The breath of life

"The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life" (Job 33:4). This Bible passage assures us that we are God's children and that true life comes from Him.

What comfort is ours when we accept what this verse implies! For instance, the word breath points to divine inspiration, good thoughts, which originate in Spirit, God, and are always in perfect balance. Such spiritual inspiration is infinite, and therefore we cannot be out of it or short of it.

If, as we read in the first chapter of Genesis, all that God made is very good, He could never have created any restriction on right activity. The Apostle Paul declared of God, "... he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things" (Acts 17:25). Man created in the image and likeness of God reflects divine Life, without interruption or obstruction. Man expresses the vitality of the divine and infinite Being.

Man's spiritual sonship with God was exemplified by Christ Jesus. In his healing work, Jesus always emphasized his dependence upon God, good, as the source of the power that vanquished so-called material laws. Today we feel the healing power of God, divine Love, as we awake to the fact that God is All and that man is His reflection.

To demonstrate these truths in our daily experience, we must obey this counsel in Isaiah: "Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils" (2:22). How do we do this? By drawing our inspiration, our understanding, of life from God, Spirit, not from materiality. As we cease to trust that lungs, heart, blood, furnish the impulse of life and breath, we depend more and more certainly upon Spirit for all we need for life and health, and for their continuity and unlimited supply. Progressively, we demonstrate the truth that man is the expression of Life, of the divine Truth, God. This is seen in greater well-being and good in our life.

This was proved to me many years ago, when I was on an assignment for my job. We were working in the middle of a large field, surrounded by acres of yellow flowers. As we arrived, I admired their serenity and beauty; however, soon my eyes were running and my breathing difficult. One of my companions said, "You are allergic to goldenrod."

The fact that divine good has all power over evil is a fundamental message in the Bible.

As soon as I returned to my quarters, I called a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer. He asked me to study some citations in the Bible, as well as in Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, while he prayed. Before I went to bed that night, I was completely free from the difficulty. It never again reappeared, even though I worked in that field two or three more times.

The metaphysical treatment I was given included no artificial means of respiration. Through the influence of divine Truth, alone, I came to feel there could be no power other than God, divine Mind, and the inspiration of Truth and Love restored harmony. Mrs. Eddy writes, "All Truth is from inspiration and revelation,—from Spirit, not from flesh" (Unity of Good, p. 46).

The fact that divine good has all power over evil is a fundamental message in the Bible. The assurance that all evil must disappear before the truth of divine Love should inspire and encourage all mankind to learn to accept and embody those good, perfect qualities that Christian Science shows really belong to all of us as the reflection of God, omnipotent Mind. Mrs. Eddy writes, "Christian Science is at length learned to be no miserable piece of ideal legerdemain, by which we poor mortals expect to live and die, but a deep-drawn breath fresh from God, by whom and in whom man lives, moves, and has deathless being" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 195). Man is the individualized expression of infinite Life, its unfolding spiritual idea, forever one with Life eternal. The inspiration of Truth and Love animates man. The love of the Almighty is sustaining our life, giving peace, joy, and freedom.

Just as opening a window can transform the atmosphere of a whole room, so one spiritual thought can be sufficient to give human consciousness a breath of heaven and bring healing.

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