Monday, August 4, 2008

Believer's Baptism

She's not saved because she was baptized; she was baptized because she is saved! Hers is not a testimony of stark contrast in lifestyle. Her story will not sell books. The miracle of her salvation is between her and her Savior, alone.

The Great I Am works in the deceitful hearts of ignorant people...

...convicting us of our inherent sin, hidden sin, and sinful actions...

...terrifying us of the debt of never-ending death due for the payment of that sin...

...making available the perfect salve in His Son, Jesus--His bloody death on the cross being the only balm strong enough to bridge the gap between Heaven and Hell...

...regenerating our arrogant hearts...

...to desire the Truth and be able to say, "Yes Lord! I believe!"

And when we die to ourselves with that confession--when the payment of our sin is wiped from our account and moved to that of Jesus the Christ, it is as being buried with Him in the grave and raised again to new life in the One Who lives again, and still lives, and lives forever more!

She has decided to follow Jesus, and with this public proclamation, there is no turning back. Jesus be praised! We are free--free to live in, and serve the Light. And whomever will, may come. Will you?

28 comments:

aswewalk.com said...

Amazing grace He shows toward us.

MiPa said...

Praising Him for the work He is doing in her. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Martie said...

Watching a baptism ALWAYS brings a tear to my eye. What grace it represents - what power He has and what love that He drew, called and brought us to Himself.

Beautiful pictures of a wonderful day of testimony and declaration. Praising the Lord with you.

What a joy to see our children making our faith their very own!

Blessings,
~Martie

missy said...

That was beautiful!

Helen said...

Awesome. Thank you for sharing. I am praying for such relationship leading to such a day in the lives of my two.

Dawn said...

So some cry at weddings - I ALWAYS cry at baptism services - they are wonderful.

I love that the amazing grace of God can prevent us from getting into "stuff" he would need to save us from. Praise His name.

sara said...

beautiful!

Heather said...

Congratulations! I prayerfully await the day when BB will, God willing, make that choice for himself. I've seen baptisms in a baptistery, a pond, and a creek, but never a pool before! Was it your daughter's decision to wear solid black, or is that what your church does?

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

Our church is pretty small, not too old, and has no robes yet. The dark colors were for the sake of modesty. :)

Brenda said...

Oh, that last picture got me!!!!! Beautiful--what a joy! I cannot wait for the day when my children do the same...

Thanks for sharing!

sethswifeforlife said...

I was baptized in a swimming pool myself! A time I'll never forget!
Blessings to your sweet daughter as she grows in her faith and makes wise choices to please HER Savior!

Tammi Kay said...

My daughter was just baptised last week. She, too, shared the testimony of one raised in a Christian home but deciding to publicly, personally, take a stand for Jesus Christ. Thank you for sharing Fifi's special day.

Miss Sarah said...

Hi! I've been lurking here for a few months now, and finally had to say something. Congratulations (is that an appropriate word?) to Fifi!! Thank you for your stand for Christ -- and for blessing us by sharing this special event.
(I don't mind if this doesn't get posted -- just wanted to let you know this.)
Sarah A.

Why 2nd Cup of Coffee? said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Madeleine said...

Glory be!!!

How beautiful! And the saints are rejoicing.....

:)

Free In Christ said...

Beautiful.

Julianne said...

Praise be to God! What a miracle that she was chosen by Him and when this life is done, you will have eternity to spend together. I know I am looking forward to this day in Lily's life more than any other. Thank you for sharing!

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

That's wonderful!! And I love the last picture... just beautiful!

Robin said...

Wonderful post! Isn't it beyond wonderful when our children claim and profess Jesus as their own?!
Not just what we've been so diligently teaching them.

I also enjoyed your post on making choices.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Wonderful and great post. I loved what you had to say about baptism and salvation.

My heart always heaps with joy just knowing that another one has been added to One of the Lord's churches. May God bless her life and use her in a great way, His way. connie from Texas

HOPE said...

I LOVED this...wonderful example and the photos so sweet. She is precious.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful moment and testimony to the WORLD!

God bless..
HOPE

JAN said...

Martie, up at the top of all of these comments, took the words right out of my mouth. She literally put into words everything I was thinking and feeling as I looked at these pictures.
Thank you for sharing such a special time with all of us.

Terry, Ornament of His Grace said...

How beautiful. There are no words to express my joy...

Welcome to the family, Fifi!

Keri said...

So beautiful!
My big son was baptized last year.
It is so wonderful when you see your child take that step of faith.

celadon2 said...

congratulations!

God Bless

Robert said...

Julianne said it so well above but I just had to comment as well. We rejoice with you. And oh how we long for the day when Lily follows suit. :)

Real Talker said...

Amazing. Salvation is always miraculous to me. That is a beautiful child and even more beautiful now that Christ is living on the inside!!! I got chills reading this post.

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

Actually, the Spirit of Christ has been living on the inside of her for awhile. But thanks for rejoicing with us over her public proclamation.