Sitting in Tanzania this morning breathing some natural air I came across this thought we breathe at least 12-14 times a minute without thinking. Breathing is a miracle. It keeps us alive. In the same way, God has given Christians “spiritual breathing” for our spiritual well-being. Spiritual breathing, like physical breathing, is a process of exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure. It can become a way of life.
You “exhale” by confessing your sins as soon as you become aware of them and claim God’s forgiveness….
You “inhale” by asking the Holy Spirit to take control and empower you to help you from returning to that sin.
Usually, we don’t give much thought to our physical breathing. But spiritual breathing requires conscious action – a readiness to “exhale”, confess our sin, and “inhale”, or trust God to fill us with his Holy Spirit.
When Christians do not understand this concept, we live on a spiritual roller coaster of frustration. On our own, we may have a fresh start in life only to lose it again – negative thoughts, angry words, slammed doors…… How could this change? It could change by learning and applying the concept of spiritual breathing.
Today as we practice spiritual breathing. Don’t wait to exhale. Be quick to confess. We can pause and confess our sin as soon as we entertain a sinful thought, speak an ugly word, or act on evil desires. “Spiritual exhaling” is agreeing with God about our sin. Inhale spiritually is to claim and receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit by faith. When the negative circumstances of life crowd in and we take A spiritual breath by letting the Spirit in to take the reigns of our life It is a continuous, conscious choice we make to walk in the Holy Spirit’s power. Are you ready to do spiritual breathing today?
“Keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit” – Ephesians 5:18.
Yahweh, I need you. Father, today I breathe spiritually by exhaling the times I have sinned against you. I thank you that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross. And now I inhale by asking Your Spirit to put Christ back on the throne of my life and to fill me, as You promised in Your Word, I pray this in the name of Jesus. I thank You for directing me in Christ’s name. Amen