Happy Thursday, everyone! Last week, I invited readers to join me on my quest to truly understand what it means to “have life and have it more abundantlY”, as mentioned in John 10:10. I’m doing a word study of the word “life” throughout the Bible. The objective is simple and straightforward. If we understand what the Word considers life, then we aren’t striving aimlessly. But most important, we can activate that understanding – because who doesn’t’ want more of a good thing?
In Part 1 of Walk the Word, I discussed the power of our words, how our self talk and talk to and about others either kills or gives life. This week, the guiding scripture for Walk the Word Part 2 is Genesis 2:7:
Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
The Lord God was the first to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on man!
CPR- Performed either mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose, the rescue breathing technique is designed to keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until the individual can breathe on their own or until a more definitive medical treatment can restore a normal heart rhythm. The lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage within four to six minutes, and death within eight to 10 minutes.
In 2013, a licensed nurse refused to give CPR to an 87-year-old woman who collapsed in
the senior residence where she worked because of “company policy.” Turns out it, the nurse poorly interpreted the Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) directive in place. The article debated whether the incident was an ethical or a legal issue. I, on the other hand, cringed simply because it was CPR- mouth-to mouth with a complete stranger.
God knows, I pray I never find myself in the position of needing to receive CPR or having to administer CPR. Putting the ‘save-a-life’ part aside, the germ factor plus the probability of halitosis might– just might cause me to wait for the paramedics. My kiddies being the exception, of course…
Jokes aside, I’d like to think that I would not let my neuroses interfere with me helping someone. Its goes without saying –In a life or death scenario, I certainly wouldn’t refuse CPR being performed on me. Being unconscious kinda prevents that… But let’s say I wasn’t unconscious. You would think I was crazy if I refused the rescue attempt to save my life and few brain cells, right?
But truthfully, many of us are refusing CPR daily. We are living on fumes, holding our breath from Sunday to Sunday, not allowing the Lord God to breathe into us. In times distress, we talk to everyone but God, or make Him our last resort. We try to raise our kids on last week’s message, save our marriages on last year’s revelation, and “find ourselves” in today’s best-selling self-help book when the Father invites us to cast all our cares on Him, to seek Holy Spirit in those times of uncertainty, and to build up our spirit by praying without ceasing.
The demands of this world can suck the air out of us, but our God is ready to breathe into us. If we refuse, does that make us crazy?
A Google search on low or lack of oxygen listed confusion, low energy, rapid heartbeat (stress), and decreased organ functions as the most common effects. Spiritually speaking, does any of this apply to you? Overwhelmed? Worry? Apathy? Insomnia? High-blood pressure? Uncertainty?
If we are going to walk out this life abundantly according to His Word, one of the things we must learn is accept His rest, to allow ourselves to be refreshed in Him, to let Him administer His CPR.
How do we submit to our Father’s CPR?
We submit by creating a discipline of reading and meditating on the Word and praying daily. Saying grace over your food does not count. Sound simple enough, huh? Probably already knew it, right? I read somewhere that most people who profess to be Christians spend less than seven minutes a day, if at all, communing to the Giver of Life. And yet we’re perplexed and befuddled that the divorce stats match that of non-believers, or that our families are not exempt from the spirit of suicide, or that pornography is hiding in many of our homes.
Presumably, you’re reading this because you, too, want to make this unicorn called Abundant Life more than a myth in your life. Are you living on fumes? Are you tired of holding your breath? Then this week’s WALK THE WORD WORKSHEET, Part 2 is for you! Let’s activate!
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Psalm 23, (AMP)
1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.
2 He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
3 He refreshes and restores my soul (life); He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil; My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.