Breathe On Me, Breath Of God!

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

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God

Until my heart is pure

Until with Thee I will one will

To do and to endure

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God

Til I am wholly Thine

Till all this earthly part of me,

Glows with Thy fire divine.

And another more modern day song with the same theme that is flowing through my mind today!

Breathe on me, Oh God, Without Your inspiration I am nothing. My words are just words on a page, with no life. But Your Spirit gives life to Your word. Breathe on Me, with the breath of Your Spirit, Oh God. Fill me with life anew. Fan the flame with me as only You can do. Teach my heart, restore my life, fill me with life anew. Breathe on me, Oh Breath of God. Without You I am nothing, but with You I can do all things. Don’t let me die on the vine, Father! Breathe Your new life within me.

The hunger within your heart determines where you go in your relationship with Me, Child. Where there is no hunger there is nothing to fill. Create a hunger within yourself for Me and I will fill it. But if you have a hunger for the world I cannot fill that for I am at odds with worldly desires. What is of the world is not of Me. My people must seek Me with all their hearts for Me to fill them. If your devotion is divided you will have a divided heart always going in two different directions. The flesh lusts against the Spirit for the Spirit cannot embrace the things of the flesh. Do not seek the world or the things in the world, for I am not in them. Turn Your eyes to Me and I will fill the recesses of your heart with My thoughts, my desires and my feelings. Your will will become Mine as You seek me with all your heart. Yield yourself to Me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Those desires will become Mine as you turn Your eyes to Me and seek Me with your whole heart. Your joy will be full to overflowing for in My presence there is fullness of joy and at My hand are pleasures forevermore. Purify your heart; purify your thoughts. You live in the world but are not of it so why does it take up so much of your time? Turn to Me and live; turn to Me and be filled. Turn to Me and I will breathe new life into Your soul.”

Father, I turn the eyes of my heart to You for You to fill! May Your breath fill me to overflowing! May Your life within me turn my life into a mighty flame that burns within until my words become filled with Your inspiration! In Jesus’ name I pray! Amen.

 

 

 

 

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Who Is The Thief?

There are so many things in this world that I do not understand. But this one thing I know: that God is good all the time and the devil is bad all the time. Many times, unknowingly, people credit God with the devil’s activity in their lives. But the word says in John 10:10 that the devil has a plan for your life, just like God has a plan for your life. The devil’s plan is to steal, kill and destroy and God’s plan is to give you abundant life.

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Again, James tells us in James 1:17 that God is the giver of good gifts.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

God gives good gifts! There is no “variation or shadow of turning” with God. That means that He doesn’t “change like shifting shadows” (NIV). He is not a Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, type of personality.

So, why would we think that something bad that has happened to us is from the Lord? Well, quite simply because we don’t understand that we live in a fallen world where the devil is the prince of the power of the air who goes about looking for people whom he may devour with his evil plans.

1 Peter 5:8 NLT Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.

As long as we live in this fallen world there will be a war against the enemy of our souls. God created us as free moral agents with a will to choose to love and serve Him. But he does not force us to do that. Likewise, we are not puppets on a string controlled by Him as we go about our lives. We are given the freedom to choose how we want to live. When we live by our own standards and desires we often open the door for the enemy to move into our lives. The decisions that we make are not always in our best interests and because of the desires of the flesh we sometimes make choices that lead us to sickness and disease, unhealthy lifestyles and dysfunctional relationships. And then God gets the blame for what we as individuals have brought upon ourselves. Our choices affect the quality of our lives.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 NLT “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between prosperity and disaster, between life and death. I have commanded you today to love the LORD your God and to keep His commands, laws, and regulations by walking in His ways. If you do this, you will live and become a great nation, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live! Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey Him and commit yourself to Him, for He is your life. Then you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

God gives us the choice to choose “life and blessings or death and cursing” (NKJV). It’s our choice. But oh, how He desires for us to choose the life of prosperity or blessings! He doesn’t want us to experience the heartache that not walking according to His ways brings. That doesn’t mean that everything that happens to us is a result of disobedience or selfish choices. It simply means that God has planned a good life for us, filled with His blessings, and our choices often determine the outcome of our lives. We still live in a fallen world where the devil has freedom, for a time, to move about trying to steal, kill, and destroy. But God’s will for us is for good, not evil. When we experience the bad things, God will turn them around for our good if we will trust Him. He uses those things that we experience that are bad to help us learn how to overcome the attacks of the enemy.

Will you choose life today? Will you decide to close the door on the devil’s activities in your life by walking according to God’s ways? He is waiting for you to choose! He wants to bless you with the good life that He has planned for you.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Father, I thank You for the good life that You have planned for each one of us. I pray that we may see Your goodness in our lives and choose to live according to Your ways so we can close the door on the enemy’s plan for destruction. Father, give us wisdom to choose the right paths to walk, the best decisions to make and the most healthy choices for our lives each day. Thank You for the Holy Spirit that lives within me who helps me choose a healthy lifestyle. May each of us continue to seek Your will before making decisions that affect the quality of our lives. Thank You for Your blessings! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Peace–Great Peace!

Psalm 119:165 NIV Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Peace—does it often seem to elude you? The Psalmist speaks of a way to have peace in your life. It is through loving the word of God. In speaking of loving God’s word it is with the understanding that when you love the word of God you live it out in your life. You learn it, love it and live it!

So, what is the Psalmist speaking of when he talks about peace? Well, the Hebrew word for “peace” in this scripture is the word “salom”. And by Strong’s concordance it is defined as completeness; wholeness; welfare; health. The root meaning of the word is “to be whole” or you might say, “nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing lacking” in your life.

Why would loving God’s law produce peace in your life? God’s word is alive; it is life and produces the same in our lives when, by the Holy Spirit, we ingest it into our spirit man. When we begin to live by God’s word we are changed. We are strengthened by the life that comes from the word and our minds are solidly placed on a firm foundation where the enemy cannot shake us.

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4: But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

What did He mean that we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God? He meant that physical food is not the only thing necessary to sustain life in a human being. We have a physical man that needs to eat regularly for optimum health, but we also have an inner man, a spiritual man, that needs regular spiritual nourishment for optimum health that comes from ingesting the word of God; reading, studying and applying it to our lives. It is only as we make the word of God a priority in our lives and learn to live it that we will be able to fight off the fiery darts of the evil one. It is then that we are made strong so we do not stumble at his attacks.

Great peace; nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing missing in your life! Do you need more peace? Then get into the word; let it saturate deep down into your spirit. Make it a priority in your life. Study it, memorize it, speak it and live it!

Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified You word above all Your name.

The Psalmist here says that God has magnified His word above His name. When you magnify something you make it larger. When God’s word becomes larger in your life the problems that you experience become smaller. You begin to see your problems in light of God’s word and realize that the enemy has no power to stand against the truth of God’s word.

Jesus told His disciples in John 8:31, 32 that the way to being His disciples and being set free was by abiding in His word.

John 8:31, 32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Why would the truth of God’s word set a person free? Because there’s power in it!

John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

The word is given life by the Spirit of God. He has breathed His very own life into His word. When we read it and take it into our lives as our daily nourishment that life is placed within us. As believers, born of the Spirit of God through salvation, we live and thrive because of the breath of life that God has placed in His word.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The New Living Translation says in Hebrews 4:12 that “the word of God is full of living power.”

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 NLT All Scripture is inspired of God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

The word of God fully equips us for whatever we need to do! It teaches us the right way to live and changes us! If you have lack in your life, get into the word of God and find out the promise that counteracts what you lack. Then begin to feed on it! Read every scripture you can find on what you are needing in your life. Soon you will notice a difference in the way you think about your situation. Then you’ll begin to speak differently about what’s happening in your life. And the end result will be a change in your situation. God’s word will work for you if you will work it!

Father, I thank You for Your word; for it’s life-giving power in my life. I know that Your word is true; it is living and active and that when I ingest it into my spirit being it changes me. Thank You for the power that I have received from loving it and learning it and living it in my life. I thank You that when I get into a situation where I need answers Your Spirit will speak a word from your word into my heart that I know will help with my problem. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for bringing the word back to my remembrance so I can defeat the enemy in my life. Thank You, Lord, for breathing Your life into Your word! I pray for my friends this morning who may lack peace in their lives. I pray that they will realize their need for Your word in order to flourish in every area of their lives. I pray that they may have “great peace”, Father, that comes from spending time in Your word. Bring it life for them, Holy Spirit, when they read it. Show them the nuggets of truth that they need to change their situations! Thank You, Father, for giving us the manna from Heaven for our spiritual nourishment! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

God Has A Good Plan For Your Life!

Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite scripture for so many people. It gives us the assurance that God has something good in store for us and that no matter what we are going through right now it will someday be over and we will experience good things in our lives.

When you look into the context of the scripture in which this was written we see that Jeremiah was actually writing to people who had been exiled and were being held in captivity. They were in bondage to their enemies. Jeremiah was offering them hope that it would end and that God had good planned for their future. He gave them some instructions for success in their captivity that I think are often overlooked, but that give us some keys to having a smooth transition from where we are now, sometimes in sorrow or pain, to where we will someday be at the culmination of what God has planned.

Jeremiah begins his letter acknowledging that the exiles are in a rough spot right now; they are in captivity.

Jeremiah 29:1 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the remainder of the elders who were carried away captive—to the priests, the prophets, and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon.

That may be where you are in your life at this very moment. You may be struggling with something, going through a trial or tribulation, and maybe feeling like it may never end! You feel like you are in captivity to life!

Jeremiah goes on to tell them that they should not give up living just because they are in captivity. Sometimes we put off living our lives to the fullest until something “great” happens, or we achieve some unrealistic goal. But success in life is not in attaining some great prestigious position or receiving a large amount of money or even finding that one special someone to live out the rest of your life with. Success is in the journey! It is learning to live above the distractions of life; being satisfied with who you are where you are right now! God, through the prophet Jeremiah, tells them how to accomplish that feat:

Jeremiah 29:4-9 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

What God is saying to them is that they need to recognize where they are at that particular point in their lives, but not to the extent that it causes them to be paralyzed in life so that they don’t go on living. He tells them to go ahead and build houses and live their lives by planting gardens and cultivating crops; to marry and have children so that their families continue with their lineage. And then He gave them a very important instruction: “And seek the peace of the city…..and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.”

Many times we fret about the problems we have or the state of the nation and how bad things are with the economy, when we really should be praying for the situation, for it’s through prayer that we will have peace in the midst of the storm. God understood that they were in a turmoil where they were, but they had forgotten that He is the God of the storm as well as the God of the peaceful times. We often get so caught up in what we are going through that we forget that God is able to deliver us in a nano-second! He is able to change things in the twinkling of any eye! He is a miracle-working God! And He knows when the trial will end…..there is an end coming. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it isn’t that of the train coming to hit us! God has a good future planned for us all!

God goes on to say, in Jeremiah 29:8, 9: For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely in My name: I have not sent them, says the LORD.

There are a lot of things going around the world through the internet. I get emails every day of things that are “prophesied” for our future. They may not say that they are prophecies, but they simply speak of a negative outlook regarding our future. They breed fear in the hearts of people. The Lord says not to listen to false prophets and not to think about the dreams that negative thoughts bring into your night’s sleep. Sometimes we dwell so much on the negative that it spills over into our sleeping hours. The subconscious takes over and brings dreams that are more nightmares than dreams. Look at what Jeremiah says after those two verses.

Jeremiah 29:10 For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

He said all of that to let them know that all the heartache they were experiencing would come to an end. And that His plans for them were good, not bad. Sometimes we go through things and feel that God has abandoned us, but He is right there with them, helping them to see that “this, too, shall pass”, just like He is right there with you, in the midst of your storm, offering words of encouragement and comfort in knowing that He has a good plan for your life and even though things are not going well now, they will change. The key to all of it is keeping your eyes on the Lord, watching for His hand to move, praying and following His directions for living life to the fullest. Speak confidently and positively about the hope that is within you, for God is always working; He never sleeps or slumbers and is always working for your good.

Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13 AMP: Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

Paul said he had learned the secret of how to face every situation. That secret was in drawing his strength from the Lord Jesus. It gave him the ability to stand in Christ Jesus through the storms of life. When we experience difficulties in life, what do we do? Usually, we begin to complain about how bad things are. Instead, we need to be positive about the situation, speaking the solution and not the problem. God is bigger than anything the world or the devil can throw at us! Look unto Jesus! He is the author and finisher of our faith. Paul said it is the secret of facing every situation having that inner strength that comes from Christ Jesus that got him through the difficult times. He became self-sufficient through Christ’s sufficiency. In other words, he didn’t depend on his own strength and abilities to see him through the rough times, but He drew on Christ’s strength and ability and lived his life through His supernatural sufficiency.

I love the Amplified translation of this portion of scripture because it talks about Christ Jesus infusing us with inner strength. I often get a picture of this portrayed as a huge funnel placed above my head with Jesus pouring His strength through that funnel into me. It helps me understand what it meas to be “infused” with His strength.

Friends, regardless of what you are going through today, it will come to an end and there are better days ahead of you. When I lost my husband I was grieving one Sunday morning at church and the Pastor’s message was “the best is yet to come”. After the service my late husband’s doctor walked up to me and said “don’t forget, the best is yet to come”. At that time it was very difficult for me to see anything good in my future as I had just lost my husband through a massive stroke. But God brought me out of bondage into a glorious future as He introduced me, within the next year, to my present husband. What I saw as devastation with no good in sight, He saw as a transition into the good plan that He had for my future. He knew that my husband would die and I would not get to live out my future with him, and He already had a plan put in motion for me to experience His goodness in my life. My friend, if God will do that for me, He will do the same for you! He is no respecter of persons according to Acts 10:34:

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.”

Don’t waste the days of your life grieving over where you are at this very moment! It just takes one word from God to change your life forever!

Hebrews 10:35, 36 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

Keep holding on to your faith in God; be confident that He is working on your behalf to bring you into the good plan that He has for your future. Endure to the end so you can receive the promise! God is faithful to do as He has promised!

 

Father, I thank You for Your great love for each one of us. I know that You have a good plan for our lives. I pray for my friends today who may be caught up in the problems of life. Father, give them a renewed vision of what You are doing in their lives. Fill them with expectation of the great future that You have for them. Show them, Father, that You are bringing them out of bondage to experience a good future. Thank You for giving them strength to endure to the end that they may receive the promised blessing that You have for them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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