"The breath of the Almighty hath given me life" (Job 33:4). What comfort is ours when we accept this truth! God is man's Life, and we evidence this Life in continuous unfoldment of good. It is our right always to experience harmonious respiration because it is demonstrable that man reflects the continuity of the Life which is God. We can be assured that true life and breath come from God. They are independent of physical organs and are not subject to material laws of limitation or impediment. Since man is the emanation or expression of Life, he always has breath and therefore cannot be out of breath.

Contrary to this reasoning is the belief that breath is in the nostrils or that it can be limited, depleted, or stopped by human organization. Man does not have to get breath. Man reflects the "breath of the Almighty," which is uninterrupted and unobstructed. Man includes the inspiration of Life, which is God. He is the expression of the vitality of the divine and infinite Being. To demonstrate these facts we must "cease ... from man, whose breath is in his nostrils," as Isaiah counseled (2:22).

How can we cease from the belief of life in matter? How can we flee from the suggestions that lungs, heart, blood, furnish the impulse of life and breath? What must we do in order to bring to human expression the truth concerning breath and its continuity and unlimited impulsion? Christian Science answers these questions by showing us how to demonstrate the truth that man is the expression of Life, of the divine Being which is God. It teaches us that we always have breath because we always have God. It substantiates the words of Paul (Acts 17:24-28) : "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; ... for in him we live, and move, and have our being."

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