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Characteristics of Living Organisms–Physical and Spiritual, Part 2

Written by: Vernon McCoy

Breathing or Respiration – All living things exchange gases with their environment. Animals take in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.

Breathing is interesting in that we do it involuntarily. We don’t have to remind ourselves to breathe, we just do it. Not only do we just do it, but it happens all the time. It isn’t a one-time deal, so it just turns into something that we do. It is something you take for granted, until you no longer have the ability to do it. You don’t think about it, nor should you, but it is readily there. Breathing.

Also there is an exchange happening. It isn’t just one way, but there is two-way communication happening here.

We need God to breathe on us, and when He breathes on us, in exchange, we worship Him and give Him praise, and when we worship Him and give Him praise, then He breathes on us some more, and we worship Him and give Him praise, and it goes on and on, until we live a lifestyle of praise and worship. Praise is just who we are. Praise is what I do. We don’t just do this in the sanctuary, but even outside of these four (church) walls, we live a lifestyle of praise, because God is breathing on us.

Job 33:4 – The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

God breathed into Adam and man became a living soul. We were made to give God glory. We have to understand that there is life in the breath of God. It should be our desire to have God breathe on us every day, all the time, until that is just who we are. We need to learn to live a lifestyle of praise, and that only happens when God breathes on us.

Unfortunately, the alternative is true. We live in a twisted and perverse world, and if we allow ourselves to breathe in the bad air of our society, then in exchange, we won’t be able to praise and worship the way we were designed to, and therefore we won’t live. I am talking about the characteristics of a LIVING Spiritual Christian. A living, healthy Christian is very apparent because God is breathing on them, and in exchange they live a lifestyle of praise and worship.

We have to be careful about what we allow our environment to breathe into our spirit and make sure that God is breathing on us.

Excretion – is the removal of waste from the body. All living things need to remove waste from their bodies. If this waste is allowed to remain in the body, it could be poisonous. It will become poisonous.

This is simple folks. Sin is sin. It needs to be removed from our lives. This is interesting in that it points out that all living things need to remove waste. This implies that you are already living for God, that it doesn’t matter how long you have lived for God. This isn’t the message for the new convert, or the sinner, but this is here for the saint, who has been in church for a while. There is always something that we need to shed.

Hebrews 12:1 – Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

I like this verse because it makes a very clear distinction between sin and weight. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:12 and 10:23 that ‘All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient.’ Thank God for the man of God (the pastor) who will draw lines in the sand for my soul. Moses defined where the base of the mountain stood. The sons of Kora found out that you don’t want to be on the wrong side of the line. Let me say that if the man of God (pastor) draws a line in the sand, then we as saints need to make sure that we are on the right side of that line and as far away as we can be on the right side. Lines don’t get drawn haphazardly nor do they get drawn for fun. If the pastor draws a line in the sand and says that we are going to do this and not do this, then so be it. It might not be sin, but that doesn’t mean that it is good for me. Thank God for the Man of God who loves me enough to draw a line in the sand.

Our bodies are the temple of the living God, and we are to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. It is really just that simple.

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Also, just a quick announcement: my first inspirational romance book, Violet Miracle is now available on Amazon.com! It is the first in a series called, A Little Bit of Coffee, Flowers, and Romance. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in encouraging posts

 

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Author in the Trenches

I thought I would blog a little about the writing life. I also intend to post some really great blogs I found. The Creative Penn is one and Copyblogger is another. These are great for hints and tips on making your writing better. They also have good stuff on marketing as well. My other favorite sites are Self-Published Author’s Lounge and StoryFix. These should get you started. Enjoy. There are plenty of other ones out there as well.

Anyway, I’m in the middle of writing two books right now. One is another non-fiction about allowing joy into your life. This is also part of a sermon series, much like Defeat Fear Forever. We don’t chase after joy, it is part of the fruit of the Spirit. However, we do need to actively choose to rejoice. Otherwise, why would God command it if it was easy? Obviously, He wanted to give us the head’s up about something.

The other book I’m working on is a fiction book for teen to adult. It’s got a lot of comedy, some mystery, and gets serious about dealing with those things my character doesn’t necessarily want to face. Right now, I’m in chapter 5.

Also, I’ve been privileged to get an assignment to interview several Pentecostal fiction authors. Awesome! I love my job! It’s so neat to see the way they write. Some outline, some don’t. In fact, one person simply sits at his computer with a blank screen and starts writing! Dude!

So far, I haven’t had to deal with writer’s block. It seems to be moving right along. I’ll let you know about any bumps I encounter. If you want to follow along, just hit the Hub Pages button on the right. The book is called Violet Miracle and several chapters are up and available to see. BTW, this is a ‘first draft’, so the final published edition will be slightly different. Hopefully, all of my strange inconsistencies will be edited out. Right now, I’m having a blast seeing where Violet and her new friends take me.

Top right is the possible book cover. I admit, I LOVE coffee and a Coffee House is part of my story, so it sort of works?.?. :~\ That may change as well. We’ll see. :O)

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Author in the Trenches

 

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