Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Breath of Life

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.   Genesis 2:7, (Holy Bible, New International Version)
Recently a relative was admitted to the hospital and was near death nearly two months when his lungs failed from complications. We have waited as doctors worked diligently to identify and treat the condition. The relative was hooked to various devices that forced air into his lungs just to keep him alive.

The creation story recounts how God fashioned Adam from the ground and breathed life into the new man. Likewise, the gospels and epistles compare the Spirit to that breath. Scripture is clear that life comes from the Lord.

When our world just doesn't make sense, when the lines between right and wrong are blurred, and everything overwhelms us, the believer can find living right impossible. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Phil 2:13)

Creative types talk about inspiration for their work. The root inspire is the same term that describes taking a breath. Without inspiration, their works are flat and dull. Inspiration is more than a spark of momentum, it is energizing and life-giving.

As a born-again believer you are filled with God's life-giving Spirit. So take in every breath. Be energized. Be filled with the Spirit.

PRAY: Lord, You have filled me with your Spirit and breathed your life in me. I have been born again. I am a new creation. Fill me with your inspiration as I face this day.

~ Mike Ritter

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome encouragement, Mike. Thank you.