DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH

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Ezekiel 37:8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

I used to play a lot of squash and started off quite well only to find myself running out of breath halfway through the matches. From there, it was all down-hill. Spiritually speaking, this is a picture of many Christians who start off well but finish poorly because they run out of breath.

Ezekiel 37:4 says, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live’”.

The word breath in Hebrew is “ruah” meaning “spirit”. What it is referring to is the Spirit of God filling these newly formed bodies. When God first made Adam, He formed him out of the ground and then filled him with breath – or the Spirit of God.

In v10 it says, “So I prophesied as I was commanded, and breath entered them, they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army.”

This vast army is a powerful prophetic picture of the church. A glorious, redeemed church filled with the power and the breath of the Holy Spirit!

A key to continually being filled with the Spirit and not running out of breath – is praying in the Holy Spirit. This type of prayer is oxygen for your soul – your spirit.

And a simple reason why so many Christians are running out of breath and seeing no evidence of the power of God in their life is that they are not praying in the Spirit (praying in tongues). They are going from Sunday to Sunday holding their breath. But you cannot live like that. Try holding your breath physically and see how far you get. It is the same spiritually. For every day you miss praying in the Spirit, you are literally holding your breath spiritually.

Praying in the Holy Spirit activates your faith – it keeps it active and alive.

Jude 20 says, “But you dear friends, build yourselves up on your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit”

I wake up early every day and I pray in the Holy Spirit – tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:2,14 says,Anyone who speaks in a tongue, speaks not to people, but to God... ‘For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays…

So, let me encourage you to be praying in the Spirit on a daily basis. Do it for just 20 minutes. This will carry you through your entire day! Sometimes you will go longer, especially as you build spiritual stamina. For me, I meditate and study the Word, but the single, most important thing that carries me from one day to the next and not running out of breath is praying in the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying in the Holy Spirit activates your faith, it keeps it active and alive.