21st March 2014

Live And Breathe God 

…you filled your lungs with polluted unbelief…”
Ephesians 2:2 (MSG)

Abba’s lyrics, “There was something in the air that night”, may be more significant than we think. I’m not referring to a romantic encounter, or to the increase in global and local man-made pollution, but to something else.

The Bible imagines that human immorality is like an airborne spiritual malaise. It’s an interesting concept. Paul told the Christians in Ephesus that immorality was rife because “you filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience”. Their leaders and celebrities led in debauchery instead of good, clean living. It is reminiscent of today’s world, is it not? With each passing week there are more appalling stories of sexual abuse, of infidelity in high places, and of deviant lifestyles. Maybe it’s a reflection of our culture and its entertainment, its songs, its book and magazines, of which many are steeped in wrong values. It’s the spiritual air we breathe.

Is there a cure, an antidote to combat the foul spiritual air around us? Another biblical writer, David, says there is. He wrote, “I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. I live and breathe God; if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy: join me in spreading the news; together let’s get the word out” (Psalm 34:1-3 MSG).

Isn’t it great when you’re up a mountain or by the sea and you breathe in the refreshing, clean, unpolluted air? That’s what breathing God is like.

Don’t inhale the diseased society around us: rather, let’s inhale and exhale God.

Breathe God and live. 

Father, in this spiritually polluted world, please help us to live and breathe the purity and freshness of your life and your thoughts. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


bible1About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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