How long can you hold your breath?
Let’s test it. Look at your watch, take a deep breath and hold it, then count the seconds.
Go ahead. We’ll wait.
How did you do?
According to Guinness World Records, the longest time anyone held their breath voluntarily is 24 min 3.45 secs, achieved by Aleix Segura Vendrell in Barcelona, Spain, on 28 February 2016. By the time this blog is posted someone else may have done better.
Eventually, everyone has to come up for breath. If we don’t keep breathing, we die.
The same principle applies in our spiritual lives.
Spiritual Breathing is a powerful word picture which can help you experience moment-by-moment dependence upon the Holy Spirit.
Confess your sin the moment you become aware of it - agree with God concerning it and thank Him for His forgiveness, according to 1 John 1:9 and Hebrews 10:1-25. Confession requires repentance - a change in attitude and action.
Surrender control of your life to Christ, and rely upon the Holy Spirit to fill you with His presence and power by faith, according to His command (Ephesians 5:18) and promise (1 John 5:14-15).
The essence of the Christian life is what God does in and through us, not what we do for God. Christ’s life if reproduced in the believer by the power of the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit is to be directed and empowered by Him.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” Ephesians 3:16, 17
Let this practice become a life habit which will transform your character to be more like Christ. For more information about how to do this, please download the booklet “The Role of the Holy Spirit.”