DayBreaks for 2/22/19 – I AM #8: The Bread of Life

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DayBreaks for 2/22/2019: I AM #8: The Bread of Life

John 6:35 (CSBBible) – I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again.

Bread (symbolically representative of food to the people of Jesus’ day) is that which is necessary for life to go on. But elsewhere Jesus tells us in John 17:3 that to know God and Jesus is life with a twist – it is eternal. So, there is existence inherent in life – but there is much more. There is relationship with the Creator. When Jesus claimed to be the bread of life, it is true that the very food we eat this gives us existence comes from his provision, but there is more to the life that comes from this “bread” than just existing. That hardly qualifies to be life. Stones exist – but they don’t have life.

So it is with the bread of life. We can either just exist by not knowing God, or we can take in the bread of heaven that came down from above and in doing so, we have a new life that is primarily defined by knowing God and Christ Jesus whom he sent. Without Jesus there is existence, but no relationship. With Jesus, we have both. It is that relationship that on the last day when all shall end that will keep us secure and safe.

We need daily bread. Sure, we can survive for a while without it, but not indefinitely. How long has it been since you have taken in the bread of life and really devoured it? Why would you rob yourself of the life it gives?

“Take and eat.”

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for providing the bread that not only feeds our mouths but our hearts and souls. Fill us so we are never hungry again! In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

 

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DayBreaks for 7/15/14 – The Blessing of an Empty Belly

DayBreaks for 7/15/14 – The Blessing of an Empty Belly

Deuteronomy 8:3 – Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

When is the last time that you went to bed with an empty stomach?  It is hard to conceive of the fact that much of the world goes to bed hungry every night, or at least much more often than we do in America.  Yes, I know that there is hunger and need in this country, too, but nothing like the rest of the world knows.

Deuteronomy wasn’t speaking of literal bread, of course.  But it’s sometimes hard to really understand what it means to live on (by) the word of God.  How can we come to know this is true deep down inside of our hearts and souls?

Mark Buchanan, in Your God Is Too Safe, struggled with this idea, and here’s what he had to say: “One thing is almost certain: it’s a truth that’s hard, maybe impossible, to learn between fistfuls and mouthfuls of food.

“The serpent came to Adam in a garden – Adam surrounded by an abundance of delicious food freely given to him, Adam with his belly full – and tempted him and Eve with food: ‘Here’s something you haven’t tried.  Want some?’  And they licked their lips, reached out with grasping hands, took, ate.  But the devil came to Jesus in a desert, Jesus surrounded by stones and scorpions and snakes, Jesus with his empty belly, and tempted Him with food: ‘Wouldn’t you like just a slice of bread?’  And Jesus flicked him away like a fly.

“So now the quiz: who understands – really understands – that we don’t live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God?  Who not only understands, but withstands because of it, overcomes on the basis of it?  The man with his belly full?  Or the man with his belly empty?”

Adam had all kinds of food, but was starved for the word of God.  Jesus was hungry, yet in the midst of his hunger, he was full.  The word of God is powerful, sharper, we’re told, than any two-edged sword.  It is also described as honey from a honeycomb.

The Ethiopian emperor Menelik II took the command to eat the word literally.  Whenever he was sick, he’d eat actual pages from the Bible, believing it would cure him.  He died in 1913 after eating the entire book of 2 Kings.  At the surface, his actions are laughable, but here’s the point: I’ve seen plenty of folks, including myself, who are sick in the soul caused by a refusal to eat the Word of God. It seems that our modern appetites crave everything except for the Truth.

What are you living on?  Adam failed the test, but Jesus passed it because He was full of the Word.  He’s shown us the “recipe” for success.  Now we need to cook with it!

PRAYER: Lord, set off alarm bells in our heads to alert us to the war that not only rages around us, but within us, and help us see the severity and deadly nature of this conflict!  Then, search our hearts and reveal our own idols to us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 3/03/14 – Contended With Crumbs

DayBreaks for 3/03/14 – Contented With Crumbs

Revelation 19:9 (NLT)  And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”

As we were celebrating Communion yesterday morning, I was struck with a thought that was almost visceral in its power.

Have you ever said to yourself that you’d be content to just eek your way inside the “pearly gates”, that you don’t care if you have a mansion in heaven – that you’d be happy to just “get there”?  I’ve said it. My guess is that even if you’ve not said it, you’ve thought it.

As I took the break this morning, when I picked it up, it was broken into two parts already, one much larger than the other. In fact, the smaller piece was more like a crumb. I took it, too, and as I did, I had my epiphany.

I believe that I (and perhaps you?) have become content to settle for crumbs from Jesus’ table. I find that as I get older, the temptation to “go through the motions” is both more difficult and easier to deal with.

It’s easier because there is an increased sense of urgency as one senses time running out that calls us out of a bit of reverie. Perhaps one tends to get more attentive and desperate as the sand is nearly gone from the hourglass.

At the same time, when it comes to our relationship with God, it is harder, at least in my opinion.  When you have been a believer for as long as I have, you start to think you know the Word pretty well, that you’ve waked with God for a long time, and it is easy to grow content and sloppy in our efforts to keep the relationship growing. And it is easy to settle for the relational crumbs that fall from His table.

That is not what God wants for us. God doesn’t want us to be content with what we have already. He doesn’t want us to have relational crumbs.  He wants us to have the entire fullness of Bread of Life!  To have an in-depth, vibrant, resonant, ever-growing and more glorious personal walk with the God of all creation!

Have you been settling for crumbs when you are offered the feast of all time? You’ve been invited to gorge yourself on that Bread…will you accept?

PRAYER: God, hear my confession: I don’t want to settle for crumbs any longer! I want the Bread in such quantity that I shall never hunger again! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/07/14 – The House of Bread

DayBreaks for 01/07/14 – The House of Bread

communion2John 6:32-35 (NLT) Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33  The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34  “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.” 35  Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

I am a grandfather, 61 years of age. Remember that saying about how you can’t teach an old dog (like me!) new tricks? Well, I’m not learning new tricks, but God continues to reveal things to me as long as I’m willing to listen.

In the text for today, Jesus doesn’t just claim to be the bread of life, but to be the “true” bread that comes from heaven. That’s significant because fake bread can’t satisfy and bread from this earth’s kitchens will rot and go bad.  The bread from heaven suffers from none of those maladies.

He also claims that those who hunger but who come to him won’t hunger again. That’s significant because about 24 hours earlier he had fed these same people, 5000 men plus women and children, a sumptuous feast of fish, and yes, bread, on the side of the mountain. But they were hungry again. Clearly Jesus was speaking of anyone who came seeking what sustains real life, eternal life, would not hunger again but would find all that they need to fill the ache inside when they find Him.

But here’s what was new to me this past Christmas season. Do you know what the word “Bethlehem” means? Of course we think of it as the birthplace of the Christ child, but the word itself means – get this – “house of bread.” How fitting that the Bread of Life comes from the “house of bread”! In Bethlehem every day numerous loaves of bread were baked and consumed, but those who ate of those loaves would be hungry again soon. Jesus, the Bread of Life, comes from the house of bread – and where did he come from? Heaven!

God desires to provide us with that which will fill us completely and forever if we will only come to His house of bread to partake of the Bread of Life which was born, and broken, for us!

PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for filling the greatest hunger we can ever have – and filling it forever! Thank you, Father, for sending the Bread of Life from heaven that we might eat – and live! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/01/14 – Let There Be No Doubt

DayBreaks for 01/01/14 – Let There Be No Doubt

One of the striking features of John’s gospel is how John pictures the life and ministry of Jesus. The other gospels tell us stories about Jesus so we, like the disciples, we are left to ask what seems the obvious questions, “Who is this, that wind and sea obey him? Who is this who feeds the multitude on a couple of loaves and a few fish?” But in John, there’s no doubt who Jesus is  because both John and Jesus tell us who He is! Usually Jesus did so with a statement that starts with “I am.” Put him in a situation and he will clarify who he is and what he has come to do.

If you put him in a desert surrounded by people who are chronically unsatisfied, and Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).

If you put him in the midst of confused people who ask, “Who are you, Jesus? What makes you different from all the other gurus, rabbis, and religious leaders?” Jesus replies, “I am the gate for the sheep. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture” (10:7, 9).

If you find him at a graveside surrounded by grief-stricken people, Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live” (11:25).

On the other hand, if you put him in the middle of people who feel disconnected by life’s difficulties, Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (15:5).

You see, in the Gospel of John, in situation after situation, Jesus defines himself and says, “This is who I am….” In the eighth chapter, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (8:12). His words echo the opening words of the Fourth Gospel, where the writer defines the person and work of Jesus in terms of light. “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people … The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world” (1:3-4, 9).

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” That, my friends, is wonderful news – just the kind of news that we would hope to hear with Christmas in the rear view mirror and a New Year staring us in the face.  Let Him be the Light of your world in 2014!

Happy New Year, everyone!  “Walk in the light even as He is in the light…”

PRAYER: Thank you for not leaving us in the dark about Who You Are and thank You for the assurance that You enter this new year with us and that nothing it holds is hidden from Your sight or beyond Your control. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/14/13 – The Bread of Lucifer

DayBreaks for 02/14/13 – The Bread of Lucifer

moldy_breadNOTE: Galen is having some surgery today so there’ll be some DayBreaks from the archives for the next few days.  Your prayers are appreciated and welcomed!

From the DayBreaks archive for 2/14/2002:

Matthew 4:1-4 – “1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

There are several things about this passage that are interesting.  First, “Jesus was led by the Spirit” into the desert for the expressed purpose of being tempted by the devil.  I don’t like that idea.  The concept that the Spirit might lead someone to a particular place or situation for the purpose of being tempted is scary?  I mean, if the Spirit would lead Jesus into the desert to be tempted, why won’t the Spirit do the same to/for me?  We view it in a negative way, of course, and for Jesus, it was part of his becoming able to identify with us in our temptation.  Still…it is an interesting, if not frightening, thought – one that I will have to consider and pray about.

On the surface, the temptation doesn’t seem to be that difficult.  What was Satan really after?  All he asked Jesus to do was to turn the stones into bread.  What’s the harm in that?  Well, as usual with Satan, there is more than meets the eye, and there are hidden motivations and trickery afoot any time he appears on the scene.  I think that Calvin Miller in The Unchained Soul, had an interesting insight that may be right: “Christ rejected the bread of Lucifer.  It was not the bread that he rejected so much as self-gratification.  If he makes bread out of one stone, he may create wine from the next and so on, till his self-denial is literally swallowed up in gluttony.  Christ freed himself from this material bondage to be the role model for our own self-denial.  Materialism does not always consist in what we have, but in what we hunger for.  It is not our concern about bread but our temptation to horde it that sins so against our Lord’s wilderness example.

What if Christ gave in to self-gratification?  He was God, after all.  He could have indulged every whim that crossed his omniscient mind and no one could have stopped him.  But Jesus didn’t give in to that temptation, giving us an example to follow.  Isn’t there a lot of truth in the sentence about materialism not being what we have, but in what we hunger for?  This means that we could be materialistic, even though we may not have the things we desire, but simply because we desire them ourselves and they consume our minds, desires and passions.  We are materialists if we long for things more than we long for Jesus.

Are you longing for the bread of Lucifer or the Bread of Life?

PRAYER:  Keep us from craving the wrong food, Lord.  May we hunger only for more of YOU!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/23/12 – The Bread of Lucifer

DayBreaks for 02/23/12 – The Bread of Lucifer

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 2/14/2002:

Matthew 4:1-4 – “1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

There are several things about this passage that are interesting.  First, “Jesus was led by the Spirit” into the desert for the expressed purpose of being tempted by the devil.  I don’t like that idea.  The concept that the Spirit might lead someone to a particular place or situation for the purpose of being tempted is scary?  I mean, if the Spirit would lead Jesus into the desert to be tempted, why won’t the Spirit do the same to/for me?  We view it in a negative way, of course, and for Jesus, it was part of his becoming able to identify with us in our temptation.  Still…it is an interesting, if not frightening, thought – one that I will have to consider and pray about.

On the surface, the temptation doesn’t seem to be that difficult.  What was Satan really after?  All he asked Jesus to do was to turn the stones into bread.  What’s the harm in that?  Well, as usual with Satan, there is more than meets the eye, and there are hidden motivations and trickery afoot any time he appears on the scene.  I think that Calvin Miller in The Unchained Soul, had an interesting insight that may be right: “Christ rejected the bread of Lucifer.  It was not the bread that he rejected so much as self-gratification.  If he makes bread out of one stone, he may create wine from the next and so on, till his self-denial is literally swallowed up in gluttony.  Christ freed himself from this material bondage to be the role model for our own self-denial.  Materialism does not always consist in what we have, but in what we hunger for.  It is not our concern about bread but our temptation to hoard it that sins so against our Lord’s wilderness example.

What if Christ gave in to self-gratification?  He was God, after all.  He could have indulged every whim that crossed his omniscient mind and no one could have stopped him.  But Jesus didn’t give in to that temptation, giving us an example to follow.  Isn’t there a lot of truth in the sentence about materialism not being what we have, but in what we hunger for?  This means that we could be materialistic, even though we may not have the things we desire, but simply because we desire them ourselves and they consume our minds, desires and passions.  We are materialists if we long for things more than we long for Jesus.

PRAYER: Let the longings of our hearts be in alignment with the great command!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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