Picture a sponge. The kind we give to children. Have you ever seen one? Those really flat dried up ones? Sometimes stores give them as advertisements. Remember what happens when you put them into water? They fill up, and as they do they expand. I used to love those things. Actually, I still do. Wish I had one right now.
Or think about real sponges. The kind that grow in the sea. Aren’t they lovely? Have you ever seen one in a picture. There are so many different species of them. So many colors, shapes, sizes.
They are alive. Living organisms that God created. They are soft and porous. Sponges take in water and filter out food and impurities from it.
When you tear one out from the sea, it dies. And when removed from the water it also becomes hard.
We are like sponges in many ways. Before we are born again, we are sort of like those flat kind. But as soon as we ask Jesus into our heart, along comes the Living Water. We are forever changed. In an instant we are transformed. Just like the little flat toy sponge. Also, once we have accepted Jesus it is done.He is within us and we are never the same.
Have you ever tried to make one of those toy sponges go back flat again? It is impossible isn't it? God showed me last night ---once we are born again, we can not go back to flat. BUT can the sponge dry up? Of course it can. Can we dry up? Absolutely. What does the sponge need to stay soft and pliable? Water. What do we need? Living Water. We have Living water in the form of Jesus and the Word of God. What do we need to stay pliable and soft? The Word. Time in the Word (Bible) and time in the presence of the Living Word (Jesus). Without either one, we will dry up and become hard. Just like a sponge will.
Think with me again about times when you have held a sponge. And placed it in water. Immersed it in water. What happened? It fills up doesn’t it. But that is not all. It becomes so full, it drips. Ohhh how lovely that is in our spiritual life. To be so filled up from spending time in the Word and with THE WORD that we are filled to overflowing. Then we spill out to others. Sometimes without even doing anything . We can not help it. The Holy Spirit pours forth from us to others. What a joy. What a delight it is when we meet another like that. We are drawn to them. But it is the Spirit of God we see. Our spirits leap.
May we all be sponges for God. May we walk with God. May we talk with God . May we be filled with God, so that as we go about our daily lives, he is seen.
To sit with him. To allow him to come and fill every part of us. To be immersed in him. To allow him to remove all impurities. To feed us with his Living Word. Then to go forth overflowing with Him, to share what we have found with others.
God bless each of you---and me too.
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And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their souls] with joy and the Holy Spirit.
1 Chronicles 16:27
Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary
You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence.