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Catch Your Breath

Part 3 of Fresh Air
Steve Blair
April 22, 2018
(Job 33:4 NLT) “For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
(2 Timothy 1:16 TLB) “May the Lord bless Onesiphorus and all his family because he visited me and encouraged me often. His visits revived me like a breath of fresh air.”
Principle #1 – Fall in love with Jesus.
Principle #2 – Find and live out God‘s purpose for my life.
Handwriting on the Wall
(Daniel 5:26-27 NIV) “This is what these words mean: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.”
✓ My resistance is lower.
(Luke 21:34 NIV) “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap."
✓ My emotions are inconsistent.
(Job 9:25 NCV) "My days go by faster than a runner; they fly away without my seeing any joy."
✓ I am less productive.
(Proverbs 21:5 Message) “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.”
(Proverbs 19:2 GW) “A person in a hurry makes mistakes.”
✓ Neglect important relationships.
(Psalm 46:10 NIV) “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Catch Your Breath
(Mark 6:31NIV) “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
1. Silence the voice of more.
(Ecclesiastes 4:6 GN) “It is better to have only a little, with peace of mind, than be busy all the time.”
(Proverbs 14:30 NIV) "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones."
2. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
(Exodus 20:8-10 GN) “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to Me.”
(Proverbs 10:27 LB) “Reverence for God adds hours to each day.”
3. Stay close to Jesus.
(Psalm 23:1-3 NIV) “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Isaiah 63:14 NIV) “They were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name.”
Fresh Air Principle #3: Slow down.