People often ask me, “how long have you been saved?” I always thought the day I was baptized was the day I was saved and born again. I thought baptism would do its own work in my life and the gift of the Holy Spirit would allow me to sit back and enjoy the ride. I thought after baptism I would have a supernatural shield of protection around me, blocking all sin from ever entering my life again. After all, I did agree to leave the old life behind and die to old sinful ways. I anticipated this new life to be easy, never realizing it was actually the beginning of a battle to walk faithfully with the Lord.
My new walk met me with immediate attacks from the enemy. Sin brought me down again and again leaving me to question whether I had really been saved. It wasn’t until a couple years after my baptism that one of my dear friends and mentors taught me that Christ followers are in a spiritual battle every single day. You see, the enemy doesn’t have to fight for you when you are already walking with him. But as soon as the enemy knows you have been washed by the blood of Jesus, he rallies his army and begins to fight against your salvation.
Jesus was tempted by Satan after His baptism as well and He used the weapons God gave Him to fight.
He used the Word, which is sharper than a double-edged sword. He obeyed the Spirit as He led and He continually professed His love for God.
I believe my moment of salvation was when the Father made His Word clear to me, the Son overwhelmed me with His unconditional love, and the Holy Spirit led me to obedience. It was when these three elements and my personal relationship with Jesus made a permanent home in my heart that I was truly saved and armed for battle.
If you have recently been baptized or are new to your walk with Jesus, know it’s not going to be easy and there will be times you want to give up. I encourage you to have faith, believing the Lord has equipped you with everything you need to fight the battle. Read His Word and spend time with Him daily. You will soon discover, the rewards are far greater than the fight.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12 NLT