WARNING DREAM! now that the inauguration is over – Prayer for Shift in Governmental Authority

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Prayer for Shift in Governmental Authority

 Father I take a stand and rise up in faith and agree together with all the saints and heaven that it is written: “‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my good pleasure'” (Is. 46:10b).

Father I cover the first 100 days of the Trump presidency and onward by agreeing in the spirit concerning heaven’s decision to appoint Donald Trump as president of the United States. For it is written in Romans 13:1-3, Daniel 2:21 and Daniel 4:17, it is God who appoints those in authority to accomplish His will!

I agree in unison with the saints to cancel and bind up all the plans of the enemy to thwart the Fathers plan for this new White House, for America, for the church, for the nations and the coming great awakening harvest.

We cancel and abolish the scheme of the evil one to do as much damage as possible to this new president, administration and those who are coming to occupy this new territory. We cancel and abolish the plans of the evil doers to do harm and rob us of our peace of mind and confidence in the Lord.

The Lord has said, “My Word is enough!” And Gods Word ratifies and determines every court case in heaven. Regardless of the arguments presented or threats delivered, it is the Judge’s final word that settles the case. Lord strengthen our faith and trust in YOU to do what YOU have promised.

God’s plans are sealed in heaven regarding this shift in governmental authority, and I take a stand with all the saints and agree that Gods word and promises are secure. Father we avert the enemies intrusion into this process by the power of our agreement in prayer.

Father we evict the collective mindset in this land built against the Kingdom of God and Your righteousness, and we evict it by our collective unity in prayer. We have been given the authority and access to occupy this territory by Gods command, and that is enough to bring the divine protection needed. Lord release your angels of protection over your warring saints!

Father we decree justice, arrests, indictments and convictions of the evil doers who have committed treason and every sort evil against America, the people of God and other nations, especially Israel!

We rise up in faith and agree in prayer that the enemy is bound and that the Word of the Lord stands over this nation and will not be revoked. I stand in the truth of God’s victory and that America will fulfill her destiny as a sheep nation and a discipler of sheep nations in these end times!

Satan is an illegal squatter, and it is God Who has given us the authority to speak peace to the land and to this process of governmental shift in order to accomplish Gods will.

I stand in the confidence of a good Father whose pleasure it is for us to enter this new season. It is His joy for us to take down the giants in the land and take our place as His sons and daughters.

Father may Your sons and daughters truly become the MATURE sons You have called us to be as we do Your will by exercising our authority that You have given us through Christ Jesus.

Lord strengthen us for this journey and teach us how to rest and war in order to avert the device of satan to wear out the saints!

We pray this in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!!!

(Sarah Beveridge – https://mygodandyoursjesuschrist.com/)

Last Appeals from Various Leaders Concerning the 2016 Election

Dears Saints,

I have been very quiet during the lead-up to the election because I have been in the process of moving and because the Lord led me to just pray for His will. He gave me two very powerful dreams about Donald Trump, and YES I have actually already voted for him because of what the Lord has revealed to me. I will share those things soon.

Jesus Christ has plans for His church and for the United States of America and it will be Donald Trump who will make the conditions possible to fulfill those things. BUT WE MUST BE IN PRAYER THESE LAST DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION!!! Satan is trying to destroy Gods plan and it is our responsibility to pray it through!!!

The spiritual warfare over our nation right now is very intense and the battle has been fierce. I can’t believe that in the midst of this I had to move house. It has made me a broken vessel. But the Lord has quickly refreshed me and I am continuing in the battle. Please listen to these messages from various leaders the Lord has raised up to speak the truth in this hour.

If you have any doubts about what the Lord is doing, ask Him to put eye salve on your eyes in order to see and ask Him to open your ears to hear. I had an experience in prayer where something was placed on my eyes. The Holy Spirit said “eye salve.” I was kind of surprised by this because I thought I already had eyes to see. But the Lord revealed to me there are layers of  truth and understanding to be had if we want to truly know Him and His heart. We cannot rely on our own understanding in these times when there is so much deception and manipulation.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will direct your paths.

 

Life vs Death over the Nation

Please listen to this woman’s dream. I have the video queued up at 11:35 which is the point where she comes up to tell her dream, and then the interpretation is given. It is a very amazing and accurate dream.

Link: https://youtu.be/0pN4UMx1zvI?t=11m35s

Link: https://youtu.be/ZoIVgN6_1kE

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gei2SFTFakc

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

 

Sheep vs Goat Nation

Please watch the video below with Dr. Lance Wallnau. The Lord has given him an amazing understanding of why He chose Donald Trump in this time to fulfill His plans. This is a complete confirmation of what the Lord started speaking to me about several months ago concerning the future of America as a sheep nation.

I had a beautiful vision where I saw Jesus wearing an old 1700’s linen patriot shirt. He then spoke these words to me, “Sarah, I have a patriots heart.” There is an original intent that was established by our founding fathers and God was absolutley part of it!! I believe that is why Jesus was wearing that old linen shirt.

This experience came after I had prayed and asked the Lord what the destiny is for America. My heart has been very disturbed by all the curses being spoken over the US by those who call themselves “prophets.” We have a destiny that will also determine the destiny of other nations. The Lord has decreed America to be a sheep nation in the end and not a goat nation. But the battle over the soul of America is fierce and will continue to be fierce because satan is not going to give up that easy. In addition, Gods judgment/disipline will come as a consequence for our sins. (Read Hebrews 12:5-8, 25-29.)

Christians have given up a lot of ground because we turned inward and focused on ourselves instead of engaging the culture and being the salt and light we are called to be in the world. Instead, the church became a business where the major concern was growing and opening more churches. That is not what Jesus told us to do!! He told us to go into all the world and make disciples, and that means not only individuals but nations also. Because of America many other democratic nations were born after WWII, and those nations were friendly to the Gospel. This allowed the Gospel to be freely preached. But now, it is almost to the point, if Hillary Clinton is elected, that the Gospel will not be able to be preached openly and much ground will be lost in bringing the Kingdom of God to the earth in this last push to bring in a harvest of souls before the second coming of Jesus. (Read James 5:7-8)

We are not of the world but we must be in it to maintain a witness for Christ. The church has failed this miserably! The prophet Daniel is our example. Daniel is a type of the bride of Christ. He was a governor of Babylon but maintained a witness for God, and never compromised his faithfulness to the Lord.

God is moving to restore the original intent of His church, AND AMERICA, which is to make disciples of all nations. That means we must not stop engaging the culture because that is where the unsaved are! How can we reach the world for Christ if we isolate ourselves from it and let satan be the one bringing his message and furthering his agenda?

Jesus told us a very important parable in Luke 19:12-27. He says in verse 13, “occupy unitl I come.”

In the Service of Jesus Christ,

Sarah Beveridge

 

Link: https://youtu.be/2Z4u2494vHI

Not Baptized Yet? God does something POWERFUL in water baptism!

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

Resources for those who want to be baptized:

Go to “The Last Reformation” map and find a green pin on the map at a location near you. These folks are recommended by TLR to baptize people.

https://thelastreformation.com/#

Teachings:

Restoring the Foundations: Water Baptism ( Sarah B.)

Romans Part 4 Sanctification: Chapter 6 – Chapter 8 (David Pawson)

The Last Reformation- The Pioneer School (Torben Søndergaard)

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ABOUT ME:
I am a scribe and prophetic intercessor ministering on-line since 2008.
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 – get my book here!
https://mygodandyoursjesuschrist.com/

Come out of the Sand, Stand on the Rock and Restore the Salt

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Come out of the Sand, Stand on the Rock and Restore the Salt

By Sarah Beveridge

Last week I attended a “Kickstart” event in Jacksonville Florida that was put on by The Last Reformation. I met up with some brethren to partake of sound doctrine and teaching on discipleship and the true message of the Gospel. It was very powerful and full of substance.

“Substantial”, that’s the word the Lord spoke to me when I asked Him what He thought about this after it was over.

Sub·stan·tial

  1. of considerable importance, size, or worth.

synonyms: considerable, real, significant, important, notable, major, valuable, useful, sizable, considerable, significant, large, ample, appreciable, goodly

  1. concerning the essentials of something.

synonyms: fundamental, essential, basic

There is a substantial move of God to restore the foundations and original intent of the body of Christ in this earth. Many Christians are waking up and realizing that “church” is a construct of man and it is as far removed as you can imagine from what the early church really was and how they functioned in society.

If you have any doubts as to how far we have fallen, read the book “Pagan Christianity?” by Frank Viola and George Barna. The dedication of the book sets the tone for what you will read about in this excellent and enlightening book:

“To our forgotten brothers and sisters throughout the ages who courageously stepped outside the safe bounds of institutional Christianity at the risk of life and limb. You faithfully carried the torch, endured persecution, forfeited reputation, lost family, suffered torture, and spilled your blood to preserve the primitive testimony that Jesus Christ is Head of His church. And that every believer is a priest, a minister … and a functioning member of God’s house. This book is dedicated to you.”

After attending the Kickstart event, the thing that is glaringly apparent to me is that the institution we call “church” today is as far as you can get from what Jesus, the Apostles and the New Testament teaches. The body of Christ is a living organism and we are all called as priests. That means we are all called to be disciples and to make disciples. A disciple is like an apprentice who does what their master does. Our Master gave us a commission to go into the world and MAKE other disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus said that He would be with us when we do this, therefore we need not be in fear of doing it wrong, because how can we learn unless we actually do it? That is what “kickstarting” is all about. Remember Jesus said the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few? This is because the majority of His followers do not obey Jesus.

Furthermore, the harvest is wherever we are called. Whether in our home, our workplace, the marketplace, or wherever. We don’t have to be a missionary and go to faraway places to do what Jesus told us to do, we just need to see the harvest in our midst.

From the Kickstart event, groups were sent out to have lunch and then simply pray for people we came across. We went to the mall and prayed for several people. Although we saw no miraculous healing, it was a great experience to just reach out and show the love of God to others. The people were actually very receptive and I expect that is because God is pouring out His Spirit in these last days.

Sadly, true discipleship is not being taught in churches today. We heard testimony after testimony of regular Christians who sat in church year after year and knew something was missing and very wrong. But praise Jesus many have come out of the dead and dying institution to return to what has already been established in the word of God. A very large majority of the body of Christ, the church, is on the wrong foundation and that is just one reason why the church is so ineffective. The church has lost her salt.

Some Dreams and Revelations

While I was away I had a strange encounter and a dream-vision. I was half asleep and in the spirit I saw a “strange woman” come into my room. I called on the Lord and asked Him what was happening. Then I knew He was there and I saw a vision of a dust-pan with a salt shaker on it. When I woke up I had no idea what it all meant. After praying about it, the Holy Spirit revealed the Lord was showing me how a strange spirit has entered the church. It’s another spirit and not the Holy Spirit. (Read Revelation 17) Because of this other spirit, the church has thrown out the salt. Jesus teaches us what salt means in Matthew chapter 5:

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

Jesus also warns us not to hide our light, but to shine before others, therefore witnessing to others the love and goodness of God.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

But today, for the most part, the church has become focused inward. There is no instruction about being a true disciple and there is very little preparation for the work of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-13.)  Most Christians don’t even know what true “ministry” is and is not. True ministry is following the Holy Spirit and doing what the Spirit leads us to do. Think of Peter in Acts chapter 10. He had a dream, he went to the home of Cornelius and baptized the whole family. Peter obeyed the Holy Spirit although it seemed very strange that salvation was now for the Gentiles, and he would receive push back from the others for doing this.

The Wrong Foundation

There is very much knowledge and gifting in the church today, (Acts 2:17-18, Daniel 12:4) but very little obedience to the Holy Spirit. Just like the church at Corinth, they were the most gifted church, but they were not allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and therefore they became very carnal. (1 Cor 3:1) This is why Paul addressed the foundation in 1 Corinthians chapter 3. For the most part, the church today is on the wrong foundation, and so are many Christians.

I had another dream where the Lord showed me the problems that are caused by the wrong foundation. I had been praying for someone I know and He gave me this dream to show me what their problem is. In the dream the person got up from a desk, which represents “doing work for the Lord” and they stood facing a wall. Then the floor turned into sand and they started to sink. The sand is the wrong foundation.

Matthew 7:26  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Facing a wall meant they will never be able to go forward until they get on the proper foundation. And what this means specifically for this individual and for many Christians out there is that they have not been water baptized for the forgiveness of sin, therefore they are not baptized into Christ and into the body of Christ, and they have not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

This is very critical and is the reason the Lord took several months to deal with me on the subject of water and Spirit baptism. I was absolutely astounded and blessed to finally see that God is doing something supernatural in water baptism and it is paramount to our Christian walk to not only be water baptized, but to get a revelation as to what is happening in water baptism.

Click here to read the article, Restoring the Foundations: Water Baptism

Furthermore, because of much false teaching and misunderstanding of the scriptures, many Christians have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Many believe they already have this, but what they really have is the “earnest, down payment, deposit, pledge” of the Spirit when they believed. (2 Cor 1:22, earnest = G728).

This can be compared to when Jesus blew his breath into the mouths of his disciples in John 20:22. Then they received the baptism with the Holy Spirit 50 days after Jesus ascended to heaven.

Scripture clearly says no-one can come to the Son unless the Father draws them. (John 6:44) Therefore the Holy Spirit is absolutely present in new believers, otherwise they could not be drawn to the Son. But they have not received the fullness of what God intends if they have not been water and Spirit baptized, therefore fulfilling what Jesus spoke in John chapter 3.

“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

Jesus is Restoring the Foundations

There is much misunderstanding in the body of Christ about many doctrines and biblical issues. It will take a monumental move of God to restore these things, and bring about understanding.

The subject of restoring the foundations is something that the Lord has been dealing with me about for a few years now and I expect more is coming in this area. I am just one little maidservant obeying the Holy Spirit in what He wants me to do in this move, which has mostly been to pray.

Praise Jesus the move to restore is in full swing and brave souls are leaving the institutionalized church and instead they are following Jesus. It is a little scary for many. One brother told me that when he got back after the conference he was going to have a talk with his pastor. Although he left the church, he will likely experience repercussions because satan wants to discourage and hinder. But Jesus clearly told His disciples that we will be persecuted, and we can depend on that. And the persecution comes from the very church we were part of.

Saints I encourage you to do some soul searching and check your foundation. What foundation are you standing on? Have you lost your salt, or did you ever have any? These are very important matters because we do not know how much time we have. Jesus clearly told us that our generation would not pass before all the things He warned of were fulfilled. (Mat 24:32). Peter asked us 2 Peter 3:11 what kind of people should we be, knowing that the Day of The Lord was coming? How much closer are we now to that day, and what kind of Christian do you want to be?

To God be the Glory,

In Christ,

Sarah Beveridge

 

Below are some resources to help you, please explore these and use them:

Find other disciples in your area and get kickstarted. (Note that I am on the map in Virginia.)

You can also find someone close to you and get water and Spirit baptized:

https://thelastreformation.com/network/

Understand that the FULL Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Learn about what the true Gospel is and is not. ( Hint; its not “say this little prayer.”)

The Pioneer School

Get Discipleship Training in the US at the Acts 2 School:

http://thelastreformationusa.com/acts2/

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 emersion 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:

Tabernacle of Moses PNG (2)

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