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BREATHE LIFE

November 23, 2019

God formed man, not haphazardly but with precise thought. He created man and gave him skin to cover his body, two hundred seventy bones for structure, support, shape, and protection of vital organs, six hundred muscles for movement, and most importantly along with the above, organs to function in the eleven systems (circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproduction, skeletal, urinary, nervous, and integumentary) utilized in the human body.

At the completion of this masterful creation, God breathes into man’s nostrils the breath of life and man was morphed from a lifeless mass into a moving, living, and thinking person. The man was given responsibility to be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and have dominion in the earth. Additionally, as a representative of God’s kingdom he was supposed to be a reflection of the culture and lifestyle of God on earth.

Due to disobedience and sin, man fell from his original state and did not fulfill his designed purpose in the earth. However, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, believers have the ability with the help of the Holy Spirit to function as we should on this earth and to follow the example of our Creator.

As recorded in Ezekiel 37, the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel was taken in the spirit to a valley of dry human bones. Ezekiel was told to walk amongst the bones and then asked, “Son of man, can these bones live?” God told him, “Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord,” which he did and the bones came together with sinews, flesh and skin, but they had no life. Therefore, God told Ezekiel to “Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” Again, Ezekiel followed the instructions, and breath came into them, and they lived and stood up upon their feet.

Just as God breathed life into man, and Ezekiel speaking the Word of God caused men to live, we, believers have the responsibility and privilege to also breathe life into individuals who are suffering, hopeless, and wishing they were dead. Please know, your positive, directional, creative, healing words can change lives, but lest you doubt this, let me remind you and close this blog with a question and scripture. First the scripture found in Proverbs 18:24a, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Lastly the question, “How about being a builder of man and not a human wrecking ball?”

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