The Transforming Breath of God

by Edie Melson

“Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations . . . God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah.”  Genesis 17:5, 15 CSV

So often we become God’s children long before we allow Him to breathe life into our lives. Our hearts belong to him, but we fight against the changes He wants to make in us.

I think the same thing was true of Abraham and Sarah. They followed God for quite a while before they actually let Him make the changes He wanted. These verses are the outward evidence of the changes they finally allowed God to make.

The changes God made to their names held great significance. He added an H to both their names. If you make the sound that an H makes, it’s an exhalation of breath. It’s a great picture of the fact they had finally allowed God to breathe life into their lives.

When He filled them with His breath, they were transformed.

God also breathes into our lives. In this day and time He speaks to us in many ways. We have much more of Him than those we read about in the Bible. We have His Holy Spirit, and we have His Living Word. But the truth is, if we don’t allow Him to make some much-needed changes, it’s just head knowledge.

Without transformation, information is just extra baggage.

It is our responsibility to apply the things God speaks into our lives. This realization has caused me to think more about how life would change if I allowed Him to breathe His life into my current circumstances.

I believe allowing Him to fill every space in my life with His breath would bring so much. I would be able to experience peace beyond circumstances, joy in the midst of sorrow, and live out love no matter the hatred that surrounds me.

This is becoming my prayer and the thing I’m seeking. Every day I ask God to reclaim a little bit of the atmosphere inside me and fill it with His life-giving breath. Care to join me?

Edie-MelsonAbout the author: Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, whether she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker, she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her latest book, While My Child is Away; Prayers for While Were Apart is available at local retailers and online. Connect with her further at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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