Breathe / Breath of God
breathe verb - to take air in and out of the lungs; inhale and exhale.
breath of God- illustration to be filled or blessed by the presence of God; made alive in Him.
inhale verb - to breathe in; draw in by breathing.
The first mention of breath in the Bible is in Genesis 2, where God breathed life into Adam. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 (NIV).
From the beginning of time, God illustrated His authorship of life by physically breathing life into us. From this single breath, man became physically alive. Then, sin entered the world and along with sin came death. Life and breath were lost. When Jesus entered the picture, He taught us that He is the restoration of this life and breath. He offered the same breath of life to us spiritually through His death on the cross.
In John 10:10 (ESV), Jesus says, “I come that they may have life and have it abundantly."
The Breath of God is powerful.
It has the power to display wrath and judgment on evil. "And with the breath of His lips He shall kill the wicked.” Isaiah 11:4 (ESV)
The Breath of God also has the strength to breathe life into what was dead. "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord." Ezekiel 37:4-6 (ESV)
By simply speaking, God breathes into existence what was not there before. "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host." Psalm 33:6 (ESV)
"God is so mighty, that even just His breath has the authority to destroy and create!" (Read Genesis 2:7)
The Songs We Sing
Many songs, including the hymn, “Breathe on Me,” beckons the Holy Spirit of God to come and breathe renewing life again and again. We, as sons and daughters of Christ, recognize the need for continued renewal and refreshment from God.
"Breathe on me. Breathe on me.
Holy Spirit, breathe on me.
Take Thou my heart. Cleanse every part.
Holy Spirit, breathe on me."
"God so often uses words from His heart to do this for us." In 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV), He reminds us that “All scripture is God-breathed.”
What a great reminder! Just as food and wine need to breathe so that it’s flavor will increase, God beckons us to do the same — breathe and be renewed by Him through His words, through worship, and through time with Him.
“We are breathing the breath that You gave us to breathe to worship You.” -Lyrics by Matt Redman
Breathe on Me. I need you God.
Breathe on me Breath of God, breathe on me Breath of Life until all of me pleases you. Give me the gift of Your wisdom and grace. Let Your mercy fall on this place. All that is sacred, holy, and pure, let it be. Breathe on me.
Scripture References for BREATHE / BREATH OF GOD
“He B into his nostrils the B of life” Genesis 2:7 (NIV)
“All scripture is God-B” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
“He B on them and said receive the Holy Spirit" John 20:22 (NIV)
"he himself gives to all mankind life and B and everything." Acts 17:24-25 (ESV)
"the B of the Almighty gives me life." Job 33:4 (ESV)