Why is it that diving into water gives us the most refreshing, satisfying sensation that we just cannot get anywhere else? What is it about the water that calms us down? Can you recall the last time you dove head first into a body of water? Was the water cold? Was the water clear? Do you remember the excitement that you felt just before jumping in? How about after you made your way back to the surface, after the dive? When your head hit the air and that all over sensation of invigoration suddenly drenched you with peace, can you feel it right now?
When we are in total communion with our Father God, THIS IS THE LIFE OF OUR SPIRIT.
John 4:13-14 (NASB)
"Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
The water of salvation that Jesus has filled every one of us with, has an uncanny function to change from getting water to becoming the source of the water. Meaning that the refreshing sensation that we get (physically) from a dive into water is now (via salvation) our perpetual spiritual experience, And just as we find ourselves, when we are immersed in a body of water, in a foreign environment able to navigate, but not able to remain without a breathing apparatus; so our spirit is able to do the same with a constant need for God to become our acclimation system. Throughout the bible, from beginning to end, God says the same things to us humans. We are His image reflection, He has given us authority and dominion and we need a relationship with Him that is alive, thriving and top priority.
Since Jesus used water as a point of reference for the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation we need to think of our spiritual being (for the sake of illustration) as being made of water. Now, therefore let's jump over to John 7:37-39 (NASB) where Jesus is speaking about being filled with the Holy Spirit after salvation, the water is now flowing out of the center of our being.
"Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture said, from his inner most being will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke of the Spirit whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified."
As you can see from combining these verses from John 4 and John 7 if we are thirsty for eternal life, Jesus gives us the water of life (which is the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation) beginning as a refreshing well on the inside of us. If we thirst for more, Jesus then says that the Holy Spirit is given as a gift (after His ascension) to flow forth from our inner most being. The Spirit of God is recognized throughout the entire bible with seven distinct symbols such as fire, wind, oil, etc. But the strongest symbol of the Holy Spirit used throughout the bible is that of water. As humans we are 70% water, so when we speak about the refreshing dive into water at the start of this blog we are talking about an environment that is actually the closest (externally) that we are able to experience of what it's like inside of us (internally). How much more are our spirits refreshed when we are immersed into the Holy Spirit, which is what 100% of our human spirit is now made up of since salvation. This is the most complete ONENESS with God that any human being can ever experience this side of heaven.
John 14:10-11 (MIRROR)
"Don't you believe that the Father is living in me and that I am living in the Father? Even my words are not my own but come from my Father, for He lives in me and performs His miracles of power through me. Believe that I live as one with my Father and that my Father lives as one with me- or at least, believe because of the mighty miracles that I have done."
This is where we MUST toss out the Laws of Physics. Whoever said that "two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time" didn't know our God. Wolfgang Pauli (the guy who actually said that) was referring to protons, neutrons and electrons and could not include... LIGHT (or photons). So is the statement of Jesus legit or not? Was He able to supersede or suspend the laws of physics in His human relationship with a supreme Spirit called God His Father? The answer is a resounding YES! How is this possible? It is a supernatural concept and functionality.
The requirement now for all of us from this point forward, is to completely shift our thinking, being and acting so we start emphasizing our spiritual existence over our natural life; especially the Isaiah 55:8-11 principle and the Proverbs 3:4-5 application of TRUSTING the Lord our God with ALL our hearts and LEANING ENTIRELY on His understanding and ACTING on the KNOWLEDGE (acknowledging) of what we know of Him who is making all of our pathways straight. Our ultimate goal in this total Holy Spirit life of submersion is eventually getting to the same place that Jesus spoke of where we too can say "I only do what I see my Father doing, I only say what I hear my Father saying." This is the greatest sense of refreshing and immersion that we can experience on a regular basis.
Unlike many people around us these days, when things seem to be failing around us, we have an eternal jumping off point into the crystal clear and refreshing arms of our physics defying, all things are possible Father. He reassures us (as we splash around in His wonderful presence) that all has been taken care of before the foundation of the world. He already had His Son crucified and raised from the dead (and us right along with Him) making a place for us seated with Him right now in heaven, while at the same time crowning us with His glory and bestowing unto us with everything we need by His grace. So the only question left to ask is, who's ready for a swim?
Here's a hint: the answer is YOU.