He who conceal his sins will not prosper
Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit,For true repentance; There will be a change in our lifestyle. Change in our behavior and actions. Be slow to speak and quick to listen.
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Remember that New years' resolution can not change you.
Baptism of fire is the cleansing process - of purification through the Holy Spirit.
Why was Jesus baptize?
He approved to John ministry. To fulfill all righteousness. Jesus is modelling (or doing) what needs to done, in short He is giving an example.
Baptism is not a religion or way for us to be saved. It is the act of obedience and repentance of sins.
Jesus lived on this Earth as 100% man though He was God.
The Dove - symbolism of the Holy Spirit; purity and peace.
We never pray or make the dove an altar.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
As we face the new year 2011 let us marked some essential words here:
1. Let us throw off/cast "everything" that hinders and sin which can easily entangles/trap us.
2. Let us run with perseverance and endurance.
3. Let us fix our eyes to Jesus / focus on Him.
4. For He is the author (Alpha) and perfect (Omega) He is the Beginning and End.