Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Lifeline

Life can be so hard and scary. Sometimes when I think about all of the things happening in the world and all of the challenges I and my family face, I feel like I can't breathe. I actually feel like I need an air machine with a long tube and a mouthpiece that I could suck the air out of to help me breathe. What is happening to me? I'm listening to the enemy's lies. I buy into the lie that my problems are bigger than God. I would never say my problems are bigger than God, but I act like it. 

The other night I heard a talk from Laurie Dodds, a Christian author and speaker, who said that Satan's ultimate goal is for us to doubt God. When I am overwhelmed, I pray, but do I trust? I don't realize I'm doubting God at the time, but isn't that what I'm doing? I pray and ask God to heal, guide, work miracles, use for his glory, but then do I believe He will? I should. That would be the start to my breathing.

Jesus said "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." My lifeline is Jesus. I don't need an air machine. I can breathe when I go to my life source. My air, my breath, began with God and it will continue through him:

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

John 20:22 - "And with that He breathed on them and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit,'"

2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

I think the song,, "This is the air I breathe," describes it best:

This is the air I breathe

This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence
Living in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word
Spoken to me

And I ... I'm desperate for you
And I ... I'm lost without you

Thank you, God, for giving me your air to breathe.


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