Sometimes we maintain a small image of something that is really bigger. Seeing pictures of Niagara Falls is an example, but until you’ve been there in person do you understand the magnitude of just how powerful and BIG it really is. And, unfortunately the same thing happens in our spiritual lives. You’re told God loves you so much that it’s sometime hard to fathom. You’re told about God’s great grace through the finished work of Jesus. You get a glimpse of it in recognizing that you were saved by grace through faith in Jesus. Is that all there is to God’s grace? No!
Paul says in Romans 5:17 that we receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. God’s grace never runs out. You can’t deplete God’s grace ever. And when you believed in Jesus, you got it all. The abundance and fullness of every good gift that God has is already yours, benefits of the New Covenant. You’re a joint heir with Jesus so everything is rightfully yours as His child. Allow God’s kaleidoscope of grace in you to become bigger than you can imagine.
Part of your Spiritual Breathing training is to keep at it. It isn’t something you say once and then that’s it. It’s a practice you’ll need to do every day. For some of us it may be needed multiple times during a day. That’s okay because there’s plenty of provision for meeting our needs. Recognize that each time you breathe in God’s promises, you are breathing in His grace. You’re breathing in His promise to come to your aid. You’re breathing in His faithfulness, His peace, His Joy, His provision. It’s His abundant, over the top, more than sufficient grace to meet whatever you need. It isn’t taking a shallow breath, but a deep filling of your lungs and your entire being with the presence of Jesus.
Your ‘needs’ can sometimes overwhelm you but God’s grace is abundant and never runs out. His provision is more than your need. You won’t experience it by continuing to talk about your lack. That’s why spiritual breathing is so important. It’s time to breathe in His grace. Focus on Jesus. Receive His provisions for you, and you’ll be refreshed in His grace and goodness.
It’s obvious but breathing is very important because without breath, we won’t live. There are exercise programs that emphasis and teach you how to breathe to gain the maximum benefits. In a Senior Yoga Class we’ve been taking this year, we learn to center our breathing as we focus our breathing while doing easy movements. After one of our classes the thought came to me that we should have a Spiritual Breathing Class that helps you center your breathing in God’s grace as you focus on Jesus. The more you practice spiritual breathing, the more you’ll walk in the benefits of God’s grace through Jesus.
So, how do you do this? Every time you concentrate (focus) on the Word and relax with your thoughts by centering them on what Jesus has already done for you, you’re practicing spiritual breathing. Maybe you’ve got a stack of bills to pay and not enough money to cover everything. Take a spiritual breath as you center your thoughts on what Jesus has done for you. Then release the care of your need and breathe in His grace, love, provision, and favor. Your focus will be His provisions, not your lack. Why not practice it right now?
Too often as believers we tend to walk around thinking we’re weak and defeated but that’s not the truth. It’s time to speak the truth that Ephesians 3:16 (NASB) declares which is a totally different picture. “That He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” Granted we all might need an extra push some days or an ‘umph’ to make it through the waves of life, but those occasions should last briefly. The more we declare that we’re weak, joy-less, or hindered in any way, we set ourselves in agreement with lies.
But the more we declare that we are strengthened by God’s might and power according to His riches in glory, we cement that truth in our hearts and minds. The result will be dramatic. You’ll find you the strength you were previously lacking. You’ll discover the abiding joy of God’s power and presence in your life. Don’t continue speaking contrary to the Word. Align your words, thoughts, and your heart with Ephesians 3:16 and you won’t be lacking for strength, joy, peace, faith, favor, blessing or anything else in God’s prism of His fulness.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the abundance of God’s grace working in your life. It is so abundant that it’s hard to grasp and picture in one sitting. A youngster watched his mother paint a beautiful vase on the canvas but looked puzzled for a few minutes. As his mother made one last stroke on the canvas, she glanced at him and asked “Why the puzzled expression?” The child touched the real vase on the table and then looked at the vase she’d painted on the canvas. “Mommy, the vase you painted isn’t big at all. It’s smaller than the vase here on the table,” he explained. His mother smiled. “You’re right, but my canvas wasn’t big enough to show how large the vase really is.” He slowly nodded and then said, “Well, that’s too bad because the real vase is really, really BIG.”
Paul says in Romans 5:17 that you receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness through Jesus Christ. So you got it ALL when you believed in Jesus. It’s a matter now of walking in this abundance and sharing it with others.
Artists love to express their artistic thoughts on canvas. You might have even taken an art class or created your own picture on canvas. The canvas is the medium to express your focus. As you begin to merge colorful paint onto your canvas, the plain and drab soon becomes the vibrant as your picture and message emerges. Each of us are painting on the canvas of our heart. Once your heart has been transformed by the blood of Jesus, you have a new canvas waiting for you to add dimension, color, and pictures to it. Recognize that your heart is influenced by your thinking and what your mind dwells on.
In Hebrews 8:10 (ESV), the Lord says “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts.” Let your canvas will display the colors of God’s prism. Don’t color over them with fear, worry, or anxiety. The more you meditate on the promises of God, the more they will settle in your heart. Get in the Word with your paint brush ready because today you can paint a new revelation on the canvas of your heart.
Do you want something that will change your life? Maybe you need a push in the right direction? Let me take you to the book of Ephesians. Here in verses 3:16-19 (NASB) the Apostle Paul is praying for you. He wants you to be strengthened in your inner man—your spirit man—so you’ll know just HOW BIG God’s love is. “…be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that you may be able to comprehend and know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” What will that do for you? It’ll change your life!
When you experience the bigness of God’s love for you, you won’t be the same you. You’ll think differently. You’ll act differently. You’ll be a transformed you. And, the more you learn of God’s love, the bigger He becomes in your life. And, the bigger He becomes in your life, the fuller you become of Him. The fuller you are of Him, the more your life will change—and for the better.
When you don’t know who you are, it’s hard to walk through life with purpose and joy. That’s why it’s important for you child of God to know how to walk in your spiritual DNA. It’s even more important than knowing your physical DNA. You have your Heavenly Father’s DNA so that means all that He is, is in you. You are a walking, talking, living, breathing temple of the Holy Spirit. You can confess with certainty that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus because His DNA resides in you through His blood.
Since you’re righteous, you’re no longer under the bondage of guilt or shame, and you can walk with your head high knowing that because of Jesus, you’re a joint heir with Him and a child of God (Romans 8:17). The genes of His love, peace, acceptance, favor, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, are in you so fill yourself up with the Word. Renew your thinking about your spiritual DNA and how you see yourself as His child, highly favored, deeply loved, and filled with all that He is. That’s walking in your spiritual DNA.