respiration

By October 16, 2009Church

This weekend I’m teaching on part two of our MRS GREN series: Respiration.

The idea behind the message is that we need to continually breathe in God to stay spiritually alive.  Breathing is vital to life.  At this point, you might be thinking, “Ken is so profound.  Duhhhh, I already knew that.”

Of course you did.  But we may not make the connection between our physical bodies and our spiritual life.  Just as our physical bodies are wired to breath, so are our spiritual bodies.

In Genesis 2 we find that when God created man, he “breathed life into him.”  Ever since then, we have needed God to continually breathe life into us.  And we need to continually breathe in God.  Unless we develop the spiritually breathe, we will grow stale — or worse, we will be spiritually dead.

Bill Bright, the late founder of Campus Crusade, described the spiritual growth process as learning to inhale the goodness and righteous of God and then exhaling our sinfulness.  Spiritual respiration.

But how?  How do we develop the ability to spiritually breathe?  By taking God with us into every nook and cranny of our experience.  We breathe God in when we spend time in his word and pray.  We also breathe God in when we invite him into an upcoming conversation or encounter.

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