DayBreaks for 04/23/12 – We Still Don’t Believe It

DayBreaks for 04/23/12 – We Still Don’t Believe It

Our natures are at war...and they are real.

Sorry I missed some posts this last week, folks…I was sick!

Romans 7:18-19 (NLT)
18 (NLT) And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

One of the most prevalent beliefs we humans have about ourselves is that we are really pretty good.  Sure, we may talk humbly about ourselves (especially when we are in the church or around other Christians), but our actions belie our words.  When we are left alone in our own minds and no one can see what we think, we tend to compare ourselves favorably with others, to think that we’re pretty decent people, that surely God must be proud of us.

What we are struggling with is illustrated by a story about a professor of preaching who would take his students out every semester to the cemetery.  They would stand along the perimeter of the cemetery and the professor would ask his student to speak to the graves and call people to come forth.  Usually, the students would look at each other rather incredulously, maybe chuckle a bit, but the professor insisted, and so with obvious embarrassment, they would do as request.  They, of course, failed – miserably, every one of them.  It was after they’d failed and looked rather sheepish, that the professor reminded them of the core truth of the gospel: people, like those corpses in the cemetery, are spiritually dead…and that it is only the words of God Himself that can bring life to spiritually dead humans.

Paul said that his sinful nature, tied to his flesh, was “nothing good” alive in there.  We need to come to grips with the fact that we are NOT good people.  Our most righteous acts are like filthy rags.  There is not one of us who is good – for only God is good.

Our failure to grasp our inherent sinfulness, our dead and rotting spirit, is one of the reasons people find it hard to accept grace – they feel they don’t really need it.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

PRAYER: Speak life into us, through Your Spirit put to death moment by moment our sinful natures that are contrary to the Spirit.  Remind us of our great need for grace!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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2 thoughts on “DayBreaks for 04/23/12 – We Still Don’t Believe It

  1. Perseverance

    What is perseverance?

    Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance.
    Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
    Perseverance is trying again and again.
    You show perseverance when you …

    Give up your tv time to spend hours studying
    Try a new sport that is very difficult but you don’t give up
    Have a learning disability but keep studying even when discouraged
    Come from a home where there is fighting and unhappiness but you still try your best
    Have missed a week of school but you work hard to catch up
    Are at the end of a difficult race but you cross the finish line
    Save money and make sacrifices to buy something
    Spend hours practicing on your music
    Study and work hard to raise your grade
    Try out for something you weren’t successful at the first time
    Proverbs and maxims

    Failure is the path of least persistence.
    All things will come round to him who will but wait. (Longfellow)
    Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
    Work hard and give it your best shot; never be a quitter. (Charley Taylor)
    More quotes on perseverance

    Victory belongs to the most persevering. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
    Hitch your wagon to a star. (Emerson)
    To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage to a man. (Euripides)
    You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. (Beverly Sills)
    Many strokes overthrow the tallest trees. (John Lyly)
    People who persevered despite handicaps and disabilities

    Beethoven (composer) – was deaf
    Ray Charles (musician) – is blind
    Thomas Edison (inventor) – had a learning problem
    Albert Einstein (scientist) – had a learning disability
    Terry Fox (runner) – is an amputee with cancer
    Stevie Wonder (musician) – is blind
    James Earl Jones (actor) – was a stutterer
    Helen Keller (author) – was deaf and blind
    Marlee Matlin (actress) – is deaf
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (president) – was paralyzed from polio
    Vincent Van Gogh (artist) – was mentally ill
    Woodrow Wilson (president) – had a learning problem
    Itzhak Perlman (concert violinist) – was paralyzed from the waist down
    Stephen Hawking (physicist) – had Lou Gehrig’s disease (of the nervous system)
    Heroes and heroines

    Susan B. Anthony was a women’s rights activist who spent her entire life working for a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.
    Marie Curie was a physicist who published 32 scientific papers and continued to study sources of radioactivity over many years.
    Amelia Earhart became famous as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and as an advocate of aviation and women’s rights.
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a great American female athlete who excelled in many sports.
    Benjamin Franklin was a leading scientist, inventor, publisher, and politician whose persistence, patience, and hard work paid off. He is on our $100 bill.
    Wilma Randolph was an Olympics Gold medalist in track who was not able to walk properly as a child.
    El Chino was the first Chinese matador in Spain.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. worked very hard to lead the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. He withstood prejudice and resistance to change.
    Put perseverance into action

    When something starts to bother you, wait as long as you can before you express frustration.
    When something doesn’t work right, try again and again.
    Don’t lose your temper when something upsets you.
    Always finish what you start.
    Keep working at something that is difficult until you complete it.
    Don’t give up on difficult jobs or situations.
    Focus on someone or something that ordinarily makes you lose your patience and try to understand it (and don’t “lose it”).
    Work a little harder or a few minutes longer on a task that you do not like.

  2. Now most of this is not me but I thought it could be of some help on the subject”) Pray for me I am going back to work for it is needed.Lord give me strength. PAX!

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