God's Holy Fire: 'His Breath Is My Life'

Friday, March 1, 2019

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[Elihu said,] "The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life."
— Job 33:4 NIV

Key Thought

While those words were spoken by one of Job's critics, they echo the truth of Scripture. God makes us intentionally, purposely, and personally (Psalm 139:13-16). God puts his breath in us, and we live. God's creativity is the handiwork of the Spirit — the same Spirit who hovered over the waters at creation (Genesis 1:2) waiting for God's creative word to bring his creation to completion. This understanding should humble us, recognizing that God's breath is what sustains us. This understanding should empower us — we are the personal and intentional handiwork of God's Spirit. This understanding should awaken us to our purpose in the world. And as believers, those in whom the Spirit lives and who are gifted by the Spirit, we understand all these things more fully (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 12:7). Let's use who we are to honor God and bless others!

Today's Prayer

O Father, I confess that at times I lose sight of my heavenly calling. I forget that you have made me and positioned me to make a difference in the circle of people in which you placed me. Make me continually aware of your divine intention in creating me, your Spirit's power that is shaping me and transforming me, and the strategic place you have put me to bless others with your grace. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Job 33:4 NIV — [Elihu said,] "The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life."

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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