DayBreaks for 6/11/18 – Hearing Voices

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DayBreaks for 6/11/18: Hearing Voices

When I was a pastor, I spent many hours talking with church members who were wrestling with what one might call, “voices of condemnation.” They weren’t hearing literal voices, but as I listened to them, I could see how their lives, in many cases, had been negatively influenced by things said, taught, or even preached to them. There are many such scenarios:

  • Someone “raised” in a home, in which they perceived what they did was never good enough;
  • Someone “raised” in a church, to which they were taught acceptance before God was about “performance”;
  • Someone feeling judged because they were from a different race or ethnicity;
  • Someone wondering if God was judging them, because they were undergoing some suffering;
  • Someone struggling to read the Bible or pray because of some inner turmoil;
  • Someone wondering if God had abandoned them.

I’d love to think that coming to faith in Christ means we no longer have to battle “voices” like these, that once you’re a believer, you no longer have to carry around that “baggage”. However, it’s just not true. All of us, to varying degrees, have that “baggage” or “voices” we have to deal with. It’s a part of living in this broken world.

Yet, we have God’s Word. We have the Spirit of Christ within us. We have Romans 8. I love Romans 8, because it boldly declares there is therefore no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. (8.1) I love Romans 8, because it says we have been set free from the law of sing and death (8.2). I love Romans 8, because it proclaims we have received the Spirit of adoption as sons. (8.14) I love Romans 8, because it says the sufferings of this world are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (8.18) I love Romans 8, because it tells us the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (8.26) Lastly, I love Romans 8, because nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (8.39)

Are you hearing the old voices still? Read Romans 8 over and over and over again until you hear the voice of God. You can trust Romans 8…after all, they are the inspired words of God.

PRAYER: Lord, give us ears to hear your voice, and your voice alone! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 10/15/15 – Will I Ever Win the Lottery?

DayBreaks for 10/15/05: Will I Ever Win the Lottery?  

Today after working out in the gym, I stopped in the convenience store to get a couple diet Dr. Pepper’s. As I was entering the store, there was a neon sign that showed the value of the lottery for tonight. I think it was something like $80 million dollars. That’s not chump change!

Well, let me tell you right know that I know I will never win the lottery. They tell me that you have to play in order to win, and I refuse to fork over hard earned money to try to win something when I’ve got a far better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery!

In fact, I’m the kind of person who never wins anything. I’m not lucky that way, I guess. And I’m skeptical of even trying to win because I know the odds are stacked against me.

If you’re like me, you may sometimes feel like you’re not even going to make it to heaven. If I stop and think about it, if I start dwelling on my failures and faults (which are many!), I can start to question whether I’ll get “there.” It is a very uncomfortable feeling, isn’t it?

That’s why I so love and desperately cling to these verses: And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day. – John 6:39-40

I think perhaps Jesus made that statement just for my benefit.

Several things are noteworthy: first, Jesus says that this is God’s will, not just something that God hopes will happen. And God has a way of ultimately getting His will! Second, Jesus says he will “not lose even one”. Have you ever been overlooked? Forgotten? Left out when it came right down to the choosing? My fears of being left out when I stand before the throne of God are pointless, according to Jesus. I will not be forgotten, I will not be left out, I will not be rejected!

Will I win the lottery some day? No. But then I’ve already won something of far greater value!

PRAYER: Jesus, forgive me when I doubt. Forgive me when I think that your blood isn’t sufficient to cover even my sins. Thank you for the incredible comfort that comes from knowing you will forget and lose no one on that day that the Father has put into your hands – including me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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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.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 11/30/11 – Salvation Trust, Trust #3

DayBreaks for 11/30/11 – Salvation Trust, Trust #3

While Galen is preparing to move (and moving!) we’ll be publishing from the DayBreaks archive.  New DayBreaks will resume approx. 12/15/11.

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 11/08/01:

I was just thinking about this series of messages about trust.  You know, it scares me to even write about this stuff.  Why?  Because God usually puts us to the test when we do something like this.  It’s easy to write about trust, and as I write this, I do believe that I trust Him more now than at any other point of time in my life.  But what if God chooses to take my children or my wife from me in a biochemical attack?  What if my job vaporizes tomorrow?  Scary things.  Those are the kind of things that really put our trust to the test.  But still, God has put these things on my heart and I feel that I must share them, so onward we go…

There is a measure of our “un-trust” that we often don’t consider.  When you think of actions that don’t provide evidence of trust, what images come to your mind?  Perhaps the Israelites cowering before Goliath and Saul strapping the armor on David.  Perhaps King David numbering the warriors in Israel – indicating his trust was in his troops instead of his Commander in Chief.  Those are worthy examples, and sadly, the Scripture is full of failures – such as these and the failure of Peter to acknowledge Jesus during his trial.  My life is chock full of noteworthy examples of failure to trust, too.

But before we can really start to trust God, we have to come to terms with our salvation.  After all, what good is any of this “God-thing” if there isn’t a payback for us some time, somewhere?  And let’s face it: salvation is the big carrot.  We long for a “better country”. We long for a peace and rest that we’ve never found on this planet.  We hope it exists.  And if you are a Christian, you are banking your earthly life and your eternity that the answer is found in Jesus who claimed to be “…THE way, THE truth, THE life…”.

The foundational trust for the Christian comes in accepting that God loves us and has (notice that is in the past tense) saved us by his grace (Eph. 2:5, 8).  Sometimes that is hard to accept and believe, isn’t it?  When you’ve fallen to the same temptation for the thousandth time it is hard to look at yourself in the mirror, let alone look God in the face and call Him “Abba, Father” (Daddy, Father).  So what do we do?  We wallow.  We rip ourselves up one side and down the other.  And we learn to hate – to hate ourselves for what we are and what we’ve done.  “Wallowing in shame, remorse, self-hatred, and guilt over real or imagined failings in our past lives betrays a distrust in the love of God.  It shows that we have not accepted the acceptance of Jesus Christ and thus have rejected the total sufficiency of his redeeming work.”  (Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning)

So, the question is: can you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am my Beloved’s and He is mine…”?  Can you sing in your heart, “Jesus loves me, this I know…”?  Can you, like Paul (who called himself the greatest sinner of his time), say: (2 Timothy 1:12b) – “…Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day”?  Or are you displaying your lack of trust in the sufficiency of the blood of Christ to remove your guilt, sin and shame?

Consider the following verses:

Phil. 1:20-21 – “20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Isaiah 49:23 – “Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers.  They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet.  Then you will know that I am the LORD; THOSE WHO HOPE IN ME WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

Do you hope in Him?  Desperately hope that somehow (even if by accident!!!) He will find it in His heart of hearts to forgive you?  That somehow when the books are opened and everyone is judged, do you hope that your name will be found on the list of the saved?  Listen to His very own words: “THOSE WHO HOPE IN ME WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”  Breathe them in and make that your meditation.  Trusting in anyone and anything else will leave you bitter.  Trusting in him will set you free from your guilt.  Jesus’ sacrifice was more than sufficient to save you.  It WILL save you and it is what will save me, too.

First step: trust God with your salvation.  Once you’ve REALLY done that, you’re on the way and the rest of life becomes so much easier.

PRAYER: Father, we find it so hard to let go of trying to save ourselves and to trust our salvation totally and fully to You!  Thank You that those who trust in You will not be disappointed, ever, in any way!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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