Breathing Together With God

Let’s talk about conspiracies, the real and the fictitious. And then let me tell you about the greatest one of all, which is the ruin of them all, and how you and I may become involved in it. I’m not happy using the word conspiracy with its connotation of evil for this one, but more on this later.

Conspiracies are not new, there have been many throughout the ages; the Bible itself tells of many actual conspiracies, and there are no doubt many in the world today. Neither are conspiracy theories new, these also have abounded. It’s easy enough to see why. A theory may prove true or otherwise, and the fact that there are real conspiracies lends credence to the false. It’s like counterfeit money. The only reason people make counterfeit money is so they can pass it off as real.

But counterfeit conspiracies have something in common with real conspiracies. They are both the works of the Devil, the Prince of darkness. As long as there is darkness in which the workers of darkness can hide there will be conspiracies. Real conspiracies. There will also be conspiracy theories purporting to give us some light into what’s happening in the dark. They are the polar opposite of what the psalmist had in mind when he wrote that “light is sown for the righteous…” (Ps 97:11). They are sowings of darkness under the cover of darkness intent on deceiving those in the dark. They are phantasms of darkness meant to cause fear.

Many years ago I myself was quite attracted to a conspiracy theory. This was back in the 1970s in Calgary. I was a newborn Christian and my heart was full with so much that was new to me, and I began to hear also of something called The Illuminati. Even the very title—this is the main idea behind conspiracy theories, isn’t it. You are now “illumined,” you are in-the-know, no longer duped like the masses out there in the dark. That’s how it was with a few of us in the little fellowship I was involved in (Faith Tabernacle led by dear old Brother Graham) when we heard of an Illuminati seminar. We too wanted to be in-the-know. The Illuminati conspiracy theory has a long history but this one was some kind of “new improved” version. (Which makes me wonder if the conspiracy theories in our day are in the lineage of the Illuminati; they seem to have the same family likeness.) In any case, when those of us who were intrigued by the Illuminati heard about the seminar we decided to take it in. It was a Saturday evening. The speaker got under way, and as we were sitting listening I turned my head to look around and, lo and behold, there was Brother Graham seated toward the back across the room from us. What a surprise. From time to time, and ever so nonchalantly, I looked back. He was listening intently it seemed to me, quite often with his head bowed and eyes closed. After a time there was a break. We were invited to help ourselves to refreshments at the back and have a look at some literature on a table. I hoped to talk with Brother Graham among the people milling around. But I couldn’t find him. It seems he had used the opportunity to slip away. The next morning, Sunday morning, I headed for Faith Tabernacle. I could hardly wait to hear what he had to say about the Illuminati. I walked in and sat down. On the wall above the pulpit was a little notice board upon which he usually placed a weekly Bible verse. This morning it read, “Preach the word. 2 Tim. 4:2.” After a time of singing and prayer and prophecy he gave his message, saying not a single word about the seminar. I got the message.

And have given myself to the word of God from that day to this.

So it’s not my intention to debate the truth or falsehood of the many conspiracy theories out there these days. What I want to do is tell you of a true “conspiracy” that is the undoing of all others real or fabricated. Anyone who has a Bible can read about this one; it’s hidden in plain sight. It’s because of this one that I don’t trouble myself with the conspiracy theories that abound these days. I’m not fearful of the agenda of “a cabal of global elites” who have what they call the Great Reset in the works. And when I hear the cry of alarm being sounded by those who are intent on awakening us to this evil conspiracy… warning us  we need to get “woke” and become involved in what they are calling the Great Awakening… I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. If this is not a satanic counterfeit I don’t know what is. This is deception upon deception. I anticipate a Great Awakening—but not that one. And, yes, it’s high time to awaken out of sleep, for the Great Reset took place some two thousand years ago on a hill called Calvary outside Jerusalem.

Conspiring—breathing together

Our English word conspiracy comes from the Latin conspirare—to be in harmony, to conspire: from com, together, and spirare, to breathe. So a conspiracy is “a breathing together,” a very vivid word construction; in your mind’s eye you can see the conspirators huddled close together in the dark, secretly breathing out their wicked whisperings. But what happened at Calvary—I can’t bring myself to use the word conspiracy with its connotation of evil—this was the carrying out of the breathing together of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit in their eternal plan of salvation for man and the utter destruction of the Devil and all his works. In this holy breathing together, this secret council in the Light, they determined that the Devil himself would be taken in the works of his own hands and destroy himself. For some reason, the Devil didn’t grasp his role in it all back then, and to this day never does:

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Cor 2:6-8 NKJV)

That’s quite something when you think of it. The wisdom of God in a mystery, a secret. The hidden wisdom. Secret from whom? Hidden from whom? From the rulers of this age, both heavenly and earthly, who conspired together to crucify the Lord of glory. Their doing was their own downfall. There is more. Paul continues: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor 2:9).  We stand in awe of that, don’t we. But Paul adds something; may it startle us awake. This hidden wisdom, this secret wisdom that God has hidden from some is wisdom that has been prepared for them that love him. He has revealed, unveiled these things, yea, the very depths of God, to those He loves. How does He do this?

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (1 Cor 2:10).

Paul has been writing of the proclamation of the Gospel—“Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:23-24). Then he adds, “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Cor 1:25). Here, then, is the hidden wisdom of God—Christ crucified—the wisdom of the cross, which, says Paul, he speaks “among those who are mature.” Such as these would comprehend what he was saying. So right here we have an insight into what it means to be a mature Christian. They are those who, even while they have grown in understanding, continue to have the childlike believing heart. Jesus on one occasion rejoiced and thanked His Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that “You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes” (Mt 11:25). Hidden them how? For He spoke them openly. But being wise in their own eyes they were blind to these things, as the prophet foretold. “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee” (Obad 3). Revealed them how? By His Spirit to the lowly of heart.

This must be why God’s “conspiracy,” although openly declared in Scripture, is apparently incomprehensible to the king of pride, the Devil, and the proud of heart who conspire with him against God.

Preach the Word

I think I’ll just string together now some scriptures of the Word of God—thank you Brother Graham for sowing that seed in my heart years ago—scriptures that speak of this hidden wisdom of God, who in His weakness and foolishness turns to foolishness the might and wisdom of men. It’s all over the Bible, really, this hidden wisdom; let’s breathe it in:

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. (Ps.9:15,16)

Notice the plural in verse 15 above—conspirators breathing together; and in verse 16 the singular—the Wicked One.

Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. (Ps 94:12,13)

Who is digging, or should I say dug, this pit for the wicked? Here’s our answer:

Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate (Ps 7:14-16).

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. (Ps 10:2)

For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. (Ps 35:7-9)

But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape. (Ps. 141:8-10)

Now some actual instances of this:

So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified. (Est 7:10)

And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man’s sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled… (Jdg 7:22)

And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. (2 Chr 20:22,23).

Those are all from the Old  Testament. Now consider this from the New:

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Col 2:13-15)

Triumphing over them in what? In His cross, the cross in which they were sure they were triumphing over Him.

As in the story of David and  Goliath. Who slew Goliath? Yes, David. But how did he slay him? No, not with a sling and a stone, but with Goliath’s own weapon.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Heb 2:14,15)

Amen. True illumination from the scriptures of truth.

I promised at the beginning to tell you how we ourselves may become involved in God’s “conspiracy,” that is, in the weakness and foolishness of Christ crucified. Here is how, and it’s humbling to think that we ourselves are invited to breathe together with the holy God. He invites into His holy council chamber the humble, the meek, the lowly, and shares with them daily His counsels, His breathings. What is His counsel? That we take up our own cross daily, and, being led by the Spirit, follow Jesus, being always childlike of heart, simple of heart, trusting God. His way works, beloved, His secret counsel is effectual; it’s been demonstrated, and this will yet be manifested and shouted from the rooftops of all Heaven and earth.

Dear Father, thank you for inviting us to breathe together with you the breathings of God. Amen.

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  1. Breathing together with God that speaks to me of true unity. We don’t need to focus on unity with others when we are in unity with God. We speak as the oracles of God, we minister with the love of God. When our eye is single our whole body is full of light.

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  2. A string of precious pearls, Allan. So many things stood out to me: ‘the sowings of darkness’ that harvest division and bitterness; defaulting to the preaching of the Scriptures; ‘breathing together with the holy God;’ etc.

    A refreshing breeze, pun intended. O, blessed be the Ruach of God and his Christ!

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    • Thanks, Erroll. Elsewhere we talked of those “moment by moment” things that characterize eternal life in Christ. Breathing together with God is certainly one of them. We can’t take one big breath and hold it all life long; thankfully the gift of the Spirit, the very breath of God, enables us to be breathing with Him as He breathes– moment by moment.
      Yes, blessed by the Holy Ruach of God and His Christ!

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  3. Allan, you have gone ‘above and beyond’ this time, and on so many levels!

    My first thought on seeing your title, Breathing Together with God, was: ‘Ah! Ruach!’ And without I believe ever mentioning that Hebrew word (which encompasses breath/spirit/wind), you have uncovered/revealed many of its depths and heights. A great and living and oh-so-readable example of 1 Cor. 2:10 indeed (and in thought).

    Here is that verse in the Tree of Life version:
    ”But God revealed these things to us through the Ruach. For the Ruach searches all things—even the depths of God.”

    As I’m sure you’d agree, the Greek ‘pneuma’ holds together more of the original meaning of ‘ruach’ than any of our English translation efforts can.

    Keep breathing in deeply of our amazing Jesus.

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    • Thank you, Susanna, for the encouragement, and for sharing with us your “first thought” on seeing the title Breathing Together With God. I’m not all that knowledgeable as to Hebrew and Greek, so it was good to be reminded that Spirit– Ruach in Hebrew– encompasses breath/wind/spirit.
      Perhaps you’ll remember the old hymn Edwin Hatch penned in 1878. I’ve had a special love for this hymn for many years now:

      Breathe on me, Breath of God,
      Fill me with life anew,
      That I may love what Thou dost love,
      And do what Thou wouldst do.

      Breathe on me, Breath of God,
      Until my heart is pure,
      Until with Thee I will one will,
      To do and to endure.

      Breathe on me, Breath of God,
      Till I am wholly Thine,
      Until this earthly part of me
      Glows with Thy fire divine.

      Breathe on me, Breath of God,
      So shall I never die,
      But live with Thee the perfect life
      Of Thine eternity.

      Thanks for sharing, dear sister. Indeed, let us keep breathing in– and out– our amazing Jesus.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this, Allan. I think that all you wrote can be summed up in the following words in the letter written by John…

    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” (1John 2:15-20, KJV)

    Jesus said, “The prince of this world has come and found nothing in me.” Jesus was tempted by the devil with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life in the wilderness at the beginning of His earthly ministry, but He resisted. We can see here in this temptation that the devil even used scripture to justify his temptation. The antichrist comes in many forms.

    The word “world” here is kosmos, which can mean the earth itself, but in these scriptures it means something much deeper, the realm of the devil and all he uses to tempt us. We know that the scripture says, “For the earth (Grk. Gi) is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.” (1Cor 10:26, KJV) The earth and its fullness is not the “world,” though the prince of the kosmos uses it from time to time to tempt us (the lust of the eyes and so on). Where Paul quoted this verse he was stating that nothing in itself is unclean, but only to the one who esteems it so is it unlean (eating meat that was offered once to idols). We are not to let our liberty in Christ destroy the unity of the those who are weak in the faith.

    In the passage above from 1 John we see in contrast the lusts of the world (doing the will of the devil) and doing the will of the Father. Even back then there were many “antichrists.” The word “antichristios” not only means “against Christ,” but “instead of Christ.” Allan, here is where your warning about conspiracies comes in. When the saints of God let their attention and hearts be drawn away and start focusing on the things of the world system of Satan, either being sucked into one of the many conspiracies or fighting against them, we cease to do the will of the Father because we become absorbed in the things of this kosmos. This is what John was warning about saying, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” Jesus told Pilate at His trial, “My kingdom is NOT of this world. If my kingdom was of this world my armies would come and fight,” He was speaking of the kosmos in contrast with the Kingdom of heaven. This is why I don’t write about political things on my blog, but rather the things of God’s kingdom. I started out in my early life fighting communism and all the conspiracies that went with it and got more and more sickened by Satan’s hate. I thank Jesus Christ that He drew me away from all that with His cords of love. Satan is hate, but God is love.

    “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1John 4:16, KJV)

    Bless you, my brother,
    Michael

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    • Thanks, Michael, the scriptures from John are very pertinent. “Love not the world, neither the things of the world…” And, “the Prince of this world cometh…” With those scriptures in mind you wrote, “When the saints of God let their attention and hearts be drawn away and start focusing on the things of the world system of Satan, either being sucked into one of the many conspiracies or fighting against them, we cease to do the will of the Father because we become absorbed in the things of this kosmos.” Amen. This is the critical thing– recognizing a temptation for what it actually is– a temptation that is to be resisted. The pull can be very strong, the “current” of this world is very strong these days, and very swift, and we can get drawn into it and pulled out of and away from the will of God for our lives! And discover to our sorrow that we have lost “the battle for Life.” Let us rather continue to breathe together with God, giving ourselves daily to His counsels, in the secret Place of the Most High.

      To that end I too have determined to stay out of the pull of political things on my blog… and with the help of His grace, stick to minding my Father’s business.

      Thanks for sharing, Michael.

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  5. Dear brother, thank you so much for this. Vital insights into our life in Him in these days.

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  6. Truly, a message for our troubled times. Thank you, Allan.

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  7. Another oasis brother. it was time to visit Canada and breathe. thank you Brother
    thank you Jesus: My very best Friend breathe into all of my brothers and sisters.
    I’ll check out the hymn at lunch… breathe in. oh my….Jesus. Jesus.

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  8. Very timely and well written Allan. There are so many voices today supposedly having an inside track on vital information pertaining to these times. Seems all of them have a following! Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and everything in between. I’m drawn to Psalm 46:

    1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
    3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
    4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
    5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early
    6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
    7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
    8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
    9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
    10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
    11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

    Of course this Psalm is so full of God’s instruction and encouragement but what stands out to me now is: God is our refuge and strength, A very PRESENT help in trouble!
    Sometimes we may feel as though he is far off but that is never the case. He not only encompasses our path but he is in us!

    Thanks for sharing this Allan!

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    • Thank, Joe, as to the “many voices” you referred to, it’s my earnest prayer that we shut out those voices and give our undivided attention to the One Voice that speaks peace to His people. Otherwise our portion is unrest, which is our Adversary’s intention. What the psalmist says in Psalm 46 is our portion– “be still and know that I am God”– if we will hear His Voice. You emphasized that “God is our refuge and strength, a very PRESENT help in trouble.” As He breathes out those words, breathes them into us, they become a much needed and very consoling word for faith to lay hold of in this hour!

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