Born of Water and Spirit, Dead by Drought
To clarify the talk on spiritual waters, let's give a common sense example that is widely known. When we refer to someone as being a hard or hardened person, we immediately imagine a person who is not so nice. In the other hand, when we refer to a soft and sensitive person we automatically imagine a nice person. To become hardened is to lose all the soft qualities somewhere through the course of life. There is a stark difference betwe...en the soft spirit and the hardened dead spirit. In a sense, to be born of water and spirit is to possess all the soft tenderness of a child-like spirit. Yet, for all the soft waters to leave us is to cause spiritual death.
The Bible illustrates the above point vividly relating to life and death. Here is the verse of life, John 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." These are the verses of death in John 19, "After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I THIRST. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had RECEIVED the VINEGAR, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and GAVE UP the GHOST. ...one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith CAME THERE OUT BLOOD AND WATER."
From here, this essay will discuss how essential the spiritual waters are to our life. Literally, the water and spirit are our life source. Which is to say, the waters of the spiritual fruit is essential to life.
In all of my writings, I emphasize how important are soft and moist attitudes. The softness of our inner life is what opens the door into the divine presence within us. This notion mirrors the teachings of Jesus Christ, who says, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Water and spirit equates to the softness of our inner life that allows us to enter into that supernatural spiritual kingdom. In that divine presence blossoms spiritual fruit, keeps snow falling on unfruitful tendencies, is the fountain of the waters of life, is the greatest resource we will ever experience, and is the source that generates a positive spirit. If one loses the water and spirit it results in giving up the ghost leading to spiritual death. In that case, the results will be hardened attitudes. There will be an absence of spiritual fruit, no regulation of internal chaos, a dryness that is called "hardness," the divinity of the soul will be scrutinized, and negative energy will permeate from the demeanor. Obviously, it is necessary to be born of water and spirit to discover the supernatural wonders of our inner life.
Essentially, it is necessary to be born of water and spirit to fully comprehend the potential of our inner being. We know that soft moistness associates with positive attributes, and dry hardened characteristics associates with negative consequences. Therefore, if we want to maintain civility we would desire an inflow of moist qualities. In contrast, if we intend to cause chaos, then soft qualities would be drained to leave us in a calloused world. What are the qualities that make the difference between a calloused person and a tender person? A joyful smile is certainly the difference between a person who makes the world a sunnier place, and someone who wears a frown to cast a shadow on pleasant activities. Within a smile consists of water and spirit, but a frown displays drainage leading to a dead spirit.
The waters of the spiritual fruit are exactly that, water of life and spirit. If the spiritual fruit are drained from our inner life then that is spiritual death. We enter into the supernatural kingdom of our inner life by the testimony of the fruit of the spirit. In contrast, without the spiritual fruit we are not able to experience the life of the divine inner kingdom. The waters giving life to the spirit includes faith, joy, goodness, peace, meekness, gentleness, self-control, patience, perseverance, love, kindness, and goodwill. If those waters recede within us we are left dry, hardened, and barred from entering into the divine presence of the soul. Spiritual death is evident by hatred, cruelty, ill-intentions, violence, aggression, harshness, despair, evilness, pessimism, out-of-control responses, impatience, and fatal endings. Essentially, it is necessary to be born of water and spirit to fully comprehend the potential of our inner being.
We can assess that the water and spirit character of the spiritual fruit enlivens the divine kingdom of our inner life. The diagnosis is that when there is drainage of those qualities, there is also hardness of character and spiritual death. Even so, we plan to keep the supernatural kingdom of our soul enlivened. We implement that plan by cherishing the soft, moist, and tender qualities within us, which gives life to a fruitful spirit. The successful implementation of that plan is most notable in how we think, what we feel, and in what we do. A life full of water and spirit cherishes fruitfulness, imparts tranquility, values the existence of life, adores the divine inner presence, and permeates with positive energy.