DayBreaks for 05/01/13 –

DayBreaks for 05/01/13 – Tireless Sin, Tireless Grace

hms_tireless_S88_emb_n13014NOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved — 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

World magazine included an article by Andree Seu on March 30, 2002 in which she described a situation common to all of us: the lure of temptation and how we give in to it.  Let me share part of that article with you:

My usual way with temptation is to succumb and then repent.  I once devoured, in one frenzied gulp, the remaining torso of my son’s solid chocolate bunny, so that it would stop tempting me from its green fiberfill next on the kitchen counter.  Immediately there was much relief and not a little guilt.  A Pyrrhic victory.

“All this is a workable enough arrangement much of the time – you know: my tireless sin, God’s tireless grace.  But every now and then (notably on the occasions that I am the bitten rather than the biter) I get discouraged and cynical about the reality of this thing we call the Christian life.  Has the emperor any clothes?

“We believe in forgiveness – until there’s someone to forgive.  We subscribe to the unity of the saints – until the least little things ruffles it.  We possess faith – until some garden variety challenge calls for it.  We extol patience – but woe to the person who crosses us twice.  We have basically two settings in relationships: flattery or disdain, hardly any middle ground.  We do a hundred “good deeds”, then refuse the one that goes against our natural inclination.  We keep a tight rein on our tongues until the first feeble tug of gossip pries it loose.

“What opportunity is lost when I fail to avail myself of the one thing that temptation is good for!  For in God’s way of alchemizing Satan’s curses to our blessing, is not temptation the crucible in which suffering undergoes the heat and calcinations that yields that rare and precious commodity, courage?”

There is a lot of truth in Ms. Seu’s observations of our behavior.  Our sinful tendencies are tireless – they knock on the door of our imaginations and tempt us with tasty, yet devilish, delicacies.  And how about my willingness to forgive?  It’s easy to say that I’m willing to forgive – until someone really hurts ME instead of someone I don’t care about.  But when it gets personal, well, then it becomes an entirely different ballgame.

I’ve learned that sin is tireless sin my life.  Satan never seems to get tired of tempting me.  If Satan gets joy out of my sinning, he must be a very happy “person”.   That is, until the grace of God enters the picture.  Because God’s grace is tireless, too.  God is the most forgiving “Being” that has ever existed.  It is good to remember God’s wrath, anger and hatred for sin – but never let us overlook the magnitude of His grace that extends towards us!

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

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DayBreaks for 04/30/13 – Be Thou My Vision

DayBreaks for 04/30/13 – Be Thou My Vision

Saipan. One hands is holding a glass sphere and it projects the sky and the clouds at the beach.NOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

Throughout history, men and women with a vision have stirred their fellow humans to undertake great adventures, make incredible sacrifices and to achieve that which had previously been considered impossible.  The Israelites didn’t think they could defeat the Philistines until David showed them a different view of the world.  The learned men and women of the world believed the earth was flat until someone with vision proved otherwise.  And the idea of putting a man on the moon?  Ridiculous!  Yet it was done.  Vision is critically important – we need people who “dream dreams”!

In World Magazines March 16, 2002 issue, Andree Seu wrote eloquently on the power and importance of vision – the right kind of vision:

“Before Augustine or Calvin had ever writ a word, the churches of Asia Minor, poised on the brink of persecution, passed around letters with subversive images of troubling seven-headed beasts and locusts with the sting of a scorpion.  And at the epicenter, at the control tower of history, the Lamb on His throne (Rev. 4 and 5) has already won the victory.

“Were visions practical in tribulation?  Were they enough?  The proof is in the pudding.  The Roman world was astonished as Christians walked serenely into the Colosseum, there to spill the blood that became the seed money of a heavenly revolution.  They were enough.

“On the night before He died, His face set like flint toward Golgotha, do not suppose that the Lord was not sustained to the last by a powerful vision.  In a rare glimpse into the Savior’s thought processes, we read: ‘Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper.  He laid aside His outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around His waist’ (John 13:3-4)  Baffling non-sequitur?  Or deep psychological truth: that a nurtured vision of heavenly reality is the substance of courage.

“For what makes me different from men who fly into buildings?  Man is a profoundly visionary creature – which it is Revelation’s genius to perceive.  The question is, which vision?  Do ‘the things of earth look strangely dim as I gaze at His wonderful face?’  Or like Tolkein’s little hobbit, do I have little vision?  In this dragon-slaying adventure, does my weary mind keep wandering back to the cozy comforts of a warm, snug hobbit hole?  For I am persuaded that, whatever a man claims to subscribe to, when push comes to shove, he will go with the vision most vivid to him – whether it’s the mansion in the ‘burbs or a mansion in heaven.

“Lord, open my eyes that, like Elisha, I might behold the horses and chariots of fire on the hills.  And in the swirl of seductive images that abound, Lord, be Thou my vision.”

What vision captures your imagination and fuels your passion for God and His work?  Are there other “visions” that drive your actions instead of those that God would have you follow?  May we all desire that the Lord should be our vision!

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/29/13 – The Needle’s Eye

DayBreaks for 04/29/13 – The Needle’s Eye

eye_needleNOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

Matthew 19:24 – “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

Calvin Miller had something interesting to say about the “eye of the needle” as it was made famous by this passage: “On our knees we discover the low entrance to self-renunciation, then we see the door of heaven as it is.  It has a low lintel.  It may only be passed by those who kneel in acknowledgment of his Lordship.  The submissive may pass.  But pretenders, made tall by their own arrogance, cannot.

“The needle’s eye, some have said, was that small portal that stood next to the large city gates.  These smaller constrictions were left open at night.  They would admit a straggler into the gates after curfew.  But no army could pass.  Any latecomer could only enter by taking off his weapons and passing them through the confining gate first.  The low lintel of the needle’s eye forced all possible aggression to its knees.  When a soldier was utterly void of all self-defense, he entered, totally at the mercy of the city.  With his bowed head exposed to his host and his weapons gone, he was subject to the caprice of his captors.

“Is not this the glory of our repentance?  In repentance we who submit to the needle’s eye are at the mercy of our great Savior.”  – The Unchained Soul

When we come to God, all our weapons, all our armor of self-defense, must be removed.  We cannot pass through the needle’s eye unless we lay it all down for God and hand our possessions over to Him.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/26/13 – Where Our Salvation Rests

DayBreaks for 04/28/13 – Where Our Salvation Rests

safearms-300x225NOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

John 6:37-39 – “37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.

This is one of the most comforting of all passages in Scripture.  What a picture of our God and our Savior!  Consider these highlights from this passage:

FIRST: God is the One who gives the saved to Christ.  God isn’t prone to forget, God never makes a mistake, God will never accidentally lose sight of one person who is to come to Jesus.

SECOND: Jesus will never drive away those who come to him.  We never need to wonder or worry if we will find a welcome when it comes to Jesus.  He will never be too tired to spend time with us, never to busy to become involved with our issues or to celebrate our joys with us.

THIRD: The will of the One who sent Jesus is that not a single one of those God has given to Jesus will be lost.  What a comfort!  What a promise!  It doesn’t matter that we are prone to wander, Jesus won’t lose a single one of us.

As Chuck Swindoll put it: “Our salvation rests on God’s strength, not our.  Our safety is in Jesus Christ’s power, not ours.  Our protection depends on the Father’s firm grip, not ours.  No one, including the devil, can sever that vital union that comes to us with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Why?  Because it was Christ’s death and resurrection that perfected us…because of His finished work, not ours.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/25/13 – Sanctifying the Secular, #4

DayBreaks for 04/25/13 – Sanctifying the Secular, #4

Pen-PaperNOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

#4: Be Willing to be God’s Sequel to the New Testament

The canon has been closed, yet God continues to write his glorious revelation in the center of our lives.

Jean-Pierre de Caussade wrote:  “And so the sequel to the New Testament is being written now, by action and suffering.  Saintly souls are in the succession of the prophets and the apostles, not by writing canonical books, but by continuing the history of divine purpose with their lives, whose moments are so many syllables and sentences through which it is vividly expressed.  The books the Holy Spirit is writing are living, and every soul a volume in which the Divine Author makes a true revelation of his word, explaining it to every heart, unfolding it in every moment.

“We are in an age of faith, the Holy Spirit no longer writes gospels, except in our hearts; saintly souls are the pages, suffering and action the ink.  The Holy Spirit is writing a living gospel and the pen of action, which we will only be able to read on the day of glory when, fresh from the presses of life, it will be published.

“O what a beautiful story!  What a beautiful book the Holy Spirit is now writing!  It is in the press, not a day passes when the type is not being set, the ink not applied, the pages not being printed.  But we remain in the night of faith, the paper is darker than the ink; we cannot make out the print, it is in the language of another world which we cannot understand; it is a gospel we will only be able to read in heaven.”

Calvin Miller wrote: “If we do not conceive ourselves to be noble paper, let us consider that we are at least necessary paper.  Paper must lie flat – yielded to take the ink; surrendered till it bears all the characters of God’s message to this secular world that leaves us so afraid.

“May we be worthy of Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s final counsel:

“Forgive me, divine Love, for speaking only of my shortcomings and not having yet understood what it means to let your will be done, not having allowed myself to be poured into that mould.  I have been through all your galleries and admired all your paintings, but I have not yet surrendered myself sufficiently to be worthy to receive the strokes of your brush…I will devote myself exclusively to the duty of the present moment to love you, to fulfill my obligations and to let your will be done.”

2 Corinthians 3:2-3: “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/24/13 – Sanctifying the Secular, #3

DayBreaks for 04/24/13 – Sanctifying the Secular, #3

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#3: See God in Everything

Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

I’ve found myself recently perplexed by some of life’s events.  I’ve found myself saying, “I know God can do everything.  I know he has promised to work out everything for good if we love him, but I sure can’t see how he’s going to do it.”  I’ve said that a lot lately.  Here’s the rub: such a comment suggests that deep inside that I still cling to the idea that bad things aren’t supposed to happen to Christians.  I want to believe that since I’m in Christ, that my life and the life and things that happen to those I love should make perfect sense at all times.    And when it doesn’t, we feel cheated.  As Calvin Miller suggested in The Unchained Soul: “We have never really reckoned with 1 Thessalonians 5:18: ‘In everything give thanks.’  We must learn to see God in all things, not just the good things.  If we could learn to see God in our pain, we would never lose sight of him at all.”  He went on to share a pertinent illustration: “When I was a child…I endured a kind of terror during our fierce Oklahoma electrical storms.  My mother taught me that thunder was only sound; it was the lightening which might hurt me.  Further, she taught me that I could tell how far away the lightening  was by counting ‘1,000, 2,000, 3,000’ and that each time I said another thousand, I had ticked off another mile between the lightning and the thunder.  In such a simple exercise I put miles between the real danger and the roar of thunder.  Why should I fear something so far away?

“Once I learned that my terror was only a matter of viewpoint, I was free.  For thunder did not make God afraid, and when I had His perspective, I could be truly free of fear.  It was easy to imagine God looking at all that could ever make me afraid and counting, ‘1000, 2000, 3000…’.  I could…trade trust for terror.”

How is your vision?  Can you, do you see God in all things?  Unless you SEE Him in all things, you can’t thank Him for ALL THINGS.  But when you do, and you realize that nothing that you face terrifies God or even begins to intimidate Him, you can be freed from the things that paralyze you – including fear of the secular world with all its ability to attack and intimidate.  God wants us to learn to see Him in everything, and to count “1000, 2000, 3000” whenever we are afraid…and we’ll see how far away all the things are that could really harm us (which is never if we are in His hand!)  God is never afraid of the things that frighten you.  Trust Him…see Him in all the events of your life, leading, guiding, directing…and protecting from true danger.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

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DayBreaks for 04/23/13 – Sanctifying the Secular, #2

DayBreaks for 04/23/13 – Sanctifying the Secular, #2

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#2: Confine Your Interests to the Present Moment

Which of you by worrying about tomorrow…sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  (Matt. 6:27, 34)

From Calvin Miller, The Unchained Soul:

Implicit in the idea of peace is an ability to make peace with the world as it is.  Again the paradox arises.  Aren’t Christians out to change their world?  Doesn’t the world need changing?  Isn’t God’s agenda for the individual or the world an agenda of change?  Yes, yes, yes! But when we become so focused on changing the world that our joy is swallowed up in neurosis…when we focus on how things ought to be, the oughtness can be so consuming it steals our peace…We are uncomfortable with the moment.  We live well for how things ought to be but not so well with how things are. 

“One psychological game that destroys our peace is called: What shall we ever do?  Our unhealthy preoccupation with this question is destructive.  But there is a second question that can prompt an equally desperate game: Why did I ever do what I did?  This game is a game of unrelinquished guilt…Christians are not to work at forgiving their past…we are merely to walk away from it.  We must abandon that past which dogs us with an incriminating sense of failure.  It is futile to try and dredge up what God has dealt with, once and for all, at Calvary.  It is not merely futile, it is sin.  When we are saved, our sins are covered in the deepest part of the sea (Micah 7:19), and God posts a sign that says, ‘No fishing!’  We must forget our past for two reasons:

“First, God has forgiven our past, and we must not hold to what God has forgiven.  Making peace with our past is a simple matter of abandoning what God has already healed.  Opening old wounds, even with the scalpel of Christian psychology, may question the value of Jesus’ scars.

“A second reason: We simply cannot change the past.  The writer of the Rubiyat wrote:

“The Moving Finger writes, and having writ, moves on.  Nor all thy Piety or Wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

“The past is prone to roar against our present peace.  But since we cannot change it, we must dismiss it.  We are to abandon it, leaving its roaring behind us.

Only as we meet and walk with Christ in the present moment can we triumph over the secular and threatening past.  This is true of the future, too.  What we cannot change is best left to our forgetting.  What we have not met we must not seek ahead of time.”

Are you living for the moment – leaving the past abandoned and empty, refusing it to have power over you since Jesus has set you free?  Are you so preoccupied for the future that you aren’t meeting the opportunities and demands of today?  Both are wrong.  We can only work to sanctify the secular world around us by being alert TODAY to every moment and opportunity as they arise.

Carpe diem…in Christ!

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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NOTE: Galen has started working with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) (medicalambassadors.org) and is responsible for raising own support.  DayBreaks is free – and will remain so – but if you wish to help support Galen in his ministry work with MAI, you can make a donation on his behalf.  One-time donations may be made by going to this linke: http://www.medicalambassadors.org/donate.html and look down the left side of the page until you find the SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Then look for “Galen Dalrymple”.  Click his name and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you can donate to his support.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, contact suzette@med-amb.org or call her at 209-543-7500 ext. 219.  You can also write a check to Medical Ambassadors International (a 501.c.3 non-profit – meaning your donations are deductible) and put S090 in the Memo field.  Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.

Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!