Genesis 1:2 “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Zechariah 4:6 “‘…Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit;’” says the Lord Almighty”. (NIV)

Ezekiel 36: 27 “And I will put my Spirit in you, and move you to follow my decrees, and be careful to keep my laws.” (NIV)

“Why” you might ask “ are you talking about breath? None of these passages have that word in them.”  That is a very appropriate question. Well here is the answer.

The word they all do have in common is “Spirit”. And in Hebrew the word for spirit used in all three passages is “ruah” which can be translated breath, wind, or spirit. So now take a moment to reread each of the above Scriptures and substitute “breath” for “Spirit” in each. It makes a big difference does it not? Wow just the thought of God breathing on us makes this a much more personal, close up experience. Just think about this: the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit is close enough I can feel His breath on my face. And it penetrates deep into my heart and soul.

Consider the miraculous change God’s breath or Spirit made in the formation of this earth. Concentrate for a moment on the fact that it is not might nor power that accomplishes the incredible but God’s breath—His Spirit. And then the wonderful assurance we acquire from the book of Ezekiel that God will put His breath in us which will equip us with the ability to be faithful in following His instructions. 

But how I love the description in Genesis 2:7 of the dynamic result of God’s breath on whomever it touches: “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.” (NIV) Oh precious reader know that whatever His spirit breathes on comes to life. My dear sister, my dear brother can you feel God’s breath? Do you feel the chills racing up and down your spine?  Let this thought burn deep into your inner being this coming week.  

In 1878 Edwin Hatch wrote the following hymn which is a perfect way to close today’s blog. If you happen to be familiar with it go ahead and sing a song of praise to the Father.

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,

till I am wholly thine,

till all tis earth part of me

glows with thy fire divine.

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