HAVE YOU BEEN EQUIPPED FOR YOUR JOURNEY?
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Have you ever tried to catch your breath? I don't mean when you have been running or exercising and you find yourself out of breath. I mean have you ever been in the cold and tried to catch your breath. You see it coming out of your mouth and sometimes you pretend to be a dragon or other things. You try to catch a glimpse of it and God is able to show us a physical image of what is within us. When we talk about breath, I am always reminded of the power of God's breath as it was used in the formation of life. Early in Genesis we see that God said it and whatever God said it came into being. However, when God looked to form humankind, He was very intentional in the way that we were created. It would have been so easy for God to have allowed the wind to fill our lungs with life or for God to just say breathe. But instead, it says that, "The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being", Genesis 2:7. There was something very intentional by God's actions and through this example we can see the power of the Breath of God and the life that is given.
Recognizing that the breath we see is a clear connection to God who gave us life, we recognize the power of the God's ability to create life in all that He does. As we look at God's Word as something that is uniquely inspired by God and written through fallible people who were inspired by an infallible God, we are able to see the ability God has to inspire life. The Bible is not a book of fables or fairy tales that brought together a story line that was a made for TV movie. It is literally the BREATH OF GOD! It is the awe-inspiring words that came from God's "mouth" and landed in the hands of those He anointed to write
it out for the world to follow. And please understand that we all want to make God human and give God human qualities, but that is not who God is. Thank God, that God is not human and that He is so beyond the mess that we have created in this world. We use the term anthropomorphic, which means that we try and give God human qualities and make Him more understandable to our way of existence, but God is the giver and sustainer of life and is so much more than any of that. And just with HIS BREATH, God is able to create life through words that has the power to transform lives in such a way that is impossible to explain. God has given us the opportunity to truly take hold of a piece of Him and we are called to use it in various areas of our lives. In each moment, we are able to teach, train, rebuke, equip, praise, worship and confess. We are able to step into God's presence because His Words are the same today as the very first time they were given. It's time that we catch the Breath of God that has been inside our lungs from the first moment that we were given life.
Paul is able to use a powerful statement to encourage and give life and hope to young Timothy. We are able to see into the life connection of Paul and Timothy as Timothy is pastoring the church at Ephesus. Paul is reminding Timothy of the power and fruitfulness of God's Word if truly applied in our lives. Timothy continues to struggle with the battles that so many pastors face of people who question and doubt the authority of God, but Paul is reminding him to stand firm and stand on the foundational teachings of God's Word. Paul is also reminding us that there is no better book to do a Bible study out of than that Bible. I know that there are so many people who make a living studying and teaching through the Bible, but hear me when I say that God is trying to inspire US to dig into His Word. God is trying to prepare us all individually for the journey that we will take throughout our lives and even though I love reading Louie Giglio, Beth Moore, Sadie Robertson, Tim Tebow, John Wesley, J.D. Walt, Billy Graham, etc... There is something to be said about the BREATH God is trying to BREATHE into us individually through the power of His Word. From the first words in Genesis, "In the beginning God... to the very last words written in Revelation, "The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people Amen." We are able to see God's fingerprints all over the place helping to guide us through the roller-coaster life. God is continuing to exhale in hopes that our nostrils will catch His life giving power and recognize the power of His Word to prepare us for the fulfillment of God's plan. As we mentioned before we are ALL a part of God's master plan, we just have to make a decision as to how big of a part of His plan that we want to play, and how much we are willing to allow God to breathe into us again.
So our challenge is simple for today. I am asking that we just take a moment and sit or stand in the AWE of GOD. That we realize the Bible is God's amazing life-giving breath that continues to inspire people every day. We read His Word anticipating that we will be revived and inspired to see the world with a new perspective. We take hold of the promises that have been written as poems or love letters from a Creator to His creation. We recognize that God is still breathing and alive and that we have the honor and opportunity to meet with Him every day. As the common thread that is carried all throughout the Bible, God has always been intentional and not abstract. God is not asking us to read between the lines, but to be inspired to live a life that follows His Master Plan. Even in the darkest hours, God has
been there. Even in the moments we thought all was lost, God has been there to help us to return to His Word as a life sustaining connection with Him. God's Word is more than just a book, more than just a guide, it is the life and message of God being revealed from the first words written to the AMEN. I just hope and pray that we will not longer take this BREATH OF GOD for granted and decide that we want to live just enough to get through life. Instead, I pray that we live in such a way that draws others to breathe God's Word as they dig in and become entrenched in the wellspring of life. As God was hovering over the formless world, I can still see in my minds eye the perfect picture of Light coming out of God's mouth when He introduced life into the world of darkness and chaos. That same LIGHT still exists today through the power of the Holy Spirit and helps to direct our hearts back to the breath that we need to fill our lungs and sustain our lives. Father, Here I am. What can I do for You today? Amen.