Monday, September 16, 2013

Alive in Messiah

Well, one of my daughters came to me a few weeks ago asking to be baptized.  The girls have also been asking to go back to a park we went to last year during Tabernacles.  As we had an appointment in that area we had a combined trip to the park and then to the Minnesota River for the immersing of my 3 oldest daughters still at home.  The river goes through the park and has a water fall.  However, we went to a secluded county park a little bit further west and north for the baptism.
































this is looking downstream from our baptism spot.

This shot is looking upstream.

Mat 28:18 And יהושע came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Mat 28:19 "Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit,

Mat 28:20 teaching them to guard all that I have commanded you. And see, I am with you always, until the end of the age." Amĕn.


 Abigail professing faith in Yahshua HaMashiac and His atoning work on the stake for forgiveness of sins.  Emersion is representing death to our flesh
Rom 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were immersed into Messiah יהושע were immersed into His death?
Rom 6:4 We were therefore buried with Him through immersion into death, that as Messiah was raised from the dead by the esteem of the Father, so also we should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have come to be grown together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also of the resurrection,
Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was impaled with Him, so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, to serve sin no longer.
Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been made right from sin.
Rom 6:8 And if we died with Messiah, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
Rom 6:9 knowing that Messiah, having been raised from the dead, dies no more – death no longer rules over Him.
Rom 6:10 For in that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to Elohim.
Rom 6:11 So you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to Elohim in Messiah יהושע our Master.
Rom 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in its desires,

Rom 6:13 neither present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to Elohim as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to Elohim.
 Joanna, professing her faith in the atoning work of Messiah Yahshua.  Believing in faith to a newness of life in Him who shed His blood in our place. 
Rom 12:1 I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.

Rom 12:3 For I say, through the favour which has been given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he should think, but to think soberly, as Elohim has given to each a measure of belief.

Eph 2:8 For by favour you have been saved, through belief, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim,
Eph 2:9 it is not by works, so that no one should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah יהושע unto good works, which Elohim prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


 Charisa is the one who originally came to me with the request for Baptism and then we asked the other two and they whole heartedly desired to follow the command of Elohim.




 Oh what joy we have in being obedient to the commands of our Master and Savior.



 More upstream shots of the Minnesota River.
Being here in the river and looking at the beauty around us we are reminded as we die to selves and arise to new life in Messiah, He plants us where He desires us to be.  We can flourish only as we remain in Him

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man who shall not walk in the counsel of the wrong, And shall not stand in the path of sinners, And shall not sit in the seat of scoffers,
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the Torah of יהוה, And he meditates in His Torah day and night.

Psa 1:3 For he shall be as a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That yields its fruit in its season, And whose leaf does not wither, And whatever he does prospers.


 When we went back to the van to change into dry clothes we saw a wild grape vine.  It reminds us we can do nothing good in and of ourselves.  We must cling to the vine in order to be fruitful.  All our being and life comes through Him who gave His life for us.
Joh 15:1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener.
Joh 15:2 "Every branch in Me that bears no fruit He takes away. And every branch that bears fruit He prunes, so that it bears more fruit.
Joh 15:3 "You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you.
Joh 15:4 "Stay in Me, and I stay in you. As the branch is unable to bear fruit of itself, unless it stays in the vine, so neither you, unless you stay in Me.
Joh 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who stays in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit. Because without Me you are able to do naught!
Joh 15:6 "If anyone does not stay in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up. And they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
Joh 15:7 "If you stay in Me, and My Words stay in you, you shall ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.
Joh 15:8 "In this My Father is esteemed, that you bear much fruit, and you shall be My taught ones.
Joh 15:9 "As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Stay in My love.
Joh 15:10 "If you guard My commands, you shall stay in My love,1 even as I have guarded My Father’s commands and stay in His love. Footnote: 1See 14:15.
Joh 15:11 "These words I have spoken to you, so that My joy might be in you, and that your joy might be complete.
Joh 15:12 "This is My command, that you love one another, as I have loved you.1 Footnote: 1See 13:34, 15:17.
Joh 15:13 "No one has greater love than this: that one should lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14 "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

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