Fast of Daniel nineteenth day
BODY - Task
Identify a bad eating habit and replace it with a good one. Add some fruits, vegetables and salads to your meal today. Continue looking after the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
"And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before." (Job 42:10)
Task: Pray for your guests, who'll join you this Sunday so that they may also have an experience with God. They will be blessed, and you will also be blessed, twice as much!
Meditate on this passage:
"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."
Baptism in water is a person's permanent separation from their earthly life and the beginning of their new life as a true Christian. It is more than a public ceremony of conversion to the Lord Jesus; it is a "burial process" where we die completely to the world and leave our old, sinful nature behind. In other words, once we die to sin through baptism, sin loses control over us.
It is important that people get baptized only after they repent, decide to abandon their life of sin, and accept Jesus as their only Lord and Saviour. Repentance is the first condition for baptism. Some get baptized without repenting; however, these people are not "converted" to Christ, but "convinced" of Him.
What is repentance?
Repentance is a feeling of sadness or regret for a mistake committed. It is important for a Christian to understand what true repentance is because:
1. The sinner must acknowledge their sins. This is the first step towards real repentance. No one can regret something that they don't recognize is wrong.
2. They must hate sin. If sinner doesn't see sin as something that is disgusting and hateful, they will certainly commit that sin again and be enslaved by it.
3. They must abandon their sin. If we don't turn our backs on sin immediately, we will never be free from it. We cannot think that we have overcome a sin if it is still within our reach.
4. They must forget sin completely. The last step for total repentance is to forget that sin, as if it had never been committed.
Task: Consider getting baptized in water, this is a crucial step that cannot be skipped. In case you got baptized before, but you went back to your old ways or you are living in sin, you have the opportunity to get right with God and once and for all, bury your old self through baptism in water.
Talk to your pastor to know more when the next baptism will happen.