It’s amazing how everything around us relates directly back to God as our intelligent designer. The level of organization within the body, the genetic code, the process of photosynthesis, all of which are scientific processes, instinctively show the complexity and intelligence of God. Today, I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Emmanuel College’s very own faculty member, Dr. Peek, inform the student body about religion and the scientific method. During this time, he said something so profound that it made me considerably question my relationship with God. He simply said, “religion deals with a relationship to God, and science is the understanding of that relationship with the natural world.” Too often, we live this relationship through church events and traditions that we fail, everyday, to see God in our “school subjects”.
In fact, he created calculus. He knows calculus. Why is it important? Because it brings us into a closer relationship with God knowing that he produces solutions, problems, and ways to strategize his infinite wisdom. Most days in Dr. Scranton’s calculus class we recite these verses, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:33-36). The truth is we will never be able to completely understand the mind of God. However, we do have ways to understand more about Him through our academic subjects. Which brings me to the topic I would like to discuss: breathing.
We are learning in biology about the respiratory system. Without the respiratory system, a vertebrate cannot breathe. Essentially, respiration results in gas exchanges between the body’s cells and the external environment. In order for the gas exchange or diffusion to occur the” gas exchange regions of the body” have to be thin, moist, and relatively large.
When, I heard these three words, the Holy Spirit gave me revelation about the spiritual “air” we breath from God. Let’s break down the three requirements for gas exchange. First, thin means having “little flesh” or is “composed of or containing objects, particles, etc., widely separated.” In order for us to receive the breath and life of God daily, we have to be completely transparent with God. This means that we cannot have blockages or distractions within our lives that prevent us from being “thin” before God. Also, this means having “little flesh”, but often times our “flesh” keeps us “clogged” up with dirt and sin that keep us away from God. We cannot breathe fresh life from God if we are not daily opening ourselves up with transparent hearts. This cannot happen if we live carnal lives that block those areas for gas exchange, or “the breathe of life from God.”
Second, we have to be moist. That seems very weird, but think about it. The word moist has several definitions. It can mean moderately wet or tearful (Dictionary.com). We cannot receive spiritual breathes from God without having the ability to soak in His presence. The layers of our spiritual body are connected to God through this “tearful”, wet layer. Being wet with God’s supernatural rain should be something we strive for daily. But, we cannot be wet in His presence, without the ability to be moist. Its says in Hebrews 5:7, “during the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Like Jesus did on earth, we have to be a people willing to shed tears before the Lord, so that life, through the exchanging of God’s breath, can be granted to us. To save himself from death, Jesus wept. To save us from death of God’s spirit, we have the same heart as Jesus-a humble, moist one.
The third component is a large surface area. How does this apply? We cannot just give God a little “piece” of us. He either works in all parts of us or not at all. So many times we pray, “God, use my hands.” Then, we prepare our hands to serve, but we neglect using our minds to read the word of God. Sometimes, we say, “God use my heart.” Then, we forget that we have to build of strong hearts through eating healthy to appropriately share the depths of our heart with other people. God doesn’t say in His word, “Oh, I will use just some parts of you.” No, he says be either hot or cold. This means that when we are trying the live a life full of God’s air-we have to let him fill every place inside of us. Our wholes bodies and spirits have to be large enough that he can inhabit. Him giving us life everyday is not some little thing- it’s the very essence of death and life.
God’s holy spirit is like the oxygen we breathe, we cannot live without out his breathe. There is even more of a connection here. Yahweh, in the Hebrew and Greek, is a word that means creator. However, it has a meaning connected to “soul and life.” It is a word derived from words that mean “breath”, “a current of air”, or “exhalation”. We can connect that the Holy Spirit is the Breath, or Exhalation of the Father whom we know as Yahweh. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is the Divine Breath, and the air we breathe.
Look at this scripture: John 20:21-22 So Yahshua said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Breathing creates life. When we breathe, we take in YAHWEH. Like I said in the beginning, it all connects. The air we breathe, the life we have, Yahweh, our creator, gives life to it all. We CANNOT live in a relationship with him if our lives aren’t thin, transparent, moist, and large enough to contain the FULLNESS of His breathe that He wants to give us. There is absolutely no way to prove that God is not the creator of all things and the “relator” of all scientific facts. He gave us science to understand His relationship with the world. It’s our job to breathe in His life and understand this connection!
Please, watch this video about the relationship of Breathe and Yahweh by Rob Bell. Let’s breathe Him in today!