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In our home church we’ve been studying Romans. On Thursday night we were talking about Romans 6 and how our baptism is a picture of Christ’s death and resurrection.

I was listening to Steve Bremner’s Fire On Your Head Podcast and he interviewed Carlos A. Rodriguez. They got talking about Jesus’ baptism and how God tore heaven open.

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased." - Mark 1:9-11 NASB

You can check out the interview here. The segment I’m reacting to was at about 36 minutes in and went for less than three minutes, but the whole podcast is worth listening to.

This got me thinking about how this relates to Romans 6 and the believers baptism.

Christ’s baptism not only a fulfilled all righteousness, like He said to John the Baptist, but it gave us a picture of what was coming for all of us upon His death and resurrection.

When He was baptized, God tore open the heavens. I love what Carlos A. Rodriguez (check out his blog, HappySonship here) says about this. When you tear something, it’s not because you are planning to sew it back together. It is a destruction. God tore the heavens open and Jesus walked under an open heaven every day of His life.

At the crucifixion of Jesus, God tore the veil in the temple open, once and for all. It was not for the priests to sew back together. It demonstrates that like Jesus, all who are in Christ now walk under an open heaven. No longer do we need to sacrifice yearly for our sins to make atonement to the Lord, so that He will hear our prayers. Now the veil is torn—the heaven open—and we are free to commune with God the way Jesus did. We have the same access to heaven as Jesus did. The store house of heaven is open to us. God's rich supply is as available to us as it was to Jesus.Need direction for your life? Need healing? Need provision? Need comfort? Heaven is open and God is talking.

Not to mention, in the same way as the Father did at Jesus baptism, He poured out the Holy Spirit on us so that we can walk in newness of life. We are new creations—a new species—no longer sin-natured. We are now God-natured. We are not living with dead spirits, suffering from the curse of Adam’s sin. We have living spirits—having been breathed on by the breath of God—inhabited by the Holy Spirit—and benefitting from Jesus’ own righteousness.

Like Paul tell us in Romans 6 when he's talking about our baptism as a demonstration of the fact that we now walk in newness of life—life with an open heaven—with a torn veil and a new spirit.

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. - Romans 6:4 NASB

Hallelujah!

That right there is some good news!

Ben NelsonHey, thanks for coming by.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

See you again soon.

Ben

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Today I listened to one of the best podcasts I have ever heard. Steve Bremner, the host of "Fire on Your Head" podcast interviewed Author and Speaker Eric W. Gilmour who really rocked my world. There are a few minutes of podcast business and personal stuff from Steve, at the beginning which are good, but then once the interview starts, a few minutes in, you will be blessed and challenged by what God speaks through Eric and Steve.

I am praying that you will either listen on line, or download the podcast and give it a listen. Near the end Eric gives some really practical "how to" type info that I am going to put into practice tomorrow morning.

Steve's podcasts are always worth listening to.

Click the link below to get to Steve's sight and the podcast that will change your life.

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Experiencing God’s Presence with Eric Gilmour | Podcast | Fire Press.

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There is no Christianity without experiencing God. Yet so many people admit that they have a difficult time experiencing God’s presence or hearing God’s voice. Why is this and how can we fix that in our own lives?

This week we have Eric William Gilmour on the podcast and he passionately shares about cultivating a union with Christ and walking in intimacy with Him.

Eric is a graduate of the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. Thousands have been touched by his audio compilations and writings around the world thanks to Fire On The Altar site that used to house them and now can be found at AgonyPress. He seeks to stir the church to fall back in love with Jesus through provocative preaching, writing and audio video materials. He currently ministers full time with the ministry he founded called Sonship International.

Experiencing God’s Presence with Eric Gilmour | Podcast | Fire Press.

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Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

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Ben

I want to share a wonderful book I read (listened to) this week.

I met Steve Bremner on Twitter this week, and for signing up for his newsletter I received an audio copy of his book:

Six Lies People Believe About Divine Healing

I love this book. Steve does an outstanding job bring the light of the Bible to some extremely common misconceptions about divine healing.

He does word studies from the original language and teaches from both Old and New Testaments to expose six common errors of interpretation.

Here are the lies he debunks:

It’s Not God’s Time to Heal Me

I’m Not Good Enough to Deserve Healing

God is Teaching Me A Lesson Through Sickness

Sickness is Merely the Way Some of Us Die

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be Healed

I Didn’t Get Healed the First Time Around so it Must Not be God’s Will to Heal Me

If any of these statements ring true with you, I would highly recommend this book. Read it with an open mind and an open Bible and see what Steve has to say.

If you, like me, already believe in divine healing, but would like to see more, and gain a deeper revelation, give this book a read.

Steve’s casual writing Style makes it an easy read.

But here is the big news – This Tuesday Amazon is giving the electronic version away for free!

Ben NelsonEnjoy!

Ben

 

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