STATION 20: THE BREATH OF GOD
Everything which has life breathes. Plants may not have lungs as mammals do, but they definitely breathe. Everything that has life has breath. God is alive and God breathes. God exhales and He inhales and the breath of God goes like this.
God breathes out and fills our lungs with His life. We live that life until, following the call of God, we die to ourselves. We expire and breathe our soul back into God.
In short form, the breath of God is this: God dies so that we can live, so that we can die, so that God can live. That is what the death and resurrection of Jesus is all about--the breath of God. There's a remarkable passage in the Bible, in the letter of Paul to the Philippines, starting in chapter 2:5. "Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God, a thing to be grasped, but emptied He taking the form of a bond servant and being made in the likeness of men."
"Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, and at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of those who are in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."
That is the breath of God. Jesus starts out as God, what He has always been, what He only could be. He poured out Himself and died to His Godliness. God died so that He, as a human being, as a person, could live. He died to His Godliness, to be born to His humanity. He then lived His life as a human, and upon the Cross died to His humanity, not my will but thy will be done. At that point, He was reborn to His Godliness. God dies that we might live, that we might die, that God might live.
God dies to Himself, and our humanity is born. We die to our humanity, and Godliness is reborn. That is the breath of God. That is the entire cycle of the universe. That is what this place, this galaxy among galaxies, is all about. It is a place where God is breathing.
Another magnificent example is that of the ocean. The ocean contains uncountable drops of water. In the presence of the light, that water evaporates and forms into clouds. The clouds then collect all of the individual droplets of water. Those droplets of water fall back down to the earth and eventually re-enter the ocean. God is the ocean, and we are the rain drops.
That is the breath of God. It is true that the heavens do declare the glory of God, and the Earth does show His handiwork. God's nature and attributes can be clearly seen through what He has made. God is the ocean, we are the rain drops. The ocean dies to itself to become a rain drop, and the rain drop dies to itself to re-become the ocean.
We see this clearly in the book of Philippians as being Jesus' pathway. Jesus, having dwelt in Godliness, emptied Himself out to become human, emptying Himself of His humanity in order to resume His Godliness. It is emphatically clear throughout the Bible that Jesus' pathway and His life are blueprints for ours.
In the beginning, whenever that was, we were inside of God. We still are inside of God. God knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb, so God creates us and places us here. He breathes His breath into Adam, and Adam becomes a living soul.
We then live our lives encased in ego. Eventually we come to the point where we can say, no longer my will, my small limited egocentric human will be done, but rather Heavenly Father, thy will be done.
We take up our cross, and we join Christ in life eternal. We can then say that we, as small individual raindrops, no longer exist. It is only Christ who lives in us. We have rejoined the ocean. We are now one with the Heavenly Father, and He pours through and expresses Himself in and around us.
God has died to a part of Himself to enable you to live as you are. He took the breath out of His own lungs to inspire you, to give you the ability to walk, talk, sing, and dance.
But, this is not the end. You do not want to spend the rest of eternity in your small limited human world. There are realms of glory beyond your wildest comprehension. That is when we respond to the call of God, and we, as Jesus, become obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Our egos die.
Whereupon God exalts us and raises us up into Heaven to be
with Him, to surround the Heavenly throne so that He might say to
us, well done now good and faithful servant. This is power, this
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