DayBreaks for 11/24/14 – Without a Single Fault

DayBreaks for 11/24/14 – Without a Single Fault

I have a very easy, quick question for you, and you have about 1 second to think of the answer: Who is the only person to ever live a perfect live?  OK, you got it right: Jesus.

When you think about it, that’s quite a statement, isn’t it?  A perfect life.  Not once did he sin in thought, word or deed.  It’s inconceivable, isn’t it?

There is a subject in theological circles around what is called the “peccability” of Christ.  It is a theological topic for debate that asks the question: Was Christ capable of sin?  You might respond “Yes, of course.  He was tempted in all ways like we are – yet was without sin.”  That is true, but it doesn’t really answer the question: was he capable of sin?  On the one hand, he was fully human – he was able to be tempted as a human.  On the other hand, he was fully God – who cannot be tempted to do evil.  So, though we believe he didn’t sin, was he capable of it?  I’ll be honest: I don’t know.

I suspect, though I hope no one will hold me to it, that in his human nature he could have, but the God-nature (100% of it!) was totally incapable of it as He can’t be tempted to do evil nor can He do evil himself.  I think the God nature is so much stronger than the human nature that he may not have been able to.  But that doesn’t take anything away from his sinlessness…he was tempted so he knows what it feels like and how hard it is to resist.

So, back to the first question: the only person to ever live a perfect life was Jesus.  But did you know that you will be brought into the presence of God Himself, who ALONE is able to keep you from falling, and who WILL bring you into His own Presence without a single fault?!?!  Listen: Jude 1:24-25 (NLT) – Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

I like how Jude put it: he didn’t say that God was able to cause us to be without a single fault, but that He WILL see to it that it happens!  As far as God is concerned, when you show up, as a believer in Christ, YOU will be without a single fault.  Not one.  Not even a little one.  None!

Is it any wonder that Jude broke out into a doxology of praise in the final verse of his short book!!!???

Be at peace…

PRAYER: All glory, majesty, power, and authority to You, the Alpha and Omega, Who lives forever and ever, and who WILL present us to the Father without a single fault on our record! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

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DayBreaks for 11/10/14 – For the Times You Can’t Believe It

DayBreaks for 11/10/14 – For the Times You Can’t Believe It

Jude 1:24-25 (NIV) To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– 25  to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. 

I suppose it is a common feeling among those of us who wear the name “Christian”, this feeling of “I’m just afraid I’m not going to make it.”  It’s a feeling born of the thousands upon thousands of failures, falls and sins that have plagued us from the time we were old enough to know what is right and what is wrong.  It is a feeling of hopelessness, unworthiness and utter despair.  To feel like we have blown it not just one time too many, but hundreds or thousands of times.

And when that happens, Satan has been playing with our heads.  That is precisely the way Satan wants us to think.  He wants us to believe things are hopeless.  He wants us to doubt that God could be “that” merciful, “that” loving, “that” forgiving.  He wants us to think that either God is not willing to forgive us that many times, or that He is, because of His holiness, unable to forgive us for such a huge pile of failure.  When we think those thoughts about our God, Satan smiles.

How do we know that it isn’t true?  Read today’s passage again – slowly – especially verse 24.  “To Him WHO IS ABLE to keep your from falling, and to present you before His glorious presence WITHOUT FAULT and great joy…”  Are there any sweeter or more promising words in all of Scripture?  

When we think the despairing, hopeless thoughts, we are playing into Satan’s hand and his strategy.  God is neither unable nor unwilling to forgive you…over and over and over again.  And there’s another wonderful part of that passage that also very much deserves our attention and which lifts my spirits.  And here it is: not only is He able to keep me from falling and to present me before God’s glorious presence without fault…but he will do so with “…GREAT JOY…”  What does that mean?  It means that Christ won’t begrudge me that forgiveness.  He won’t look at me and shake his head from side to side and say, “Boy, it pains me to say this, but come on in.”  There will be none of that.  There will be only great joy on His face, on the face of Christ…but especially on mine.  I will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I didn’t deserve it – but he will insist upon it, with a loving hug, a warm smile, and a pat on the back, and the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  Enter into the joy of your Master!”

So, for those times when you just can’t believe that this will happen to you, go back to this verse in Jude…and smile, knowing HE is able! 

PRAYER: I am so filled with hope in knowing YOU are able…and not only are YOU able, YOU will finish this according to Your promise!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

Your support would be deeply appreciated!

 

DayBreaks for 07/17/2012 – Faultless

DayBreaks for 07/17/12 – Faultless

It’s hard to believe, but the Word says it is true…and will happen!

 Jude 1:24-25 (NKJV)  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.

There are some promises given us in the Word that have the power to stir our hearts and imaginations.  This passage is often used as a benediction at the close of worship services at our church.  It is one of the most stunning and breathtaking benedictions to be found in all Scripture.

What struck me about it this morning was the phrase, “and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”

Faultless?  Me?  Really?  Lord, you must be kidding me!  Look at the pile of my sin, look at the depth of evil that still lives inside me.  Look at how many times in a day I fail you and miss the target of holiness to which you have called me!  How can I possibly be faultless?

Revelation makes it fairly clear: it is by the blood of the Lamb and only by the blood of the Lamb.

We must decide if we believe Scripture or not.  How many people I know (myself included at times) that feel as if they’ll never measure up, they’ll never be good enough!  And I usually say this to them: “You are right.  We’ll never be good enough.”  I will then go on to explain that we aren’t good enough by ourselves, but that He makes us good enough.

I’m wrong about that.  He doesn’t make us good enough, he makes us faultless.  Faultless is far beyond good enough.  Faultless is perfect…absolutely perfect.  And it isn’t me that does that by my efforts, even if they are Herculean.  It is He, He alone, that is able to present God as faultless.  He doesn’t do it begrudgingly as if to say, “You really don’t deserve this, but…I’m going to do you a favor.”  It say He does so with ”exceeding joy”!  He delights to perfect us, to make us faultless.

He can’t wait for the day when you will be presented to “His glory” (God Almighty) as a faultless being.  What a day it will be!

PRAYER: We would never dare dream of such a blessing as being faultless!  We would never hope for such an incredible thing to happen to us, Lord!  Help us to believe, really believe, what you have promised us: that You will present us to the Father, and that when You do, we will, indeed, be faultless!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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