DayBreaks for 3/10/14 – Free at Last

DayBreaks for 3/10/14 – Free at Last        

NOTE: From the DayBreaks archive, dated, 3/10/2004. Galen is traveling this week.  New DayBreaks will resume next week.

The following illustration has something to say to us about real freedom:

“One windy spring day, I observed young people having fun using the wind to fly their kites.  Multicolored creations of varying shapes and sizes filled the skies like beautiful birds darting and dancing in the heady atmosphere above the earth.  As the strong winds gusted against the kites, a string kept them in check.

Instead of blowing away, they arose against it to achieve great heights.  They shook and pulled, but the restraining string and the cumbersome tail kept them in tow, facing upward and against the wind.  As the kites struggled and trembled against the string, they seemed to say, “Let me go!  Let me go!  I want to be free!”  They soared beautifully even as they fought the imposed restriction of the string.  Finally, one of the kites succeeded in breaking loose.  “Free at last!’ it seemed to say.  “Free to fly with the wind.”

Yet freedom from restraint simply put it at the mercy of an unsympathetic breeze.  It fluttered ungracefully to the ground and landed in a tangled mass of weeds and string against a dead bush.  “Free at last” – free to lie powerless in the dirt, to be blown helplessly along the ground, and to lodge lifeless against the first obstruction. How much like kites we sometimes are.  The Lord gives us adversity and restrictions, rules to follow from which we can grow and gain strength.

Restraint is a necessary counterpart to the winds of opposition.  Some of us tug at the rules so hard that we never soar to reach the heights we might have obtained.  We keep part of the commandment and (pardon the pun) never rise high enough to get our tails off the ground.

Let us each rise to the great heights our Heavenly Father has in store for us, recognizing that some of the restraints that we may chafe under are actually the steadying force that helps us ascend and achieve.”

Many people believe that God’s restraints are too restrictive.   But when we come to believe that God’s restraints keep us from being blown away and crashing in dismal failure, we can begin to understand that God’s restraints are truly designed to give us freedom to fly.

John 8:36 (NLT)  – So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.

PRAYER: Let us fly free with the freedom that only You can give us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/18/13 – As Hell Has Appeared

DayBreaks for 04/18/13 – As Hell Has Appeared

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.

When we were little kids, we all had our fears.  Some strange character called “the boogey-man” haunted our nightmares and inhabited the spaces under our beds and in the closets of our rooms.  But time has passed and we know that there isn’t really a boogey-man.  Sadly, we’ve discovered that there are much worse things in this world than “the boogey-man”.

One of the things that our world and culture has done away with is hell.  When is the last time you heard a sermon on the topic?  It is in the bible – over and over and over – and unless you decide to trash the entire bible, you can’t trash hell.  Sadly, though, our wishes and hopes don’t determine reality.  While we might wish hell was just a literary device (like the boogey-man) and that it would go away, God is the only One who can make such a thing happen.  And while He hasn’t made hell go away, He has managed to snatch us out of hell’s grasp.

Listen to Calvin Miller’s reflection on the result of the “death” of hell and our role in our culture: “…traditional doctrinal values have been shot full of holes with the cannonade of multiculturalism.  Salvation itself has been widened far beyond the definition of Scripture.  Hell for the culturally elite isn’t there anymore.  As hell has disappeared, heaven is generally broadened to include everyone who dies.  All of this…goes to say that the secular realm will require our lives to be a sacrament.  But his burden is light.  There are strawberries in the darkness.  We whistle in the darkness, indeed, we must or the old tune will be lost.

“But what is that tune?

“The tune is the unchanging nature of spiritual reality.  This unchanging truth is grounded in God’s Word.  Nay, it is God’s Word!

“However, God sent out his warnings against time as it operates to change the content of His timeless truth.  Jude 3 asks us to ‘contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.’

The fact that hell has disappeared for our culture makes it all that much more important for us to sing the Song, to whistle the tune of the truth to a world that longs to believe lies.  Why does the world want to believe lies?  Because they believe it sets them free.  As long as there is no hell, they need not fear spending eternity there and they don’t need to fear judgment for their deeds.  Jesus, however, wanted us to know the truth.  Lies can’t give us freedom, only the truth can do so: “You shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set you free.”  (John 8:32)  The truth is that there is a heaven where God wants all of us to be – but there is also a hell where we can choose to be if that is what we want.  The choice still exists and people are making decisions about it day in and day out, moment by moment. 

The world needs to hear the truth.  Will you whistle the tune so that they can hear?  Maybe you need to hear it, too.  Don’t we all?

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/21/12 – Avoiding Rescue

DayBreaks for 03/20/12 – Avoiding Rescue

20 Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. Psalm 25:20

In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief. On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. Now the police and the owner of the VW Bug were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car. So often when we run from God, we feel it is to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue.

Jesus, “the hound of heaven”, pursues us relentlessly.  There are many who feel that if Jesus ever caught up with them that he’d restrict them with iron bands and rob their lives of joy and peace.  They feel being a disciple of Jesus is like volunteering to go into a prison.  They don’t understand that it is the Truth that sets us free.  And the Truth’s name is Jesus!

PRAYER: Capture us with Your unfailing love!  May we all find that your are chasing us not to imprison, but to set us free!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/06/11 – Free At Last

DayBreaks for 05/06/11 – Free At Last

Freed...and ready to fly!

My 8 year old granddaughter was recently up to spend some time at our house during her Easter vacation.  One day I took her to see the recent Disney release, Rio, about a blue male macaw named “Blu” and the discovery that there was only one other blue macaw left in the world, named Jewel.  So, Blu and his owner leave freezing Minnesota behind and go to Rio to see Jewel.  Numerous misadventures result and during the process, Jewel finds out that Blu can’t fly.  He never learned how.

For a portion of the movie, the two birds are chained together…and have to walk everywhere as they try to get free.  Finally, they find a way to get the chain off and Jewel soars up and up, ecstatic with her freedom, while Blu sits on the ground watching.

As I witnessed that scene, I was taken back to some things that have happened recently, and in particular, a memorial service I conducted for an elderly man from our church who I am proud to say was my friend.  He was a veteran – a Marine, who served onboard a ship during WW2 as an anti-aircraft machine gunner.  He entered the service when he was only 16-1/2 (with his parent’s permission) because he was afraid the war would be over before he could serve.  He was among the first US troops to set foot on Japan as part of the occupation forces.  He became a homicide detective in LA after the war and was a thoroughly delightful man.  But his last few years were burdened with two broken hips and hip replacements, heart problems, etc.  He died after surgery to repair some abdominal problems…he never recovered and had to be taken off life-support by a grieving family.

As I watched Jewel soar after being set free from her chains, I was reminded of the destiny that awaits Jesus’ followers.  As Paul said, “I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. – Philippians 1:23  Paul understood that when we die, we haven’t died, but we have passed from death to life, our shackles have been removed and we will be free.

That joyous day is coming.  The chains will fall off and we will fly home at last!

PRAYER: Lord, we lift our voices to You to say we, too, long for the completion and perfection of  Your work in us that we will realize when You call us home in Your time!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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