(This is Part 3 of our devotional series “Breathe In – Breathe Out”.)
Good morning, peeps!
My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. – Psalm 119:172
[I thought I was done, y’all. I was going to talk about what Jesus did with His last breath and then drop the mic. Well, that was the plan. Wait: is that laughter I’m hearing?!]
What you inhale, you must exhale. This is not a biology lesson and I’m not about to break it down for you – it’s too early in the morning for all that – but realize that is an undisputed fact. What you inhale, you must exhale.
How you exhale is just as important as what you exhale.
Two of the things that will make me give you the side eye with a quickness are sour burps and hearing you misquote scripture. You know what a burp is. It’s air from your stomach. Now, I can handle regular, your-breath-is-hot-and-no-that-is-not-a-10-do-better burps. What I can’t handle are the sour ones that smell like rotten eggs. My own make me want to run away. On to scripture… I cannot stand the sound of fingernails scraping across a blackboard. You’re probably cringing just thinking about it. Hearing misquoted scripture is the equivalent of that for me. And I don’t think people do it on purpose. Most of the time, we repeat what we’ve heard. We exhale what we’ve inhaled.
I am bouncing all over this chair right now! I need to quit before I fall off…
When your stomach is upset, it’s usually caused by unhealthy diet habits. Again, it’s about what you take in! And that is affected by what’s already lying in yo’ belly. Mix those two together and the combo will have you running for the hills. So it is not only important to make sure what we’re ingesting is healthy, but we also need to make sure that what’s about to process it (digestive juices) is healthy or we’ll all be going to Funky Town.
The same holds true with Scripture. When we study (inhale/ingest), how it is comprehended is affected by what’s already inside us. And what we say/think (exhale) is filtered through that, through what we already believe is true. I remember handing my bible to someone and asking them to read Proverbs 18:21. After he read it in error, I took the bible back and looked at it myself. Sure ‘nuff, the word he omitted was still there. We talked about it and I discovered that all of his life, he’d heard it with one of the words missing. So when he read it and his filter kicked in, his brain automatically caused him to omit that word.
I can inhale so many truths about God’s love for me as I read Scripture and still exhale (say/think) things that are the completely opposite of those. Why? Because I filter them through all of my doubts, my past, feelings of insecurity, so on and so forth – through all of the junk inside of me. Herein lies the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into your world, into your every day. If what we exhale is just as important as what we inhale, then we need to make sure all of that is being filtered through what the Word says and we need the Holy Spirit for that. You would drive yourself nuts walking around with a concordance and a Bible, fact-checking everything you say. And don’t let the wind catch a page – you’ll be all over the place…probably on your way to Funky Town. So invite the Holy Spirit into your day. Ask Him to filter everything you ingest through the truth of God’s Word. You’ll exhale with confidence. Have a great day.