Scripture Reflection

“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4

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One of the simplest and most underutilized tools in our arsenal against our anxious thoughts, racing minds mind, and wavering faith is our breath.

Breathing is an involuntary response that provides us with the necessary oxygen for life. But it also has another benefit that you may not have been aware of. Breathing also provides us with 'spiritual oxygen' essential for our spiritual well-being.

If you've ever had to calm a hysterical child (or adult), the first thing you tell them is to 'breathe'. Conversely, if you've given birth, you know that the tendency is to hold your breath, which only makes the pain more prolonged and intense.

We can apply this same principle to any challenge we encounter—just breathe!

Physiologically, (deep) breathing calms the nervous system which can slow heart rate and digestion and promote feelings of calm.

“Spiritual breathing, like physical breathing, can be used as a means to exhale all toxic thoughts and inhale the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the Bible, the word for breath 'ruach' means Spirit, so man becomes a "living being" when God breathes His Spirit into him (Genesis 2:7). We can literally breathe in the Presence of God and be filled with the Holy Spirit all day long if we so choose.

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One of our team members, Felicity, wrote an acrostic for the word breathe:

Breathe in and out

Relinquish

Entrust

And

Turn over to

Him

Everything

It's that simple if we choose to utilize it. Starting this very second, you can relinquish control and turn everything over to God with your next breath.

It's especially in the challenging times of our journey that we need to be reminded to breathe in the Word that God has breathed out for us (2 Timothy 3:16–17).

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Declare

Lord, you are the air I breathe. Every time I inhale, I'm reminded of your presence, your awe, and your wonder. There's nothing to worry about when your breath fills me with life. And so I pause right now Lord and feel your breath fill my lungs with air; my mind and spirit are at ease and I recognize that there is nothing to worry about when you are in control. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.