Here's the secret:
“Life” is not a force or a mere state of inertia that comes after being born. “Life” is a substance that emanates from God; and if you feel like you're dying, you need a new infusion of life.
To see an illustration of what I mean when I say “life is a substance,” watch the NASA video of the sun below.
Remember that the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork! As you watch, imagine that the sun represents God, and the stuff emanating from it is the substance called life. (Remember that God IS Life Itself; He is self-contained Life and all life proceeds from Him.)
Then imagine that life–instead of falling back inside God, like the solar flares fall back into the sun–that life actually emanates OUT from Him directly into you.
Imagine that life going straight from God and right into you. Feel its massive, healing, breath-giving, life-giving, resurrecting force–the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit.
This is powerful, all. You'll get it. Watch:
So how do you get the infusion of life that you need? How do you get recharged?
Jesus told us how in John 6:63:
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
Beloved, if you need new life in your body, soul, or spirit (or all three), you can literally take in that life by taking in the words of Jesus.
I first learned the reality of this a few years ago when I was betrayed by someone I loved. (I wrote about that here, in When Loving Your Sheep Hurts, and I also had an article published about it over on Christianity Today's Gifted for Leadership, here.) After that experience, I felt so dead that I didn't know if I would ever come alive again.
But you know what? Through a series of divine interventions, God healed me. And throughout the entire healing process, I really believe that the biggest factor–the biggest healing agent He used–was this:
I read from John 6:63 that the words that Jesus speaks are spirit and life. I knew I needed an infusion of life, because I felt dead. So I purposely dug into the words of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and read the words that Jesus spoke (and those words only).
I mean, I took John 6:63 really literally, too. I was so desperate for life that I even skipped the narratives around the stories in the Gospels. I just read the conversation–the actual words of Jesus. 🙂 (I'm not saying you have to do that; it's all God's Word. But that's what I did, because I was desperate and I was doing what I could with the faith I had.)
Please don't get me wrong here. The entire Bible is God-breathed and every word in it is from God. But there's something about reading the words of Jesus, specifically. I'm not saying that the other words in other books of the Bible have less power. But somehow, it increases my faith to read the words that Jesus Himself spoke while on the earth.
And every time I read His words, I could feel myself receiving life from Him.
There's something about His words.
Of course they are about awesome subject matter; but it's more than that. His words carry His breath and the substance of His life. And His breath proceeds directly out of His mouth into my heart and spirit, carrying spirit and life into me when it felt like there was none before.
Maybe that has to do with why God's big message to the Israelites–and a promise Jesus clung to when tempted in the wilderness–was this:
So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
Man does not live by bread alone. Man lives by EVERY WORD that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
That, my friend, has changed my life. Every time I have needed a new infusion of life, I have inhaled the words of Jesus. Devoured the words of Jesus. Drunk deeply of the words of Jesus.
And every time, God has proven Himself to be true. Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Every time, I have received a new infusion of life and seen Him resurrect my soul, spirit, and body, all to the glory of God.
Every time. Even those times I didn't think it possible to live again.
So beloved, are you hurting right now? Do you need a new infusion of LIFE from the Lord?
If so, please:
- Open your Bible.
- Turn to Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. (I personally love to read anywhere in John 6, John 7, Matthew 5-7, and John 14, if you need any ideas for where to start.)
- And read the words of Jesus.
Devour the words of Jesus.
Inhale the words of Jesus. Digest them. Ponder them. Chew on them.
Allow our Lord's words to hit you with all their feeding, life-giving, sustaining, renewing, invigorating, resurrecting force.
If you will, you also will find that the words that Jesus speaks are spirit, and they are life.
You don't have to stay hurting. You don't have to stay dead or feeling dead. Papa will give you new life through His words right now, today.
Is the Holy Spirit speaking this message to your spirit right now? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!
Related: Read the whole “If You Feel Like You're Going to Die” series for serious encouragement and heart-healing help: