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    When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus was also baptized; (in water) and while He prayed, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form (baptism of the Holy Spirit) like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from Heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased." Luke 3:21,22

    Jesus is the model for us to follow and pattern our lives after, He was baptized in water, baptized in the Holy Spirit and then immediately began His ministry by fasting for forty days. His first major battle began when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness saying, "If You are the Son of God command this stone to become bread."

    If? Was there any doubt about who He was and to whom He belonged just having heard from His Father that He was His beloved Son? Are you a son or daughter of God and are you sure about your calling and secure in your faith? If you are baptized in His Spirit as Jesus was you will be able to defeat your enemies, if not, you could be defeated and unable to stand in the evil day!

    The church is no longer a place to go, but a Person to be, the very Person of the Christ, Son of the Living God in us! Christ means anointed, empowered people of God, filled with the Holy Spirit and called into service. We are not called to sit in a temple and listen to a talking head, we are called to transform the spiritual landscape of the planet by the preaching of the gospel and by signs and wonders! As Christ was in the earth, so are we!

    "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me (baptized in the Spirit) to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted. To proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind. To set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18,19

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin