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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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The first book of the Bible records the beginnings of mankind, “And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul “ (Gen 2:7).  Notice that Adam was lifeless until his dusty form was infused with the breath of God.

 

Anchored by this historical record, Paul states that the life-force of the Christian is found within Scripture, “All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work” (2 Tim 3: 16,17). 

 

Just as life came to Adam by the breath of God (Gen 2:7), so Scripture is the breath to our soul—without which, we are spiritually lifeless.  Here lies the problem with all who are described in the initial verses of this chapter.  Devoid of scriptural life, their souls are adrift in a sea of self-gratification—no Safe Harbor or Solid Rock exists upon which to set anchor against the storms and trials of life.

 

If we do not focus our time and energy upon obtaining a relationship with our Lord through daily Bible study and prayer the end result will be apparent—“a form of godliness” but “denying the power” (2 Tim. 3:5) that transforms the life of the overcomer.

 

The majority of earth’s inhabitants are far from God—their every thought is continually on self. They wander to and fro over the earth seeking after a fleeting moment of pleasure. And, there are people whose names are recorded in church books and who faithfully pay tithe—they may even be elders in the church—but when the judgment bell tolls, they will be lost!  Looking great and having your name listed in the church directory provides no enabling power to overcome the sins in your life. 

 

To place yourself in close proximity to Christ through daily study of His living word is the key to becoming all God wants you to be is.  This closeness allows Him to infuse you with His Holy breath—making you wise unto salvation. 

 

Make it your daily practice to dig deeply into God’s word—follow the veins of pure gold leading directly to the bosom of the One who loves you greatly.  As you open the Scriptures, do so with reverence and Holy awe. Remember, you hold in your hands the breath of God ready to infuse you with the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit. “He [Jesus] breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit “ (John 20:22). May our daily prayer be, “Lord, breathe on me.”

 

Remember, it’s all about God! “Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live (Eze. 37:5 ).

 


Jim Ayer
Vice President
Adventist World Radio
General Conference