When God breathed on Adam, He became a living soul. And He tells us that all Scripture is God breathed for inspiration. I have been writing about breathing, taking deep breaths to combat illness. You can pray and use verses as you inhale and exhale. Recently, I just breathed and let the Holy Spirit relax me to avoid a long week of bronchitis.
God is a Spirit and we are to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. If you can pray in a heavenly language do so, it is a powerful gift you can ask for. But His most powerful gift is His love, His not ours, it what overcomes because ours alone is not enough. We cannot have the power and love and sound mind without Him.
A living soul has a mind, will and emotions. The Holy Spirit of God embraces that soul with His presence and becomes as Jesus said, Comforter, Counselor, Teacher and Advocate. Ruach, is the word in Hebrew, roo- ok, wind, breath, spirit. A soul is called a nefesh, like it sounds. The Greek for spirit is pneuma. Breath, emphysáō, wind and spirit are all associated with the Holy Spirit, the Ruach HaKodesh.
We are all quick to use the phrase that something took my breath away. We don’t really mean that or want that to happen, for when our breath is gone our spirit is gone. There are many wonderful songs that we sing. Take My Breath Away isn’t one I go through the day with and really listen to some of those lyrics. My family liked country and it’s not that I don’t appreciate a good song, lyrics are just another thing with me. We want the Lord to Breathe On Me, as that song goes. We want to be living souls. Jesus came to give us abundant life.
We want to be alive with His love and His peace and joy. We don’t want to be overtaken by fear and worry, or to let the cares of life be such a struggle that we can’t even breathe. I used to literally catch myself holding my breath, I was always in such a panic and a rush. It has to be something you are delivered of and if you never receive His peace, you may never be. John 14:27.
He breathed on His Word, His name is the breathy Yahweh. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:16,17.
Job speaks about being created and breath. And we know of course, that Jesus breathed on His disciples. But I think one of my new favorite verses is this one, He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. Psalm 33:6. But there was the prophet Ezekiel in 7:9 who prophesied breath to the bones. And we love that everything that has breath should praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
Acts 9:1 uses the phrase Saul was breathing murderous threats. How often are people wasting their breath with anger, rage and idle threats, with foolish words and corrupt communication. We are to be aware of that. Life is precious, our words and breath are valuable gifts from God and we should put them to good use.
So don’t waste your time and energy with fear and worry, or your breath by not filling your mouth with His words, don’t let the enemy make us waste our breath or take it, we want to have abundant life, and keep being blessed and go right on being a living soul. Rebecca Jones /Gabriel Brandt, Unsplash, thanks.