The reason I was baptized is because I wanted to follow Jesus. By the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ, I have known the power to overcome sin – especially those ‘pet’ sins. But just because I’m baptized, it doesn’t mean I don’t get tempted anymore. I just know that through the power of Jesus Christ, I am able to come off more than conqueror!
The Christian life has been a great blessing to me and I would say to all who are reading this – of course it has its ups and downs, but that’s life, and we can’t do much to fix that. “All trials that are received as educators will produce joy” God’s Amazing Grace p. 76
One of the methods I use to combat sin is memorized Scripture. It is especially effective on those besetting sins. One of the main scripture sections I use is Romans chapter 6 (the entire chapter). When I am tempted, I pray for victory, and then repeat the chapter to my self, naming the sin that I am being tempted with, and I always have the victory when I completely yield myself to God. Romans chapter 8 is also good to use in combating temptation.
Being baptized is a wonderful event, and so far, I have never regretted it. One thing that I often think about and which is a great source of comfort is the thought that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit pledge themselves to help us in our Christian walk, and that our names will be written in letters of gold in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
I enjoyed studying the Bible with Br. Gerson because I found it interesting. My favourite subjects were of Jesus’ soon coming. While Satan often made it difficult to study by side-tracking my mind, I tried to remember to choose not to be side-tracked, and prayed to God to send the devil and his tricks away. It always worked, praise the Lord.
I would strongly recommend to any one who is thinking about studying for baptism to do so. It may look hard; we may have little ‘pet’ sins that we don’t want to deal with, but are ‘pet’ sins worth missing out on heaven, eternal life and happiness? I don’t think so! Don’t fear about being bombarded with temptations that are greater than you can bear, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear .” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Being baptised doesn’t mean that it is all rosy and happy afterwards. Because when you are baptised, you change from civilian clothing and are called to wear a soldier’s armour. That is when Satan will attack you the most. But if we claim the promises in the Bible and pray, we shall not fall, unless we choose purposefully to do it, then it is a different matter.
So in closing, “Don’t wait till you have tasted the world, because, ‘tomorrow will never arrive, but is like a mirage in a hot and dry desert.’ Today is the day to choose, and I beseech you, choose life today, because tomorrow will never come.” Pilgrims Progress.