A God-breathed Life

Cause and effect.

God speaks and the result is 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. {Genesis 2:7}

It wasn’t until God’s breath poured into that intricately formed dust, that man became a living soul. 

His breath had the power to bring life. 

Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is LIVING and active. 

Why is that? 

Because it is God-breathed.

Sitting upon our shelves, stored within hearts, and quoted in Sunday school’s all around the world: Words of LIFE that contain the very breath of God.

Just think about it for a minute. 

We have received these precious God-breathed promises. 

Our lives are built upon the Words God has breathed. 

Do our lives look like they have been breathed into by God's very own breath? 

When we open the scripture, do we expect for God's living Word to resonate and pierce our hearts like it was the first time we read it? 

Has the unyielded yearning to pursue the presence of God become a thing of the past? 

In our prayer lives, is there life in our prayer closet or has it become a drudgery to seek?

I believe we are called to live lives filled and overflowing with the breath of God. 

I believe our prayer lives are not supposed to be boring and toilsome. 

Why would any think that when Jesus Himself said in Matthew 11, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

When we come to Jesus, we find a lightness in Him. 

I'm taking a look in my own life, asking the Lord to search my heart and point out the places where I have not allowed His life to flow freely. 

A God-breathed life is not something we work towards friend, it's a gift we just receive. 

In thinking of all this, I think the way we can be bogged down in a life-less, harsh, pressure-filled life is by many distractions. 

Maybe we look at other places to set our gaze on, and a depletion occurs.

I think we can even get distracted in prayer, with our checklists and our prayer to-do lists. 

Instead of trying to make our prayer life look like somebody else's, I believe God has called us each to love Him uniquely. He just wants us to pour our love on Him. Just come to Him to drink Him in.  I believe that's where life is. What is it that GOD has spoken to you to pray over? What assignments? Pray over that. You'll see that life flows out of those assignments, and it's not harsh or pressing or hard. But full of ease, because the words He spoke to you contain His life-giving breath. 

Our lives are meant to be refreshing, living waters for all who are around us. I believe there is a safety and warmth that we carry because our lives contain the very breath of God. 

May we all live God-breathed lives fully, where others are drawn to the MERCY and KINDNESS of God which unhindered flows.

- jen

Welcome!

Hi Friend,

So thankful you have found your way to the blog. My heart is that you are blessed through everything you read here.

I'm excited for what God is doing through the Church in these days. It's an honor to be a part of it!

 

For the Kingdom,

Jenny  

Forgiven Much

This post was originally on Timothy Generation.

Friend,

We’ve heard it all the time:

Love like Jesus loves.

WWJD.

And we’ve walked out that mission to an extent.

But don’t you love it when God completely takes you to another level of revealing how He REALLY does things?

That’s what He’s been doing for me in the past few months, especially in the area of what it means to REALLY love.

Christians sadly have a reputation that does not resemble the slogan on the bracelets we proudly wear.

I have to say that I thought I did a decent job of loving like Jesus until I began noticing that my response towards some people looked more like a Pharisee and less like Jesus.

(Let’s not get WWPD bracelets made, please. Let’s just be more like Jesus.)

In Luke 7, we see Jesus had accepted an invitation to have dinner in a Pharisee’s home. These leaders had Jesus sitting in their very presence, but I can assure you that feast was not JESUS-centered, but PHARISEE-centered.

They possibly could have invited him so they could show off their goodness.

A spiritual show-and-tell of how holy they were.

“Look Jesus, I can recite the Torah!

Or-

“Jesus, did you see that I stoned that woman for doing unrighteous acts?”

During their dinner a woman entered the home who the town undoubtedly gossiped about. This prostitute woman came and lavished her love on Jesus and the Pharisees were disgusted.

“She’s not fit to receive forgiveness. She’s too dirty. “

How dare she come in OUR house, a place of Holiness and uprightness. She doesn’t belong here.

Let me stop here for a moment.

Friend, what is a home for if it isn’t for the sinner?

What is this hope for if it isn’t for the hopeless?

Jesus said it himself: I didn’t come for those who are already well, I came for those who are sick.

Praise God for believers! Praise God for those who know God!

The Bible tells us we must do good to all, especially those in the household of faith.

But that is not where we should solely spend our  time “doing good.”

When a girl walks into church with a skirt that’s too short.

The world isn’t going to end.

I have to be honest: I have judged many times in the past people who walked in not “dressed for church.”

As the Lord has renewed my heart and mind I realize that God isn’t looking at the clothing of a body first, but at the condition of a heart.  

And I want that to be the first thing I see too.

The Pharisees required people to first look pure outwardly in order to be approved to receive what could change them on the inside.

The Love of God as displayed through Jesus couldn’t care less about a sinner’s outside behavior. He just loves their heart.

 Jesus received this woman without any look of judgment or condemnation.

Jesus received her devotion and gave her forgiveness for everything…EVERYTHING she had done in the past.

To Jesus, she was no longer a sinner.

He then said,  “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

The Pharisees were too busy showing off their holy skills and traits, that they spiritually  kissed their own feet and poured water in their own cups.

But the woman they felt didn’t DESERVE God’s forgiveness was the one who really knew how to love on Jesus.

I believe that because this woman KNEW the love of Jesus, it enabled her to pour her devotion like she did.  And the Love of Jesus caused her to change her ways.

The way that we perceive that we are loved by God, is in direct relation to how we give love to others.

When we realize that GOD has loved us while we were yet sinners, we can and should pour that same love.

The other day I was in a service and the minister had us get on our knees, bowing before the Lord. We were looking up to Jesus and began to receive His love.

As I was doing this, He opened my eyes to see that even though He pours His love out on me without conditions, once it gets to my heart, I often add stipulations: I didn’t do this right so He’s looking at me this way. I didn’t pray enough this morning, so He is thinking this.

But the truth is this: Your Father Loves you, because He’s your Father.  

We must determine to receive Love and forgiveness in the perfectness that it originated. Once we do that, it will change how we pour out love to others.

May we know, comprehend the GREAT Love in which He loved us.

May we realize: WOW. I’ve been forgiven deeply. Therefore, I can love deeply.

When I realize how patient God has been with me, it empowers me to give patience to others who may be getting on my nerves.

When God’s love is allowed to freely pour out in my heart, it enlarges the borders of my heart to pour out love.

We can’t be Pharisees, swimming in our own goodness.

If we see someone that has a reputation of a sinner, or someone who swears like a sailor, sleeps with their boyfriend gets pregnant out of wedlock, just walked out of the abortion clinic… what is our response?

Not just the response of our lips, but the reaction of our hearts. 

No longer can we turn our backs on the hearts of the ones who need Love the most.

We’ve been forgiven much. Let’s love much.

A Quiet Heart

This post was originally posted on Timothy Generation.

Stillness and Quietness: A rare commodity that many have lost in today’s world.

In fact, it is almost looked down upon, especially in the Christian life.

“Sit still? Don’t move? That’s not right! You have to be doing! You have to be moving at all times to really please God and advance the Kingdom of God.”

Has anyone heard this before? I have. I have thought it, many times.

You see, I am not someone who likes sitting still. If I’m not doing something or going 100 miles an hour at all times, I sometimes feel like I’m not doing enough. To be honest, sometimes I feel like I am not enough if I am not constantly “working” to please God.

I know that feeling is not from God. And whenever the temptation comes to have that mindset, it’s something that needs to be cast down.

Where did this “performance” mentality come from?  I think it comes from a skewed perception of what we think God requires of us.

God loves you and me because He’s God. He loves because He is Love. That’s His Nature.

He didn’t send Jesus to die for us solely to be His servant. He sent Him to die so He could call us His children.

It’s out of that love and gratitude that we LOVE to be His bondservant. And there is a part of our relationship with Him that causes us to go, go, go. But there’s also a BIG part of our relationship that we must come back to: Rest.

I remember one certain situation where my heart was unsettled on something, but I didn’t know what it was. In trying to settle my heart, I began to think of different things I could do that would satisfy and still my heart. “Maybe it’s this certain project that I let fall to the wayside, maybe if I did that my heart would be settled.” Then I remember the Lord speaking to me saying, “Jenny, the answer to this is not going to be found in your doing.”

I knew what He meant. My heart wasn’t going to be settled in doing more. My heart was going to be settled in coming to Him.

How easy it is to busy our hearts with worrisome thoughts, idle meditations or baseless cares. When we get so busy doing, there are many times our hearts become filled with unrest. Why? Because we haven’t taken time to rest and be refreshed in His presence.

It’s time, my friends, to learn to receive the Peace that stills our hearts.

I’ve been in places where I have been in constant motion, even doing things FOR God, where my heart looked like my daily schedule:  Do this, Do that, Go here, Go there, Fix this, Fix that, repeat indefinitely.  Where is the stillness? Where is the quietness?

The Hebrew word for Peace (Shalom) means quiet, tranquility, completeness.  In the New Testament, you know what Peace stands for? Tranquility, harmony, exemption from rage or havoc of war.

We must come back to a place where are hearts are stilled and quiet. Where PEACE overflows.

An ABUNDANCE of Peace is available to us.

Psalm 72:7 says, “In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.”

In John 14:1, Jesus is telling us, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”

Friend, He’s calling you and me to a place where our souls are restored and replenished.

A place where you can lie down in peaceful pastures. (Psalm 23)

He’s calling us to peace, in His presence.

If you ever need peace, find yourself in His presence. In His presence, He brings everything that He is.

I put together a list of scriptures on Peace that you can download here.  You can be in the toughest situation you have ever faced, but possess a heart filled with peace that your mind can’t even comprehend.

If there’s one thing this world needs, it’s Peace.  (Insert Miss America quote for “World Peace.”)

But it’s not the kind of peace that the world actually thinks they need, but it’s Jesus: The PRINCE OF PEACE. The kind of Peace when you have just received news of a lawsuit coming against you, you still have a heart of peace. The kind of peace when you find out your parents are divorcing: you have an immovable peace.

When your heart is filled with Peace, it’s because you know this one truth:

Everything is going to be alright.

And friend, in your life, Everything is going to be alright.