Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Mark Day 2

And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. Mark 1:10

Be Ready!  We get ready by repenting, but we are made ready by receiving.  It is the Holy Spirit that makes us ready.  It is the Spirit that fills and flows through the heart that is committed to Him.  It is the Holy Spirit who brings the authority of heaven into our hearts.  He makes us ready to walk in the authority of heaven because He is the authority of heaven.  Jesus was baptized in obedience to the will of God and He was baptized according to the want of God.  Baptism is a public declaration of a personal decision to live with God and for God.  The Father loves our desire and decision to live with Him and in Him and for Him.  And He fills us with His Holy Spirit so that we can live with Him, and in Him and for Him.  It is the presence of the Spirit of God that makes us ready for this life.  We are not ready to live for Him until we are ready to receive Him.  This is not a religious decision but a relational decision.  We declare that decision in and through baptism.  If we want to be baptized with Him, we need to be baptized to Him.  The Holy Spirit reveals Himself in the repentant heart of the one who is ready to die to this world and be raised to live in His world.  Be ready by being filled with the Holy Spirit.

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