Challenging You To Breathe
Many people look at their Christian life as a roller coaster experience; moving up and down in ones closeness to the Lord. I learned how to get off of this roller coaster life through the ministry of Dr. Bill Bright. Dr. Bright shared the following message on spiritual breathing to demonstrate how one can have a steady walk with the Lord:
Jackie had been a Christian for several years, yet she was frustrated. "I feel like I am on a spiritual roller coaster," she said. "For awhile I feel close to the Lord and excited about serving Him then I give in to temptation and sin, and then I feel complacent and distant from God." Jackie was describing a problem that plagues many Christians today -- how to live a more consistent, victorious life for our Lord Jesus Christ. Let me ask you: Have you been troubled by inconsistency, discouragement and defeat in your Christian life? Well, I have good news for you. You can get off that spiritual roller coaster and enjoy a victorious, consistent walk with the Lord Jesus. Here is the secret; keep short accounts with God through an exercise I call "spiritual breathing." Think for a moment on how your body needs to breathe. When you exhale, you are ridding your lungs of carbon dioxide and other impurities that would cause disease if they stayed in your system. Then, when you inhale, you breathe in the oxygen that is crucial to maintaining a healthy body. So it is with spiritual life. When we sin, our fellowship with God is broken. That is why we feel distant from God and become complacent. Several days after Jackie learned how to breathe spiritually, she experienced hateful thoughts toward a neighbor. As soon as she realized what she was doing, Jackie "exhaled" by praying, "Lord Jesus, I have taken over the throne of my life through sin. I acknowledge to you my hatefulness for my neighbor. Thank you that you died for my sin. I repent of it and I give back to you the control of the throne of my life. Fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit of love." Then, by faith, she "inhaled" a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. And by keeping a short account with God, Jackie's joy was restored within moments.
From the beginning of my Christian life, God gave me a strong desire to live a holy life and become a fruitful witness for our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, the harder I tried the more frustrated I became. One day God graciously showed me the answer. It was through this concept of spiritual breathing. I know from many years of experience -- it works. Dr. Bright is right! We can be more consistent in our daily Christian walk. Make spiritual breathing a regular part of your life and experience the freshness of God filling your life.
Challenging you to breathe,