Lorna the Baptist

This story is about a young girl growing up in a country called Bolivia.
Her mother has three children by three different fathers.
The mother’s sister is wealthy but will not help her financially.
When the young girl becomes a teenager the Aunt worries about her safety and decides to confront the absent father.
He has ignored his daughter for years; he has not given any child-support to help with her clothes or schooling.
He has a very good job with the railways and lives in another town a few hours away by train.
The Aunt goes to see him on behalf of her niece without telling anyone what she is doing.
She tells the father that she is worried about the young girls’ situation.
He gets convicted and agrees to let her come to live with his new family.
He also agrees to make sure she finishes school.
On the day the young girl leaves on the train to go to her new home, there is a very emotional scene as she parts from her mother.
The girl is quite distressed for the first few months as she settles into her new environment.
The greatest change she experiences… is at her school.
At her last school she was the daughter of a woman in poverty and shame.
But at her new school she is the daughter of a wealthy father, an important man about town.
At her old school she was treated badly in every way.
Now she is treated with respect.

I have mentioned before that my wife Lorna grew up without a mother or father.
When she was saved, she had to make some difficult choices.
One of the families that she had lived with, were not Christians and they were trying to influence her away from her faith.
Meanwhile at her job she had met a Christian lady who befriended her and supported her in her Christian experience.
This lady introduced Lorna to her church, which was called, “New Life Ministry Centre.”
Lorna went there for a few weeks and while sitting in the Sunday service she got convicted to get baptised in water.
After her initial high from getting radically saved, she had been going through a period of intense wrestling.
She felt a tug-of-war going on in her life and she was confused and distressed by what she was feeling.
As soon as she came up out of the “waters of baptism” she knew that the battle was won. Up to this time she had very little teaching on these things, but she somehow knew that being baptised had caused things to shift in the invisible realm.
Her heart was at peace.
Looking back on this time in her life, she now completely understands what was going on and how significant her decision was to get water baptised.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son.
[Colossians 1:13]

Water baptism gave Lorna a way to express her faith publicly… by doing an action.
During the time when she felt a tug-of-war going on she was trying not to doubt.
But the attack on her mind was intense.
After her baptism she knew without a doubt that a powerful choice had been made that no-one could deny.
Lorna had sent a message to the enemy that was clear.
She had moved on… she was no longer living in spiritual poverty; she was now living in her Heavenly Fathers kingdom.
One thing she noticed, was the influence of the non-Christians diminished.

The story of the young girl in Bolivia is a very different story to Lorna’s but the underlying principle is similar.
They both had to move on; they both had an old influence replaced by a new influence. They both went from poverty to wealth.
They both had a new family.
Also they both had someone intercede on their behalf.

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
[Hebrews 7:25]

The peace that Lorna experienced came about because she was convicted to do an action and then she obeyed.
This would have been good for her conscience.

This water symbolises baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.
[1 Peter 3:21]

After Lorna was saved, she needed direction and certainty in her life.
The church she went to believed in full immersion baptism, so when she went down into the water they pushed her completely under the water so there would be no doubt that she was baptised.

The scripture that best describes the situation for Lorna is in James 2:22
“You see that her faith and her actions were working together… and Lorna’s faith was made complete by what she did.”

Lorna’s advice to someone who is experiencing a time of intense spiritual battle is…remember your water baptism, remember that you were translated from the influence of darkness into the influence of the kingdom of God.
Remember it was an action that cannot be doubted.
It is a fact that cannot be undone.

“forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”
[2 Peter 1:9]

Lorna likes to remind the people she cares about… that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
And when she sees them go through a season of doubt, she tells them to stop worrying about their many areas of unbelief and focus on something they can believe in completely.
The un-deniable fact that they were baptised.
When reminding people of these things Lorna often observes an instant change in the persons face.
She knows this truth works wonders and she has faith, because she acknowledges the faith of the person who was baptised.
Lorna tells them, “You showed you have faith by your action.”
She leaves them in a better place than when she found them.
They didn’t believe they were a person of faith and now… Lorna has been able to show them that they are a person of faith because they did an action that proved it.
Water baptism is an action of faith.
The person who is baptised will always need their memory refreshed so they don’t forget.
Lorna loves to refresh their memories.
As her husband I find her very refreshing and I hope you have been refreshed by reading about water baptism and how important it is.
Please realise that you are a person of great faith because you did an action of great faith.

Tony Egar

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