Unfortunately, we sometimes, so to speak, push the Holy Spirit off the throne of our lives and live according to our own thinking and habits, which are not in line with Christlike behaviour.
When this happens in our lives, Isaiah 59:1,2 tells us that our sins cause a separation between God and us, so that He does not hear us when we pray and we suffer from a lack of fellowship and intimacy with Him. This is when the life-changing concept of spiritual breathing should be practised.
If you become aware of an area of your life (an attitude or an action) that is displeasing to the Lord, even though you are walking with Him and sincerely desiring to serve Him, simply thank God that He has forgiven your sins – past, present and future – based on Christ’s death on the cross. Appropriate His love and forgiveness by faith and continue to have fellowship with Him.
If you retake the throne of your life through sin – a definite act of disobedience – breathe spiritually. Spiritual breathing (exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure) is an exercise in faith that enables you to experience God’s love and forgiveness.
Enjoy the adventure of marriage and the Christian life made possible by the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ!