BREATH = ESSENCE OF LIFE
By: Ronilynn Brissey-Ramos
WHEN IS THE LAST TIME THAT YOU REQUIRED A REMINDER TO BREATHE?
OR HAD TO PAY FOR A BREATH OF FRESH AIR?
BREATH IS A FREE, LOVE-GIFT FROM GOD TO YOU. FROM YOUR FIRST TO YOUR LAST AND EACH ONE IN-BETWEEN, GOD IS BREATHING HIS LOVE INTO EVERY CELL IN YOUR BODY.
“And the Lord God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
“The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” Job 33:4
“Thus saith God the LORD, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:” Isaiah 42:5
HAVE YOU EVER PERFORMED CPR? OR BLOWN ON A LOVED ONE TO COOL THEM DOWN OR TO DISLODGE AN EYELASH?
BREATH IS INTIMATE.
“In whose hand (God’s) [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10
“All the while my breath [is] in me, and the Spirit of God [is] in my nostrils;” Job 27:3
“…He (God) set his heart upon man, [if] He gather unto Himself his spirit and his breath;” Job 34:14
“Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:” Ezekiel 37:5
“And I will lay sinews* upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.” Ezekiel 37:6
*Sinew- def. fibrous tissue uniting muscle to bone or bone to bone; a tendon or ligament, also known as fascia.
After the resurrection, Jesus came to visit His disciples and they were overjoyed to see Him. He said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20)
“As God breathed life into Adam, so Jesus, “the last Adam,” breathes new life into His people. Jesus becomes, in Paul’s language, “a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45).-Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
The breath of God = Imparting the nature of God. There is a sanctifying effect to the breath of God—in receiving it you are made to reflect God’s likeness. The Christian life, then, is a life powered by the breath of God, transforming a person more and more into the likeness of God. How can we obtain this life? The “man of dust” obtained life because God breathed into him. Where is the breath of God given to us?
“Paul’s phrase in 2 Timothy 3:16 the Bible is “breathed out.” God’s Word is God’s breath to us, bringing us life, making us more like Christ. The Bible has the power, through the work of the Holy Spirit, to both teach and demonstrate all the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” -Davis Wetherell
- Are you routinely reading God’s Word so that your life can be renewed by His breath of life?
- What do you need to eliminate from your schedule so that you prioritize time and space to receive more breath of life from God?
- What are you willing to give up so that you can get more life from God?
Practice Mindful Breathing:
Sit quietly, bring your awareness to your inhalation and exhalation. As you slowly and fully inhale, imagine that you are literally breathing in the love, goodness, and grace of God. As you slowly and fully exhale, imagine that you are literally breathing out negative thoughts, emotions, and words/labels that attempt to steal your life.
Inhale- “I receive Your (God’s) breath”
Exhale- “Your Spirit transforms me.”
Copyright ©2020 by Ronilynn Brissey-Ramos