DayBreaks for 11/21/13 – A Bad Christian but True Lover

DayBreaks for 11/21/13 – A Bad Christian but True Lover

Have you ever had a conversation like this with yourself (and with God eavesdropping in on your thoughts?)  “Why did I do that?  I know better than that!  I’m so sick and tired of this.  I know I shouldn’t do this but I just am so weak.  I’m a miserable worm of a human being, a spineless, weak failure.  I’m sure God can’t love me or accept me anymore because I can even love or accept myself.”

I would have to imagine that perhaps two people in history had that conversation REALLY seriously: Judas and Peter.  The betrayer and the denier.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been both.  And Peter betrayed Jesus right after boldly and confidently proclaiming that he would NEVER deny Jesus, even if he had to die right alongside of Him!

Yes, Peter could have really gotten down…and I know he did, because Scripture says he went away and wept bitterly after the third crowing of the rooster on that fateful Good Friday. 

I’ve struggle in life with those feelings myself.  I can’t understand how I can listen to “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman and weep tears every single time I hear it because I’m so in awe of God and His great love and mercy…and then turn right around and betray and deny Him mere moments later, either through my thoughts or actions.  Why, God, why?  How is it possible for a human being to be so torn and two-faced?

I love the way William Barclay explained it in his Daily Study Bible commentary on Luke 22: “Even in spite of his denial he (Peter) was fundamentally loyal. H. G. Wells once said, “A man may be a bad musician, and yet be passionately in love with music.” No matter what Peter did, however terrible his failure, he was nonetheless passionately devoted to Jesus. There is hope for the man who even when he is sinning is still haunted by goodness”.

That’s me in spades.  Even while sinning, I am haunted by goodness.  Perhaps that’s what makes my sinning so painful. 

PRAYER: Oh, Jesus.  I am a denier and betrayer and a bad disciple and Christian, but I do love you passionately!  Thank you for loving me, just as you loved Peter, and covering my terrible failures with  your blood.  Thank you for this encouraging perspective on our failure and Your goodness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/05/13 – The Original Four Letter Word

DayBreaks for 02/05/13 – The Original Four-Letter Word

NOTE: Galen is out of the country this week.   From the DayBreaks archive:

self-esteem-is-awesomeEphesians 4:22-24 – “22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

From Into the Depths of God by Calvin Miller:

Self is a word when merely spoken in the presence of other Christians rings immodest.  Why?  Because ‘self’ is the original four-letter word that had Adam grasping after the sticky sweet forbidden fruit.  Even before Adam fell before the towering ‘self’ of evil, Satan was an archangel saying, ‘I will raise my throne above the stars.’”

By the time Jesus came into the world, the word ‘self’ had to be reckoned with and put in its place.  Self had to be denied, said Jesus.  ‘Crucified,’ said Paul.  Why?  Because the self served only self.  The ego thrives best in soil so shallow it can give no root to the purposes of God…Scripture never encourages us to negate ourselves (become nonexistent).  Scripture teaches us to deny ourselves, to abdicate our passions and get rid of those things that claim our lives with petty self-interest.

It probably isn’t stretching the truth to much to say that sin originated with the concept of self – “me”, “mine”, “my rights”, “my desires”, etc..  Satan sought to elevate himself and get what he wanted.  Adam and Eve did the same thing – putting themselves ahead of what God desired and had planned for them.

How do you feel about the idea of surrendering yourself and all your wants and wishes and desires to God?  Is there just a bit of reluctance there, some sense that you’re willing to surrender it all…except for this one thing or that?  You don’t mind surrendering yourself to God…as long as He leaves some of your desires and “self” behind.  Gregory the Great said it this way: “To renounce what one has is a minor thing; to renounce what one is, that is asking a lot.

The “new self” that God is eager for us to “put on” is a self that is like Him – that wants what He wants, not what our old self wanted.  It isn’t an easy thing to do to surrender all that you are to be made into something else.  Yet that is God’s purpose in our life and His desire for us.

How is your “self” doing?

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PRAYER: Less of “self”, Lord, and more of “You!”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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