The Breath of Life is the next installment in our “Spiritually Fit Heart Series.” We are going to explore the impact our breathing and the condition of our lungs have in the preservation of life. We will discover what influences, inflates, and empowers the “air of our spiritual life.” We will also examine what damages and deflates the condition of our spiritual heart.
The physical robust health of our lungs requires the constant intake and exhalation of precious air to bring vital oxygen into our system. Our anatomy and simple physiology work to balance the pressure inside and outside our body through the intake and exhalation of air. The circulation of this air permits mankind to have the circulation of blood, nutrients and removes dangerous toxins from our bloodstream.
Our spiritual well-being requires the indwelling presence and supernatural power of the Holy Spirit and intimate working knowledge of His Word. God’s spiritual presence and supernatural power at work in man’s life is an intake of vital fresh spiritual air vital for his eternal health.
Genesis 2:7 (KJB) 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.
The Bible tells us that God created Adam and Eve and personally giving them the precious breath of life. This critical air instantly inflated their lungs sending precious physical life to flow in their divinely formed bodies. In fact, Eve was fashioned after Adam from one of his ribs in the first ever “surgery” performed on this earth.
Mankind is born with lungs that have been formed and matured during the nine months of pregnancy. The lungs are distinct organs delicately prepared in the womb to be filled with precious air upon birth. Once filled, healthy lungs should begin the autonomous task of inhalation and exhalation vital for physical life. The nasal airway of a baby is suctioned immediately upon birth to remove mucous and stimulate his or her natural desire to take the breath of life for the filling his or her tiny lungs with this precious air life-giving air circulating in the atmosphere of his or her new world. Prior to this inhalation of air at birth, babies rest peacefully sustained in the amniotic fluid which receives oxygen and nutrients provided by the mother through the umbilical cord.
Have you ever thought about the precise concentration of oxygen, carbon dioxide, argon, and nitrogen divinely provided in the air we breathe? If even one of these critical elements is missing, compromised, or the returning carbon dioxide is not exhaled from the lungs back into the atmosphere, sustaining human, creature, and plant life would not be possible. Man’s lungs require an intricate balance of oxygen along with other elements for sustaining his life. That is why in the event of a chronic lung disease or traumatic injury the patient receives supplemental oxygen because it is critical in preserving life. Just like the Word of God is necessary “spiritual nutrition” for maintaining and preserving the spiritual life of regenerated man.
Lungs naturally expand and deflate because of instantaneous changes in air pressure with each breath we take. Inhalation of air from the atmosphere inside our body causes the pressure inside the lungs to decrease, while exhalation of carbon dioxide from the body causes the pressure inside the lungs to increase, thereby deflating the lung cavity. Not only do these changing pressures result in moving a tidal volume of air in and out of the body, but also provides vital circulation of blood and oxygen from the lungs to the heart and removes carbon dioxide out of the body.
The man and woman of God need a constant concentration of “spiritual oxygen” and nutrients flowing into his heart and mind which is found only in the study and application of His Word flowing into their heart and mind. God has provided His commandments and precepts for investing heavily in our spiritual health. He generously provides for us all the necessary ingredients for a spiritually healthy heart and lungs but it is up to mankind to read and apply it to his or her life.
The life of Job as recorded in the Bible is one which elegantly displays the power of the Spirit of God at work:
Job 27:2-3 (KJB) As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; 3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils.
Job’s life went from highly blessed and relaxed to sudden calamity and earth shattering trials in one day. Throughout all the valleys and among the shadow of death that Job faced the presence of God never left his side. While it seemed to many onlookers, and even his own family, that Job had been left to flounder because he was deserted by God. However, God’s presence remained at work inside the heart and mind of Job for He promises to never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5). The presence of God is the “spiritual air” which kept Job inflated and poised even in the midst of his great humbling hardships and troubling times. Just like a man cannot survive without air, the spiritual man cannot perpetually survive without the intake of the eternal spiritual presence of God and the natural exhalation of spiritual fruit always found in a thriving relationship with God.
Certainly, you believe that the intake of the “spiritual air of God” into the regenerated heart can and will keep you spiritually alive and well in this world and for all eternity.
The Bible tells us over and over again that not only does God give mankind physical life through a breath of fresh air upon his natural birth, but He offers all mankind an opportunity for possession of eternal life (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4). All mankind can personally know God and have an assurance of his eternal life. Physical death does not have to be the end of man’s life but the beginning of his eternal existence in fellowship with God, for he can live forever with the spiritual presence or “air” of God at work in his heart and mind.
In the Old Testament the prophet Ezekiel and Job recorded about the precious “breath of Life”:
Ezekiel 37:5-6 (KJB) Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 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.
Job 33:4 (KJB) The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Job 12:10 (KJB) In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
The author of the New Testament book of Acts also records about God being the Creator of all and the giver of the precious “breath of life”
Acts 17:24-25 (KJB) God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.
I hope and pray that you have both the “breath of physical life” and the “air of eternal life” both available from God. Both kinds of air are necessary and valuable for sustaining life, both on this earth and for all eternity.
In our next devotion in this “Spiritually Fit Heart Series.” we will study the intricate system of arteries, veins, and capillaries divinely placed inside man which is necessary for moving our precious blood flow through our circulatory system.
Here are the links to other devotions published in this series: