3 Things That Strengthen Our Walk

“I’m baptising you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭3‬:‭11-12‬ MSG)

When I read this a picture comes to mind demonstrating a process of events that provide us with the perfect way to walk with Jesus. We need certain things to happen otherwise we are walking in our own strength and not in the fullness of God.

We need the IGNITION that comes from knowing Jesus. Friends can help kickstart stuff, we can even have some great ideas ourselves but we need the kingdom life IGNITED within us to really make a difference.

We need the FIRE of God within us. Ignition sets the fire ablaze. The fire of the Holy Spirit changes things. The power of the  external is not as important as the power of the internal. Let’s remember that we have the same Spirit in us that raised Christ from the death.

We need all the rubbish to be BURNED up. I love that Jesus is in the clean up business. When we keep the fire of God burning, we create an envrionment where rubbish cannot accumulate. Lets give Jesus permission to clean up what needs removing from our life. Walking is easier when we don’t have as much to carry.

As we choose to continue our walk with Jesus let’s keep the fire ignited and the clean up always on the go. That way we don’t walk in our strength but by the Spirit of God instead.

How about we take a quick inventory: is the fire of God ignited in me? Are there things I need to allow Jesus to clean up?

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Matthew 3: John the Baptist Meets Jesus

You know what, it doesn’t matter that when you read the Bible something amazing doesn’t jump out of every verse. Sometimes just reading it is enough. The stories become familiar and a picture of God’s sovereignty is painted. That can only be good for you.

I love John the Baptist. He didn’t care what people thought. He cared that he did what he was called to do. His job…to shout about the Lord. To make way for Jesus. Love the brutalness of it. A no nonsense message…

Stuff like v8…’Produce fruit in keeping with repentance’. Now there’s a message!! There’s a challenge to actually not only be productive but to be productive in the right things. How many times I don’t hit the mark on that one.

Then the exchange between John and Jesus. How incredible is that. I wonder, is it a picture of integrity on Jesus’ part, to be baptised by John? I don’t know. It was obviously a significant moment for them both. If Jesus needed baptism how much more do we need it. His though was not for repentance as he had no sin to wash away but maybe it was more for God to reveal Himself, to make a declaration to the world about who Jesus was.

Wesley describes the heavens opening as ‘a glorious manifestation of the ever – blessed Trinity: the Father speaking from heaven, the Son spoken to, the Holy Ghost descending upon him’. (v16 & 17) Now he could enter into that which he had come to accomplish.

Thank you God for your Son.
Thank you God for your Holy Spirit.
Thank you God for baptism – not just for repentance BUT in the power of the Holy Spirit so that I can accomplish all the things that you need me to.