Just as your words cannot travel without your breath, neither will God’s. His Word and His breath are united. Scripture tells us, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth” (Psalms 33:6).
Jesus declared, “’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) The word proceeds, present tense. God is speaking now.
Our Heavenly Father speaks through the voice of the Holy Spirit. He is the channel that carries God’s voice. The Spirit is the breath of God.
It should come as no surprise that when you take the Spirit out of the Word, the Bible will not touch you. The Apostle Paul said, “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).
We know that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). The word “inspiration” is from the Greek word for breathing. It speaks of inhaling and exhaling. The in-breathing of God occurs when the Spirit releases the Word into our being.
Without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to truly hear what God is saying. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:7). That is why I come before the Lord, open my Bible and say, “Holy Spirit, feed me. Show me. Help me to receive from the living Word of God.”
I’ve heard well-intentioned Christians tell others, “Say it. Just say it! With His stripes I am healed! Just say it!” They fail to realize that without the breath of the Holy Spirit carrying those words, they are only sounds, only desires. God’s Spirit must be infused in those words. There must be His life!
This balance is one of the most essential of all foundational basics for believers!