Restoring the Foundations: Water Baptism

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Restoring the Foundations: Water Baptism

By Sarah Beveridge

I declare to you that Jesus is in the process of restoring what scripture teaches us about many doctrines, such as baptism’s and discipleship. In order to even begin the process of restoring, we must go back to the early church we read about in the book of Acts and re-learn what was established. Not only do we need to re-learn, but we also need to act on what we learn and become “doers of the word” (James 1:22). I once heard a man of God say “scripture we don’t practice is just theory to us.” I believe this is true!

The Lord has been dealing with me on the subject of restoring the foundations for a few years now. I have had many dreams about this and I believe the Lord has given me understanding and wisdom about His move to restore foundational truths. Primarily, Jesus wants me to pray into this “move of God”, but also document the process of uncovering these truths.

For several months I have been led by the Spirit to study scripture and pray about the subject of water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism. The Lord has given me dreams about this subject in order to bring clarity on what He wanted me to discover in my study and focus on in this article. The subject has many facets, and I kept asking the Lord, what do you want me to know? It is possible more will come later. I am sure there are many questions, like who is qualified to baptize a believer?  My short answer is any Christian, not just a pastor. Scripture teaches that we are priests unto God and I feel very strongly that I will be baptizing many people in this coming harvest.

Hopefully what I am presenting here will help bring understanding to the importance of biblical New Testament water baptism and why it is crucial for believers to realize it was a decree made by Jesus Himself (Mat 28:19), as well as see its spiritual significance and that it is not just a ritual.

In this article I will attempt to accomplish three things:

  • I will show you in scripture that God is doing something spiritual in water baptism and it is not just a ritual of identifying with Christ. (Heb 6:1-2, Col 2:11-12, 1 Pet 3:21)
  • There is only ONE type of water baptism taught in scripture (Eph 4:5) and repentant believers should seek the scriptural water baptism immediately when they believe and repent (new birth) to gain the utmost benefit of what God does in baptism. (Acts 2:38-41, 8:36, 22:16.)
  • I believe the Lord Jesus desires us to understand the foundational truth of the importance of water and Spirit baptism and that these are connected to the whole salvation experience according to scripture. (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Rom 6:4, Rom 10:9-10)

Biblical New Testament Water Baptism

Scripture teaches us these things about water baptism:

  • It is for those who believe in Jesus and trust and confess in Jesus as their Savior (born again) (Mark 16:15-16, Rom 10:8-10)
  • It is for those who repent and turn away from their sins (Acts 2:38-41)
  • It is for the forgiveness of sin (Acts 2:38)
  • It is for the cleansing of our conscience toward God (1 Pet 3:21)
  • It is for baptism “into Christ”; we died with Christ, buried our old man, and resurrected to new life by putting on Christ ((Rom 6:3-7, Rom 8:29, Rom 13:14, 2 Cor 3:18, Col 2:11-14, Gal 3:27)
  • It is for deliverance from evil (demons) (Acts 8:6-8, 12, 1 Pet 3:21)
  • It is for receiving the Holy Spirit baptism with the evidence of speaking in tongues (John 1:33, Acts 2;38, Gal 3:27, 1 Cor 12:13)
  • It is part of the whole salvation experience and scripture taken as a whole and in context absolutely teaches this

For the most part, churches today, which do full immersion water baptism treat it as a symbol and a ritual of identifying with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection to new life. And this is a very important aspect of water baptism. But what I have observed is there are a few other facets to water baptism that are overlooked and misunderstood. Namely, that water baptism is for the “forgiveness of sin” (Acts 2:38), it is to cleanse us from the effects of sin on our mind and conscience, for deliverance from evil (demons) (Acts 8:5-8, 12, 1 Peter 3:21) for obtaining power over sin (Rom 6), and for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Although there are examples in scripture where believers received the Holy Spirit first and then were water baptized, and vice versa, the important thing to understand is that the early church performed water baptism on new believers immediately when they believed and repented.

The church was growing and it took time for them to understand how to do things properly, you can read about the various baptisms in these scriptures:

Acts 2:37-42 the upper room, the Apostles and the 3000 souls added to the church.

Acts 8:5-17 the baptism of the Samaritans.

Acts 8:27-40 the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch.

Acts 10 Cornelius and his family.

Acts 16:25-40 the jailer and his family.

Acts 18 and 19 Apollos and the Ephesian disciples.

Acts 22:16 the baptism of Paul.

I believe the Lord is showing me the importance of new believers receiving water baptism immediately following their confession of faith in Christ and repentance of sin. (New birth.) This is especially important in this time when a great harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God is coming and has already started, and it is expedient that they be water baptized immediately.

The Romans Six Effect

I want to close this section with what the Apostle Paul told the Romans about water baptism, dying with Christ and power over sin. When you read these scriptures in context and mediate on what is really being said in all of Romans chapter 6, clearly the Holy Spirit was showing us the connection between water baptism and breaking the power of sin over our lives. I have heard Romans chapter 6 preached by different pastors and not once did I ever hear them really drive home the connection that the power over sin is through water baptism, which is clearly stated in verses 3-7. When I have read Romans 6 in the past, I completely missed the point and I always wondered, how do I really have power over sin? My prayer is that those of you who have been water baptized but never received this revelation, will get this down in your spirit man. My prayer is that those of you who still struggle with bondage to sin will finally be set free from the power of sin over your life by realizing what really took place when you were “baptized into Christ.” It was not an act of the flesh, God did something supernatural!

Romans 6:1-11 NLT

1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ [in water baptism] so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

 

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What about Baptism by Sprinkling and Pouring of Water?

There are many denominations that baptize by sprinkling or pouring water on the head of a believer, as well as baptize infants and children. I was baptized by sprinkling of water in the Methodist church when I was a child. As a matter of fact my whole family was baptized together by sprinkling of water to signify our membership to the church we were attending. Since I was just a child, I have no recollection of my baptism, and certainly it was not connected to repentance. How can infants and children make a determination about their spiritual condition before God? I have since been baptized by full immersion, but I still did not have the full understanding I do now about why water baptism is so important, but I was baptized into Christ and there is no need to be re-baptized.

Sprinkling water baptism was a departure from the apostolic and early church method of immersion and became a common practice in the western church around the 12th – 13th century. Below are some quotes I found about sprinkle baptism that are pulled from various encyclopedias and resource materials.

“In the time of the apostles, the form of baptism was very simple. The person to be baptized was dipped in a river or a vessel, with the words which Christ had ordered, and to express more fully his change of character, generally adopted a new name. The Greek Church retained this custom; but the Western Church adopted in the 13th century the mode of baptism by sprinkling, which has been continued by the Protestants, the Baptists only excepted. The introduction of this mode of baptism was owing to the great inconvenience which arose from the

immersion of the whole body in the northern climates of Europe. (Zell’s Encyclopedia, Art. Baptism, Vol. I, p. 236).

“Sprinkling as a form of baptism took the place of immersion after a few centuries in the early Church, not from any established rule, but by common consent, and it has since been very generally practiced in all but the Greek and Baptist churches, which insist upon immersion.” (McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia, Art. Sprinkling, Vol. IX, p. 968).

 “Sprinkling was still (in the period of 323 – 692) confined to Baptismus Clinicorum (clinical baptism) and was first generally used in the West in infant baptism in the 12th century, while the East still retained the custom of immersion.” (Kurts, a German Lutheran Historian, in Church History, Vol. I, p. 367).

”For several centuries after the establishment of Christianity, Baptism was usually conferred by immersion, but since the twelfth century, the practice of baptizing by infusion has prevailed in the Catholic Church, as this manner is attended with less inconvenience than Baptism by immersion.” (Cardinal Gibbons, Faith of Our Fathers, p. 318).

As you just read, sprinkle baptism was adopted as a matter of convenience. The problem is that it has no biblical basis in the New Testament. In the New Testament scriptures, in every sense of the word, “baptize” in the Greek language of the text clearly means “to immerse or submerge in water.”

  • Baptize / Baptized / Baptizing – G907 baptizō: to immerse, to submerge
  • Baptism – G908 baptisma: immersion, submersion

I believe the Lord desires to restore the proper understanding and practice of water baptism, and for His shepherd’s to open their eyes and ears and hear what the Spirit is saying to the church in his hour.

For those who have been sprinkle water baptized, I would seek the Lord about re-baptism. Scripture says in Ephesians 4:5 that there is ONE baptism. The word “one” in Greek G3391 means; “only one, a certain one”

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. Eph 4:5

The certain ONE baptism is the New Testament full immersion water baptism as found in scripture.

Water Baptism, Repentance and Forgiveness of Sin

The baptism of John the Baptist was for repentance and forgiveness of sin. (Mat 3:1-6, Luke 3:3, Acts 13:24, Acts 18:25 etc.) John told those he baptized that they were to believe in the One coming after him, and He (Christ) would baptize them with the Holy Spirit. The baptism of John was a sort of transitional bridge between the dispensation of the Law of Moses and the dispensation of Christ.

“John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. Mark 1:4-5

“And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,” Luke 3:3

Water baptism in connection to repentance and forgiveness of sin did not change after the Lords resurrection and ascension. However, the baptism of John was not complete because it did not constitute baptism into the Lord Jesus Christ, who fulfills water baptism.

Scripture teaches us that when the church was born and began to grow, they still understood that water baptism involved repentance and forgiveness of sin. What was added to John’s baptism was the baptism into Christ and the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Peter instructs the church about water baptism related to repentance and forgiveness of sin when he spoke these words as recorded in the book of Acts. He is clarifying that even though many had been baptized by John, they must now be baptized into Christ.

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 NLT

Acts chapter 22 records a scene that took place in Damascus after the conversion of the Apostle Paul.

Ananias speaking to Paul:

‘And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ Acts 22:16

I think it is worth mentioning here that it is important to understand the distinction between the blood of Jesus that “cleanses us of our sin” by atoning for our sin (1 John 1:7, 1 John 2:2) and water baptism that “washes away our sins” through our repentance and God’s forgiveness, therefore we receive a clean conscience toward God. (1 Pet 3:21)

I believe emphatically that there is something deeply spiritual that God is doing in water baptism. If we worship God in “Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24) then why wouldn’t baptism also encompass this reality?  Read on as I expand on this.

Water Baptism and the Flood of Noah

In 1 Peter chapter 3, Peter is teaching the church about water baptism when he points out that the flood in Noah’s day is foreshadow of water baptism for Christians.

Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit. 19 In it he went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. 21 And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you – not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22  who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers subject to him. 1 Peter 3:18-22 NKJV

If you read that scripture in the Amplified version below, Peter says we are saved by baptism in that our minds are set free from inward fear and questioning by cleansing our guilty conscience. (Water baptism does not atone for sin like the blood of Jesus, but clearly it is part of the whole salvation experience.)

Peter also says the water is not washing physical dirt from the flesh. In other words, the act of baptism is not an act of the flesh. But rather, the water is washing away the sin that polluted our minds and is spiritually washing our conscience toward God, when we repent and put on Christ. Peter also says that water baptism delivers us from evil!

Let’s look at 1 Peter 3:20-21 in the Amplified version:

20 [The souls of those] who long before in the days of Noah had been disobedient, when God’s patience waited during the building of the ark in which a few [people], actually eight in number, were saved through water. And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:20-21

If we look at the symbolism of foreshadow of baptism in the flood of Noah I see there is deliverance from evil. Noah and his family were not just delivered or saved by the ark from the flood, which is a type of Christ saving us from Gods wrath. But Noah was also delivered from wickedness and evil when they entered the ark. And the water of the flood destroyed the evil, ungodly and wicked by literally washing them away. I believe this is showing us that deliverance from demons is taking place in water baptism. 

The pre-figure of the flood of Noah teaches us that God sent the flood, and the flood was the end of evil and the beginning of a new life.  Do you see the connection to water baptism? It was God who sent the flood to cleanse the evil!

I believe it is VERY important to understand there is more taking place in water baptism than many of us have previously assumed. Any believer that has not been properly water baptized should be. This will set you on the proper foundation and deliver you from evil and cleanse your guilt concerning your sin and give you power over sin once and for all.

Water Baptism and Deliverance in the Book of Acts

In Acts chapter 8, Philip the deacon is preaching in Samaria.

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city. Acts 8:5-8

12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Acts 8:12

I believe we can surmise from these scriptures that those who were baptized because of Philips preaching of Christ in verse 12 are the same Samaritans he preached to in verse 5-7 who had unclean spirits come out of them.

I believe the Lord is stressing this principle because He wants His people set free and delivered from demons just like they were in the book of Acts. The deliverance of evil can be accomplished in water baptism!

If the pastors and shepherds could see this, they can be a huge help in setting Gods people free.

During water baptism it is important to be led by the Holy Spirit to pray appropriately and tarry with the individual during their water baptism to ensure that all the Lord wants to occur in that water baptism is completed. Including, repentance and cleansing of the guilt of sin, deliverance from demons and Holy Spirit baptism.

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Water Baptism and the Spirit, Soul and Body of Man

I received a word of knowledge from the Lord in 2014 where He clearly said to me “the pattern of the Tabernacle overlays everything.” I wrote about that in my book, My God and Your Jesus Christ, a Letter to my Brethren.”

Here is an image of the Tabernacle I made, click to enlarge:

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What I see in scripture concerning water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism and the Tabernacle pattern is this. The human being is three parts; body, soul and spirit. This coincides with the tabernacle pattern as follows:

  1. Outer Court= body
  2. Sanctuary/Holy Place= soul
  3. Most Holy Place= spirit

Scripture teaches us that the Lord is interacting with each part of us to sanctify our whole being. For example, here are a couple scriptures:

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.          I Thes 5:23

We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. Romans 6:6

Water baptism interacts with each part of an individual in this way:

  1. Body: through water baptism we are set free from demons which reside in the flesh of man, our flesh is circumcised and put off as we put on Christ. (Rom 6:3-5, 1 Pet 3:21, Col 2:11-12, Gal 3:27)
  2. Soul: the soul is comprised of the mind, will and emotions. In water baptism, after we have repented and been forgiven, our soul/mind is then cleansed from condemnation and a guilty conscience. We are given a clean conscience toward God and He does not want us to have shame for what has been forgiven. The soul is cleansed from the effects of sin on our mind and emotions. Therefore we have peace knowing we are forgiven. (Rom 8:1-2, 1 Pet 3:21)
  3. Spirit: our spirit is called the “inner man” or “heart”, this is where the Holy Spirit resides in man. When we are water baptized and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, then Christ has come to make His home in our heart, our inner man. (Eph 3:16-17, John 14:23)

Water and Spirit Baptism is the Entrance to Sanctification

In the outer court of the Tabernacle is what is called the “bronze laver.”  It was a basin, or large bowl filled with water located halfway between the brazen altar and the Holy Place. The priests were to wash their hands and their feet in it before entering the Holy Place.

Like everything in the Tabernacle it is symbolic and relevant to us as Christians. The symbolism and foreshadow is of water and Spirit baptism. It also symbolizes washing of the water of the word. (Eph 5:26)

The laver was located in the outer court to signify that Christians are to be cleansed of their old life through water baptism and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for their new life. The entrance to the Holy Place is then steps away from the laver. Entering into the Holy place symbolizes the life long process of sanctification of a believer and follower of Christ.

Conclusion

Scripture is showing us there is something powerful and spiritually supernatural that occurs in water baptism. There is inward cleanness and peace toward God, as well as power over sin. This is not a ritualistic experience, it is a spiritual experience and God is definitely doing something in water baptism.

There is a string of events occurring just prior to and during water baptism that we need to break down and be aware of. This is important because it speaks to the whole salvation experience. Some of these things we do and some are what God does.

  • We believe by faith and call upon the name of Jesus and put our trust in Him as our Savior (We do this)
  • We repent and change our mind about our behavior, recognizing we have sinned and accept Gods will ( We do this)
  • Our sins are forgiven and washed away and we receive power over sin (God does this)
  • Our conscience is cleansed and we now have inward peace toward God (God does this)
  • We are delivered of evil, demons actually leave the body (God does this)
  • The Holy Spirit comes and “baptizes” the believer and there is the evidence of speaking in tongues (this is the sign given to know a person has received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, otherwise how would you know?) and now the believer is empowered to operate in the gifts of the Spirit (God does this)

Clearly God is performing a string of very spiritual events in water baptism, and it is much more than a ritual. It is a very essential component to salvation. The culmination of all these events is a strong Christian who has been set on a solid foundation that was established by Christ (Mat 28:18-20). They have truly been born of water and of Spirit.

“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

They have repented, been cleansed of guilt, been delivered from evil, received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, made into a new creation, and now have everything needed to overcome sin, operate in the gifts of the Spirit, produce fruit of the Spirit and start a new life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The Lord has stressed to me that we are not to compare ourselves and our experiences to each other, but we are to measure ourselves and experiences according to the word of God. Again I want to emphasize the most important thing is to understand what the Bible teaches about water and Spirit baptism and not to use experience to validate truth. If Jesus is “restoring the foundations”, then obviously He does not want us to compare our experiences to each other but to measure all things according to the word of God.

If anyone has uncertainty about anything the best action to take is to pray and ask the Lord to guide you, and of course study this yourself as we are instructed. (2 Tim 2:15)

Much love to you all,

In Christ,

Sarah Beveridge

 Additional Recommended Teachings about Water and Spirit Baptism:

Romans Part 4 Sanctification – David Pawson

New Testament Baptism – David Pawson Part 1

New Testament Baptism – David Pawson Part 2

David Pawson Teachings on Baptism

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Deliverance and Understanding the Spirit, Soul and Body – Why it Matters to those on the Overcomers Path

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The tabernacle of Moses is made up of 3 sections, the outer court, the Holy place & the Most Holy place. This pattern overlays everything.

 

I have studied the subjects of the overcomers extensively for the purpose of the first book I wrote. I am now researching and studying the difference between the spirit, soul and body for the second book. But in reality I have found it extremely important to understand these subjects thoroughly in scripture in order to grow and mature in my Christian walk.

Let’s see what scripture says about these topics

Jesus overcame to sit down on His Father’s throne AND we are also called to overcome and sit down on the throne of Jesus. He is the FIRSTBORN of many Brethren. (Romans 8:29.)

To overcome means we actually have to overcome something.  Read Revelation chapters 1, 2 and 3 and pay attention to where Jesus says numerous times to the churches; “TO HE WHO OVERCOMES.” Those who overcome will receive the overcomers reward, which is the full inheritance of Gods Kingdom, including to rule and reign with Jesus. To achieve that ultimate reward is symbolized by the Most Holy place in the tabernacle of Moses.

Remember, heaven is a tabernacle and that pattern overlays everything. If you do not understand the tabernacle, then much of scripture will not make sense and you will not fully understand many things.

The Lord told me to study the tabernacle, He said “it is the pattern that overlays everything.” So I set my heart on laying aside all the traditions and teachings of men and just sought the Lord and let the Spirit of the Lord teach me and reveal truth. I highly recommend this to anyone on the overcomer’s path. The truth will set you free indeed!

Who are the Overcomers?

The bride of Christ is the Overcomers who will overcome and sit down on His throne, like Jesus overcame and sat down on His Fathers throne.

Rev 3:21“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

 2 Timothy 2 :12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:,

Also read Revelation 5:10.

The Apostle Paul talks about the whole subject of overcoming very much in his writings. He documents well the struggles he had with his flesh warring against his spirit. The same is true for us.

Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

Clearly Paul is telling us the difference between the flesh, soul and spirit here, and in many other scriptures like Romans 8:12-14.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Clearly Paul is telling us the difference between spirit, flesh and soul and to not let the flesh lead. Sadly that is the problem with many Christians.

Paul tells us we are a three part being. The Spirit of Christ lives in our inner man, our spirit, and that part has been made new and 100 % perfect when we are born again. Our spirit is closed off to access to anyone except God. But the soul and the flesh are still corrupt and we will struggle against it until we die.

Ephesians 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power THROUGH HIS SPIRIT IN THE INNER MAN,  

Romans 7:22 For IN MY INNER BEING I delight in God’s law;

The tabernacle pattern overlays the human being. The Most Holy place (Holy of Holies) symbolizes the spirit of man. That place is closed off and that is where God resides. The Holy Place (the Sanctuary) symbolizes the soul, and the outer court symbolizes the flesh body. There is so much to study here, so I urge you all to study the tabernacle.

Light and Darkness in the same Born Again Being?

Scripture tells us not to have fellowship with darkness because we are to separate from the world, be set apart and love and serve God with our WHOLE being. That includes our mind, which is our soul.

Luke 10:27 So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore ​​“Come out from among them ​​And be separate, says the Lord. ​​Do not touch what is unclean, ​​And I will receive you.”

Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:

​​“Awake, you who sleep, ​​Arise from the dead, ​​And Christ will give you light.”

These scriptures are clearly telling us that we must separate from darkness and reject it, and walk as the light that we became when we are born again. But when we fall back into the world and its ways, or never come out of it in the first place, then our flesh and soul has opened the door for the kingdom of darkness to operate in our lives. That is why Paul taught continually to walk in the Spirit and walk in the light! He said to find out what is acceptable to the Lord. Why would he say it if it were not true? It is a choice we make!

Can a Christian Have a Demon?

Scripture says light has no place in darkness because we are to separate from it, this is our choice!

Even Paul had a “messenger of satan, a thorn is his FLESH.”  A DEMON.

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

Peter spoke with the “mouth of satan” to Jesus in Matthew 16.

22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

There are a lot of Christians out there letting satan use their mouth to propagate man’s interests and human wisdom and not the Lords. Please do not be one of those! God is trying to set His people free with the SWORD of the Spirit, the word of God, as in Isaiah 27:1. The Lord is trying to teach us to use the word of God as our weapon, and if we need a weapon, then obviously there in an enemy that we are contending with.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Ephesians 6: 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,  against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The mind, will and emotions make up the soul of a human being. That is where satan gets his hooks in us if we are not led by the Holy Spirit and continuously filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18), and continually washing our minds with the water of the word of God. (Eph 5:26) AND using the word as our weapon!

The battlefield is in the mind. Satan can afflict and tempt us in our mind, thoughts, beliefs AND the flesh if we do not know the word and come into agreement with Gods word and resist and reject the lies of the enemy.

Jesus was tempted in His flesh and mind by satan and He used the word of God to resist satan in the wilderness.

Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

I’ve heard it said that the greatest lie satan ever told is that he does not exist. In my opinion the second greatest lie satan tells is that a Christian cannot have a demon.  Scripture clearly teaches the opposite.

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

This is why we are instructed to take up the full armor of God. (Ephesians 6:1-10). Each piece of Gods armor is a study in itself and is very important to understand the significance of it.

In addition to the armor, we are to wash our mind with the water of the word. The Apostle Paul also teaches us to use a filter for our mind (Philippians 4:8) and to give our thoughts to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3) These things are attained with practice. If scripture teaches it, then it is do-able. Again, this is about OVERCOMING!

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Jesus is telling us to overcome in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. He is telling us to repent, return to our first love and submit to Him and His ways fully. He also says in Revelation 2:6 that He hates the deeds of the Nicolaitans.  That word Nicolaitans means “destruction of people.”

http://www.blbclassic.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3531&t=KJV

Clearly scripture teaches us that Gods people are destroyed from lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). But also because of the false knowledge and false concepts that are perpetrated by the institutionalized church system controlled by the Nicolaitan spirit working with the Leviathan spirit (pride). If we can’t trust that scripture means exactly what it says, then we can’t trust God, and that is a LIE from hell. Are you going to believe God and His word or are you going to believe the unteachable Nicolaitans who have come into agreement with darkness?

Deliverance is the Children’s Bread

In Mark chapter 7 we read about a conversation Jesus had with a Greek woman about casting a demon out of her daughter. In verse 27 Jesus says something strange; “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”  Then the woman replies “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.”

Because the woman believed that Jesus could cast out the demon, He then spoke a word and the demon was cast out of the child, and she was not even present.

The reason this event is in scripture is primarily to illustrate to us that deliverance is for the children of God. Who are the children of God? The Christians, the believers, the redeemed of the Lord! That is why Jesus said what He did. When a Christian is born again, they are not fully delivered. Their spirit is made into a new creation where God lives in the “inner man.” But many Christians have never been delivered and they simply do not even believe in it, therefore they never fully grow into the overcomers that Jesus desires for us to become.

In addition, this lesson about deliverance in Mark 7 speaks to why it is not wise to cast a demon out of an unbeliever. Because they have not been born again and made into a new creation, they do have the Holy Spirit in them whereby they are able to overcome and walk out their deliverance.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:43-45 that an unclean spirit can return again after we get delivered (have our house cleaned!) and bring in seven more that are worse than the first!

Matthew 12:43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

CLEARLY Jesus taught that a Christian who gets delivered, because deliverance is only for the children of God, can become entangled in the world and darkness and open the door to demons.

This is why James gives the Christian a lesson in getting deliverance and maintaining it. These scriptures are deliverance in a nutshell.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Personal Testimony about Deliverance

I have been fully delivered from alcoholism and have not had a drink or a desire to drink since 2008. My deliverance came about 2 months after I had the Lord reveal Himself to me in the spirit. Although I had walked and known Jesus as my Savior since I was 12, nothing like that had ever happened to me. All I did was simply ask the Lord to show me if He was real. I talk about this in my testimony here at this link. But it has taken many years to get delivered of other things, even though clearly I was born again and walking with the Lord.

Recently the Lord told me to quit eating so much and stop eating cake and other sweets. I realized that once you get delivered of one thing, satan comes in and attempts to bait and switch to something else. And if we are not aware of what is happening, then we become addicted and afflicted. The Lord showed me what I had is “lust of the flesh.” When you crave sugar to the point where you are eating cake every night, something is WRONG! I have undergone deliverance through renouncing this sin, repenting of it and submitting to the Lord. Even though I am still craving sweets, I am submitting to God, crucifying my flesh and resisting the devil, and he will flee and I will be completely set free soon, I know it.

You would not believe the emails I get from Christians about the demonic activity in their lives. They are afflicted with molestation and rape in their sleep by demons, they cannot stop drinking, smoking, masturbation, pornography, abusive behavior and speech toward their spouse and children and so much more. Are they lying that they are born again? I don’t think so. They need to submit to God, repent, renounce the sin, resist the devil and believe Gods word and get delivered. This takes our cooperation, for God will never go against our free will.

So to those of you who say a Christian cannot have a demon, you may have one yourself and are believing the lies of satan! If Christians cannot have a demon, then WHY are they not overcoming the sin?

May the God of Peace Himself Sanctify you Completely

Paul clearly taught that we are a three part being that needs to be COMPLETELY and WHOLLY sanctified.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The tabernacle is a picture of the three parts of man, and really everything related to our walk. The Lord told me the pattern of the tabernacle overlays everything. We are going from glory to glory, as through the tabernacle. I have just touched the tip of the iceberg on this subject of the sanctification of the three parts of man, and in the times ahead I will be talking more about this. In the time being, I urge you all to study this and pray and ask the Lord to reveal it to you.

God is trying to show us something, and many are “kicking against the goads.”

In Christ, Sarah

Leviathan Pride Spirit, the Self of Man, the Dragon and the Man-child

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bunx3aWUJJ0

This message is about the Leviathan (pride) spirit as found in the book of Job chapters 3 and 41. This spirit is the “self of man” and is the root of all sin. The Lord gave me the revelation that this is the dragon of Revelation 12:4 that is waiting to devour the man-child. I had asked the Lord how the dragon would try to do this, and this message contains the answer, through the PRIDE of Leviathan, the 7 headed dragon, who is satan himself!

Leviathan in the Strong’s is H3882. 

This message is of the utmost importance in this hour for those in the body of Christ seeking to be Overcomers in Christ. This is urgent for those who are pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:14). This is for those who are seeking to come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13.)

Click below to download the pdf booklet by Micah Stephen Bell of Key Ministries.

THE LEVIATHAN SPIRIT

A PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE

Father in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus,
Your son and my deliverer. I willfully humble myself before
you seeking deliverance from all pride that has been hidden
in my heart as a son of man. For all the pride, stubbornness
and arrogance that I cannot see in myself, I ask for selfdiscernment
and your great mercy and love toward me to
grant me forgiveness for and deliverance from such.
I submit myself to have a broken and contrite heart that I
not be despised but given healing of my soul as I confess such
great sin to you. Although, the effects of blindness from my
pride does not yet let me see all of the depths of such hardness,
I lay my heart before you for cleansing of all unrighteousness,
as promised, through the blood of Jesus Christ.
For all of the people I have criticized and judged, I ask
your blessings and gracious mercy to be extended to them,
confessing my desperate need for forgiveness for falling into
the snare of Satan as an accuser. Have mercy upon me and
deliver me of the curses brought upon myself by my own sin
and folly.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I renounce and expel every
unclean, foul spirit out of my thinking, my mind, my emotions
and my very flesh. Set me free this day that I may be all you
have called me to be and manifest your glory in and through
my life forevermore.
With Thanksgiving I rejoice and accept your forgiveness
and love.
AMEN

In Christ,

Sarah Beveridge

Speaking forth and Releasing the WORD of the Lord and the coming Move of God

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inLSE20QPeM 

Read the book of Matthew and ask the Holy Spirit for revelation! If we want to know what God is going to do, we need to understand what He has done in the past!!

Releasing the WORD of the Lord

This was dropped in my spirit on December 16, 2015. It was so strong on me that I knew I had to write this down. I have been releasing this by speaking it forth in prayer and declaring this over Gods people.

The move of God that is coming will be in the streets, highways and byways according to Matthew 22:9-10. This will pave the way for the Lords Kingdom that will permeate all of society on the earth for 1000 years. Church will move into the marketplace and society at large. The old tent revival where people came to be healed and delivered is an old model. The new way, which is really the old way when Jesus came the first time, will see a multitude of deliverances done by a multitude of deliverers in the streets, the workplace, marketplace, Internet etc. The deliverers will go to the people just like Jesus and His disciples did. People will be set free, healed and delivered with a WORD! Just like Jesus when He met the woman at the well and told her everything she ever did, we will meet people where they are, give them a clear and precise word, and they will believe, repent and be delivered! Praise God, let it be so Lord!

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ABOUT ME:

I am a scribe and prophetic intercessor in my 8th year of ministering on-line.
In 2015, the Lord radically shifted me to the task of calling the bride of Christ to her proper position at the right hand of Christ. The book “My God and Yours, Jesus Christ” is my first book and it is a very important message from the Lord for those who are called and chosen and have ears to hear that time is almost up, and NOW is the time to make ourselves ready! (2 Cor 11:2, Rev 19:7, Col 3:1, Eph 1:3, 20, Eph 2:6)
Jesus already paid the price and established the victory. It is His will that we walk in that victory and overcome this world! My heart is to see Gods people come to know Him in a deeper way and be the overcomers that He intensely desires us to be. That is my goal as well, since I make no claim to be perfect, I am running the race set before me to win the prize! I am a friend of Jesus…and I just believe God! Maranatha!

My website
https://mygodandyoursjesuschrist.com/

For those seeking Deliverance from demons – demonic attacks – oppression etc.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiWcl0RhJ-E

These scriptures ARE Deliverance in a nutshell!

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 4: 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

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FIND DELIVERANCE MINISTRY IN YOUR STATE:
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Clean Your House and Close the Door to Demonic Attacks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMDffCw-x-E

Bedtime Prayer
(Be sure to repent first.)
I call for the Lord’s Holy angels of protection to come and set up a hedge of protection around me to protect me while I sleep. I ask that a hedge be set up around my home and that no evil can enter into my neighborhood.
I plead the blood of Jesus Christ over my mind, my thoughts, my imagination, my dreams and my entire body, head to toe, and no evil shall come near me.
I ASK YOU LORD TO BREAK ALL PLOTS OF THE ENEMY AGAINST ME. Lord I ask that you break all curses, plots, schemes, hexes, vexes, spells, incantations, divination’s and witchcraft brought against me by the kingdom of darkness.
Jesus I ask for your divine peace.
This prayer is according to the word of God, which I believe by faith. Lord I believe this prayer and I receive it. For “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
In Jesus Mighty name, Amen!

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ABOUT ME:

In 2015, after many dreams and supernatural confirmations, the Lord shifted me to the task of calling the bride of Christ to her proper position at the right hand of Christ. The book “My God and Yours, Jesus Christ” is my first book and it is a very important message from the Lord for those who are called and chosen and have ears to hear that time is almost up, and NOW is the time to make ourselves ready! (2 Cor 11:2, Rev 19:7, Col 3:1, Eph 1:3, 20, Eph 2:6)

Jesus already paid the price and established the victory. It is His will that we walk in that victory and overcome this world! My heart is to see Gods people come to know Him in a deeper way and become the overcomers that He intensely desires all of us to be. That is the goal for myself as well, since I make no claim to be perfect, I am running the race set before me to win the prize!

I am a bond-servant of Jesus Christ…and I just believe God! Maranatha!

MY WEBSITE: https://mygodandyoursjesuschrist.com/