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By Braxton King
, it started with a breath. The Bible says, “Then, the LORD God formed the man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils.” The breath of life and man became a living soul. Man’s life started when God breathed into him. The old creation was initiated by breath from God. One writer said that man is dust, inbreathed by deity. Our bodies were made from dust, they are sustained by dust, and will return to dust. Our spirit emanated from God, is sustained by God, and will return to God. The old creation was started by breath, and the new creation was started by breath also. The Bible says, “And with that, He breathed on them, and said, receive the Holy Spirit.” It is interesting to see that God started the old creation with the breath and initiated the new creation with the breath. Also, the Holy Spirit entering the heart of the saved is the very life of God, entering into us. In the life of an individual, we memorialize two breaths. The first breath is known as our birthday, the day that we were born and took our first breath. We celebrate it all of our life and look forward to it. In the same way, we memorialize the very last breath an individual takes. These dates will be read in an obituary and probably put on a brass plaque or a stone of granite. We celebrate the one, and we mourn the other. I remember seeing a shirt one time that said this, “Statistics say one out of one people will die.” This is the truth, each of us will pass away some day. The Bible says it this way, “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment.” There is only one person in human history that can declare they have defeated death, hell, and the grave. His name is Jesus Christ, and he is victorious over death. The stone was not rolled away at the tomb so Jesus could get out; it was rolled away so we could look in and see it empty. “Jesus Christ is the truth, the life and the way. No man comes to the Father, but by him.” When the dates of our first breath and our last breath are put on a stone or a brass plaque, there’s a dash in the middle. That dash represents our life. During that dash, we say many things, but the greatest of these is, “Jesus, save me.” No one lives or dies unto themselves. Every life is like a rock thrown into the water with ripple effects going out. I know, we don’t like talking about death even though it comes to all. It is vitally important for us to prepare for eternity. Receive Jesus Christ today, and allow the Spirit of God to breathe in your heart. Then, you will be empowered to live your dash in Christ.