Sermon:
THE BREATH OF LIFE: Breathe in God, Breathe out God. 092009

How we live by the breath of God: Communication with God is critical and necessary – prayer is like our spiritual breath, we listen to God, we hear from God, we speak to God, we speak for God – the breath of life.

Ezekiel 37: Ezekiel is Israel’s watchman
1. Directed by the hand of the Lord
2. Filled with the Spirit of God
3. Brought to a place of death (speaking of Israel)
4. Challenged by God
5. SpeaksProphetically

I. Breathing in God: Apart from God there is no life.
1. God breathed into Adam the breath of life: Gen. 2:9
2. God should be as natural as breathing
3. You have to breathe in and breathe out.
4. Say “Breathe on me Lord!”

Job 32:8 "But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Job 33:4 "The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life

II. Breathing out God: God calls us to speak for Him:

1. By the Hand of God (Ezekiel 37:1) He touched my mouth with it and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven." Isaiah 6:7

2. By His Words, not Ours: Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. Jeremiah 1:9

3. By His Will, Not Ours: But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jer. 20:9

4. To bring life to places of death, dry valleys. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

5. By His Spirit (Spirit = Breath Hebrew “Ruah”) And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit...” John 20:22

III. What are you talking about? We are designed to talk about God.

Could what we talk about be aired publicly? I’m sorry…but…?

IV. Prophesy: Speak life words/Words of blessing/healing
1. Speak salvation to dry, dead places: Living water not sewage brings life
1) Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." John 7:38
2) Good Breath/Bad Breath: 2 Cor 2:16
3) Can they live? What you say/do matters!
4) “Word of God Speak, would you pour down like rain.” Mercy Me

2. Say good things to people (who do you want to be around?) Mt 5:22
1) Proverbs 15:23 A man has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word!
2) Balance truth and love
3) Look for opportunities to say good things – it feels good!
4) Don’t grieve the Spirit: Eph. 4:20 Job 27:3-4
5) Let my words be few. Ecc. 5:2 , Mt. 12:36

3. Say good things about yourself
1) I belong to God, I am saved, I am forgiven...
2) Look what the Lord has done!
3) Glorify God!

4. What are you listening to?
1) Imagine if we were not hearing God but think we