DayBreaks for 11/02/15 – You Cannot Want Wrong Things Any More

DayBreaks for 11/02/15: You Cannot Want Wrong Things Any More

Col. 2:20 (NLT) – You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the evil powers of this world.

Rom. 6:2-4 (NLT) – Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

How easy it is to read Romans 6:2-4.  How hard it is to live it. 

The struggle to overcome sin is alive and well in my life, and I’d be willing to bet that it is in your life, too.  Maybe it isn’t – maybe I’m only saying that to make myself feel better – you know, “Misery loves company.”  But, if any of you write to me and tell me that you don’t sin anymore, I’ll be highly suspicious of you from that point onward. 

Entire sermon series could be preached about this passage alone from Romans.  How have we died to sin?  In what way?  What does it mean that we’re dead to it?  If we have died (past tense) to it, why is it still so alive in my heart?  Have I done something wrong?  Has my acceptance of Christ been incomplete in some way that is keeping the old man alive with its sinful nature?  See what I mean…?

There is a scene in C.S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair where Aslan and the children find Caspian lying dead in a stream on the Mountain.  Aslan’s blood (a single drop) is enough to bring Caspian back to life, and when he comes back to life as a young man again, he finds that he has arrived at the place that his heart most longed for when he was alive before.  He asks Aslan a simple, yet honest question: would it be okay for him to have a peek of Jill and Eustice’s world?  Aslan replies, “You cannot want wrong things any more, now that you have died, my son.”

Oh, how I wish that were true of me and my walk with Christ!  I wish that I never wanted wrong things again!  But I do.  And sometimes, I fear that I always will.  But there is where the statement of Aslan (the Christ-figure in Lewis’ books) really comforts me: once I have died (in every way possible) I will someday no longer desire bad and evil things.  I can’t imagine it fully now, but I can say “What a day that’ll be!”

In The Silver Chair, Aslan nonetheless grants Caspian’s wish and gives him the glimpse of the place his heart had longed for.  And He will do the same for me – I will see the streets of gold and the great white throne and even the One who sits upon it.  And I shall then be content, for once we see Him, we’ll finally know how much better He is than anything our sinful hearts ever longed for, and all longing for anything but Him will cease.

TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, how we long to see You and Your home once we are released from our human flesh!  How we are grieved by our wrong desires for the things of this world.  Help us, Lord, to be more grieved than we are about how our old desires remain strong.  Forgive us for wanting the wrong things.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 06/08/12 – The Three Kick Rule

DayBreaks for 06/08/12 – The Three Kick Rule

The Texas Three Kick Rule

A big city California lawyer went duck hunting in rural Texas.  He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer’s field on the other side of a fence.  As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked him what he was doing.

The litigator responded, “I shot a duck and it fell in this field, and now I’m going into retrieve it.”

The old farmer replied.  “This is my property, and you are not coming over here.”

The indignant lawyer said, “I am one of the best trial attorneys in the U.S. and, if you don’t let me get that duck, I’ll sue you and take everything you own.”

The old farmer smiled and said, “Apparently, you don’t know how we do things in Texas.  We settle small disagreements like this with the Texas Three Kick Rule.”

The lawyer asked, “What is the Texas Three Kick Rule?”

The farmer replied, “Well, first I kick you three times and then you kick me three times, and so on, back and forth, until someone gives up.”

The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger.  He agreed to abide by the local custom.

The old farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor and walked up to the city feller.  His first kick planted the toe of his heavy work boot into the lawyer’s shin and dropped him to his knees.  His second kick landed square on the man’s nose.  The barrister was flat on his belly when the farmer’s third kick to a kidney nearly caused him to give up.

The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and managed to get to his feet and said, “Okay, you old coot, now it’s my turn!”

The old farmer smiled and said, “Nah, I give up.  You can have the duck.”

The moral of the story: be careful when running after things you think you desire.  You may eventually get what you want, but it’s not worth the pain.  Far better to run after the things that God says are best for us!

PRAYER: Lord, we think we know what we want and we are prone to want things that aren’t going to be good for us.  Please, keep us from the inevitable pain that comes from chasing our dreams for our lives instead of your plan for our life!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 has just launched another project: to put in a water system for what will be the only pediatric hospital in all of Rwanda!  If you are interested in learning more, go to our blog: http://iam2.org/blog to read about it and learn how you can help! We are trying to raise up a massive army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us deliver this water system through our partner, BeyondPoverty.org.

Also, don’t forget our other project, Bright Future Children’s Home.  You can read the latest update about them at the blog, too, and can help us move forward with the feeding, clean water and protection these 37 kids in Kenya need to not just live, but grow!!!  Donations are tax deductible for 2012.  If you prefer to send a check rather than give through PayPal, write it and mail it to: I Am 2 Partners, Inc., c/o 3678 Creekstone Drive, Norcross, GA 30092.

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DayBreaks for 05/03/12 – That’s All I Want

DayBreaks for 05/02/12 – That’s All I Want

 

He Makes Me Lie Down In Green Pastures

Psalm 1:1: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

You know the cute little song that we hear at Christmas-time: “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…”  It’s cute, and you can almost imagine the smiling, missing-tooth face of a young child with an impish grin.  That image is enough to make you feel warm inside, even at Christmas-time.

Perhaps it is at Christmas time that we start to fuel the “I want’s” in the hearts of our children.  The problem is that we are creating a culture of self-interest.  What is really sad is that it doesn’t end with our childhood years, but sticks with us into our adult years and indeed, throughout our lives.

What are the things that you want right now?  If you were to sit down with a piece of paper and pen and create your list of “I want’s”, what things would be on your list?

A little girl reciting the 23rd Psalm began, “The Lord is my shepherd; that’s all I want.” Maybe she missed the wording, but she sure got the theology right. To have Jesus as our shepherd is indeed a blessing. As he moves towards the cross, Jesus holds up this model of the good shepherd, reminding his listeners that a good shepherd would lay down his life for the sheep. He would give his life to protect the sheep from thieves, wild animals, or whatever danger might confront the flock. We can give him our allegiance because of his commitment to us.

How many of us can really say that the Lord is “all I want”, let alone at the very top of our list?  It’s one thing to say it, it’s another thing to wish it to be true of us, but it is something else entirely for it to be true.

PRAYER: Father, change the desires of our heart to want less of this world, and to want you more than anything!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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