Welcome to Day 6 of 31 Days of Battling Anxiety with Biblical Truth!
Breath. Life. Value. This is where we have begun our series on battling anxiety. The Bible tells us that our life has value. And the very thing that affirms your life, your breath, also helps calm your anxiety. We can compare notes all day on the scientific benefits of the breath, and as a yoga teacher, I’m certainly prone to do that. But I think the real reason that the breath is such a powerful tool for battling anxiety is because it’s driven by the very presence of God.
Here are ten Bible verses that prove the air you breathe is from God Himself. Because our goal for this series is to marry tangible tools for battling anxiety with Biblical truth, I encourage you to read them while practicing our calming breath technique we learned yesterday. Enjoy!
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. -Genesis 2:7
As long as I live, while I have breath from God, my lips will speak no evil, and my tongue will speak no lies. -Job 27:3-4
But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent. – Job 32:8
For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. – Job 33:4
If God were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath, all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust. – Job 34:14-15
But if you turn away from them, they panic. When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust. When you give them your breath, life is created, and you renew the face of the earth. – Psalm 104:29-30
God, the LORD, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. – Isaiah 42:5
This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD. – Ezekiel 37:5-6
Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. – John 20:21-22
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. – Acts 17:24-25
Curious about this 31 Days thing? There are hundreds of other writers joining the challenge to write every day for the month of October. The topics range from faith and inspiration to home and family to everything under the sun. Every few days during our anxiety series, I’ll be introducing you to some of these amazing writers.
Today, I’d like you to meet my friend, Denise. Denise and I met at She Speaks 2016 and we had the privilege of praying for each other leading up to the conference. She’s writing about reinventing our hope in God. Denise also happens to be a very talented musician and worship leader so go check her out!
Heads up for tomorrow….it’s a giveaway and you don’t want to miss it!