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Breathe on Me Holy Spirit


By Danna Appleby

Breathe on Me Holy Spirit

. . . .I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.  And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out

My Spirit in those days.Joel 2:28-29

When God made man from the dust of the earth, He formed him in His own image.  God then breathed His own breath into the clay nostrils and the form became a living being.  This man, who was later named Adam, was the first to experience the breath of the Holy Spirit.  Without it, Adam would have been a lifeless form.(Gen. 2:7)

Many years later, God’s only Son Jesus, was crucified and hung on a cross to die.  After three days He was resurrected from the dead. One evening when the doors were shut and the disciples were assembled, Jesus came and stood in their midst.  Jesus calmed them by saying, “Peace be with you.” He then spoke these powerful words: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”(John 20:19-29)

Jesus had spent three years of teaching with the disciples but now it was time for them to go forth into the mission field.  Still, He wanted to do one thing more.

Had these men not walked with Jesus and been profoundly changed by His holy Presence?  Had He not changed their hearts and lives already?  What more did Jesus want to give?

And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”   (John 20:22)

The disciples were about to embark upon a difficult ministry.  Jesus knew the journey would be rough.  The way would be hard.  These men already had to meet in secret because of fear of the Jews.  They could be jailed, tortured or murdered.  They needed the power and boldness that could only come from the breath of the Holy Spirit.

Before Jesus was crucified, He prepared His disciples by telling them that He must return to His Father.  Assuring them further, Jesus said He would send another Comforter that would abide with them forever.(John 14:16) Jesus then said these words:

“The Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”  (John 14:17)

In Acts 1, we get a glimpse of the departure of Jesus before His ascension into Heaven. But before He goes, Jesus tells the disciples not to leave from Jerusalem , but to wait for the Promise of the Father.  He goes on to tell them that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they will be witnesses unto Him in Jerusalem , Judea and Samariaand to the end of the earth.  Jesus knew there was much work to be done and it was going to take the supernatural power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to work in and through them to get the job done.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”  (Zechariah 4:6)

On the Day of Pentecost about 120 believers waited and prayed in one accord.  Suddenly, there was a sound as of a mighty rushing wind and it filled the whole house.  The Holy Spirit then appeared to them as divided tongues of fire and sat upon each head.  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  (Acts 2:1-4)

The Word says devout men from every nation were living in Jerusalem at the time all of this occurred.  The onlookers thought the Galileans were drunk even though it was still early in the day. Somehow this enigma caused these unlearned people to speak in a language he or she did not know.  It caused a great commotion but the ones who gathered heard the Galileans speak in his own language the wonderful works of God.  (Acts 2:11)

Peter is the first to get a taste of the Holy Spirit’s anointing upon him when he stands and is propelled into a dynamic sermon. He quotes from the Old Testament focusing on prophesies about the resurrected Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh. (Joel 2:28-29; Ps. 16:8-11) Peter’s words were so convincing that about 3,000 people believed and were added to the church that day!  (Acts 2:41)  If I had been there and had not accepted Christ already, I couldn’t have resisted!

Some are fearful of the Holy Spirit but there is nothing to fear.  Sometimes we can fear the unknown and what we’ve not been taught. There are many characteristics of the Holy Spirit but one is that He is as tender as a mother is with her nursing child.  That trait alone means that we can trust Him to give us what we need, for He knows what we need before we ask.

Why would anyone fear what Jesus Himself wants to give us?  John the Baptist himself said in Mark 1:8 that Jesus would baptize them with the Holy Spirit.

Many people are not enlightened as to the Holy Spirit’s character and greatness so therefore do not know that He is with us for guidance.  As for me, I’m still learning, little by little as He leads me into all truth.  I’ve learned that the power of the Holy Spirit is needed anytime I’m going to minister for the Lord in any capacity.  Without Him, I’m going it alone!

I’ve learned that I need Him for guidance and direction.  I need Him to write through me so what I’ve written can be a blessing.  I need Him to sing through me so others will be ministered to as the Holy Spirit anoints me to do so.  I need Him to speak through me as I do my best to help others all along the way.

Recently, my family went through a difficult time when my sister-in-law found out she had cancer.  As the months went by, many of my days were consumed with thoughts and prayers for her.  My eyes would be continually filled with tears.  Even though all of these things were evident, it would be difficult to count the days when I didn’t feel the Holy Spirit’s comfort upon me.  Time after time He came so sweetly to soothe my broken heart.  The Holy Spirit even taught me how I was to pray for her when I had no words to say.

Another aspect of the Holy Spirit is that He comes to refresh us when we need Him most.  I can think of times when on a hot day the temperature can be almost stifling.  Within a matter of minutes the weather can change and the clouds begin to roll in the heavens.  The sun becomes hidden, the skies turn dark and cool breezes begins to blow. During those times, I love to be outdoors and feel the refreshing breeze as it touches my face and swirls about me.  It’s not long before a gentle rain begins to fall and the earth seems to breathe out a welcome sigh of relief.

That’s the way we need to be as we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit.  We need to yield to His awesome greatness so He can work in us to do a mighty work for God.  Still, He comes many times to comfort us during times of sorrow, in times of needing a refreshing and many more aspects as we go about our day.  Let’s wait in anticipation upon the Holy Spirit just as the early church did to come and pour out His refreshing breath upon us.

Prayer:  Father, at this moment I’m calling out to the Holy Spirit to breathe on me once again. Breathe on all who will receive.  As for me, I need a refreshing and a refilling.  My cup seems nearly empty.  In my mind’s eye I can see a large silver chalice.  My hands are holding it up to You.  I’m singing out a prayer song saying: “Here’s my cup Lord. I lift it up Lord. Come and fill this thirsting of my soul.  Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more.  I lift it up.  Fill it up and make me whole.”  Breathe on us Holy Spirit.  We need the refreshing that only You can give.  Open our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit.  Breathe on Your people this day.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.





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