Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Breath of Life

"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you." John 16:12-15 ESV

There is a person who makes words edify. Nothing is Holy without Him. He is the truth and breath of supply. He is someone who has always been and will always be. By grace he unlocks the treasures of Heaven and gives us what no man or creature could reach or conceive of.

"Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" Philippians 2:4-5 KJV

We passively allow a treasure from God's storehouse to be ours. Life. Life as a gift that flows from the vine to the branch and produces fruit in the form of love. Christ is the doorway by which that treasure flows.

Words that bring an eternal gift are a gift.

The giving of the Spirit is in line with the mind of the Father and the mind of the Son. The Son Is God made flesh and given form according to the Father's plan. The Spirit unveils the invisible Father using the visible Son. Words become a vehicle for Life to be experienced.

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account." Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV

They are living words because of the person is behind them. The Spirit is like chemist using the periodic table of the alphabet. Letters are formed into words that have structure as vehicles of understanding. The words have someone who sees behind them. The phrases reveal what is seen.

There are other chemists that play with combinations. Their concoctions also have structures that dazzle. Words that are empty and words that are full of that which is not holy. The breath is another breath. Not the Spirit of grace and truth but something else. That Spirit is inhaled and exhaled but life is not it's source and not it's result. Those words are not a gift. They old and lifeless and eventually leave you gasping and dying for lack of air.

"But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." Luke 11:20 ESV

Jesus is the finger of God reaching in and clearing the air. The Spirit is the fresh wind that blows in from Heaven and banishes the haze so that light can shine on our minds. He fills our lungs so we can breath in sweet air.

"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17 ESV

As believers we can inhale words made by the master chemist. Those words become a remedy... a doorway... revealing the lover of men's souls. Then we exhale again what we ourselves have breathed in.

God... Help us... fill us. Enlighten our minds with what you have done so that we bring the fresh breeze of clarity with us wherever we go. By your finger banish the clouds of our self life and the haze of the world. We want to be different even as we are different walking in the finished work of Christ and having words that communicate Life.

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