DayBreaks for 2/06/20 – Cough or Cancer?

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DayBreaks for 2/06/20: Cough or Cancer?

Exodus 20:3 – You will have no other gods before me.

On the surface, this verse makes it sound there is a pecking order of gods. That’s missing the point. What God is saying is that he is always in first place, yes, but that there are no other places to be had. God isn’t interested in competing to be the first among many gods. In fact, a better understanding of how to translate the Hebrew for “before me” is “in my presence”. God doesn’t just sit on top of the organizational chart – He is the org chart and he fills everything with his Presence. 

What gives God the right to order this? It’s not because he’s insecure and needs to re-establish his dominance. He says it because it’s the fundamental truth of the universe. Only one God owns and created and runs it second by second. Only one God designed and it and knows how it works. And he’s the only God who can help us and save us.

You could think, “Well, that’s all interesting but it’s ancient history. The problem today isn’t polytheism like it was when people worshipped idols – we’ve moved beyond those superstitions and childish beliefs. The problem today is that no one worships any god.”  Ah. Therein is the rub.

As Kyle Idleman put it in Gods at War, “Yet my guess is that the list of our gods is longer than theirs. Just because we call them by different names doesn’t change what they are. We may not have the god of commerce, the god of agriculture, the god of sex or the god of the hunt. Put we do have portfolios, automobiles, adult entertainment and sports. If it walks like an idol and quacks like an idol…

“You can call it a cough instead of calling it cancer, but that doesn’t make it any less deadly.” The point: any god, other than God, isn’t a cough…it’s cancer and it’s slowly killing us.

What are your idols? What makes you think they’re less deadly than Baal or Molech were to Israel? How are you going about killing them?

PRAYER: Father, I fear I have way too many gods in my life and not enough of the One True God. Help me see my gods clearly, but even more, help me see their deadliness to my life with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 1/30/20 – The Death of God(s)

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DayBreaks for 1/30/20: The Death of God(s)

During the late 50’s through the early 70’s, there was a group of theologians who boldly proclaimed “God is dead.” The idea was somewhat popularized earlier by Nietzsche. It was even featured in Time magazine and other mainline news magazines and the idea had profound implications for our society and world. Debates and symposia on the subject captured great attention.

And then, seemingly as quickly as it rose to prominence in those three decades, the God is Dead movement died. I don’t know exactly why, but I suspect that it may have been because people just couldn’t cope with the implications of a universe without purpose and meaning. Here’s the thinking, as laid out by Steve Brown in A Scandalous Freedom: “Boiled down, those implications amounted to this: If there is no God, there is no value; if there is no value, there is no meaning; and if there is no meaning, you are a turnip growing for a time, dying, and returning to the earth from which you came.”

But let’s think for a moment about this in another way. Although I don’t believe for a single moment that God is dead, there are many gods, including some within me and within you, that need to die. Any selfishness, greediness, holding onto anger, racism, falsehood, pride, mean-spiritedness and the like are manifestations of a god that lives within me and that god is named me! They are all about me, me, me and my right and my interests and they care not for others.

Romans puts it this way: So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. – Romans 8:12-13 (CSBBible)

I long for the day when I’ll be able to say “My gods are dead” so that only the rightful God remains forever.

What are some gods of yours that need to die?

PRAYER: Father, we need Your help in slaying the false gods in our lives so that You along reign within us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

On a side note, I like this:

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DayBreaks for 08/06/13 – Choosing Bad Gods

DayBreaks for 08/06/13 – Choosing Bad Gods

godExodus 20:1-3 (NLT) – Then God gave the people all these instructions: “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me.”

I have recently been reading a very thought provoking book titled Discipling Nations by Darrow L. Miller.  It is fascinating as it dissects prevailing world views (secularism, animism, Christianity and Islam being the major ones dealt with).  The more I work with Medical Ambassadors International the more aware I become of the vast differences in world view and how they affect nearly everything in our lives…not the least of which is religion and ethics. 

For example, the modern mantra is a call for tolerance.  This was largely promulgated by those holding a post-modern worldview that says tolerance means showing equal respect to all moral and metaphysical ideas.  They hold that being tolerant towards people who disagree with us is a virtue.  Is it always that case, though?  Is tolerating false ideas and evil social practices that lead to wickedness, cruelty, injustice and oppression really a virtue?  Would we really think it a virtue to tolerate those who propagated Nazism and the Holocaust, communism and socialism?  Even the World Bank has conceded that not all moral ideas and practices have the same consequences.  Typically, the poorest nations are the most corrupt nations.

It is worth noting what Plato (a pretty smart guy, all things considered) observed in Republic, when he told his fellow Greeks that it is impossible to even begin to build a just society without getting rid of the foul stories of their gods and goddesses.  A people cannot be better than their gods.

This is why, perhaps, God said what He did in Exodus 20:1-3.  Is what God said popular?  No.  It isn’t very tolerant, right?  It is not a question, however, of tolerance, but of truth.  Why did God say what He did?  Because He knows that people cannot be better than their gods and goddesses.  If their gods, like those of the Greeks, engaged in revels and orgies and the like, people will tend to imitate their gods.  If their gods are materialistic in nature, we will be given to materialism ourselves.  But if our God is GOD, we will be a holy and righteous people and society.

What is your God like?  It’s an important question because it will determine what you are like!

PRAYER: Lord, how many substitute gods have we placed before You?  How many lies of world view have Your people surrendered to?  Clear our minds of the foolishness that we have come to believe that we may believe only the Truth that proceeds from Your mouth!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/03/13 – The Burden of a Lesser Deity

DayBreaks for 05/03/13 – The Burden of a Lesser Deity

NOTE: 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.

lesser deityIn business (and I’m sure in politics, too), it is useful to know who you’re dealing with.  For example: if I need to get some equipment purchased, it does me no good to talk to our human resources representative.  If I need to get something changed in my benefits package, it would be pointless to ask our company president to change it for me.  If I need funding, I need to talk to my boss – not to the security guard.  Knowing who you are dealing with, and who you should be dealing with, is important.

In my life, I’ve served different masters at work, and sadly, in my spiritual walk I occasionally find myself serving the wrong master, too.

Everyone serves some “god”.  It might be the God of heaven, it might be the god of expediency, the god of leisure, the god of money, fame or status.  But when life comes crashing in, the real God is separated from the fakes.   Perhaps as a child of God, you feel that God places enormous demands upon your life.  And in some ways, that’s absolutely true.  He doesn’t want a piece of your heart or mind or soul, He is only satisfied with ALL of you!  But in other ways, serving the only true and living God is much easier than serving one of the other gods you could choose from.  Consider the burden that faces those who trust in a God who can’t deliver what He promises?  The burden of serving a lesser deity than the God of heaven and earth is sure to end in disappointment.  When it comes down to the weighty matters of the soul, when it is time to launch out into eternity, there is a tremendous burden to be paid by those who have trusted their souls to these lesser deities.  Perhaps that is what Jesus meant when he said, in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

As life’s stakes get higher, only One God can meet our greatest need.  And that makes any request He might make of us “easy” and “light”.

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DayBreaks for 2/27/12 – Builders of Golden Calves

DayBreaks for 02/27/12 – Builders of Golden Calves

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 1/17/2002:

Exodus 32:1-4 – “1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”  2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.

This passage is one of the saddest passages in Scripture.  It hadn’t been all that long since God delivered His people from the clutches of pharaoh through a series of miraculous interventions.  You’d think that for a while, they would have been faithful.  But therein is the lesson for us: as humans, we are fickle creatures, prone to wander into sin as fast as our feet and hearts can take us.  We are not really all that different from the Israelites after all.

But what is interesting to me is that it was Aaron, the man who was to be first high priest, that made the golden calf.  The people wondered about the fate of Moses.  He’d been gone longer than anyone had anticipated.  I’m sure he hadn’t taken much food or extra luggage when he went up the side of the mountain, and the Israelites knew it, too.  Perhaps he’d frozen.  Perhaps he’d starved.  Perhaps he’d died of thirst, or been torn to pieces by a wild animal.  If any of those things had happened, the people would probably have concluded that the “God” they’d been following wasn’t all that powerful after all (in spite of all they’d witnessed in Egypt).  Or, perhaps, just perhaps, Moses had been guilty of sin and God had decided to strike him dead.  So, it was time for a new god.  This one would be golden – from a human perspective, a vast improvement on one that couldn’t even be seen.

In his book, Into the Depths of God, Calvin Miller had this to say about those who build golden calves: “Golden calves are the glitzy work of those Aarons who have not traversed the upper slopes of Sinai.  Those who have, meet that God who is the only food that can appease their hunger.”

Moses would never have built the calf after he’d encountered God in the burning bush, nor after he’d come down from Sinai.  He’d “seen” the real thing – who would need a cheap, golden imitation?  Miller also noted about the gods in our own lives: “Making Christ in our image avoids the painful work of being conformed to his.

Once we have encountered God in the truest and purest way, we will have no hunger for cheap imitations, and nothing else will even come close to the experience of the real thing. 

PRAYER: Father, keep us from building golden calves and following false gods to avoid the pain of being conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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