Saturday, August 20, 2016

Breath and Life!

When our Lord Jesus returns, we will be gathered up to meet him. So I ask you, my friends, not to be easily upset or disturbed by people who claim the Lord has already come. They may say they heard this directly from the Holy Spirit, or from someone else, or even that they read it in one of our letters. But don't be fooled! People will rebel against God. Then before the Lord returns, the wicked one who is doomed to be destroyed will appear.  He will brag and oppose everything holy or sacred. He will even sit in God's temple and claim to be God.  Don't you remember I told you this while I was still with you?

You already know what is holding this wicked one back until it is time for him to come.  His mysterious power is already at work, but someone is holding him back. And the wicked one won't appear until this someone is out of the way.  Then he will appear, but the Lord Jesus will kill him simply by breathing on him. He will be completely destroyed by the Lord's glorious return.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-8

For Adam, the breath of God was the beginning of life, the point of creation!  But for the wicked one described in these verses it is the end!  

There is great power in God’s breath!  And, in fact it is with the breath of God that He formed the Words, let there be light!  

Mankind which was created in the image of God also has power in the breath that comes from them.  Your breath brings life to plants as you breathe out the carbon dioxide that plants need to live!

For the one who rebelled against God and became known as the “Wicked One,” the breath of God is lethal!  So God’s breath brings life or it brings death!  

“Lord Jesus, may I be one of those who live because of Your breath!  Help me to always seek You so that Your breath will bring nothing but blessing to my life.  And may You be praised forever.  Amen.”

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