DayBreaks for 11/29/11 – On His Mind, Trust #2

DayBreaks for 11/29/11 – On His Mind, Trust #2

You are always on His mind!

While Galen is preparing to move (and moving!) we’ll be publishing from the DayBreaks archive.  New DayBreaks will resume approx. 12/15/11.

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 11/07/01:

The first key to trust comes in this very simple passage from Luke 12:6-7: “Can you not buy five sparrows for 2 pennies?  And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight.  Why, every hair on your head has been counted.  There is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.

As many times as I’ve read and heard this verse, I’d never heard it put this way until I read Ruthless Trust and Brennan Manning put it so simply: “God, by definition, is thinking of me.”  Sure, I know that God sees me and all that I do.  But doesn’t that also mean that He’s ALWAYS thinking of me?  And as a child of His, somehow I believe that when He does think of me (which is all the time), He smiles.  And as His child, when he thinks of you (which is all the time), He smiles.  Does that mean that at times He isn’t displeased with me?  No, of course not!  As parents we know better.  But my daughter is still my daughter, my sons are still my sons, and when I think of them I smile inside and out.  I hope that they don’t make mistakes, but nonetheless, they are mine – and I love them.  And I am His – and He loves me.

What does it mean to know that God is thinking of you all the time?  Several things:

FIRST: the obvious – there is never a moment that you aren’t on His mind.  He is aware of what is happening to you.

SECOND: because He is constantly thinking of you and aware of what is happening to you, He is always looking out for your well-being.  If a car were coming down the street towards your child as you watched them playing, you’d get them out of harm’s way.  Believe it or not (and I know there are times when it doesn’t FEEL like this is true) – God whisks His children out of harm’s way, too.  At moments, we’re sure that God failed to grab us because we got hit by the Mack truck coming down the highway of our life.  But trust tells us that it can’t possibly be true that He has abandoned us or that He isn’t doing what is best for us – even when it doesn’t seem or feel like it.  God just can’t do something that is ultimately harmful to/for His children.  Do you believe that?  That is trust – God can’t be tempted with evil and works all things for our good (Romans 8:28).

…this kind of trust is acquired only gradually and most often through a series of crises and trials.  Through the indescribable anguish on Mount Moriah with his son, Isaac, Abraham learned that the God who had called him to hope against hope was eminently reliable and that the only thing expected of him was unconditional trust.  The great old man models the essence of trust in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures: to be convinced of the reliability of God.”  (Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust)

If you’re struggling with the left-over pain of feeling like the truck has hit you going full speed, hold on.  Don’t give up.  Contemplate His promises.  Understand that you haven’t disappeared from His sight – not for one nanosecond.  And you haven’t disappeared from His mind – for this very moment, and every moment of your darkness – He is thinking of you.  He knows exactly where you are at.  He knows exactly what you are feeling.  He knows exactly how hard it is to hold on against the pain and darkness that is trying to swallow you up.  There is a purpose that may only become clear long after your present ordeals are over.  But when He shows it to you, you’ll nod, fall at His feet and praise Him for it and for His infinite wisdom.  But until then, will you trust Him?  He’s thinking about you, you know!

PRAYER: How delightful to know that You are always thinking of us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 08/12/11 – Gag Me With a Maggot

DayBreaks for 08/12/11 – Gag Me With a Maggot

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8

If you need proof that people are crazy and will do incredibly bizarre things, those three stories should put it to rest once and forever.  Maggot-melt sandwiches????  You’ve GOT to be kidding!!!!  It wouldn’t matter to me if maggots were the most nutritious food in the world…I’m not eating them!

Not too long ago, a high school student was on a field trip with his class.  They were at the Golden Gate Bridge when one of his classmates dared him to jump off.  So, what do you think he did?  Right!  He jumped.  Somehow, he miraculously not only survived, but wasn’t really injured.  But it’s just plain crazy…and the motives people have for doing what they do is equally bizarre.

 

We do things to ourselves that are counterproductive.  Jesus said that it isn’t what goes into the body that defiles us, but what comes out of the heart.  But, we put filth into our minds and hearts…and those things do defile us.  If we persist in feeding our minds and souls with evil thoughts and even with well-meaning human advice rather than counsel from God’s inspired Word, we will get sick, desperately sick.

We need to feed on the pure Word, nothing else.

PRAYER: Just as with our bodies, Lord, we are prone to feast on the wrong things for our souls.  Give us a longing for the Truth, and nothing but the Truth, that will feed our souls!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 4/14/11 – Deflector Beanies and Mind Control

DayBreaks for 04/14/11 – Deflector Beanies and Mind Control

“All of the victims of cranium invasion can finally put their minds at ease.  A non-commercial Internet site has devotes its time and effort to developing a beanie that can stop a person from having his or her brain invaded.  The product is an Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie (AFDB), which reportedly is a type of head-wear that can shield your brain from most electro-magnetic psychotronic mind-control carriers.  The site provides plans and photographs on how to make a beanie, entirely from foil, that wards off mind-control signals.”

The battle for the mind...

I don’t know anyone who has been abducted by aliens, do you?  Well, there are some folks that I wonder about because they’re really strange, but I really don’t think that even they were abducted or controlled by aliens.  And while someone on the Internet has found yet another way to trick the unsuspecting and encourage the loonies, there is a certain sadness in this story about mind control.

 

I don’t for a minute believe that aliens from outer space can control our minds.  The really sad part is that we have such a hard time controlling our own minds.  Perhaps there is no other part of our life that is as hard to submit to God as our thought life.  While outward actions such as stealing and murder are obvious, the sins of the mind are invisible to everyone except ourselves and God.   We can all be filled with hateful, lustful, angry thoughts and as long as we control our outward actions, our sin is secret – but it is still sin.

In a way, though, our minds can be controlled be a Source that is from outside of this world.  No, not by space aliens who beam electro-magnetic waves at us, but by a Spirit that lives within us and controls us from within: Romans 8:5-8 – “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”

God intends for the Spirit to be our “deflector” – to shield our minds from harmful influences.  But perhaps you have something that is creating interference and keeping the Spirit from controlling your mind.  What is controlling you?  Stop and think about it – are your desires things that are related to this physical, natural world?  Or is your mind filled with thoughts of life and peace and what the Spirit desires (closeness to God)?

PRAYER: Control our hearts and minds by Your Spirit that our desires are the same as Yours!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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