REPENTANCE KEEPS YOUR SPIRITUAL OXYGEN LEVEL AT A MAXIMUM

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I woke up one morning with the thought on my mind, “Lord, You are my oxygen.” It kept coming to me over and over, “Lord, you are my oxygen.” I don’t know about you, but I can’t live without Him. I can’t live without His love. I can’t live without His presence. I don’t ever want to.

I really don’t understand how people go through life without Jesus. What in the world do they do when the bottom drops out? Who do they run to when the sky is falling? God is so gracious and merciful; He continues to pursue them, and they continue to reject Him. That is, until they surrender, taste and see that the Lord is good, and find out that Jesus is the best thing that could have ever happened to them. We all have to go through that process. I just thank God He refuses to “shake the dust off His feet” (Matthew 10:14) when rejected time and time again. At one time He knocked at the door of my heart after experiencing my rejection of His love and grace. He continues to knock at the door of the heart of unbelievers and He is relentlessly determined to be their spiritual oxygen supply.

We sometimes take breathing for granted. We don’t even think about it until we have a cold or our allergies kick in. There are some folks with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) who have to fight for every breath they take and walk around with oxygen tanks in order to stay alive. Again, God is like oxygen for us. In Him we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28).  However, when we sin and our fellowship with God is interrupted, it’s like cutting off our oxygen supply in the spirit. In Psalm 51, King David knew quite well what spiritual suffocation felt like. When Nathan the prophet exposed his sin in reference to committing adultery with Bathsheba and then killing her husband, Uriah          (I Samuel 11 and 12), he wrote in Psalm 51:10-12 that he felt God’s presence had left him, and his joy was extinguished. He was miserable.

That is why it’s so important to keep short accounts with God. When we miss the mark, we should immediately repent so that we can continue to “breathe.” I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We need to do this because although sin doesn’t change our relationship with the Father, it does affect our fellowship until we repent, agree with Him that what we did was wrong, and ask for His forgiveness. Only then our fellowship is restored.

Some of us hide from God when we fall short of His glory. That just prolongs the agony of spiritual suffocation. However, there is no need to “gasp for air” one moment. God has made a way through Jesus Christ for us to stay continuously connected to Him so that we can breathe freely. When we sin, we need to run immediately to Him and repent, not isolate ourselves in shame.

When I go to the doctor’s office, my vital signs are taken. My blood pressure and temperature are taken, and then they clip a device on my pointer finger to check the oxygen level in my body. When it comes to you relationship with God, have you checked your oxygen level lately? Let’s make sure that we keep our spiritual oxygen level at a maximum by staying connected to God through spending time with Him daily in prayer, fellowship with Him in His Word, and refusing to let sin put a wedge between us. Our very lives depend on it.

 

YOU ARE MY OXYGEN

Copyright 2012 by Tracey L. Moore

Lord, You are my oxygen; I can’t make it without You. 

I love You and I need You so; without You I’m lost, it’s true.

When I feel disconnected from You, and Your Word I can’t receive,

When I cannot feel Your presence, I feel like I cannot breathe.

I’ve got to have You in my life; without You there is no joy.

My world is chaotic, I lose my peace; without You, I feel a void.

It’s spiritual suffocation, for on You, God, I depend,

I cannot live without Your love, Lord, You’re my oxygen.

Have you ever felt spiritual suffocation? How do you keep your spiritual oxygen level at a maximum? Leave a comment below.

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