Over the past several weeks, we’ve been studying various truths about creation and the symbolism presented in Scripture. As a visual learner and lover of nature, I so appreciate the intentional teaching we can find about His desire for new life, freedom, and beauty through Jesus Christ!
For example, we’ve recently:
- Held two outdoor park events at Hafer Park.
- Been reminded of His desire for us to get back to ‘good’, the original beautiful, good design as children of God.
- Prayed Psalm 51:10 for a clean heart and right spirit.
- Completed a reading plan about remaining attached to the Vine and bearing good fruit.
- Continued our pursuit to burn bright, better together!
This week we focused on John 3:5. The verse is quite simple yet filled with powerful truth through the imagery of water and spirit.
In researching this statement by Jesus, it’s linked to these scriptures as well:
Genesis 1:1-2: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Ezekiel 36:25-30: I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine.
Titus 3:4-8: But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Please read through these scriptures once more, praying over and processing the imagery and power of the Living Water and His Spirit in us.
Finally, take 15 minutes to be still and be loved, listening to this brief podcast focused on John 3:5 – Water & Spirit with Alisa Keeton.