DayBreaks for 2/25/16 – Frothing and Faith

DayBreaks for 2/23/16: Frothing and Faith

The story of Jesus healing the demoniac, frothing boy in Luke 9 is an interesting one.  Jesus, Peter, John and James had just come down from the mount of Transfiguration only to be confronted by a large crowd and a man pleading with Jesus to heal his only child, a boy who was possessed.  Apparently, the other disciples of Jesus had tried to heal the boy but had been unable to do so. 

I wouldn’t be surprised if the father or the crowd was skeptical about whether or not Jesus could do anything to help.  After all, his followers had failed.  Why should it be any different with this Nazarene rabbi?  Perhaps there wasn’t anything different about him.  But the father’s love for his only child caused him to hope against hope that there was something different about Jesus, something that made him greater than his followers.

Jesus rebukes the crowd (and possibly in particular, his disciples) for their lack of faith.  His compassion for the child causes him to heal the boy and return him to his father.  The passage concludes “Everyone was amazed at God’s great power.” 

Several things to note here:

  1. In spite of his frustration with the lack of faith of the people, Jesus’ compassion dominates the situation;
  2. Jesus power is greater than the sum of all the combined efforts of his followers to deal with the problem in this young boy’s life, and His power wasn’t limited by their lack of faith;
  3. The power of God amazes all who see it, but it sometimes takes eyes that are open to see it as His power and not some “freak” of circumstance.

I’m glad that Jesus’ work in our lives isn’t limited by the lack of faith of people around us.  I am concerned, however, that I limit what I let Him do in my life by my own lack of faith.  When I am not ready and willing to step forward when He calls unless I have a “safety net” of my own concocting in place, I limit His ability to do with me what He chooses.  Not only does that affect me, but others He may bring into my life.  

The lack of faith in the crowd could have prevented them from asking for a healing for the boy.  But it didn’t stop them from asking and it didn’t stop Jesus from giving.  As “The Promise” bible version put it: So often we are ashamed of our little faith.  But how glad we are to find out that Jesus understands and puts our broken hearts and lives back together even when our faith seems gone.  What is the greatest problem facing you right now?  You answer, “I know, but my faith is gone.”  Just tell that to Jesus!  He will understand.

What is the greatest problem you face today?  Give it to Him, even with a weak faith, and watch what He does with it!

TODAY’S PRAYER:  May we respond to you in faith, but thank you, Lord, that Your mercy and grace are not dispensed to us in the same measure as we demonstrate our faith.  Make us bold, Lord, to seek great things from You that further Your kingdom.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 8/25/15: Fix Me!

DayBreaks for 8/25/15: Fix Me!

From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:

“There lies within each of us the desire to be fixed. It has been ingrained into our minds that as long as we continue to repent of all sin we are well off. We have put so much emphasis on not doing bad and repenting of our wrongdoings that we have forgotten to do good. This is why our altars are packed full every single Sunday and our soup kitchens are lacking in volunteers. Erwin McManus in Seizing your Divine Moment says “We have defined holiness through what we separate ourselves from rather than what we give ourselves to.” We like to think that all we need to do is stop doing the bad stuff and then we will be well off. We have come to the conclusion that God is our almighty doctor, church is his office, and we just need to go for our weekly checkup to assure ourselves we have done nothing wrong. We choose to live our lives in search of a remedy for our most current predicament and we are content with continually being fixed.”  (From “Constant Remedies” by Nathan Colquhoun)

How do you like the feeling of being broken? It’s not much fun, is it? I’ve never had any broken bones except my nose, so I can’t relate to a broken bone too much, but I can relate to feeling broken inside. I’ve felt it several times: at the death of my father, the times our children have moved out of the home to start their own lives, the times when my wife and I have been at bitter odds with one another, when a beloved dog died. There are many things in life that make us feel broken. But it is interesting to contemplate that we may spend so much time grieving over our sins (we should grieve over them for they are very serious), that we forget to do the things that are GOOD, the good works for which God created us. 

You’ve probably known people as I have, who are so wrapped up in their guilt and shame that they can’t get out of their own self-constructed dog-house. Not even after surrendering their lives to Christ! As Mr. Colquhoun says later on, there is only one cure for that – and it’s the blood for Jesus. That’s the only thing that can take away our guilt and shame. Once we’ve claimed His blood, we need to claim the promise of wholeness and forgiveness that comes along with it. To do anything less than accept his forgiveness to cover and remove our guilt and shame is nothing less than a lack of faith in his promises!

We need to move past the constant prayer of “Fix me!” to one of “Let me do your work each moment of every day.”

PRAYER: Lord, I don’t want to be content to just not to bad…I want to do good for Your glory and the benefit of Your creation! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple. To email Galen, click here: E-mail Galen.

DayBreaks for 11/19/14 – On That Day

DayBreaks for 11/19/14 – On That Day

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Today, I’m not writing anything other than this brief introduction because this photo says it far more eloquently than words ever could.  I shall let this photo and Scripture speak for themselves.

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Revelation 21:3-4 (NLT) – I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

PRAYER: Let us engage with vigor in Your service! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 04/10/13 – There Should Be No Hiding

DayBreaks for 04/10/13 – There Should Be No Hiding

robot_girl_hidingNOTE: 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.

Luke 8:47 – “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

Much has been said and much has been written about this story of the healing of the bleeding woman.  I’ve taught about it, written about it and preached about it.  And as with all things from God’s great Word, we can always gain a new and fresh insight.  Such is the case now.

I’d never really focused on the second phrase of this story: “…seeing that she could not go unnoticed…”.  I’d imagined that this woman, like anyone who has purposely and literally reached out and touched someone famous, she wished she hadn’t, or at the very least, that she’d been much more careful so that her touch hadn’t been noticed.

But now, she could forget about that.  Jesus had noticed.  No matter how hard she wanted to blend into the throngs surrounding Christ, she couldn’t.  She realized that she had been noticed, and that she couldn’t hide.

Here’s the lesson, as noted by Calvin Miller: “When God begins to touch our lives there should be no hiding.  Open confession, and not anonymity, is the business of the church.  Who are we to declare ourselves anonymous in lieu of Jesus’ great benediction, ‘Blessed are you when men hate you and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil.”  (Luke 6:22)  Miller continues: “We never see any evidence of the church being a place to be comfortable while those who go there remain unchanged.  Nor are we anywhere commanded to major on church growth at the expense of truth and commitment and confession.

As a believer in Jesus, not only have you reached out to touch God, but God touched your life first.  What is your reaction?  Do you, knowing you have been in contact with the Almighty God, shrink back, wishing you could be unnoticed – wishing that your life could go back into anonymity and you could become a wall flower in the middle of a corrupt and sinful world?  It is not an option that is acceptable to God.  It is not a position that we should seek.

It is time to step forward.  There should be no more hiding of Christians and their Christianity.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/26/13 – The Wound Closed Up

DayBreaks for 02/26/13 – The Wound Closed Up            

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From the DayBreaks archive, dated 02/26/2002:

(Washington Post/AP, 11/30/01) “Heart surgeon James McClurken of Abington Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia reported in November that his 70-year-old bypass patient was exhibiting an old would that surely indicated that an object had entered and exited his heart.  It turns out that the man had indeed taken a slug, in the Korean War, but thought at the time that it must have missed the heart, but now the surgeon says it passed through so quickly that the wound closed up tight with no ill effects.

What an amazing story!  Talk about being lucky!  God clearly had something for this man to do with his life to have spared him in such a miraculous way when he was shot through the heart years ago.  It is something special when you realize that God has spared your life.  It gives you a new sense of trying to understand what it is that He wants from you.  I don’t know if this man was a Christian or not, but God clearly was acting in his life.

As I read this story, I couldn’t help but have a couple of thoughts:

FIRST: Prov. 4:23 – “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Song of Solomon 8:6a – “Place me like a seal over your heart… .

Our heart is such a vital organ.  And when Scripture speaks of our heart, it refers not just to our emotions but our thoughts and to what is our true character and personality.  We need to guard it, to take whatever measures are necessary to protect and seal it. 

SECOND: 2 Corinthians 2:7-11 – “7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven-if there was anything to forgive – I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

Our hearts are often wounded by the things that people say and do.  Surely we have wounded the very heart of God over and over!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if when our hearts have been “shot” through once again by someone, that the “bullet” so quickly passed though us that our heart (our relationship with the attacker) would heal itself so quickly that it was as if the injury never happened?  Would that we would never hold grudges!!!  If we could ever learn to forgive the way the Father forgave the prodigal, the way Jesus forgave Peter for denying Him, the way Jesus forgave the thief on the cross – indeed, the way He has forgiven us – the world would be transformed by the power of God’s forgiveness!

PRAYER: How many times we have wounded Your heart – and in Your grace and mercy You continue to forgive us!  Help us learn the grace of forgiving others so that our hearts may heal!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!

DayBreaks for 02/19/13 – The Lord in the Crisis

DayBreaks for 02/19/13 – The Lord in the Crisis             

healing of royal guyJohn 4:46-50 (NLT) – “As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.  48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”  49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”  50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.”

This is a story that I have always loved.  As a father myself, I can identify with the anguish and angst of the father who comes to Jesus to try to save his son’s life.  This was a powerful  man – a government official.  He had come from Capernaum to Cana to find Jesus – a journey, uphill, of about 20 miles – a good, long day’s journey.  He left his son behind in his desperation to get Jesus to come and save his boy.  That’s truly desperation.  What father would not want to be home with his child at such a time?

And so he arrives in Cana, hot and weary – but he goes straight to Jesus.  Notice what happens, though.  He has the proper plan already worked out in his own mind – Jesus is to come from Cana to Capernaum with him in order to heal the boy.  Isn’t that how we often respond when we find ourselves in a crisis?  We come to Jesus – but we come with the plan in place of what He is to do and when He is to do it.  In short, we come playing God and as Jesus to play the role of submissive servant to our dictates.

Jesus would have none of it.  He even offers a gentle rebuke about people not believing without signs and wonders.  He doesn’t even acknowledge the request to start with.  But the faith of the father is persuasive, his desperation touches the heart of Jesus.  Instead of doing as the man asked (going with him to Capernaum), Jesus essentially says, “No, I won’t go.  But you go home and your boy will live!” 

Why did Jesus not go with the man?  Jesus never seemed to busy or pre-occupied to help those who sought him out, so why not go with him?  Because Jesus may have wanted the man to understand that Jesus was not subject to him, but the other way around.  It was Jesus who was Lord – in and out of the crisis – and the man needed to understand that.

When you face a crisis this week, how will you approach Jesus?  Or will you approach Him at all?  If you do, come to Him with palms upturned, not telling him what He should do, but with prayers and thanksgiving just letting Him know your request and then trusting that He has the best solution to the crisis – not you.

PRAYER:  For all the times in crisis when I’ve tried to give you directions and explain the right plan to You, Lord Jesus, I’m sorry.  Forgive my arrogance and haughty spirit.  I bow before Your greatness and Divinity.  Help me to trust in You more!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!

DayBreaks for 12/11/12 – Everyone Means Everyone

DayBreaks for 12/11/12 – Everyone Means Everyone

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Luke 6:17-19 (NLT)When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and Jesus also cast out many evil spirits. 19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.

I think my favorite four words from this text are the last four: and he healed everyone.  He’s not in a rush.  He didn’t live by a wristwatch or smart phone alerting him to appointments, places he had to go, things he needed to do.  Jesus never seemed to be pressed for time, have you noticed?  He spent countless hours alone in prayer.  He fasted in the wilderness for 40 days, ignoring all the other things he could have been doing.   He waited 30 years to begin his ministry.  He lay in the tomb for 3 days when he could have risen up immediately.  But he didn’t.

The point is he came for us…to be Immanuel (God WITH us).  In ministry it is hard to find the time to be WITH those we are to minister to.  We find every other reason to be invested in the study, to go to the Christian supply store, to meet with other pastors, to go to conferences, to do everything except be present.  The same is true for every life – it is hard anymore to find time to BE with others.  Instead of talking, we text.  Instead of spending time with real people, we spend it with animated video games or staring at a television.  We find all sorts of ways to avoid being with others (perhaps as a self-defense mechanism).  Jesus didn’t.  He took the opposite approach.

But the best part of those last four words are this: he didn’t fail to heal a single person.  There is no one or nothing that Jesus can’t heal.  He can heal the pain of your divorce, of your sexual infidelity, of your addiction, of your rebellion.  He can render the disease of pride, anger, unforgiveness, lust, greed and envy null and void.  There is nothing that he cannot and will not do to bring us back into fullness as humans and into a personal relationship with him.  He proved that on the cross.

PRAYER: Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed!!!!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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