Breathe! Exhale!

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
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Listen while you read: "Breathe On Me Breath Of God"1 (Lyrics)

Genesis 2:7 – 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 being. (NKJV)

John 20:22 – And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (NIV)

Life — it's impossible without breath. "Breathe!" "Blast!" These commands came from a technician coaching me for a pulmonary function test as I sat inside an air-tight, sealed cylinder watching him through the glass. I felt like he was a symphony conductor using his hands and body movement to convey what I was to do as the player of my lungs. My only source of air was via a mouthpiece from an oxygen tank, and my nose was clamped shut. The technician guided my intake of air by counting fifteen seconds. Then, I was to hold that supply of air for a short bit, and at his loud command of "Blast!" I was to exhaust all air possible, suddenly and completely in one strong, continuous exhale. A monitor showed the technician the measurements of my intake, and the "blast" helped to determine my pulmonary function.

This experience gave me a new appreciation for the marvellous bodily mechanism created to keep us alive. Everything within us depends on our ability to breathe. We are usually not even aware of this automatic, rhythmic activity until we sense an interruption in what is normal. I could not help but think about how God gave me life and breath at my birth, and then through His Holy Spirit, gave me new life when I put my trust in Jesus Christ.

The pulmonary function test was needed to check on an exhale symptom in my breathing that I had noticed. As believers, we can tell when there is an interruption in our normal spiritual breathing — our relationship with the Lord. It might be time to get a spiritual pulmonary function test to measure our daily intake and outflow. A spiritual intake or inhaling of regular reading and meditating on the Word of God refreshes us with life-giving truth. An exhale of confessing and repenting of sin is necessary to clear our spiritual airways.

There is a worship song that repeats these words:

    This is the air I breathe,
    Your holy presence living in me.
    This is my daily bread,
    Your very word spoken to me.
    And I'm desperate for You,
    And I'm lost without You.
           – Joseph Oscar Mettle

There is another praise song about breathing:

    It's Your breath in our lungs,
    So we pour out our praise to You only.
           – Jason Ingram, David Leonard, Leslie Jordan

That pouring-out blast of uninterrupted praise is a response to the infilling of His Spirit.

How is your breathing health today? Are you breathing in deeply the refreshing Spirit of God through His Word and exhaling with confession and praises to your Creator? It is what keeps us alive in Him.

Prayer:

    Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    Fill me with life anew,
    That I may love what Thou dost love,
    And do what Thou wouldst do.
    Amen.
           – Edwin Hatch

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Sharon Lundquist <lundquistsharon4@gmail.com>
Beaverton, Oregon, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Sharon, for the encouraging words.


    Yes! good image for us! Thank you. And some of my favourite songs!


    You always give me food for thought, Gayle.
    Thank you.


    Thank you for this gentle reminder. Precious is His gift of life. Let us not waste it.


    Thank you, Sharon. I like the way you expanded this to explain the test — very effective.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional including a couple of favorite praises with us! Blessings.


    Amen, Sharon, thank God for the breath of the Holy Spirit! Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.


    Thanks, Sharon, for your good advice today. Truly breathing in the Spirit of God is very refreshing in our daily lives. Blessings for writing.


    HI Sharon,
    Wonderful personal example for a very beautiful, thoughtful devotion.
    Thanks.


    This devotional gave a great illustration of the importance of both breathing in and breathing out in our spiritual life. The word pictures deepened the lessons. Thanks for giving us good food for thought in this.


    Thanks for today’s devotion Sharon,
    I often use breathe prayers as part of my worship and meditation routine but have not done so in the past few months. Your devotion is a perfect reminder to me to get back on track.
    Blessings upon your day.


    Good Morning, Beaverton Sharon!
    Such a good devotional!!
    You paint such clear word pictures – almost felt like I was there!
    Such good applications too!!
    Wish the good doctor could read it!
    Thinking about breathing now….


    Good morning, Sharon.
    Your devotional is a great reminder of how important it is that we breathe and exhale automatically, but for our spiritual life we need to remember to do it.
    I definitely found your devotional helpful especially the importance of exhaling in our spiritual life. I think that some of the time, I forget the importance of exhaling with my confession and repenting of sin.
    It is always great to have a different way of looking at something which can remind you of an important step in your spiritual growth.
    I am glad you are breathing and exhaling spiritually and normally so you can continue to share with others. Blessings and joy.

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