Michael Todd - You Need All Three - Part 2
Hey, what's going on, friends? I am so grateful that you're tuning in for this moment we have together today. And today, the message is so important. It's literally changed my life, and I know if you accept it, it will change yours. Maybe you've avoided the Holy Spirit because well, I mean, honestly it just seems weird. Consider this, Jesus, our example, he needed the Holy Spirit. And I'm pretty sure if Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, so do we. Today I want to walk you through the power, the person, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Let's get The Upgrade.
Number 3 and one, he went down examine snatched the keys of death, hell and the grave. The Holy Spirit knows. He's like they ain't got no power over you. And he asked, why does he have to convince us? Because somehow we believe the lie that we're powerless, but my Bible tells us that we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ, that we have the same power that raised him up from the dead. It lives inside of us. And his name is Holy Spirit. You've got this. That's what the Holy Spirit is. He's a, you got this. You can raise those kids. You can work that business. You can be the boss. Ah. The enemy can't stop you. No weapons formed against you shall prosper. He's convincing you daily that because of what Christ has done, you have been given authority and the enemy has no power. Somebody say we need all 3. I need all 3 of those things. I need to be convinced or convicted that I'm a sinner.
See, the greatest moment of my Christian walk didn't come in a church. It was when I crawled out of somebody's bed that I wasn't supposed to be in, and I was on the drive home, and the weight of conviction that was in that car with me. At the moment the enemy told me I would be feeling good, at the moment that I should have been like we did it, nobody knows. I made it happen. That felt good. At that moment is when the conviction, the Holy Spirit sat in that car with me. And all he was trying to do was convince me, that ain't the way you want to live. You don't to be crawling out of people's beds like that. I called you to be a man of God. I called you to have a family and raise arrows that would be in my hand. I asked you, I asked you, from the time you were in my mother's womb. I knew you. I know who I called you to be. You've been living two-faced. That's the counterfeit Michael right now.
The level of conviction, there was no pastor, there was no preacher, there was no prophet. It was just me and the Holy Spirit. Ah. And he was convincing me. He was telling me, he said you need a Savior! And in that purple Chrysler Sebring I pulled the car over with no worship music playing. You don't need all of this! To give your life completely to the Holy Spirit. On the side of road on my way home trying to figure out how I'd sneak back into my parents' home, the conviction of the Holy Spirit sound me, and I believed I needed a Savior.
But can I tell you more of the story? Three weeks later, I was good for three weeks. I was resolved for three weeks. I knew that God had changed me and transformed me for three weeks. But I got in a moment of weakness, and I went back again, and when I got in the car that time, the Holy Spirit's conviction or convincing came again, but he had a little different tone. Hey. You need to repent. You need to turn from this. Hey, you're going to heaven. Your eternity is secure but your future is in jeopardy. You missed it. Your eternity is secure. You'll spend forever in heaven, but if you keep up this, your future is in jeopardy. And there was a different level of convincing or conviction that came on me that time, and the Holy Spirit was so gently telling me, you're still righteous. You're still righteous. You're still in right standing with God because of what Jesus did, but now you need to embrace right living. Okay. I need to help somebody right here.
So when we talk about righteousness, that is our eternal position. When we talk about right living, that is a process the Bible terms sanctification. This is the process or the journey of being made into the image of Christ. I'll cuss you out today but hopefully six years from now, I'm still not as quick to cuss you out because I've been being sanctified. I've been on a journey of progression. Not perfection. My eternity is secure but I'm trying to get my future in alignment. I'm trying to get in the right place so I can be all God has called me to be. I'm trying to be trusted. So my righteousness, who is convincing me of that? The Holy Spirit. And then it goes a year.
The person that I was falling into this situation with moved away. It felt like I had victory over this. And then they decided to come back, and when I found out they were back in the city, it was like the enemy convinced me you're not gonna make it. You know how easy you fell last time. And there was all these voices. And guess who came to convince me that the enemy had no power over me? The Holy Spirit said bro, she can move in next door but what you have been doing in this last year to build up your inner man, you've been putting the Bible in you. And you can stand like Jesus and say no, no, no. It is written. There are some different principles and guard rails and accountability and the devil has no power over you. And I came to tell somebody you better let the Holy Spirit convince you that the enemy has no power. He has been defeated. He's under my feet.
There's not enough preaching telling you that you have power over depression, you have power over temptation, you have power over impure thoughts. Cast down every vain imagination that would exalt itself against the knowledge of God. The enemy is defeated. And my convincer is the Holy Spirit. Somebody say "You need all 3". I need the Holy Spirit to do that in my life every day. You need all three. And some of you haven't even gotten one of those. You're watching this message right now and you still think you can live any type of way, and you have not been convinced that you're a sinner and you need a Savior. And so that means you have not been made right with God. And that means the enemy has been able to telling you all kinds of crap. And the crazy thing is you believe it. We need all 3.
Look at Hebrews 6:1. I gotta go to the Bible this entire sermon because I need y'all to get this. I got stopped in my tracks. Y'all know your pastor is on a journey of progression. I don't act like I know everything about the Bible because I don't and any pastor who does, run. We are all on a journey of becoming. I've read this scripture in Hebrews 6 a thousand times but when I was saying you need all 3, the Holy Spirit was showing me something that we need all 3 of that I've never seen in my life. Let's see if you can figure it out. It says, so let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ. Any scripture that starts like that, beware.
So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become, what is that cuss word? Mature. Oh. In our understanding. Surely we don't need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds, and placing our faith in God. Watch this one. This is where it got me. You don't need further instruction about baptisms. You don't need further instructions about baptisms. The laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. How many baptisms is there? Because before God showed me that revelation, I thought there was one, like I need to be baptized in water, like, you know what I'm saying? Baptized. But this thing called me. You don't need further instruction. They said this was elementary teaching. They said this was basic, and I felt like the kid in class that was like I didn't, I was sick. When y'all covered it, y'all know how you do.
Did we have a... because it said let's stop going over basic teachings. You don't need further instructions about baptisms plural. So that made me go to the word. And y'all, guess what I found out. There's not one baptism. There's not 2 baptisms. There's three baptisms. And you need all 3. Can I walk you through it real quick? Because some of you this is going to be the illumination or the light or the revelation that you need to be able to take your next step on the progression of your faith and journey. Listen to this. Write down the word salvation. The first baptism is the baptism of salvation. And this is what I want everybody to know. Write this point down, the Holy Spirit baptizes us in Jesus. Remember earlier when I was saying, it's the Holy Spirit that is drawing you? It's the Holy Spirit. The first part of the God head that you meet is the Holy Spirit. And what he is trying to do is baptize you into salvation.
That's what happens when you say that prayer according to Romans 10: 9. That's what happens. You are being baptized into Jesus. 1 Corinthians 12: 13, again, for by one spirit, that's the Holy Spirit, we were all, what is that word? Baptized into one body. And that's the body of Christ. So when you by faith put your belief in Jesus, the Holy Spirit spiritually submerged you and you came up in a Jesus suit. When God sees you now, he sees you dripping in Jesus. That's why when he looks for sin after you put your faith in him, he don't see you no more. He sees his son stretched out on the cross, and he said the man who knew no sin became sin. He became it so that we could be made what? In right standing with God.
The first baptism everybody needs to know about is the baptism of salvation. And the crazy thing about this is when you get baptized and your salvation is secure, you need to know your future is secure for eternity. You're going to heaven. I want to normalize that heaven is not the goal. I'm gonna say it because nobody is gonna say it, oh just trying to get to heaven. Just trying to get to heaven. "When we all get to heaven". Listen, if God wanted us in heaven, he wouldn't have made earth. Spoiler alert, we're coming back to earth. Some of y'all haven't read that far in your Bible. The goal is not heaven. The goal is a New Heaven and a new earth. I'm messing with somebody. The goal is not heaven. The goal is eternal fellowship with the Father whether that be in heaven, whether that be on earth.
That's why we pray, "Let your will be done and your kingdom come on earth as it is", he said wherever you are. I need to have kingdom domain. I need, let me stop. I'm talking that kingdom talk now and that messes with people. Stay with me. What I'm saying to you is baptism into salvation secures your future. You're going to heaven. At the end of the service today once and for all I can stop playing the hopscotch game in and out of sin, maybe get out of hell free card, let's end all of that. Put your faith in Jesus Christ. Your eternity is secure. The first baptism is the baptism of salvation. Okay. But number 2, write this point down because this point has to do with water. So in baptism number one which I need, I get salvation but baptism 2 includes water, and this is the crazy thing that so many churches have made baptism number one the end goal but it was a start, not the finish.
So when we celebrate, how many people gotten saved at Transformation Church this year? How many? 29.000 people. Can we give God, y'all missing it. 29.000 people walked through this door. 29.000 people said I'm going to get saved. 29.000 eternities secure. As we celebrate that, and please believe we're going to celebrate that because this church, the whole reason we're born is to represent God to the lost and found for one reason and it's transformation in Christ that they would get this first baptism. But I would be a horrible leader if we just celebrated this first step and not encourage you to take the next step. Do you all know this was some of Jesus' last words to his disciples? Can I show you in Matthew?
Let's go to the word real quick, okay. I need y'all to see this. In Matthew 28: 19, this is Jesus talking, he says, go therefore and make disciples of all nations. What does he say for them to do? Baptized them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Write this point down. Disciples baptized in water. So the first thing you need to know is that the Holy Spirit is doing the baptism at salvation into Jesus. But then disciples, and all disciples means are disciplined ones, ones who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. How many disciples do I got in the building right now? Come on. If you're in the chat, put your hands up. Okay.
So that means disciples are to baptize in water. This is what we see as a symbol and a sign, a public declaration that our past is no longer dictating our future. Baptism into water, write this down, buries your past. See, the worst thing is to walk through this door and my eternity is secure, but every mistake I made before still keeps me in limbo. So everybody is trying to be reminded of their past and God is saying no, no, no. I want you to go make a public spectacle. Invite all your exes. Invite everybody to see that you are going down as a sign-in water as of the burial that was Jesus Christ's burial, and you would come back up or resurrect a new person. My name is Michael, but the old Michael went down, and when I walked through this door of water baptism, a new Michael has emerged.
Some of y'all missed me. How do you do that? Watch this word. By faith. How did you receive salvation? By faith. How do you receive water baptism? By faith. This is something that every person needs to experience after being saved. See, some of us were drug by our parents to come down and be baptized we got cute lit pictures but it meant nothing for your life because you didn't know what you were doing and you didn't know what it meant. I don't care if you're 60 years owed, have 3 million dollars in the bank, if you only received the first baptism, it's time to receive baptism number 2.
I don't care if you got hair plugs and weave, wear a swim cap. It's time to get submerged. I don't know what's going on in your life right now to make you think you're too dignified. If Jesus the Son of Man got baptized, what makes you think, uh-oh. Let me stop. I'm getting too ahead of myself. You need to be baptized in water. And when you bury your past publicly, almost like this wedding ring, this wedding ring doesn't make me married. It shows that I'm married. And some of y'all have had a side-chick Savior. You need all the benefits in the dark but you won't represent in the light.
And God is saying to somebody today hey, would you not just claim me as a side-chick Savior and walk through the first baptism? Can we make this thing public? Can we be Facebook official now? I've been covering and you providing for you for years of your life. Would you let the world know that you are unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ? It is the power of God unto salvation. You need to be baptized in water. But that's only 2 baptisms. The 2 were precursors to the last one. You need to be baptized in salvation. I feel the presence already. And you need to be baptized in water.
But let me help you with the last one. You need the spirit. Salvation, water, and the spirit. Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit. Can I make it plain? The Holy Spirit draws you to be baptized into Jesus. Salvation. Disciples, me and you, whose the minister here? You are. We baptize in water as a public sign that the old is gone and we've been buried with Christ ask we've been raised again to new life. But then Jesus turns around and baptizes us in the Holy Spirit. And this gives you power to live your life. The reason why people are getting jacked up in this life is because they have 2 baptisms when you need all 3. Somebody say, "You need all 3".