DayBreaks for 5/09/17 – The Believer’s Definitive Question

DayBreaks for 5/09/17: The Believer’s Definitive Question

From the DayBreaks archive, May 2007:

So you struggle with being faithful. Join the crowd.  I don’t know a single person who doesn’t struggle with obedience, and even with their faith itself, from time to time.  It’s normal – and I think, at least to a certain extent – it is healthy to at least question faith once in a while to be certain that we don’t grow stale and complacent.  We need not fear the testing of faith.  There is greater danger in an untested faith when the time of trial comes.

There seems to be something about us humans that is a lot like a moth: we like to dance close to the flame.  In our case, it is the flame of temptation.  We seem to be drawn to certain things as individuals, and while it may vary from person to person, even as Christians we seem drawn to the flame.  The flame represents that which is familiar to us, something we’ve grown accustomed to and we find it to be predictable.  But, like the moth, we forget that the flame can burn us and kill us.  It’s a very dangerous place to be.

Still, many people show a tendency to get close to the flame of old temptations once again.  And not only do we have that tendency, we show an eagerness for it when we ask the question (when we clearly know the answer more often than not): “Would it be wrong for me to do this?” 

In his book, Grace Walk, Steve McVey suggests that the definitive question for the believer shouldn’t be whether or not we can do something, but instead, Am I abiding in Christ at this moment?  An unsaved person evaluates behavior on the basis of right and wrong, but the lifestyle of a Christian is to flow from the activity of Christ.  McVey’s point is that we have Christ in us and we are in him – so why would we even want to dance close to the flame?  Somehow, I can’t picture Christ walking around asking “Would it be wrong for me to do this?”, can you?  I think rather, he’d be focused on abiding in the Father’s love and not thinking about doing wrong, but about doing good. 

John 9:4 (NLT) – All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.

PRAYER: Lord, we know that we are to abide in You, to let you live Your life through us.  It’s hard to give up our own life, even to One as powerful as Your Spirit.  Help us to have the mind of Jesus that is concerned about abiding in Your love and acting out of that love for the world.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/10/11 – Like a Moth to Ephraim

DayBreaks for 03/10/11 – Like a Moth to Ephraim

 

Like a moth to Ephraim.

Revelation 3:14-16 – “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

 

It has been said that the opposite of love isn’t hate, but indifference.  Jesus seems to have understood that to be the case.  In Reaching for the Invisible God, Philip Yancey shared these insights: “Reading the Old Testament convinces me that this human tendency – indifference taken to a lethal extreme – bothers God more than any other.  Gracious to doubters and a pursuer of willful unbelievers, God finds himself stymied, and even enraged, by those who simply put him out of mind. God reacts like any spurned lover who finds his phone calls unreturned and his Valentines tossed aside unopened.

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget…,” Moses warned the Israelites as he introduced some visual reminders of the covenant.  A short time later, though, he faced up to the reality: ‘Your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.’  The Israelites’ forgetfulness developed just as Moses predicted, and here is God’s doleful response:

“Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments?  Yet my people have forgotten me; days without number….does the snow of Lebanon ever vanish from its rocky slopes?  Do its cool waters from distant sources ever cease to flow?  Yet my people have forgotten me…” (Jer. 2:32; Jer. 18:14-15a)

“In some of the most poignant words of the Bible, God concludes: ‘I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah.’” (Hos. 5:12)

How tragic!  Indifference makes God feel like a moth, like rot.  If you are going to love God, then love Him with all your heart, soul and mind.  If you can’t love him, the very least you can do is hate Him.  Just don’t be indifferent, don’t relegate Him to the same dusty corner as a forgotten book or forgotten friendship.  If you do – you will break His heart.

PRAYER: Father, let us love You and may we be resolved to never break Your heart!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple  ><}}}”>

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