Gasping for air and totally unable to do anything about one’s lack of air is a common yet rare phenomenon which the laymen calls having the “wind knocked out of you.” Landing on a football fumble the wrong way, falling down slick steps onto your back, and catapulting one’s body over a snow ramp during sledding are ideal ways to get the “wind knocked out of you.” My dad even feel off of a hay-stacked truck which led to a massive “wind knocked” out of him. The picture in today’s article reminds this examiner of when a snow ramp led to his inability to breathe due to having the wind knocked out.
In life, spiritually, physically, and mentally one can feel like the breath of life has been knocked out of oneself. This experience has certainly happened to this examiner in various ways throughout life. God can use these experiences to break us so we may be more adequately filled with Him; more specifically with His breath of life.
“Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7 NASB) The breath of life started with God and is sustained by God. His breath creates, disciplines, judges, purifies, restores, enables, and encourages.
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”(Psalm 33:6 KJV)
“But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” (Isaiah 11:4 KJV)
“Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice. Turn Your face away from my sins and blot out all my guilt. God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You.” (Psalm 51:8-13 HCSB)
A second wind granted Jacob’s wind knocked out. Jacob found redemption for his broken spirit even though he succumbed to wrong theology and wrapped his spirit up in his “dead” son and not in God. See the progression as follows:
“Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth around his waist, and mourned for his son many days. All his sons and daughters tried to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. ‘No,’ he said. ‘I will go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.’ And his father wept for him.” (Genesis 37:34-35 HCSB)
“‘So, if I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us—his life is wrapped up with the boy’s life’” (Genesis 44:30 HCSB)
“But when they told Jacob all that Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to transport him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.” (Genesis 45:27 HCSB)
When one is lost without the salvation of Jesus Christ one is devoid of the breath of Life; many times followers of Christ find themselves seemingly lifeless. Be encouraged:
“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, You know.’ Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.’ So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD, Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.’ So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished we are completely cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,’ declares the LORD.” (Ezekiel 37:1-14 NASB)
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11 NASB)
Humans weren’t meant to be lifeless! Humans were not meant be have the wind knocked out of them incessantly! Life to the full is offered! Life brimming over with fresh air is offered!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)
Live and breathe His voice!!! Seek His life-giving breath. Actively keep any other substitutes from partially filling and even draining your life of precious air.
“The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” (John 10:2-5 NIV)
My tires of the family vehicle have been somewhat of a pain recently. Three times in the last month I have had the wind knocked out of them due to sharp rocks or nails puncturing them. Most recently a manufacturing defect created a situation where all four tires needed to be replaced. And the tires cannot be filled with oxygen—only nitrogen. Nitrogen somehow protects the tires, sustains better pressure, and gives better gas mileage. You can check this out at http://kingsporttire.com.
Maybe as you read this article you will hear God’s voice directing you to get all your life’s tires replaced and filled with His higher quality; greater life-mileage producing Spirit. I have special wheels which required more than the normal amount of weight balancing. This balancing required an expert and his extended time. I pray our Lord, the ultimate expert will bring His balance to your life. I assure you God will provide everything you need to get your life back on track just as He provided brand-new tires when my family could not afford them. None of us can afford the grace He provides. The grace is paid for and bought by the blood of Jesus.
“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three, because the sun’s light failed. The curtain of the sanctuary was split down the middle. And Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.’ Saying this, He breathed His last. When the centurion saw what happened, he began to glorify God, saying, ‘This man really was righteous!’” (Luke 23:44-47 HCSB) With this last breath, Jesus did not have his wind knocked out in finality but had become the perfect sacrifice for our sin; He then descended into Hell defeating death and Hell, and rose from the grave on the third day! Because He lives so to His followers may live!
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NIV)
“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him.” (2 Timothy 2:11 NIV)
“Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25 NIV)
“Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19 NIV)
Lack of forgiveness in one’s life from this examiner’s point of view is the biggest wind knocker whether you live in Gate City or Mongolia. This Christmas is there someone you need to forgive. Is that someone perhaps yourself? Are there relationships torn apart and covered up by the dust of years? Does an offense need to be covered by love as we head into this blessed Christmas time? May His life-giving burst of fresh air be yours all around this Christmas; what a gift that will be!
“In the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were [gathered together] with the doors locked because of their fear of the Jews. Then Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you!’ Having said this, He showed them His hands and His side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ After saying this, He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain [the sins of] any, they are retained.’” (John 20:19-23 HCSB)