DayBreaks for 5/16/18 – Fuel for the Journey

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DayBreaks for 5/16/18: Fuel for the Journey

From the DayBreaks archive, May 2008

On Tuesday, May 6, we visited Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida.  I was there once before a number of years back, but I didn’t get my fill of it and I wanted to take my wife there ever since (well, OK, maybe I just wanted to go back!). 

My favorite part of the tour is the Apollo/Saturn V center.  I grew up with stars in my eyes, stories of astronauts, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo – and of course, the excitement of living through the first lunar landing and all the subsequent landings.  I have always wanted to go to the moon.  I don’t think that I’ll ever get the chance.  And so, I vicariously experience it through the memories of the Apollo space program. 

Inside the Apollo/Saturn V visitor center is a Saturn V rocket, lying on its side and supported by huge iron support brackets.  It is a beast of a rocket – to this day, the largest ever assembled and the most powerful ever built.  It is 363 feet in length (longer than a football field, including both end zones).  The first stage held 5 huge engines that generated 7.5 million pounds of thrust.  In just the two minutes that the engines on the first stage were burning, they consumed 545,000 gallons of fuel.  Imagine having to pay for that at today’s gas prices (not to mention that it was a special mixture of fuel that would have been even more expensive.)  Why so much fuel, why so much power?  Because the fully loaded rocket weighed in at something like 6.3 million pounds, and it takes a lot of fuel to get something that big and heavy into space. 

It takes a lot to get us to heaven.  It’s not something that we can make, manufacture or buy.  It doesn’t take huge refineries, massive tanks or great, roaring engines.  What it does take is the blood of the Son of God…and as the old song goes, “There’s power in the blood.” 

We also need the fuel provided by the bread of life…the very same Jesus who gave his life for us and called us into his glory. 

One more thing: when the fuel on the Saturn V ran out, it was gone…kaput.  And it did run out.  But the power supplied by the Son is more than sufficient and will never be used up!

Revelation 7:14 (KJV) – And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for the power that is in your blood to cleanse us and the power of your Spirit to keep us, and that your power never changes but is always constant.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 5/23/16 – Spiritual Addicts

DayBreaks for 5/23/16 – Spiritual Addicts

From the DayBreaks archive, May 2006:

Philippians 2:3 (NIV) – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Isn’t the price of gasoline outrageous these days?  Here in Cloverdale, as I write this, it’s $3.29 per gallon for regular unleaded at the cheapest stations.  There are stations in town that are more than willing, and who are, charging even more.  But I usually go to the cheaper stations, especially now that gas is so expensive!

But there is somewhat of a risk with doing so, I suppose.  I’m not getting that brand that has Techroline built into it!  (Even so, I’m not losing sleep at night wondering if my valves are suffering from deposits!)  Not all gasoline is as good as others, I’m sure.  And that’s the point: not all fuel is good fuel.

We can have bad fuel spiritually, too.  I recently spoke from John 5:1-15 about the healing of the royal official’s son.  The man came to Jesus, which was wise, but he came for one reason – he wanted his little boy to be healed.  He didn’t want Jesus – just what Jesus could give him or do for him.  Bad spiritual fuel is “living only for the after effects of our relationship with God, rather than for God Himself.  As new Christians we experience a rush of feelings: peace, joy, happiness, warmth, excitement, contentment, and a host of others.  Over time we inadvertently become dependent upon these feelings to sustain our spiritual well-being.  We begin pursuing the feelings we receive from God rather than pursuing God himself.  This is dangerous, because as Simone Weil once remarked: ‘There is a great danger in loving God as the gambler loves his game.’  We can become spiritual-experience junkies, pursuing one spiritual fix after another just to get us through the day.” – Second Guessing God, Brian Jones

How much of my pursuit of God is really just self-interest cleverly disguised?  Do I really only seek Him for what I hope and pray that He’ll give me and do for me?  Or do I want Him – and nothing else?

PRAYER:  Help us, Almighty Father, to drink deeply of the well that is the Water of Life.  Help us to desire the Bread of Life and not just bread.  Let us be satisfied with nothing more, and nothing less, that all that You are.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

 

DayBreaks for 06/21/13 – Out of Gas

DayBreaks for 06/21/13 – Out of Gas

pumping-gasRomans 8:13-14 (NLT) – For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

One New Year’s Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit.  It was out of gas.  The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas.

The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company.  With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas.

Laugh about it while you can, but the reality is that often, Christians who are to be “clothed with power” (Lk. 24:49) often find themselves out of gas spiritually because they have been neglecting their spiritual maintenance.  The passage (above) from Romans is talking about temptation and sin in context, but the Spirit that it describes is the power that is to be dominant in our lives.  It is the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead.  It is the Spirit by which the apostles and disciples have wrought miracles throughout the Christian dispensation.  It is the Spirit which will one day raise us from the dead.  THIS is the Spirit of POWER!

So, why are so many Christians constantly “out of gas” spiritually?  There may be various reasons and I don’t want to try to address them all, but the most likely explanation is that we haven’t been filling our “Spirit-tank” with the right kind of fuel.  We fill it with entertainment, diversions, dawdlings and frivolity instead of with Spiritual food and fuel. 

Let’s change how we spend so much of our time and start “tanking up” for the task all around us!

PRAYER: Infuse us, Spirit!  We need your energy and power!  Give us the strength to pursue you, to run hard after you and grasp hold of you!  Fill us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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