be dangerous it large doses. Drink responsibly.

 

Spiritual Weapons

If you want to fortify yourself against demons, spirits, or evil influence there are a number of options. With the rise in interest in the paranormal there are more people than ever playing with the occult who are not prepared for it and this can cause problems for them as well for those around them. Some even dable in magic and hexes. Or maybe you just wish to strengthen your faith or be ready to help someone in need.

To start off with you should confess to God everything you can think of. This strengthens your faith, increases your righteousness and purity of spirit. It is how you should begin anything of this nature.

You can use the sign of the cross to strengthen your faith and focus. Also you can use the crusader’s oath below.

The sign of the cross  or blessing oneself or crossing oneself, is a ritual blessing made by members of many branches of Christianity. This blessing is made by the tracing of an upright cross or + across the body with the right hand, often accompanied by spoken or mental recitation of the trinitarian formula.
“In the name of the Father, the Son, and othe Holy Spirit”

The motion is the tracing of the shape of a cross in the air or on one’s own body, echoing the traditional shape of the cross of the Christian Crucifixion narrative. There are two principal forms: the one—three fingers, right to left—is exclusively used in the Eastern Orthodox churches and the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church of the Byzantine and Chaldean Tradition; the other—left to right, other than three fingers—is the one used in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, Anglicanism, Methodism, Lutheranism and Oriental Orthodoxy

Crusaders’ Oath
In nomine Patris+ et Filii+ et Spiritus Sancti+. Amen
(In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit)

“Cruce,dum Spiro, fido, Deo duce, Ferro comitante”
“While I breathe, I trust the cross, with God as my leader and my sword as my companion”

Prayer for protection

Simple enough. Pray to God for protection. Construct your own prayer. Use your beads if you like. Be as vague or specific as you wish. Some like to get down to specifics. Flood, fire, civil defense or protection for the unborn. Clear your mind. Get rid of any clutter and focus on Jesus. Picture him in your mind. Imagine his love as a cloak of light surrounding you and wrapping you in his arms. His warmth, his love, his strength.

DO IT YOURSELF INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANSING YOUR HOME AND PROPERTY AND YOURSELF.
Sprinkle a few grains of salt in every corner of every room in your home. (If you vacuum it up while cleaning, just reapply as you’re vacuuming. Sprinkle or spray Holy Water on every wall, floor and ceiling (including closets and baths) in your home, and use blessed oil to seal your home and yourself with the sign of the cross on the outside and inside of each door and in the center of your own forehead. (For cleansing homes I mix the exorcised salt with water in a ‘clean’ (preferably new) spray bottle and spray each and every corner in the house, including closets, water heater rooms, furnace rooms, and also one spray in the center of the floor of each room and once on the ceiling. That way you have no salt on your carpets and when the water dries, the salt remains. The exorcised salt makes the water exorcised water also.)

Also say a prayer in each room to bless it and to ask for protection. Or some just use the standard Lord’s prayer.

These are exorcism blessings for salt and water. Only posting in English. If you want the Latin version google it. (+) is when you should make the sign of the cross over the water or salt)

Exorcism of Salt (necessary for Exorcism of Water)

O salt, creature of God, I exorcize you by the living (+) God, by the true (+) God, by the holy (+) God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Elisha the prophet, so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcize you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled; every apparition, villainy, turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit; adjured by him who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly implore you, in your immeasurable kindness and love, to bless (+) this salt which you created and gave to the use of mankind, so that it may become a source of health for the minds and bodies of all who make use of it. May it rid whatever it touches or sprinkles of all uncleanness, and protect it from every assault of evil spirits. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Exorcism of Water in English

O water, creature of God, I exorcize you in the name of God the Father (+) Almighty, and in the name of Jesus (+) Christ His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy (+) Spirit. I exorcize you so that you may put to flight all the power of the enemy, and be able to root out and supplant that enemy with his apostate angels, through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

O God, for the salvation of mankind, you built your greatest mysteries on this substance, water. In your kindness, hear our prayers and pour down the power of your blessing (+) into this element, made ready for many kinds of purifications. May this, your creature, become an agent of divine grace in the service of your mysteries, to drive away evil spirits and dispel sickness, so that everything in the homes and other buildings of the faithful that is sprinkled with this water, may be rid of all uncleanness and freed from every harm. Let no breath of infection and no disease-bearing air remain in these places. May the wiles of the lurking enemy prove of no avail. Let whatever might menace the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by the sprinkling of this water, so that the health obtained by calling upon your holy name, may be made secure against all attack.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Pour exorcised salt into the water, in the form of a cross)

May a mixture of salt and water now be made, in the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, Creator unconquerable, invincible King, Victor ever glorious, you hold in check the forces bent on dominating us. You overcome the cruelty of the raging enemy, and in your power you beat down the wicked foe. Humbly and fearfully do we pray to you, O Lord, and we ask you to look with favor on this salt and water which you created. Shine on it with the light of your kindness. Sanctify it by the dew of your love, so that, through the invocation of your holy name, wherever this water and salt is sprinkled, it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit, and dispel the terrors of the poisonous serpent. And wherever we may be, make the Holy Spirit present to us, who now implore your mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Sign of the Cross

You can use the sign of the cross to ward away evil. Also the saliva of a righteous man is an age old talisman for warding away evil. In a pinch if you do not have holy water on hand and you are spiritually pure at the time you can use your own saliva. You can lick your thumb and mark a cross on a wall or on the forehead of a person you wish to bless.
If you encounter evil on a lonely road or back alley you can spit on the ground and say a prayer. It may seem a little crude, but it does make sense. God has made us holy so our dna which is in the saliva is holy as well. As long as you confess your sins and strive to remain holy and don’t give in to the worlds (if it feels good do) attitude.

Jesus even used his own saliva in the Bible. John 9:1
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

More can be found on http://www.getridofghosts.org

Christian Adventurer’s Almanac: Seasons

Genesis 1:14 “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,”

God gave us seasons and times for change. Those were all part of his grand design. By observing nature we can recognize the changing of the times.

There is lore about the spiritual battle between day and night and light and dark. God separated the light from the dark. Now they battle to take control. As they seasons change for half the year the light (summer/ spring) rules and for the other half dark (winter/fall) rules. There are also old Irish folklore about the two fairy Courts. The Unseelie Court, the vicious and bloodthirsty fairies. Also called the Winter Court. and the Seelie Court, the more reasonable, but still mischievous fairies (nature spirits) also called the Summer court.

Summer

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Summer Solstice The longest day of the year. By that i mean the day with the most hours of daylight. If you have a lot to get done this is the best day to do it. After this day the days will begin to get shorter and nights will get longer. They wont be much noticeable until closer to the next equinox.
Easterly winds from May 19 to the 21 indicate a dry summer.
If there are many falling stars during a clear summer evening, expect thunder. If there are none, expect fine weather.

Half way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice is the festival of Bel-fire. This signifies the changing of the time of Earth to the time of Fire. From this day to the Summer Solstice the elements are overlapping and is a time when the p-brain between the spiritual dimensions are thinned.

Winter

winter.jpgWinter Solstice The first day of winter. The day of the longest night and shortest day. This is the darkest and coldest part of the year. On this day, Day begins to win the age old battle and beating back Night. From this point the amount of daylight will start to increase and the amount of darkness will start to shorten until the spring equinox and the day and night are about equal again. By now all the grass is dead and turned brown and the trees are all bare. However this season is not without it’s beauty. We all love to see the snow and ice. When the white blanket covers the ground and makes all things look pure and clean. Many cultures view winter as the end, but also a new beginning. As one year ends an new year begins with the coming of spring.

Winter is the time of year when the earth rests from it’s work. The planting and harvesting time is over and families lived off of what they stored up the rest of the year. Things are a little different now with all our modern technology, most people don’t even think about it anymore, but this was a dangerous time for many. There is a lot of superstition about this time of year. It is called the Darkest days, not just because of night being longer. If you didn’t store up enough you wouldn’t have enough to feed your families. This could drive some to desperation including attacking others to steal what you need or just starving. So proper planning was important to surviving the harshness of winter.

Halfway between the Fall Equinox and the Winter solstice is the day of Samhain known better as Halloween. It is celebrated by lighting large bonfires believed to be protective. People would set out food for the spirits of their departed loved ones who were thought to come back to visit on this day. A good celebration was thought to ensure a good harvest and livestock season. This day was thought to be a good day for divination as the mystical energies were strongest. I will do more about Halloween separately.

Fall

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There’s an old weather proverb that states, “If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter.”
Trees snapping and cracking in the autumn indicate dry weather.
Of autumn’s wine, now drink your fill; the frost’s on the pumpkin, and snow’s on the hill.
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1993
It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Half way between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox is the day of Lammas. This marks the ending of the time of fire and the time of air. The days between are a time of overlapping. This is a festival of the first harvest. Usually celebrated with competitions of strength and skill. Two groups would spar off and build a tower and top it with a flag. At the appointed time the two groups would compete in a capture the flag sort of event. Also a time for matchmaking if you know a yenta.

Spring

spring.jpgVernal (Spring) Equinox This marks the first day of spring. Day and night are almost equal again. From here the days will start to get Longer and the night will get shorter until the Summer solstice the longest day of the year. This is the time for new birth. The flowers start popping up and birds start showing up with their songs. Furry critters come out of hibernation. Even worms start coming up out of the ground. This is the time for planting.
There is an old folklore that you can stand a raw egg on it’s end during the equinox.

Spanning from March to June, that is from the Spring Equinox to the summer solstice, the Spring period is the Earth period. When growth is most abundant. This is the time of Earth.
Candlemas is the halfway point between the Winter solstice and the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox is the official end of the time of Water and the Start of the Time of Earth. The Winter solstice is when Night is strongest and Day is weakest. Candlemas is the point at which Day starts getting stronger again. Taking back the daylight hours and at the equinox Day and Night are about equal and then Day starts winning until the Summer solstice when it is at it’s strongest the longest day of the year. So from the time of Candlemas to the Spring Equinox is a period of overlapping elements. Water and Earth overlap and this is the time when you will see the most storms and weather changes.
So what is Candlemas. It is a day for celebrating the home and family basically. As the weather tries to change between winter and spring there comes with it rainy and sometimes stormy weather. The earth is being baptized in a way. The end of the old year and beginning of the new. This is a great time for getting baptized yourself if you haven’t’ been. At this point you have been cooped up inside mostly and the weather should be getting better and winter is ending. Now is a time to start getting your home life in order. If you are a homesteader then now is the time to get ready to plant. On Candlemas you start your Spring Cleaning. You light a fire in the fireplace or hearth and light candles in every room and ask God for blessings for your home and family. Sprinkle holy water around in each room. Hang a Brigid Cross over your entry way for protection of your home and family. Since the coming season will bring with it lots of rain and storms. Change out your bed clothes and fresh sheets. Time to start anew. Clean home and soul.
Candlemas also signifies the beginning of the Time of Water and Time of Earth overlap. This is a dangerous time spiritually. This is a time when the P-brain (membrane between dimensions) is weak and it is believed that spirits can cross over more easily. Both good and bad ones. It is a time when loved ones can visit the living, but also demons or evil spirits can take advantage of divinations to cross over and attach to people. You must be careful and pray to God for protection to cleanse you and your home from lingering spirits. Make sure by the end of the Spring Equinox to sweep them out the door and pray to God to seal your home and protect it from any coming back. (well the bad ones anyway)
The Green man is a common spiritual symbol for this time of year. He is a protector spirit of nature. Old Christians have a problem believing in such spirits, but i don’t see it as a problem. I don’t see why we can’t believe in nature spirits and such. God created all things and as long as we aren’t worshiping them as gods, this doesn’t go against any beliefs or practices. He is often seen on historic buildings and decorations on old churches. If you have ever visited any you probably have seen a few. He is depicted as a man or face with a body made of vines or leaves. Sometimes the vines are coming out of his nose or mouth. My witchy friend has a green shirt that has his face on it and wears it during the spring when we celebrate Spring.

 

Christian Adventurer’s Almanac

Cosmology:

Genesis 1:1-26 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”

In the beginning God created all things. Science tells us that the universe had a definitive beginning most refer to as the big bang. From this beginning primordial substances erupted into a form of chaos. God with his mighty power formed all that exists by shaping this primordial (prim) substances. He set the laws of the universe and set it’s limits.

God created the Earth and all it contains. He set the skies, the waters, and the land. He Formed the beasts, the birds, the fishes and mankind. This exists on the physical plane of existence. Here we have life and the elements that we can observe with our eyes, where all the fields overlap. The Earth is the third planet from the Sun. It’s exact position is a miracle in itself. For even an inch to far in any direction would make life unsustainable. We would be too close to the sun and would over heat or we would be too far from the sun and would freeze.

Apart from the physical world, many believe in what is called the astral planes. The spiritual field that exists where the spiritual beings reside. It is generally separated in to 3 to 4 sections. First is the immediate plane called the astral plane or just spirit realm. The place of the ghosts, spirits, angels, demons, ect. Usually depicted in movies as being directly connected to our own. When we pass on we go directly from our body to this realm. Able to see it, but usually not able to interact with the physical.
From here we go either up or down. Up to Heaven. The resting place for good souls and place of the angels and throne of God. Not much is known about Heaven. Few people have had near death experiences where they believe they have glimpsed it. They have described forests and ponds, but also roads and bridges. There is a documentary called searching for Heaven that describes these.
Going in the other direction is Hell. A place of eternal torment, where evil souls go. Described as lakes of fire. Eternal disconnection from God and any form of joy. A great chasm is said to be between the two. Preventing anyone from going to or from. There is a story in the Bible that tells of a rich man who went to Hell and from there he could see the poor man Lazarus. He was in torment and asked for Lazarus to give him some water, but God told him he could not go from Heaven to Hell to do it and the rich man begs him to send Lazarus to tell his brothers of his torment to prevent them from following him into Hell. Some who have had near death experiences have felt themselves being gripped tight and pulled down through darkness and feeling the worse pain and depression they have ever experienced. As well as suffocating.

Other realms that make up our universe consist of morphic fields.
The realm of the Mind is refereed to by the Greek as the Akashic records. The Field that stores the collective knowledge of all people. The records of history, thoughts and knowledge. Everything we learn and think is stored here and we access it using our physical brains to send and receive. It is proven that our thoughts have a substance and a vibration. The Global Consciousness Program has proven that humans are connected on the same mental level. This is not telepathy. It is shared knowledge. If one person knows how to operate a machine then someone else on the vibrational level who sees this same or similar machine will instinctively understand it and know how it works as well. People who seem to have memories from past lives and memories are thought to be connected to this field more strongly than others. Xenoglossy is a scientific study of people who have had a head injury and become fluent in a language they previously didn’t know.

You get what you put into it

Matthew 13: 58 “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

Everyone thinks of God as this being who is going to fix everything in their life, or that he is some kind of wish granting genie. That as a Christian he is required to do something for you. The truth is he already has done everything for you he is required to do. He save you. Everything else is just gravy. It is true, that he will be with you forever. He will likely do things for you, many of them you wont even be aware of. He will never abandon you.

Everyone reads the Bible and sees these miracles that he performed. They think that they are entitled, and when or if they don’t happen they get discouraged. Their faith falls and then they may even blame God for their lack of faith. Because if he just did this or did that they would believe. Seems like I read that somewhere.

The truth is, however, that you get out of the relationship what you put into it. If you are only reading the Bible ,and many aren’t even doing that, and not following God’s guidelines for life he CAN’T work in your life. Don’t take that statement too far. He is likely working in small ways trying to get your attention. Sending certain people to talk to you. Putting certain people in your path. Maybe even bringing you to this page. When Jesus traveled through his hometown they didn’t believe in him. He couldn’t heal many or do many wonders in their sight because of that.

God knows how hard the world is to live in. How the worlds standards have fallen, but he hasn’t changed. his standards haven’t changed and we still have to live by them. It isn’t easy. he knows that. He forgives, if we are sincere. He wont smite us because we stumble. Not every bad thing that happens is God’s punishment. Stupid people cause stupid crap to happen and sometimes  we get caught in the whirlwind. He will help you through it though. The closer you draw to him the more he can do in your life.

What you have with him is  a relationship. You have to put into it to get anything out of it. He has standards for life. He is a big boy. He can handle it when you stumble. Even when you hate him at time and yell and curse at him. He understands how you feel. He can be patient while the storm rolls by and he will be waiting when you draw back to him.

There are two books I can recommend. Not a fan by Kyle Idleman. And How to pray when you are pissed at God. Can’t remember who wrote it off hand. Both are really good. Not a fan give you a lot of information about living God’s way, and the other a lot on prayer and how to pray even when you are in a bad place. If you can master that then you can master prayer.

Baptism

Baptism

So you’re standing near a man waist deep in water. You’re nervous. All eyes are on you. Someone places a hand on you and pushes you down. The cold water moves up around you. Over you arms. Your shoulders. It moves over your face. For a moment the world disappears.
Silence.
There is an absence of sound.
Darkness.
There is an absence of light.
Cold.
There is a absence of warmth.
Your senses are gone. Everything you received from your senses is gone.  It is as if you have moved out of the world you knew. In that moment who are you. What are you. If the world you knew is gone, what are you then. What are you now.  Up. You move up. Sound rushes back, light rushes back, warmth rushes back. You are not what you were. You are still you, but not the same you. You are the same, but now different. You are a something new that didn’t exist before.

Baptism is how we show our commitment. It is like a second birth. We go down into the water and we leave the old man there. The person we were. We are made new creatures in Christ. We are not just committing our lives to God, but also to not living as who we were anymore. After becoming a Christian everything we were or did no longer matters to God. He wipes the slate clean. If there was any baggage you have been carrying, let it go. Be made new again. This is part of your identity in Christ Jesus.
So, Jesus was baptized and we model our lives after him. That is why  do it in most cases, but what does it really mean. There are actually two types of baptisms. The physical and the spiritual. We must have the spiritual, which happens automatically when we become Christians. The physical is the one most thought of. Where we go to the front of the church and  get dunked under the water. Both serve an important purpose.

Lets start with the physical. It is a symbol of our new life and the joining of ourselves with Jesus. When we are baptized we are joined with him in his death and also in his resurrection. The old us dies and is crucified with him and we are made a new creature in Christ Jesus. Born again. Emerging from the waters is symbolic of a new birth.

It is also considered a type of minor exorcism. The devil will flee before such statements of faith. Before dunked you are asked  to make a public confession of belief in the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is the main purpose of the  physical baptism. As it is said, Confess him before man and He will confess you before the Father. The physical baptism is not required for salvation, but many who become Christians want to do it for the public statement before people for the above reason and because Jesus did it in his life and wish to follow in his steps. It is good to have such memories to fall back on when times get hard. We can place this moment as the moment we were born again and the start of our new life with God. When you are baptized in a church setting by a pastor you will usually receive a dated certificate and a bible. Being the Christian adventurer you are you may opt out of the church baptism for the outdoor lake baptism like in the bible. It is how Jesus was baptized and how Philip baptized the Eunuch in Acts 8. 38”And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.”

Anyone can perform a baptism, as it is from God not man. If the church setting is not for you and you don’t want to wait and wish to be baptized immediately as you are reading this. You can have anyone you wish to perform it. There are only a few requirements.

  1. You must be a believer. You must understand the basics of being a Christian. That all are sinners and that Christ Jesus was the son of God come in flesh and died for the remission of sin.
  2. That this baptism is not a requirement of salvation. It does not save you and only by Jesus is salvation found.
  3. The person officiating must also be a believer.
    If you are planning to be baptized there are a few things you can do to prepare. First search your continence. Then pack a change of clothes and a towel. Don’t forget underwear. It is a good idea to pick something easy and fast to change out of and into. Your first set of clothes are going to be wet. Wet clothes are heavy and hard to get off. When i was baptized by brother Jarrell Woodhull, in our little church i brought a plastic sack with a change of clothes in it. I thought i should look nice and dressed in a long sleeve button down shirt and even an undershirt. Bad idea. It was wet and heavy and got tangled up when i tried to take it off. My shirt clumped and got caught on my glasses. My pats legs rolled tight and i couldn’t get my foot out and my boxers rolled up. Go simple. T-shit and jeans or even shorts would be a good idea. It took me a while to change because i was self conscious and the changing room was just a little open room and the pastor stood just out the doorway that had no door and waited for me to change out of my wet clothes and i was embarrassed to get completely nude. But, this was a small church with little rooms. If this is a concern or embarrassment would keep you from following Christ just talk to your pastor before hand. It is understandable and something can be done about it.
                              The Spiritual Baptism. This is performed by God at the moment we begin to believe. It is when the Holy Spirit come into us to live and teach and to guide us in our lives. He never leaves us. This happens when you are hearing the word or reading it, or maybe right now as you are reading my blog and making the decision to become a Christian. The Holy Spirit moves into you and makes his dwelling there. You accept that Jesus died for you and He begins working in you to root out all evil. He will slowly start to change you for the better. This happens suddenly and without bells or whistles some even wonder if it has happened. If you believe in Christ Jesus, then it did, don’t worry about it, but this is another reason why some desire the physical baptism as well. Some believe that the Holy Spirit is given at the point of physical baptism. In the story of Jesus’s baptism the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, but later on the apostles and many other later received the Holy Spirit without being baptized again and many without being baptized. So being physically baptized in water is NOT a requirement of receiving the Holy Spirit. If you want it you may receive it. If you are not certain right now ask. God doesn’t hold back any good thing that is asked for in faith. He will send it straight away to anyone who asks. While your at it ask for wisdom.
Some practice the Christening. The sprinkling of water. Usually over infants. A sort of dedicating them to Christ. They will still have to make the decision when they are older to be baptized. This is more for the parents and God parents. They make a public statement to raise the child in a Christian home and teach them Christian values. They also use this ceremony to name the child. This is not a baptism, but is sometimes called a baptism. My dad was baptized in this manner when he was in the hospital as an adult because he had a trake in his throat and couldn’t be submerged in water. It was close to the end of his life and he wanted to be baptized. The pastor at the hospital did it for him after talking to him a while to make sure he understood salvation. It is not liked by most Baptists such as us, but when the person is incapable of being properly baptized, there is no real harm in it. It is only an outward statement of faith after all.
Also in a like manner, in Catholicism there is the rite of confirmation which is the point at which a person is mature enough to understand the law of God and to be held accountable. Usually in their teenage years. Similar to the bar mitzvah in Jewdism. The idea is you are not an adult and will be held accountable for breaking the law. Before this your parents were responsible for you and in teaching you. In confirmation you take on a saint’s name. One that you identify with and you add their name to your own as a sort of second middle name. The idea is that you study their life and learn from their examples. I have done this because it is now a secret name between me and God. If i were to receive a messenger from God they will know this name. It is a way of testing them to know they are from God. Also if you believe in black magic (which is mentioned in the Bible) curses are more effective if the caster knows your full name. Thereby adding this extra name adds to protection. Not that you need more than God for protection.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and find a nice cold lake and take a few friends or your survival team and get baptized. In fact get your whole team baptized. This would make a good start for your journey together. Dedicate your lives and families to God. This will prepare you for the hard times to come. Good bonding experience too. If you have already been baptized (some say not to do it again,) but i say go ahead. No harm. Do it as a group. Some are more comfortable that way.
The usual formula for the ceremony is that the one who is performing the rite goes out first and states why they are there. Asks the person to be baptized to come out to him. He then asks him, “Do you believe in Jesus Christ as the son of God and accept him as your lord and savior who died for the remission of sins.” The person being baptized will say “Yes” and he goes on to say “Then I baptize you in the name of the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” Bend at the knees a little and support your weight too. They will lower you into the water and then pull you back up. Hold your nose and close your eyes. After that is done everyone sometimes sings a hymn.
                     So why should you go through with the water baptism if only the spiritual baptism is needed for salvation? The physical act of the baptism is important. It is a public display of faith. Not for everyone who is watching, but for you. It is you moving forward. It is easy to do something and then stay right where you are. (spiritually) Doing something especially in a public setting gets you out of your comfort zone. Doing something physically causes something spiritually as well. Starts changes inside. Makes you more determined.  As long as you are serious about your commitment. It is about taking that first step. Once you make the first step the Holy Spirit help you take another and another. But fear can cause us to stall out. Back away. Stay where we are. Where we are comfortable. Taking the physical baptism is your first step in a new life with Jesus.
            Further, It is an act of faith. It is the first step to further your faith. Faith needs action behind it. It can be a tangible force that effect the world around it, but it must be put into action. Faith is power. Strong faith can act as a defense, a shield, or a guide in times of uncertainty, an inner strength and calm when troubled. A grounding force to keep one from flying off the handle or loosing control. Faith is an expression of the person who brings it and is shaped by their beliefs and moral compass. Faith does require a commitment. A loose commitment will result in weak faith that will falter and fail quickly.
Here is a simple certificate you can print out and use if you like.
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