Does God ever have bad breath?

Admit it. You’ve had bad breath before. In fact, you may even have bad breath right now. Have you ever done the self-breath test? You know, where you kind of cup your hand between your mouth and your nose, then breath out of your mouth and then quickly in through your nose. I’m not really sure it works, though. (Wait, you just tried it, didn’t you?) The problem is, there really isn’t another way to find out if your breath stinks. I guess you could ask a brave friend. Maybe your spouse if you want to take a chance on not being kissed for a while. Bad breath: it stinks.

bad breath

Which makes me think. We are made in God’s image. So does He ever have bad breath? Of course not! I mean, we know He has breath of some sort. But it’s certainly not bad breath. He has never had to do the weird mouth-nose cup thingy. It’s always good breath. It’s breath with a purpose! In fact, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

Yes, God’s breath has purpose. It is intentional. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training. It is life giving. That’s a lot more than I can say about mine. But what if instead of thinking about my breath in terms of smell, I begin to think of it in terms of purpose. Am I wasting my breath? Am I using it for good? Or do I waste my words on useless things like complaining? Do I sin with my breath by gossiping? Jesus said in John 12:49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. So where does that leave me?

How am I using my breath? Am I using my breath to encourage? Am I using my breath to share the love of Christ? Am I using it to build my relationships or tear them down? Is my breath really useful? I know this: it is supposed to be. The God with “always good breath” has called me to reflect Him in all that I do. So that means I must have good breath, too. So break out the holy breath mints, friends! And let’s start breathing life into the world around us.


Need some life?

Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

breatheThere’s a big difference between dirt and a man.  Dirt just sits there.  It serves a purpose, but it has no life.  It can’t experience joy or sorrow, love or betrayal.  It’s just dirt.  It’s not among the living. Dead stuff doesn’t do much.  Have you noticed?

At the beginning of time, God created the heavens and the earth.  He made dirt and from dirt He made man.  They had both been made.  But God did something different with man than He did with dirt.  He gave him life.  And it wasn’t just life that was given, it was the very breath of God that was breathed into him.  God breathed His life into us so that we could live gloriously with Him.  Since then, however, some things within us have died.  Our dreams have died.  Our motivation, our peace, our joy, our love… all dead.  We search for the shock paddles hoping to jump-start those dead places.  But it doesn’t seem to work.

What we need is His breath.  We need His life.  He wants to take the places in your life that have become dirt and breath life into them again.  He desires to breath into your dreams and into your joy.  His heart longs to breath into that place that can’t give or receive love.  He has been in the business of breathing life since the beginning of time.  If he can do it with Adam’s entire being, don’t you think He can do it with part of yours?

*What places do you need God to breath life into?  Write them down and begin to ask Him specifically to breath life into these areas.