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LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

Respiration is not synonymous with breathing. Every cell in our body has built in ‘powerhouses’ called Mitochondria that release energy.
These power houses depend on oxygen brought into the body through breathing. So breathing is absolutely necessary for respiration to take place, and the respiration process is essential for energy to be released so the body can function and take another breathe.

From time to time, God visits his people and pours out His spirit. In the Old and New Testaments, the same word is used to describe God’s visitation. The Hebrew “ruach” and Greek “pneuma” both mean ‘breathe’.
- God breathes on his people and God’s spirit is the same as his breath.

In the same way that our breathing oxygen releases energy in our bodies, God’s breathing into us releases energy of His spirit in our lives.

Have you seen a petulant child decide to hold his breath until his parents give in and let him have his way?
- The child doesn’t know he will pass if he doesn’t breathe (so his threat isn’t all that threatening), and that his body’s reflexes will push him to breathe even if he thinks he doesn’t want to.
Same with our life as a body; our emotional; financial, psychological life and all.; then reflexes pushes us to breathe even if we think we don’t want to!

Why then do we sometimes resist spiritual breathe when it takes more effort to resist breathing than to just do it!

God is ready to breathe into us, yet we lock our lips shut. When we do that, God has to take drastic action to get us breathing again.
God wants the very power of heaven to be loosed in our lives, and it comes by spiritual respiration.

Right now, we are talking about normal healthy breathing, not hyperventilating.
Today’s Christian Community has a strange continuum when it comes to spiritual breathing:
(a) You have some who take a gulp of air every two minutes or so just to stay alive but not really to do anything else.
(b) There are those who suck in air as if it were going to cease to exist any moment now. These people soon get air-sick and need to lie down.
(c) A thick kind of breather gets it right: The Runner.

Someone who is in shape and can run great distances has developed a discipline in breathing.
A natural; deep breath refreshes the runner’s entire body with any inhalation, and clear the lungs with every exhalation. This is the life of the spiritually fit.

What will you do with His breathe?
We all need to respire. We need to breathe in God.
You are not thinking about breathing right now, are you?
If you are something is not right!

You RESPIRE to be INSPIRED.
When you do not respire you expire!

Walking with God should be as automatic as the respiratory process. We need to learn what it means to walk in the Spirit, as Paul puts it.

Walk and breathe at the same time – Can you do it?

Do you long to be spiritually fit?
You must run after God! If you want to run after God you will have to learn to breathe deeply of His breathe.


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