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Day Eighteen

Revelation 11:11-15 But after three and a half days, God breathed life into them, and they stood up! Terror struck all who were staring at them. Then a loud voice from heaven called to the two prophets, “Come up here!” And they rose to heaven in a cloud as their enemies watched.  At the same time, there was a terrible earthquake that destroyed a tenth of the city. Seven thousand people died in that earthquake, and everyone else was terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second terror is past, but look, the third terror is coming quickly.  Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven: “The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”

Have you ever lost your breath? Perhaps it was in the midst of competition on the court or in the classroom. Maybe that coach or teacher told you, “Just breathe!” In our day to day routine, we don’t really think about breathing, because it is so natural. Breathing is automatic, constant, and always a part of life.

Breathing is a very powerful biblical image. In Genesis God creates humanity from the clay of the earth. Yet the human being is merely a lifeless work of clay pottery until God breathes into the nostrils of the human. It is that first breath that gives us life. Aside from the physical birth of life through breath is the even greater significance than the breath comes straight from God.

The Bible could have said that God had the winds of the earth or some other entity fill our lungs. Yet the scripture is very specific. In Genesis, we read, “Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”This is truly amazing that even the breath we breathe comes from God. We take so much for granted. John recognizes, “God breathed life into them, and they stood up! Terror struck all who were staring at them.” These prophets were dead. God breathes life into them, and they take their stand in the middle of their enemies. No wonder they are struck with terror, they are fearing for their own lives. John continues, “then a loud voice from heaven called to the two prophets, “Come up here!” and they rose to heaven in a cloud as their enemies watched.” Then the wrath of God came upon the city.

We should live as if Jesus died yesterday, he rose this morning and he’s coming back this afternoon..with expectation. Pray for God to fill you with a holy expectation this morning. Pray for God to breathe life into your lungs today. Take a stand today in the midst of your enemies. In fact, pray for your enemies this morning. Don’t forget to “just breathe today.”