The Breath of God

Scripture is God’s breath! When we read and meditate on the word of God, we are breathing in the very breath of God. Take these three symbols, bread, water, and breath: How long can we go without bread? Most people say 40 days if you have water. How long can we go without water? Most say 4 to 12 days. Now, how long can we go without air? It’s a matter of minutes.

Since the Scripture is the breath of God, is it possible that some people live in an oxygen, spiritual depleted atmosphere? It doesn’t take much to stress those people out who go without God’s word.

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (Verse 17) so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Greek word for “inspiration” is “theopneustos.” “Theo”, coming from the word God and “pneustos” means breathed. So all Scripture is God-breathed.

Ezekiel 37:1 – The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. (Verse 2) Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 

(Verse 3) And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O LORD God, You know.” (Verse 4) Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! (Verse 5) ‘Thus says the LORD God to these bones; “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

(Verse 6) “I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ‘ ” (Verse 7) so I prophesied as I was commanded, and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.

(Verse 8) Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. (Verse 9) Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the LORD God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ‘ ” (Verse 10) So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

In this passage, the breath of God transforms a valley of dry bones into an exceedingly great army:

The breath of God gives understanding.

In verse 3 when God asked Ezekiel if these bones could live, Ezekiel said, “You know.”

Job 32:8 – But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.

Think about that verse for a moment. The very breath of the Almighty gives us understanding! Amazing! And how do we get the breath of God? By reading His word!

How many times have we said, “If I could just understand what God is doing or what is happening?” The Bible is how we get understanding. We can’t live a Christian life by someone else telling us what the Bible says. We have to read and know it for ourselves!

Luke 24:45 – And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

Without breath, we panic then fear sets in. That’s what happens to a lot of believers that don’t read the word of God. Have you ever known a Christian that it seems every time you talk to them they are in one crisis after another? They put everything first instead of going to God’s word and seeing what He has to say about it.

The Breath of God gives order.

In Ezekiel, verse 7, Ezekiel prophesied and the bones came together, bone to bone. This was a valley of dry bones, not a valley of skeletons. They were not already put together. The bones came in to order when Ezekiel prophesied and the breath of God came. When Ezekiel prophesied, the word of God caused them to come into order.

Psalm 33:6 – By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. 

Genesis 1:2 – The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Verse 3) Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 

When God spoke, His word spoken out loud, it happened. When a person speaks they use their breath. We can’t speak without breathing. That day God said, “Let,” and His breath came out of His mouth and created what His words said. The “power” is in the breath!

God breathed the whole Bible and the power to do what He wants to be done is in His breath. Isaiah 55:11 – So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

When we go through difficulties and we read in Scripture what needs to be done, the power to do it has been released if we will speak His word!

The breath of God gives strength.

Those dry bones needed strength. The sinews are actually the tendons that connect the mussel together. It’s what brings strength and allows the body to function correctly.

Psalm 18:15 – Then the channels of waters were seen and the foundations of the world were uncovered at Your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. (Verse 16) He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. (out of the words of the enemies) (Verse 17) He delivered me from my strong enemy from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me.

Exodus 15:8 – And with the blast of Your nostrils the waters were gathered together; the floods stood upright like a heap; and the depths congealed in the heart of the sea. (Verse 9) Then the enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied on them, I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’ (Verse 10) You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

John 20:22 – And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” 

The breath of God gives life.

Ezekiel 37:10 – So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

The Christian life has to be nourished with the bread, water, and breath, that comes from the word of God. A malnourished person has no strength to win any battles nor will they have any power.

2 Peter 1:20 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, (Verse 21) for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

These holy men of God spoke the same way that Ezekiel spoke the word of God and the breath of God was released.

Genesis 2:7 – And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

So what brought life to Adam? The breath of God. What brings life to you and me? The breath of God. All Scripture is God-breathed!

Job 33:4 – The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 

I can’t stress this enough, but if you are not in God’s Word every day then you will eventually run out of any nourishment you need to be successful in your Christian walk!

Take in the very breath of God and He will prosper all we do! One breath a week is not enough. Eat every day, drink every day, and breathe every day.