If you’ve ever gone for a run you probably know the feeling of exhaustion that comes with trying to catch your breath. Maybe your nostrils burn and your heart races as your lungs beg for air, but none of these body parts is responsible for controlling your breathing. In fact, it’s your brain that’s telling your body to breathe all the time, even though you may only notice when your breathing becomes heavy after exercising.
Your brain is constantly monitoring the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. If there’s too much waste product building up, it tells your body to breathe faster to bring in more oxygen. This is why when you go for a run, you breathe heavier—your body needs to create more energy, therefore creating more carbon dioxide.
If breath is so necessary for the physical man then there must be an equal force that is necessary for the spiritual man. We call this the Spirit of God. Let's read...
John 3:1-5 (KJV)
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
The Spirit of God is completely necessary to SEE the kingdom of God! In Acts Chapter 2, there were those who had seen and heard things that their minds could not comprehend and upon hearing that this was part of the salvation plan, there were those who cried out... What must we do to be saved! Peter, the one that Jesus gave the keys to, had this to say...
Acts 2:37-41 (KJV)
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
If you have not received this same experience for yourself then I humbly ask of you... Will you receive the breath of God, the Spirit of God... So that you might Live Again? The promise is for you and as many as the Lord our God shall call!