Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Transforming Breath of God

Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations . . . God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. Genesis 17:5, 15

So often we become God’s children, long before we allow Him to breathe life into our lives. Our hearts belong to him, but we often resist the changes He wants to make in us.

I think the same thing was true of Abraham and Sarah. They followed God for quite a while before they actually let Him make the changes He wanted. These verses are the outward evidence of the changes God made in them. 

The changes God made to their names held great significance. He added an H to both their names. If you say the sound that an H makes, it’s an exhalation of breath. I think this is the evidence that they had allowed God to breathe life into their lives.

God also breathes into our lives. He speaks to us in many ways. We have much more of Him than those in the Bible. We have His Holy Spirit, and we have His Living Word. But the truth is, if we don’t allow what God is giving us to transform us, it’s just head knowledge.

Without transformation, 
information is just extra baggage.

It is our responsibility to apply the things God speaks into our lives. This realization has caused me to think more about how my life would change, if I allowed Him to breath life into my current circumstances? Definitely something to ponder. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Love this. I was just listening to a teaching on John 1. Ray Steadman was teaching on the meaning "Word" Your post was like icing on the cake of my morning study. "God thought about us and we came into being"-Ray Steadman

  2. Great message
    I've been praying for some transformation in my life too.

  3. What a great message and there's such truth in what you wrote. Head knowledge is great but we need to allow His Word to penetrate our hearts. And that's where transformation begins.

  4. I read a book called Yearnings by Rabbi Kulah. He talked about the name YWHW which cannot be pronounced and he said that God was not to be known but to be breathed. I loved that. He breathes into us, yet we need Him to breathe Him. Great post , Edie! Blessings.

  5. Edie: I love the thought," if we don’t allow what God is giving us to transform us, it’s just head knowledge." I am searching for myword for 2016. I am going to consider "transform"

  6. Great thought Edie. Thanks for reminding me. It's exactly what I want to tell my confirmation students tonight.