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Monday, November 27th, '17

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NO BREATH

"...who says to... silent stone, 'Arise! It shall teach!' Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, Yet in it there is no breath at all" (Habakkuk 2:19)

 

No breath at all! Breath is the unique symbol of the Holy Spirit. The "body without the spirit is dead" (James 2:26). I'm not talking about mere respiration or lung activity. God breathed into Adam's nostrils the breath of life and Adam became a "living soul". Ingesting air is not the same as being infused with spirit. When inspiration is gone a man becomes no more than a walking corpse. Now, relate that to our text. The prophet was speaking of "silent stone", idols, lifeless statues, chiseled rock. Can we glean any more profit from stone cold religious orthodoxy than from a Canaanite stone statue? "Here's the church, here's the steeple, open the doors, where's all the...?" Often, there is no breath in it at all, just ritual, rites, rut and routine.

 

Shall we fetch bread at an iron mill? Do people go to a rock quarry to purchase medicine or to a desert to quench thirst? It is a bigger waste of time to say to "silent stone, 'Arise! It shall teach!'" The heart yearns for the living. Man can't survive on a diet of candy or artificial flavoring. He needs nutrients, steak and potatoes. His inner spirit also has to have protein. I'm not asking you to throw caution to the wind, leave your traditional denominational church and become a Holy Roller (although, as long as you're rolling you're at least going somewhere), but I am asking you to breathe again. Spirituality is lived out in the open air, not in the confines of stuffy liturgy. Spread your wings and fly a little.

 

We live in an hour of growing apostasy. "These be they who are sensual...not having the Spirit" (Jude 19). Sensual is not necessarily spiritual. Like the idol in our text many of today's preachers are merely "overlaid with gold and silver", diamonds on the outside but dead on the inside. Don't make the mistake of trying to make up in glitz what is lacking in Glory. Jesus taught, "It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing". Paul added, "...the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life". We were created to worship God. That requires flexibility and spontaneity, not caution or being as predictable as silent stone. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). Moffatt translated that, "open freedom". That is the church I want to attend, a place where I can be myself, release my own spiritual giftings, and above all, breathe. As a revivalist I seek to put the "vival" back into stony congregations. Don't give up, friend. A blast of God's blessed breath blew into the upper room on the Day of Pentecost in the early years of the last millennium. I'm expecting a repeat in the early years of this new millennium. But the first requisite is acknowledging that we need it.


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