A Texas Baptism!
I love sharing my latest good report after you read the two verses below. It is one of many over the years! The reason I am sharing this good report is that my friend already spoke in Tongues and that I baptized him in Jesus's name. Jesus set on when, where, what, and whom. He alone ordains the baptism by His signs and wonders.
Acts 8:36-39 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
Acts 10:47-48 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. . .
A certain dear and loyal friend of mine was going through a very low, rough spiritual and physical valley. Satan was bearing down hard on him from all angles. Satan attacked him because he was seeking with all his heart and soul for the next relationship level with Jesus, his God. He is a loyal and just man in the eyes of God. He just did not have the whole Gospel. He did his best with the information he had. The devil attacked him with several physical areas of acute pain and dire congestion symptoms. The devil was also attacked from an employment situation along with other personal situations that was beyond his control.
My friend was at his wits end. In his deepest low, he cried out in prayer for Jesus's intervention. The Holy Ghost told him to go to Big Bend Texas to seek Him. This is a huge national park and very desolate. Cell phones does not even work there. His plan was going to have a pity party at the mountain campsite reading bible verses alone. He wanted to find out what to do next with no interruption from anyone and anything.
A miracle happened. He applied for a week vacation during this busy season and got it. He then by "chance" and by email informed me what he was doing to Big Bend with his problems. The Holy Ghost asked me to ask him if I could join him. I did and he replied a warm Yes! You see, I had done the same thing going to Big Bend alone about eleven years ago. Miracles happened then which saved my marriage. I know the territory and become my friend's mentor and guide. I also ask for a week off from work matching his. To my surprise, my week was also available during my busy work season. Jesus has perfect timing.
During the whole trip, Jesus was with us. Two or more gathered in my name, I am with you. Jesus displayed all His glorious wonders to us. We made friends with the campground host who was Southern Baptist and we had "church" several times. The devil tried several times to disrupt this trip but the Holy Ghost had His way and prevailed for us. His word was covered in much detail at the campsite and all over the national park. There in the mountains, my friend had confessed he had already spoke in tongues several times. All he needs to do was to be baptized in Jesus's name for his remission of sins. I shared with him this message baptizing in Jesus name and showed him he will have the Spirit of Adoption crying "Abba, Father" to Jesus. Abba means "Daddy". My friend's eyes and soul opened to these words and wanted to be baptized. Well there was no suitable water deep enough to baptize him and all the other places I know were not available due to swift high dirty waters.
The Holy Ghost cut our trip short there at Big Bend and led us to The Davis Mountains State Park. We took a very scenic route there traveling along the Rio Grand River Road from Big Bend to Presidio and then to Fort Davis, Texas. This is truly one of the world's most beautiful highway. We seen majestic mountain passes, deep canyons, steep winding roads, and other wondrous sights what God had made. We used "awesome" far too many times. I longed for my motorcycle! The Davis Mountains State Park is located four miles from Fort Davis. We stayed at the Indian Lodge, which is located in the park.
Again in a busy summer with hardly any room at the inn, Jesus made available a suite at the inn for us. They had a swimming pool. We unpacked our gear and promptly went into the pool. The water was very clean and chilly. We were shaking a bit from the chilly water. The Holy Ghost fell upon us and we were moved in His Spirit. After a few minutes, Jesus allowed me to baptized my friend in Jesus's name for the remission of his sins and he shall receive the Holy Ghost. The water was now warm to us. We tarried in the pool worshipping and giving Jesus praise and thanksgiving for what He has done. We did this for what it seems 10 to 15 minutes. When we came down from worshiping Jesus, we got chilled again. We then got out and the Holy Ghost told me to anoint my friend in oil healing him from all his physical and mental ills. It was done.
The rest of the stay, Jesus really blessed us some more exploring the McDonald Observatory nine miles away. We had an awesome day and night there seeing our sun and then stars later that night. All pain and suffering was greatly reduced and we basked in His Holy Spirit all day. Jesus was with us there also.
Within 24 to 36 hours, all Satan's attacks ended. My friend became a new man. The old man died. By his faith, he died with Jesus and then he rose with Jesus. All his pains and symptoms were healed. When he returned home, he learned the employment and a personal situation became a null and void. We gave praise and thanksgiving to Jesus for such a wonderful trip.
Jesus fixes all! Jesus saves!! Amen!!!