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“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." – (Philippians 4:8-9)
We know by the light of God’s word that there’s nothing we can do or produce to obtain or keep salvation. We’re saved by grace through faith, and this is not of ourselves, for it is the gift of God and not of works (Eph. 2:8-9). If we believe Christ, we have nothing in which to boast. Faith is God’s gift and operation in us. But if we have faith, if we’re alive in Christ Jesus, there are many things we are able to do by God’s grace and power. One thing in particular will be our focus. What is the divinely prescribed remedy for a believer’s troubled heart? What ought we to do for our own comfort and peace in the LORD? If we possess all things in Christ, then let us think on these things and rejoice!
For example, physical life is by the power of God. He gives life and breath to all. If we are alive physically, there are things we do to live. Breathing is absolutely vital to life. God gives us breath, but we ourselves breathe the air by the strength He gives. Breathing can be described as both voluntary and involuntary. We don’t have to think about breathing. The brain automatically causes the body to breathe. But we may deliberately control our breath by taking in more air deeply and slowly, thereby oxygenating the blood and invigorating the body. Many doctors say that deep breathing is good for physical health. If we want to relax physically, we may do breathing exercises. Or if we’re having a panic attack, breathing deeply can give relief and calm the nerves.
Spiritual life is similar. If God has given us life in Christ, then we live by faith. We trust the Savior! Christ is our Life and He is the air we breathe. The words that our Savior speaks to us, they are Spirit and they are life. The just shall live by faith, believing God’s word, trusting Christ alone. Those, who were justified by the blood of Christ, shall most certainly live by His faith. God raised us from the dead in Christ, and God raises us by the faith of the operation of God. The faith of God’s elect is the result of Christ’s finished work. We believe because Christ justified us by His grace, and because the Spirit has justified us through faith by the gospel. So believing for the children of God is just as involuntary as breathing. God quickened us and we believe. It’s impossible for believers to not believe, because the life God has given us in Christ is eternal, unchangeable and free.
So here is the parallel: The lungs are to the body what the mind is to the believing soul. If we are alive in Christ, and if His true word is the source of all our peace and comfort, why then should we hold our breath? Why not breathe deeply and deliberately for the peace and comfort of our souls, by meditating on the things that God has freely given us in Christ? For a believer, thinking about this world and on things below, is like a child holding his breath until he faints and passes out. How foolish and silly to do such a thing! Sadly, we must confess that we often do pass out and fall sleep from holding our breath, until our Savior graciously speaks to wake us! Let us breathe Christ voluntarily and deliberately. Let us meditate on Him deeply and continuously.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee" (Isa. 26:3).