DayBreaks for 02/07/13 – Reflections on the New Life

DayBreaks for 02/07/13 – Reflections on the New Life

NOTE: Galen is out of the country this week.   From the DayBreaks archive, 2002:

new-lifeSaturated fat.  Unsaturated fat.  Mono-unsaturated fat.  Poly-unsaturated fat.  Total fat.  Cholesterol.  LDL cholesterol.  HDL cholesterol.  Triglicerides.  Low fat.  Fat free.   Yikes!  These are things that I never really had to pay too much attention to until recently.   Even though heart problems have run in our family for several generations, it appeared that it had “skipped” a generation with me because I’d never had problems and my blood chemistry gave no indication of any problems.  But alas, appearances can be deceiving!  So now, here I am, trying to figure out how to live a new life in several different ways, one of the most important being in how I eat and what I eat. 

I’ve never really been on a diet before.  I’m not overweight and have never been too much overweight.  In fact, I weigh the same now at 49 years of age as I did when I graduated from high school.  So diets are foreign creatures to me.  But now I find myself reading every label before I eat something to figure out whether or not it will be good or bad for me to eat – or even just okay to eat. 

This is a new lifestyle for me, but I’ve found that it hasn’t been as hard of a change as I might have contemplated.  This surprised me quite a bit until I really thought about it.  Why?  Because after having discovered the extent of the heart problems I inherited, I now realize that what and how I eat could be a matter of life and death. 

As I contemplated why it has been relatively easy for me to adjust my eating habits, I began to think about what it means to begin a new life.  For some reason, while it’s been fairly easy for me to change the aspects of my physical life and eating habits, it is much harder to change the spiritual side of my life.  As I contemplated the reason that this might be the case, it came to me that the explanation was probably pretty simple:  it is easier to understand and believe that what I eat is a matter of life and death than to realize that sin is a matter of life and death, too.  Sin operates in the spiritual world, and while we can see the results and earthly consequences of sin, we can’t actually see the souls of the lost in the flames of hell and we can’t see the direct link between the day-by-day practice of sin in their lives (and ours) and their eternal destination.  But God is clear with us and pulls no punches: “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23) and 1 Peter 4:18 – “And, ‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’” 

When it comes to changing our spiritual life habits, it is hard and we give ourselves all kinds of excuses for our failures.  But the reality is, if we realize what is at stake and how serious it is, we will change.  While we don’t have the promise that the Spirit will help us change what we eat, we do have the promise that we have the Spirit to enable us to live the new life victoriously.  But the question remains: do we realize and truly believe that sin is a life and death matter? 

Romans 6:4 – “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

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

PRAYER:  Our old life was death…let us live in the newness of Your life!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/03/12 – Evil Inside

DayBreaks for 07/03/12 – Evil Inside

(NOTE: Galen is back from his trip to India, is recovering from the removal of his gall bladder, so one more week of archived DayBreaks!  New DayBreaks starting again next week!)

Genesis 6:5 – “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.

It seems to me that for all our “progress” in the arts and sciences, the one area of human nature that hasn’t progressed very far is the spiritual side.  Oh, we might think that we know more about God than the ancients who lived so long ago, but I’m not so sure that it’s true.  I’m reminded of Brennan Manning’s statement that just the moment that we begin to say we know and understand God that we really show how totally ignorant we are about Him.  We can know some about Him, we can even know Him to some degree, but God is, if anything, beyond our understanding.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past 10 years or so you’ve seen the Intel logo with the words “Pentium Inside”.  It started when the first Pentium processors were introduced some time ago, and has been popular on packaging and computers every since.  It was intended to advertise what was inside the box, because you couldn’t see it when the box was closed.  People wanted to know they were getting the ‘real thing’ when they bought a computer.

Recently, while we were biding time in Birmingham, England for our flight back to the United States, we had the fortune (whether it was good or not, I’m not sure) of being in the center of downtown for the first two nights of the Queen of England’s Golden Jubilee.  There were street fairs, entertainers, food vendors and people everywhere.  It got rather crowded.  As we wandered through the streets, I saw a young girl approaching – probably not more than 15 years of age.  She word a black t-shirt with the Pentium logo, but instead of saying “Pentium Inside”, it said with a red flourish and letters “Evil Inside”.  I know that it was supposed to be a bold statement about the girl – an advertisement of her independence and perhaps teenaged rebellion.  She probably thought it was “cool”.  Here she was – maybe as young as 13, and she was advertising how evil she was.  I was stunned, and a bit shocked, but then I realized that the shirt just spoke the truth about all of us.

Romans 7:18 – “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”  The moment that any of us stops pretending about our righteousness is the moment when we become more Christlike –  for when we pretend to be something we aren’t, we are being deceitful and become liars.

I’m a sinner.  How about you?

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

PRAYER: Father, forgive us our sins!!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/23/12 – We Still Don’t Believe It

DayBreaks for 04/23/12 – We Still Don’t Believe It

Our natures are at war...and they are real.

Sorry I missed some posts this last week, folks…I was sick!

Romans 7:18-19 (NLT)
18 (NLT) And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

One of the most prevalent beliefs we humans have about ourselves is that we are really pretty good.  Sure, we may talk humbly about ourselves (especially when we are in the church or around other Christians), but our actions belie our words.  When we are left alone in our own minds and no one can see what we think, we tend to compare ourselves favorably with others, to think that we’re pretty decent people, that surely God must be proud of us.

What we are struggling with is illustrated by a story about a professor of preaching who would take his students out every semester to the cemetery.  They would stand along the perimeter of the cemetery and the professor would ask his student to speak to the graves and call people to come forth.  Usually, the students would look at each other rather incredulously, maybe chuckle a bit, but the professor insisted, and so with obvious embarrassment, they would do as request.  They, of course, failed – miserably, every one of them.  It was after they’d failed and looked rather sheepish, that the professor reminded them of the core truth of the gospel: people, like those corpses in the cemetery, are spiritually dead…and that it is only the words of God Himself that can bring life to spiritually dead humans.

Paul said that his sinful nature, tied to his flesh, was “nothing good” alive in there.  We need to come to grips with the fact that we are NOT good people.  Our most righteous acts are like filthy rags.  There is not one of us who is good – for only God is good.

Our failure to grasp our inherent sinfulness, our dead and rotting spirit, is one of the reasons people find it hard to accept grace – they feel they don’t really need it.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

PRAYER: Speak life into us, through Your Spirit put to death moment by moment our sinful natures that are contrary to the Spirit.  Remind us of our great need for grace!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks 03/03/11 – Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New

DayBreaks for 3/03/11 – Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New

Winter isn’t over yet, but where we live it is already turning towards early spring.  The almond trees have blossoms on them, the wild yellow mustard has grown up between the rows of vines that dot the hillsides and valley.  The blue herons that nest high up in a digger pine at the corner of our property have built their nests and are busily at work to raise up another generation of herons.  The grasses are growing and, except for the rainy days, birdsong seems to arise from the air itself.

 

His world is amazingly beautiful...

What an amazingly beautiful natural world we live in!  What an awesome God we have who thought to create such wonders!  Many have been those who stood and marveled at the things we can perceive with our senses…and how beautiful they are.  The Psalmist said, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. A poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins put it in these words: The world is charged with the grandeur of God.  Thomas Plunkett noted: I see His blood upon the rose. And St. Augustine was carried away in a rhapsody when he exclaimed: O Beauty ever ancient, ever new!

 

I have come to believe that I love photography so much because I find in it a way to pursue some of the beauty of His creation…and in so doing I often find myself wondering anew at the beauty of the Creator.

In Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning wrote: As a child, John Henry Newman imagined that behind every flower there lurked an angel who made it grow and blossom.  Later in life, as the foremost theologian in England, he wrote, ‘The reality is more profound.  It is God Himself who can be discovered in the beauty of sensible things.’

Those who look beyond the literal see the world as a metaphor for God.  When they direct us to the majesty of the mountains, the beauty of the prairies, the variety of wildflowers along the roadside, the smell of mint and hay on a summer morning, the rumble of a train through the valley, the sound of a waterfall, they birth the Word in our midst.  They dare us to dream of our homeland, where eye has not seen, neither has ear heart, nor has the imagination conceived of the beauty that awaits us.

Enjoy His beauty today…look for it, and let Him take your breath away!

PRAYER: Thank You, God, for creating beauty, for being Beautiful in Yourself!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks 02/15/11 – Rats in the Cellar

DayBreaks 02/15/11 – Rats in the Cellar

There are many moments in life that reveal our character.  On a few rare occasions, good times or blessing can reveal something about our personality.  But it is more often the tough times that truly show what we’re made of and what we harbor in our inner person.

Nearly anyone can plan and anticipate situations that may come to pass – and to some extent plan how they will respond to those situations.  Oftentimes, however, situations come upon us that we cannot anticipate, never in a million years.  How we react at those painful or embarrassing or difficult moments is the most revealing insight into our basic nature.

C.S. Lewis saw this and wrote the following: “Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is. If there are rats in a cellar, you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats; it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way, the suddenness of the provocation does not make me ill-tempered; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am.”

 

Are there rats in your cellar?

When you are caught off guard, what is your first instinct?  When you’ve been unexpectedly hurt or slighted, where do your thoughts lead?  How many rats are there in YOUR cellar?  What does it take for them to get loose?

 

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. – James 1:19-20

PRAYER: May we learn to react like Jesus in both the good and the bad moments in our lives.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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