DayBreaks for 12/04/14 – Things Jesus Will Never Say

DayBreaks for 12/04/14 –Things Jesus Will Never Say

From the DayBreaks archive, December 2004:

Have you ever felt that you were asking too much from someone?  Have you ever felt that others were asking too much of you – either at work, at home, in a friendship, or in your church?  Sometimes people will tell you that you’ve asked too much.  Sometimes our confidence can be misplaced.

In Lion and Lamb, Brennan Manning wrote about the confidence that we can have in Christ: Again it is the saints, the extravagant lovers of God and people, who challenge us to push our confidence to extreme limits.  Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:14-15: “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.”

In modern times, some have said: “The good Lord is more eager to pardon a repentant sinner than a mother to rescue her child from a fire.”  Others said, “Our sins are grains of sand beside the great mountain of the mercies of God.”  Still another put it this way: “The moment we ask forgiveness, God throws our sins over His shoulder.  He forgets them, He annihilates them; they shall never reappear.”

Paul says we need to give FULL acceptance to the reason Christ came – to save sinners – and each of us is the worst.  One thing that I don’t believe we’ll ever hear from Jesus would be that we were ever too reckless in abandoning our hope and trust to Him, that we confided too much in Jesus, that we trusted in Him more than we should have, or that we hoped for too much from Him.  If anything, Christ might say to us, “Why did you not trust me more?  Why did you not believe in me completely, in simple, child-like faith?”

What do you think Jesus would say to you about your faith?

PRAYER: Let us abandon ourselves fully to hoping in You, Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 9/17/14 – Wanting for Nothing

DayBreaks for 9/17/14 – Wanting for Nothing

Ps. 23:1 – The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

This is perhaps the best known verse in all Scripture.  Even little children now it by heart.  If they have gone to church, or been read Bible stories at all, they’ve seen pictures of Jesus carrying a lamb, or Jesus surrounded by children and lambs.  They may not know what a shepherd is, but they love the imagery and get the sense that it is something good, something safe…and that Jesus is a welcoming character, not a forbidding one.

David certainly understood what a shepherd was and what the job entailed.  He must have been picturing himself as a sheep when he wrote this passage.

What did he mean by “I shall not want”?  After all, if you read the Psalms, there were many things that David wanted: he wanted peace, he wanted his pursuers to be destroyed, he wanted a clean heart…read them for yourselves.

I don’t think that he was so much stating something about himself, though, when he wrote this.  I think it is more a statement of his faith and trust in the shepherd.  He wasn’t claiming that he didn’t want things, but that he knew the Shepherd would give him what he needed – and that was good enough for him.  It is a statement that he is trusting the Lord, his Shepherd, for the future.

I confess that I often struggle to trust the future to Him.  I try to figure out what I will do to make so-and-so happen, or what I’ll do “if” happens.  David seems to be content, at least as he wrote this verse, to let all that go and let his Shepherd worry about it.

Wise decision.

PRAYER: Father, let us not worry about what You will give us, but trust in Your goodness to give us all we need!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/10/13 – To Be Sure!

DayBreaks for 10/10/13 – To Be Sure

It is interesting how powerful a litany of words can be.  Poets know it, public speakers know it.  So do politicians.  Think of these familiar phrases that were repeated over and over in speeches: “I have a dream…”.  “Yes, we can!” (from Barack Obama’s campaign). “We shall…” (from one of Churchill’s famous speeches during WW2).  “Blessed are….” (from the Sermon on the Mount).  Such words and phrases build upon themselves, stirring our hearts and emotions to fever pitches.

Theodore Schneider wrote: “I am always impressed with the litany-like phrases Martin Luther uses in The Small Catechism as petition by petition he explains the Lord’s Prayer:

“To be sure, God’s name is holy itself …To be sure, the kingdom of God comes of itself, without our prayers …To be sure, the good and gracious will of God is done without our prayer …To be sure, God provides daily bread, even to the wicked, without our prayer…

“To be sure, to be sure, to be sure! God’s gifts come to us despite our unfaithfulness and often without our prayers. Paul quotes an ancient Christian hymn in his second letter to Timothy: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13).”

When God decrees something, we can be sure of it.  When God promises something, we can be sure of it.  When God describes his love for us, we can be sure of it.  When he says he will never leave us, we can be sure of it.  When he says he draws close to the broken hearted, we can be sure of it. 

We never have need to doubt or question him.  He will never fail – he simply cannot do so for it would be contrary to his very nature and an utter impossibility.

If you are carrying a burden today, read some of his promises, listen to his character, consider his actions.  And make them your own…

To be sure, even when we fail him, he will not fail us!

PRAYER: Thank you, thank you, thank you that we can be totally and unconditionally sure of You, Your words, Your character and Your promises to us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 12/14/11 – Go On Not Knowing, Trust #11

DayBreaks for 12/14/11 – Go On Not Knowing, Trust #11

From the DayBreaks Archive, dated 11/22/2001:

Looking to the future with joy...because He Is, and He Knows what awaits!

How will the war on terrorism conclude itself?  Or will it?  I don’t know.  How will I spend the last years of my life?  I don’t know.  How will my children and grandchildren deal with life?  I don’t know.  How will the company that provides me employment do this year?  I don’t know.  Will I someday contract a debilitating or deadly disease?  I don’t know.  Will I ever be able to retire?  I don’t know.  What will we have for dinner next week?  I don’t know.  Will there be a next week?  I don’t know.

I don’t know much, do I?  But I dare say that when you get right down to it, you don’t know those things, either.  Sure, you may think you know what you’re having for dinner next week, but even that is up for grabs.  You may not be here to eat dinner.  You may be eating in the Father’s house before this week is over.  The things we don’t know far outweigh the things that we do know.  And that could lead us to feel very uncomfortable with our lives.  But it shouldn’t.  Not if we know the One who does know!

2 Corinthians 5:7 is a reminder: “We live by faith, not by sight.”  None of us has ever seen heaven.  None of us have ever seen God.  None of us have ever heard the heavenly choir of angels.  None of us have ever met or seen Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, Elijah, Moses, David, Peter, Paul or John.  None of us have walked down life’s pathway with clear signposts at every step in every instance that say: “This way to God’s perfect will for your life.”  None of us saw Christ walk through the dusty pathways of Galilee, nor did we see him in the upper room or on the road to Emmaus.  Yet we believe all these things – and that all these people lived and believed in the same God that we do.  We live, we walk, by faith – not by the things we have seen.

Our faith isn’t just that God is there.  That wouldn’t be good enough cause to follow him.  After all, we believe there is a real devil and we don’t follow him.  The difference?  We trust that God is good and that the devil is evil.  We believe in both, but we trust one and not the other because of the evidence of history.  We trust that One wants only what is best, while the other wants to kill.

Perhaps no one said it better than Mary Gardner Brainard:

So I go on, not knowing,
I would not, if I might
I would rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light.
I would rather walk with Him by Faith
Than walk alone by sight.”

I think she captured the essence of trust.  I really don’t think I want to see or know the answers to all the things that I don’t know.  But trust tells me that it is OK not to know and that it is OK not to fear, because the One who knows all has said it will be all right.  What if I should die in a high-jacked airliner, or in a collapsing tower, or via a biological or chemical agent?  It is OK – because “…even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.” 

The Trustworthy One says, “Give me every day of your past, give me your today, give me all your tomorrows – and I will give you My eternity.”   

PRAYER: Thank you for freeing us from the fear of the past, the present and the future!!!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/06/11 – Trust Defined, #6

DayBreaks for 12/06/11 – Trust Defined, #6

From the DayBreaks Archive, dated 11/14/2001:

Faith arises from the personal experience of Jesus as Lord.  Hope is reliance on the promise of Jesus, accompanied by the expectation of fulfillment.  Trust is the winsome wedding of faith and hope.”  (Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust)

In the same book quoted above, Brennan Manning shared a story that Dennis Rainey had told him about a missionary family that was on a state-side furlough.  Through the kindness of a friend, they were staying at a mountain cabin on a lake.  The day was warm and the father was puttering in the garage, the mother was inside the house and the kids, ages 4, 7 and 12, were playing on the lawn.  The youngest, Billy, was fascinated by the aluminum boat tied up at the dock that extended from the property.  Occupied in their own play, the older children didn’t notice when Billy wandered across the grass and out to the end of the dock to look at the boat.

The sound of the splash as Billy fell into the eight-foot deep water was their alarm.  The 12-year old screamed as she realized her failure to watch over her little brother.  Sensing immediately the problem, the father came running from the garage and down the dock, diving into the water to look for his son.  Frantically, he searched the murky water – to no avail.  He rose to the surface, gasping for breath, and dove back down again only to be frustrated in his attempt to find his boy.  A third time he filled his lungs and dove down and to his great relief, he found Billy about four feet under water with his arms and legs wrapped around the wooden piling.  Prying his hands and legs loose, the father grabbed Billy and shot to the surface.

Once they were safely ashore and they had caught their breath, the father asked, “Billy, what were you doing down there?”  The little one replied, “Just waitin’ on you, Dad, just waitin’ on you.”

Young as he was, the boy had no doubt had a history with his father – a history of feeling safe, protected, accepted and loved.  He knew from experience that his father delighted in him.  Naturally the boy had a healthy, positive self-image.  He had come to know that he was loved, and he had felt knowledge of his father’s faithfulness.  Cooler heads might judge the boy presumptuous and assert that he had showed reckless disregard for his safety.  He should have taken control of his desperate situation, they would say.  And surely there is a measure of truth here.  However, when taking control becomes our routine response to troubled relationships and worrisome problems, God is not our co-pilot; He’s not even aboard.”  (Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust)

Young Billy had some personal experience that led him to have faith in his father.  It led him to hope that his father would rescue him, and he figured it would be easier for his father to find him if he stayed put.  Billy’s trust wasn’t disappointed.

How much better of a father is God than Billy’s dad?  Have you fallen into the deep water and are desperately in need of fresh air in the lungs of your spirit?  If you believe God is transcendent, know that He hears every splash, He hears your every heartbeat as you wait for His rescue.  And His rescue will come – for He is the trustworthy One.

PRAYER: Thank You for rescuing us over and over again!!!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/28/11 – The One Thing We Need, Part 1

FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 2 WEEKS, I’LL BE POSTING DAYBREAKS FROM THE ARCHIVES WHILE WE PREPARE AND MOVE TO GEORGIA:

How desperately we need trust...

From the DayBreaks archive dated 11/06/01:

First, a word of explanation: I am on a new “kick”.  I suppose we all get on a kick from time to time, but this one has been especially meaningful for me in light of all that has happened in the past couple of months in our world, and in the past couple of years in my life.  As a result, there are lots of things I look forward to sharing with you in these DayBreaks in the next 30-45 days.  I will still try to mix it up a bit…but you’ve been forewarned, so sit down, strap in and hold on because we’re going on a journey together starting today!

In Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning told the following story: “When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at the ‘house of the dying’ in Calcutta, we was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life.  On the first morning there he met Mother Theresa.  She asked, ‘And what can I do for you?’  Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him.

“What do you want me to pray for?” she asked.  He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States.  “Pray that I have clarity.”

“She said firmly, ‘No, I will not do that.’  When he asked her why, she said, ‘Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.’  When Kavanaugh commented that she always seemed to have the clarity he longed for, she laughed and said, ‘I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust.  So I will pray that you trust God.’”

I have become more and more convinced that the secret of the Christian life lies in trust.  Some may say this is a semantical argument, but I don’t think so.  Some would say it is faith or life in the Spirit.  Sure, but you can’t have faith in someone or something that you don’t trust.  Faith and trust both grow over time with experience, but is in the dark nights of the soul that trust rules the roost.

Trust has been a bit hard to come by in the past few months.  We used to trust in our safety in the workplace.  That’s gone.  We used to trust that our fellow-man was generally decent and law-abiding.  But we don’t trust that quite so much any more.  And where we once opened our mail without a second thought, we now look twice at postmarks and return addresses and suspicious bulges in envelopes, don’t we?  Where we once felt relatively secure in our economy and our jobs, who among us hasn’t at least wondered a bit about if (and when) the pink slip might come our way?

I wrote not long ago about some of my struggles over the past couple of years and how I’ve seemingly reached the end of that dark tunnel.  Many DayBreaks readers (perhaps more than for any other single DayBreaks) wrote in response to that message, sharing with me the depth of their own struggle and how (at times) it just doesn’t seem that God is there – that He is not holding up His end of the bargain.  Believe me, I understand.  I have felt exactly the same things.  But there’s a problem here – we trust God when he acts the way we want Him to and when He is acting the way that we would expect Him to act (based on our human “wisdom”), but it is much more difficult when He doesn’t act in the way we would prescribe.  I believe, however, that part of our problem is that we have a misconception about trust.  Once again, Brennan Manning (in the same book quoted above) suggested: “We often presume that trust will dispel the confusion, illuminate the darkness, vanquish the uncertainty and redeem the times.  But the crowd of witnesses in Hebrews 11 testifies that this is not the case.  Our trust does not bring final clarity on this earth.  It does not still the chaos or dull the pain or provide a crutch.  When all else is unclear, the heart of trust says, as Jesus did on the cross, ‘Into your hands I commit my spirit’ (Luke 23:46).

When some of you wrote me, you suggested you were having a hard time trusting God because things were still a mess in your lives – perhaps after spending years in the pain and anguish.  You’re in good company – the roll call of the faithful in Hebrews 11!!!  Hebrews 11:13-17 tells us: “13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Can we be really honest with each other for just a second?  All of our lives are a mess.  We have all languished in the darkness to varying degrees.  Even these heroes of the faith did.  Read Jeremiah and then tell me that you think his life was peaches and cream.  Or King David.  Or the apostle Paul.  Don’t miss what the passage from Hebrews is saying: “THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE THINGS PROMISED; THEY ONLY SAW THEM AND WELCOMED THEM FROM A DISTANCE.”  They didn’t get clarity in their day-to-day life, other than to know that they longed for a “better country” and they trusted that if it existed, it would be God that held the key to getting there.  That is trust, and trust is what gave them the ability to endure the horrific things listed in the rest of Hebrews 11.  If trust worked for them, I have a hunch that if we understand it properly that it will work for us, too.  It’s not a magic elixir, it won’t likely bring daily clarity, and you can’t produce it on your own.  But trust happens!

Let’s take a journey together and explore this thing called trust.  I’m convinced it is the key to the Christian life – to our strength, our humility and our ability to persevere!

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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