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Spiritual Breathing


When I was in high school, I read the 4 Spiritual Laws put out by Campus Crusade for Christ. Anybody reading this old enough to remember those pamphlets? The idea of “Spiritual Breathing” was mentioned in this brief tract, and I never forgot it. We breathe out our sin and breathe in the Holy Spirit. That keeps us prayed up and ready for abundant living. Psalms139:23-24 reminds us to take an inventory, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”

In an earlier blog post post I talked about reactions we have when we screw up, how we can either deny our sin or distance from God because of it. But God is in the restoration business, not to give us license to sin but to give us liberty from it.

Unlike this guy who was visiting Las Vegas and called the preacher to ask what time the services were on Sunday morning. The preacher was impressed, “Most people don’t come to Vegas to go to church.”

“Oh, I’m not coming for the church,” he responded.

“I’m coming for the gambling, and parties, and wild women. But if I do half a much as I plan on doing, I’ll need to come to church on Sunday morning.”

It is not the intent of grace to promote sin. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to be released from selfishness, so why return to it?  

1 John 1:6-10, “ If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.


Here are a few insights on repentance I have used when I take that inventory and need to change some things~

REPENTANCE
Repentance is made up of 3 things. As we offer up our confession to God…
1. There is a change of mind. We wish to do good instead of continuing in our sin and doing stupid things that we will regret.
2. There is a change of heart. Instead of loving sin we have “set our affections on things above.” We love Jesus and His commandments. “O How I love the law,” Psalm 119:97. For this we have to rely on the Holy Spirit. God works in us to give us the will and the want to, Philippians 2:13 (That’s the Newtonian paraphrase.) He does that through the Spirit’s power in us. Ask the Lord to give you “a new heart” and “a new spirit,” Ezekiel 18:31. When that happens, we are “partakers of the divine nature,” 2 Peter 1:4.
3. There is a change of life. (I’m not talking about the change that makes you hot flash until you can’t breathe.) This is a change in behavior that results from a new heart and mind. Repentance in the Greek language means to turnaround and go the other way. When we change our hearts and our minds, we live that out with the decisions we make each day. Then we witness a God’s amazing transformation.


I love this quote: When we know Christ as our Savior, confession doesn’t alter our position with the Lord but it enhances our peace with Him.

Comments

June 22, 2013 @09:00 pm

Thank you for your inspiration messages! Please keep them coming. God bless.

Terri
June 18, 2013 @01:25 pm

I Love This! Thank You Linda! God Bless You!xoxox

Ophelia
June 17, 2013 @01:09 pm

Love this message today:) Thanks

Nancy
June 17, 2013 @12:10 pm

I love the idea of breathing in God. I'm reminded of sitting at the ocean - always feels like I'm sitting on His lap listening to Him breath. I thought of a song title/idea once - never wrote the song - but thought it was a cool idea. Breathing in God's blessing and exhaling praise.

Catherine
June 17, 2013 @12:05 pm

thank you Linda i love reading your blog - you refresh me!

Mary
 

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