Whenever I get that ‘lost’ feeling where life seems out of control and I am overwhelmed, I remember these words spoken by God at creation.
“The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
I recognize the signals that are warning me to slow down and when all else fails and I am really desperate I go back to the beginning, to the “breath of life.”
I often take a deep breath and allow the breath of God (life) to flow through me.
The Hebrew word for spirit in the Old Testament is “ruach” and it means “air in motion.” The same word is translated “breath” and “life.”
When talking about the Holy Spirit, Jesus said He is like wind or “pneuma,” which means “a current of air, breeze or breath.”
“That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:6 NKJV)
When we are born again, it is by the breath of God, the Holy Spirit.
In the Gospel of John, just as God breathed on Adam and gave him life, Jesus breathed on His disciples just before the Day of Pentecost to give them the Holy Spirit. The Lord expelled His breath in their direction, on and over them.
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the door locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace to you! As the Father sent me, I also send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” (John 20:21-22)
By doing this, Jesus equated this with the breath of God – the creative breath, the life-giving breath, the Spirit-empowering breath of God.
And then a few days later, on the Day of Pentecost, Luke wrote when the Holy Spirit fell upon those gathered in the upper room, it sounded like a “violent rushing wind.”
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4 NASV)
God’s breath brought Adam to life in the garden and God’s Holy Spirit is what I need every hour of my day. When I slow down and allow the breath of God to move through me, I experience a presence that stabilizes my mind, body and spirit.
Often, I will speak in tongues through out the day, because the gift of the Holy Spirit connects me with the breath of God. This heavenly language connects me with my Father in heaven.
Paul writes that tongues is for self-edification. It is intended to rejuvenate us and build us up in our faith. This gift will breathe into us new life, when we become stagnant or lethargic.
4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; (1 Corinthians 14:4 NASV)
In Ezekiel’s vision of dry bones, the prophet saw the bones rattling and coming together as God’s breath came upon them. It is a clear picture of how the Holy Spirit wants to engage with my body, mind and spirit carrying me through every moment of the day (Ezekiel 37:4).
I sometimes walk through my day feeling dry, rattly and disconnected. There is nothing pulling me together except the breath of God as the Holy spirit fills me again and again.