The Breath of God

And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – (John 20:22)

 

All life and truth is God-breathed. At creation’s beginning, there was no life until God breathed into people, the very breath of life. Here in John, is a foretaste of the breath of Jesus and the power presented when He breathed on mankind. The context of this verse is when the disciples were in the upper room and Jesus appeared before them after He had risen. At this point, His breath was an impartation of His power to do God’s will on earth. Breathing is our reminder of just how near our Savior is to each of us. With each breath, He is present, and His power is available to all who have invited Him to be Lord of their lives. May we go forth this day, breathing deeply, knowing His nearness and operating in the power He has already presented.

 

Our very first breath,Do Everything in Love

was His gift of life;

hand-crafted, unique,

and bought with great price.

We’re given a choice,

to receive His breath;

the Spirit-filled one,

that saves us from death.

With His sweet Spirit,

too, comes His power;

to rise and obey,

our great Strong Tower.

Allow Him to breathe,

His life into you;

the power and grace,

to live a life true.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us life and breath and our very being. Thank You that when we choose to follow You, You grant us the presence of Your Holy Spirit. Thank You that Your Spirit dwells in us, and is available with each breath that we take. Forgive us for forgetting that the very same power that raised You from the grave, is alive and dwelling within us who believe. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may rise up and move in faith as You are asking. Lead us and guide us in Your love. May we love others in such a way, that they clearly come to see who You are. Let the lost be found in You. Be glorified as we go forth today, with every breath we take. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. – Psalm 145:7

My Soul Waits

To see such suffering

painting by Mary Southard

painting by Mary Southard

tears my heart into shreds.

Then I think of Jesus,

the crown placed on His head.

Imagine the Father,

as He took it all in.

The pure devastation,

as He bore all our sin.

The sickness and disease,

He bore all of those too.

Now I’m trusting His word,

and His promise of truth.

Bring healing, dear Jesus,

take away every pain.

Restore what is broken.

Please breathe Your life again.

My hope is in You Lord,

my soul trusts as we wait.

Please Father come quickly,

for her pain is so great.

I know that You give her,

Your strength and lasting peace.

Please bless her with healing,

make all illness release.

Psalm 130:5 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.”

It is so difficult to see someone who is by nature very vibrant and full of life, in anguish and huddled up in a hospital bed.  My dear friend, Anne, is a very weary warrior in this brutal battle against cancer.  God is far greater than that which is trying to take over, yet she needs His miraculous intervention to triumph over this diabolical disease, once and for all.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Healer.  We lift Anne up to You in faith, believing that You will do the miraculous in her.  Father, as we wait, may all of our hope and trust be found in You, and not in what we see or hear from the doctors.  Forgive me for the fear and doubt that can creep in, and come closer still, so that such things will be far from me, as faith continues to rise up.  Lord, You knit Anne together in her mother’s womb and You know intimately, how to make her healing happen.  Please take the nausea from her so that she may receive nourishment, restore her kidney function to full strength, and remove every cancerous cell from her body.  In Your Mighty Name.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present