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By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries

 

Sometimes we take some things for granted. I recently thought about the many who have difficultly in breathing. I then realized how precious it is to breathe. I took a deep breath and said, “Thank You Lord.”

As doctors says, “Take a deep breath.” Well, take a deep breath and realize breath means life. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen.2:7).

As a newborn babe, you started life with a gasp for breath, and your life will end with a final gasp for breath. Life begins and ends with a gasp for breath.

What if God stopped your breath for only a few minutes? When breath ceases life ceases. “All things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Col.1:16-17).

Some scientists told God, “We no longer need you. We can now make man.” God told them to go ahead and do it. The scientists began to scoop some dirt into a mound as God said, “Get your own dirt!” Take a deep breath!

It is amazing that breathing is such a naturally unconscious thing to do. You have inhaled and exhaled all your life without even thinking about it. Your breath means life. You have another day. In an average day, you breathe 23,040 times and you inhale 438 cubic feet of air. Your heart beats 103,689 times.

Psalm 139:14 reads, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works.” As I took a deep breath, for the first time, I realized that I could not talk as I inhaled. As I talked I then put my hand before my mouth and felt the exhaling of breath. I could only talk as I exhaled. Try it! It is amazing! I had never thought about breathing and talking at the same time.

Take a deep breath, and then be thankful as you take another, and then another. As long as you have breath you have life and hope. Take another deep breath! Realize there could be just a breath between you and death. Know that after your last gasp of breath, you will either be with the Lord or without the Lord (II Cor. 5:8).

Take a deep breath and realize you still have time to receive Christ (John 1:12). Take a deep breath. You still have life so make the days ahead the best you have ever known. Do you have breath? If so, then you should praise the Lord. “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD” (Psa. 150:6).

Inhale with a deep breath, then as you exhale praise the Lord. Then take another deep breath, and do it again and again! Take another deep breath. As long as you have breath, you have life, so enjoy it. Take another deep breath and be thankful you can do it!

Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org.


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