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The Breath of New Life

The Bible begins with the incredible story of creation. “In the beginning, God” creates from that which is described as a world empty dark and lifeless. By the power of His word everything is set in order by the
command “let there be”. Six days of omnipotent creation culminates with the creation of two people given the opportunity to enjoy all He has created. They are formed and animated as God Himself breathes into them the breath of life. The desires of God are clear “be fruitful and multiply” enjoy all that is created except the fruit of that one tree. They are just not quite ready for that. We know the story, it’s the story we all share. We all fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).

The Bible continues to present the unfolding of God’s master plan, dealing with the failures of man, the power of His forgiveness, the provision for man’s redemption, and the hope of eternal life.

When a person becomes a believer, it is the same story. God transforms a life of emptiness and darkness and brings order and hope. He reveals his heart as new life in Him is pursued. His plan is for His children to know and rely on His presence. His desires remain as they were in the beginning, to be fruitful and enjoy His creation. He breathes new life.

Unfortunately, the world we currently occupy is also inhabited by an unseen and ruthless enemy bent on every believer’s destruction. Although his power is limited and his demise is clearly set, he remains a
threat. His desire is to choke out the breath of God in every believer’s heart. He exploits every opportunity as a “thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10).

The enemy is no match for the One who reigns above all. God’s provisions are more than enough. He provides and gives the opportunity to receive all that adds to that which produces abundant life. He speaks into each life just as He did in the beginning. He whispers “let there be”, as he brings change and order. The Apostle Peter writes, (2 Peter 1:3-8) “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep
you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we continue to face the unprecedented challenges of our times let us be attentive to the whispers of the creator as we hear Him say “let there be”. God continues to breathe new life, adding qualities to be received in anticipation of life extended to others. May the quality of your life increase, and the effectiveness of your testimony grow. I believe many opportunities will present themselves as current trials begin to diminish. May you be thoroughly equipped for effective and productive ministry.

In His Service,

Pastor Mike