THE BREATH OF GOD

The breath of life is like a golden thread that weaves its way through every fiber of man’s being. Often undetected by the consciousness of man’s mind, it, nevertheless, constantly influences and ultimately controls the living of man’s life. It is the "heart-beat" of every action. For man continually strives to experience the ultimate manifestation of life that can be experienced.

Sadly, however, since there is mystery in life, all men eventually struggle with simply living. Although every man is driven from within to experience the rich, full, and complete life, it becomes, for most, an illusive dream. The proverbial carrot, which is continually dangled in from of man’s hungering eyes, is never caught. When life comes to the end of its days for the majority of people, there are too many songs that have not been sung, too many books not written, and too many noble deeds that have not been done. Very few people ever experience the power of the true intimacy of life. The glory of what should have been is never experienced.

One of the major areas of concern, if not the top priority, in modern Christianity is the need to return to Jesus as the breath and heart-beat of life itself. With the market flooded with "how-to" books and formulas to practice in order to gain the heart of God, Jesus, the only way to the Father, has been pushed back to a secondary role at best.

Almost as an after-thought, stirring, charismatic preachers quickly add, after giving their new found formula for success, that it is only Jesus that "anoints" or makes the formula work. However, the difference between Jesus helping or anointing the believer to live and Jesus being the actual breath and heart-beat of the believer’s life is the issue that has plagued mankind since the Garden of Eden. It is the difference between religion (religion being defined as what man does for or to God) and the true Way of God, Jesus Christ.

Although all men have been graced to experience the life of God, most men fail to experience that life because grace is bestowed upon them in vain (I Cor. 15:10; II Cor. 6:1). Surprisingly, it is the pursuit of life by man that always frustrates the grace of God in man. Paul seemed to be expressing that thought when he wrote to the Romans concerning the Jews: "For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God" (10:3). Is it not the "going about to establish their own righteousness" that prohibited them from "submitting themselves unto the righteousness of God?" Mysteriously, man’s pursuit of life always frustrates the life of God already given to him.

The only cure for the "messenger of Satan" that keeps inflicting its deadly wound upon the heart of man is the revelation of the grace of God. It is only the gospel of Jesus Christ (the good message which proclaims that God the Father has sent His Son into the believer’s life to baptize him with His Spirit to take the believer where he would not and could not go himself) that saves and keeps man (I Cor. 15:1,2). The only way man will ever be changed and stay changed is having the free flow of the grace of God that dwells within him. Man must come to understand that Jesus Christ is his breath of life.

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