Breath Of Life
“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 4:13-14 NKJV
Through the Samaritan woman at the well Jesus put out an invite that we might have the opportunity, if we believe in Him, to drink from His constant flow of living water. Jesus poured out His wisdom, that the supply of this earth can only quench your thirst for a moment, but with Him comes true satisfaction. He describes the effects of this living water as, a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. His water is always active. Where the woman believes Jesus is talking about ordinary water, Jesus is in fact talking about pouring out His Spirit,
As humans we are dependant on food and drink as so God uses these images to depict His value. Where the woman looks for water, God says I have the kind of water that will bring you eternal life and never run dry.
In the same way, God withholds bread from the Israelites in the wilderness and provides them with manna that they, nor their fathers, have never seen and says;
“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV
God is saying this, you need two things to sustain you in life, My Word and My Spirit, and both I offer to you freely.
There is so much depth to be searched out in understanding this pouring out of the Spirit of God. It cannot be undermined, a consistent relationship with the Spirit of God is a necessity,
Jesus says in John 4;
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23-24 NKJV
If God desires for us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, we must be full of the spirit. We must be continuously drinking of the Spirit of God.
“For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:11
Yes, God made us perfectly in His image, but until He breathed the breath of life in us that, spirit was lifeless. The same word translated breath in Hebrew is the same as the word translated spirit, rûach. God breathed in Adam is Spirit, His Spirit that gives eternal 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 being.”
Genesis 2:7 NKJV
Man sinned and fell short of the glory of God, and so God sent another Adam, Jesus. Who would give us the opportunity to partake and an everlasting outpouring of the breath of life.
“And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”
1 Corinthians 15:45 NKJV
God is never not pouring out His Spirit, never not breathing out His life, and all who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ is invited to continually drink, be filled with the spirit, that we have the means by which to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
We must understand that the Spirit of God is like breath, like wind. When we get into the presence of the Spirit of God, of His breath, there is power there. In the beginning the bible says;
“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Genesis 1;2 NKJV
That is the wind of God, God present in atmosphere and every time God spoke a word the wind responded and brought His Word to life. From the beginning of time, the breath of life has been working, active, moving. When man fell God brought His Son, the redeemer that we might partake continuously of the breath of God, of an everlasting flow of life.
We must always partake of the Word and the Wind of God. God is never not speaking, are you listening? His wind is always bringing life to His Word, are you breathing Him in?