DayBreaks for 08/31/12 – Infused by God

DayBreaks for 08/31/12 – Infused by God

(NOTE: Galen will be traveling for the next week and will have very limited access to email to respond to comments/questions.  Thanks for your understanding!)

Jeremiah 18:5-6 – “5 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

Yesterday’s DayBreaks had to do with the illustration of God as the potter and we as his clay.  The second point I got out of a recent talk I heard had to do with the inability of the clay to do or be anything other than what it is without the potter’s handling of it.

We like to think that we know what is best for ourselves and even others – especially those we love.  We think “if only this, or that”, we would be happy.  The plain truth is that without God enabling us we couldn’t even continue living, much less order our own lives to make us happy.

A lump of clay can’t do anything with itself and simply remains a lump of clay.  But when a potter handles the clay, he infuses his ideas, skill and knowledge into it and out of what is in the potter, comes what is created.  It is the same with God and us.  When he “molds us and makes us after his will” he infuses his Spirit into us, making us into what fulfills the potential he knows we have that He himself put into us.  More than that, through his Spirit, he makes us more Christ-like.  He fills that “God-shaped hole” in us with himself and we become what he has had in mind for us to be throughout eternity.

Is that why people who have refused God won’t be with him in eternity?  Is it that lumps of clay without the spirit of their Maker in them have nothing eternal to live on with?  I don’t know, but it is worth remembering these things when what we are going through seems too hard to bear.

I am eager to find out what God intends me to be throughout eternity.  And I’m eager to see how much more wonderful my loved ones and friends will be when I see what God has fashioned them to be!

PRAYER:  I yield, Lord.  I’ve fought you most of my life and I still do, day by day.  I know I shall fight you again, but what I really want is to be what You intend for me to be in eternity.  Until that day, hold me!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/29/12 – Second Mortgages in the House of Fear

DayBreaks for 06/29/12 – Second Mortgages in the House of Fear

(NOTE: Galen is back from his trip to India, but will be publishing ‘re-cycled’ DayBreaks from the archive this week as he gets back on the ground, running!)

While we profess our faith in God’s unconditional love, many of us still live in fear.  Nouwen remarks: ‘Look at the many IF questions we raise: What am I going to do if I do not find a spouse, a house, a job, a friend, a benefactor?  What am I going to do if they fire me, if I get sick, if an accident happens, if I lose my friends, if my marriage does not work out, if a war breaks out?  What if tomorrow the weather is bad, the buses are on strike, or an earthquake happens?  What if someone steals my money, breaks into my house, rapes my daughter or kills me?

“Once these questions guide our lives, we take out a second mortgage in the house of fear.  Jesus says simply, ‘Make your home in me, as I make mine in you’ (John 15:4).  Home is not a heavenly mansion in the afterlife but a safe place in the midst of our anxious world.  ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him’ (John 14:23).

“The author of Hebrews describes Jesus as the one who has ‘set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death’ (Heb. 2:15).  The gospel of freedom proclaims that death is an illusion, a phantom, the bogeyman of little children; death is simply a transition into the one experience worthy of the name life.’   (Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel)

Fear is a great crippler.  It robs life of the joy that God means for us to have.  I remember well as a little child how I could become afraid of the dark.  I recall even waking up at night when we lived on the farm and seeing a “lump” underneath the blanket by the foot of the mattress.  I was convinced it was a skunk that had gotten into the house somehow and had crawled under the covers.  I spent several hours sitting up in bed, afraid of the lump (in reality just a pocket of air under the blanket) until my mom awoke and came in to check on us kids.

But you know what: I don’t remember ever being afraid when I knew my dad was in the house, or more correctly, when I was in his presence.  I remember being afraid when I might wander down into the basement (dark, dank basement!) if my dad was upstairs, but I was never afraid in the basement if my dad was down there with me.

Isn’t that the point of John 15:4 quoted above?  How can we possibly be afraid when His home is in us?  If God is with us at all times, why should we ever have cause for fear?  The key, as with everything else in the Christian life, is living in a constant communion and fellowship with God.

Jesus died to set us free from fear.  Don’t allow yourself to be fear’s slave – you are a bondservant of Jesus.  Don’t let fear sit on His throne!

“When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”  (Gal. 5:1)

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Father, let us live in awareness of Your ever-present Presence.  Let us live in You so that we know no fear!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 has just launched another project: to put in a water system for what will be the only pediatric hospital in all of Rwanda!  If you are interested in learning more, go to our blog: http://iam2.org/blog to read about it and learn how you can help! We are trying to raise up a massive army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us deliver this water system through our partner, BeyondPoverty.org.  The budget for this water system is $8300.  Every gift matters…and every gift is appreciated!  They ALL make a difference!

Also, don’t forget our other project, Bright Future Children’s Home.  You can read the latest update about them at the blog, too, and can help us move forward with the feeding, clean water and protection these 37 kids in Kenya need to not just live, but grow!!!  We still need to raise a bit over $4000 to fulfill our mission.  Donations are tax deductible for 2012.  If you prefer to send a check rather than give through PayPal, write it and mail it to: I Am 2 Partners, Inc., c/o 3678 Creekstone Drive, Norcross, GA 30092.

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