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The Breath

Genesis 2:7 

then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

 The Breath of Life is such an underrated, underappreciated aspect of our lives.  When God breathed the breath of life into Adam, he was initiating an amazing miraculous event that is barely noticed in our waking day. 

 

The process of breathing is such a beautiful thing and yet the vast majority of us are not taking the full benefits of it.  We are in such a stressed out, overworked, mind busy with busyness that we don’t notice how shallow the breath has become. 

 

This lack of full breaths cuts our life short and unfortunately for us Christians no one has bothered to really study the power of the breath except for the Buddhists, the Hindus and the New age movement. 

 

The research and results of hundreds of thousands of people who engage in breathing exercises mixed with mindful meditation go through a fantastic transformation that provides peace, joy, lovingkindness, self control Hmm… that sounds familiar, oh yes the fruit of the spirit.  Isn’t that amazing that non believers are the ones who have pioneered spiritual development that integrates the breath towards removing stress, anxiety, fleshly desires and a host of other sinful temptations.

 

But does the Bible say anything about the importance of the breath.  Sure it does, but what’s fascinating is that God has coded it in the Hebrew and Greek texts.  Look below and you’ll see how the meanings of Hebrew and Greek correlate the breath with the spirit.

Job 32:8 But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.

Pneuma (??????) is an ancient Greek word for “breath“,

and in a religious context for “spirit” or “soul“.  Used in Greek

translations of the Hebrew Bible and in the Greek New Testament.

In classical philosophy, it is distinguishable from psyche (????), which originally meant “breath of life”, but is regularly translated as “spirit” or most often “soul“.

Isaiah

 11:2 Spirit of the LORD

11:4 breath  

19:14 spirit

30:1 my spirit

33:11 my breath

34:16 His spirit

38:16 spirit life-breath

40:7 breath of the LORD

40:13 mind of the LORD

 

This is just a brief announcement of what the Bible tells us what many gurus of the ages has tried to tell us for centuries.  We’ve allowed the demonic to take hold of these treasures of God and corrupt with philosophies and theologies that are not of God. 

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