DayBreaks for 6/13/17 – The Amazing Extent of Dirt

DayBreaks for 6/13/17: The Amazing Extent of Dirt

From the DayBreaks archive, 2007:

I don’t know about where you live, but unless you live in one of those “bubbles” or a clean-room environment in a medical or scientific lab, well, there’s just dirt everywhere.  I remember when the first floppy drives came out…they were very large (much larger than the 3-1/4” ones later on) and didn’t hold much data.  The company I was working for was quick to add them to our products for backup purposes (this was before CD’s, etc.), and we struggled with them because even a tiny speck of dust could cause the disk drive heads to crash and ruin data.  The introduction of Winchester disk technology was a real boon to the computer industry, because they used sealed disks that dirt couldn’t get into.

How I wish that my mind was of Winchester technology!  It seems that the “dirt” (not the material kind, but the sinful kind) gets into my mind way too easily.  And, just like the dirt in your kitchen, it’s hard to get out. 

In his book, Hearing God, Dallas Willard contemplates this problem and how the dirt of the world that gets into our mind can hinder our hearing of God.  What, for example, is your first reaction when you hear a siren passing by?  When you have car trouble, how long does it take before you take the matter to God?  Does our mind spontaneously return to God and His things when it’s not intensely occupied with things of work or school?  After all, the needle of a compass returns to true north…and if God is our “true north”, our minds should turn to Him, too.  Our answers to those kind of questions could be an indicator to us of how our mind is so firmly entrenched in false ways.

He notes that we’re still so very much like the world of Isaiah’s days (55:9-10): We wait for light, and lo! There is darkness; and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.  We grope like the blind along a wall, groping like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among the vigorous as though we were dead.

Why is this the case?  Willard suggests: “This is all because our minds – perhaps our very brains – need to have the false thoughts and habits washed out of them.  They so badly need to be washed that we rarely understand what life would be like if they were cleansed, and many of us do not even sense the need for cleansing.”

Remember when your mom talked about washing your mouth out with soap?  Maybe it’s time that we pray fervently that our Father will wash our minds out with the Spirit!

Romans 12:2 (NIV) – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 8:5-6 (NLT) – Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.  If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for the washing that leads us to cleansing.  We ask you today to wash our minds, for we give you permission to make them over in whatever way you see fit.  Take the dirt out that so easily contaminates us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 05/14/13 – What We Feed Ourselves

DayBreaks for 05/14/13 – What We Feed Ourselves

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.

article-maggots-1212From Bizarre News, Berlin, Germany: “On the popular reality shows, contestants battle it out and eat insects to pass on to the next even or simply because they have nothing else to eat.  In Germany, however, insects are becoming the newest trend in restaurant dining.  Bored with traditional menu options, Germans bombarded a local restaurant that recently added insect dishes to its menu.  Chef Lars Scheuble of the Berlin Soda restaurant now cooks such meals as cockroach pasta, grasshopper and locust couscous, and sautéed maggots with green leaves.  His inspiration was a vacation to Africa and Thailand, where natives regularly eat insects.  ‘They have virtually no fat and in Africa they’re eaten instead of meal or as a snack,’ he said.  Customers have thus far been supportive and say the worms in the salads are ‘crunchy’.  According to the chef, ‘Nobody has complained about stomach problems yet.’”

I have one thing to say: YUCK!  Sauteed maggots?  Cockroach pasta??  Whatever became of the belief that “You are what you eat?”  What would that say about those who eat such food???  It is hard to believe that people would eat such stuff voluntarily, especially when surrounded by all the food in this country.  Yet, perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that there is a spiritual parallel to this: we are in possession of great “fare” yet we often feed ourselves with trash!

Still, there are numerous places in scripture where the word of God is described as food to be devoured and enjoyed: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”  (Psalm 119:103)  But the point I’m most interested in is our propensity to fill ourselves with trash, thinking it is sweet.

In spite of my distaste for insect cuisine, Matthew 15:11 tells us that it isn’t what we eat that defiles us.  It’s what comes out of our mouths: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”  And Matthew, of course, is right, when talking about what we eat.  However, it is also true that what we feed our minds can defile us.  The things which we feed our hearts and minds can pollute us.  Consider this passage from the wise author or Proverbs: (Prov. 27:7) “He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.”  Isn’t it true of our culture?  People are so hungry for some happiness and meaning in their lives, some escape from the agonies of daily life, that even bad things taste good to them – they seek some new thrill at the expense of God’s word and their self-esteem.  They degrade themselves in all manner of ways that would seem disgusting to most of humanity.  And to them, it tastes sweet.

It is easy to fall into the same problem and behavior cycle as the rest of our contemporary culture.  Let’s make sure that what we are feeding our minds is wholesome.  We need to remember that when temptation comes to us, that although it may seem to taste sweet, that which is bitter is still bitter and it doesn’t produce a pleasant result in the long run.  Don’t consume Satan’s lies.  They can’t satisfy you with what you really long for!

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

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