DayBreaks for 11/02/18 – When You Are Satisfied

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DayBreaks for 11/02/18: When You Are Satisfied

From the DayBreaks archive, November 2008:

Never have a people had more luxury or such an accumulation of creature comforts than the American people. Sure, there are hungry in this country who need food and there are homeless who need shelter. But by and large, we are a nation of great and incredible wealth and plenty.

In Deuteronomy 6:11b-12, Moses gives a solemn caution to the children of Israel. He looks forward to the future, when God will have kept His promise and given them the land He promised 400 years earlier to Abraham. They will possess the land and live in cities they didn’t build, drink sweet water from wells they never dug, and have wine and olives from vineyards they didn’t plant. Then Moses says, “…then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt…“.

Moses, being inspired by God, understood a lot about human nature. He’d tended flocks and seen how they grew lazy when their bellies were full – they would lay down to rest and that was the very time that they were the most vulnerable to predators. Their eyes would grow heavy and their attention would weaken. Moses says, “When your bellies are full and you are satisfied – be careful! That is when you will forget the Lord!”

Our nation has forgotten the Lord. We have eaten and become satisfied. We would do well to heed Moses’ warning. How easily we settle for food, shelter and some comforts! We are far too easily content to be taken care of physically. And we are too easily satisfied – and therein lies the problem. We should never be satisfied until we have reached the holiness He desires for us. We should never be satisfied in this world. But we can be content!

I hope and pray that God makes us hungry today – not for food, but for Him! May we never be satisfied with a belly full of food, but only with a heart filled with Him!

Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

PRAYER: Lord, never let us be satisfied until we are filled with you and at home in your dwelling place! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 10/17/18 – When You Are Satisfied

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DayBreaks for 10/17/18: When You Are Satisfied

From the DayBreaks archive, 10/13/2008:

Never have a people had more luxury or such an accumulation of creature comforts than the American people. Sure, there are hungry in this country who need food and there are homeless who need shelter. But by and large, we are a nation of great and incredible wealth and plenty.

In Deuteronomy 6:11b-12, Moses gives a solemn caution to the children of Israel. He looks forward to the certain future, when God will have kept His promise and given them the land He promised 400 years earlier to Abraham. They will possess the land and live in cities they didn’t build, drink sweet water from wells they never dug, and have wine and olives from vineyards they didn’t plant. Then Moses says, “…then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt…“.

Moses, inspired by God, understood a lot about human nature. He’d tended flocks and seen how they grew lazy when their bellies were full – they would lay down to rest and that was the very time that they were the most vulnerable to predators. Their eyes would grow heavy and their attention would weaken. Moses says, “When your bellies are full and you are satisfied – be careful! That is when you will forget the Lord!”

Our nation has forgotten the Lord. We have eaten and become satisfied. We would do well to heed Moses’ warning. How easily we settle for food, shelter and some comforts! We are far too easily content to be taken care of physically. And we are too easily satisfied – and therein lies the problem. We should never be satisfied until we have reached the holiness He desires for us. We should never be satisfied with the things in this world. But we can be content!

I hope and pray that God makes you hungry today – not for food, but for Him! May we never be satisfied with a belly full of food, but only with a heart filled with Him!

Matthew 5:6: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

PRAYER: Awaken in us again a hunger for the Bread that fills and the Water that gives life and keep us from the love of this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 08/01/12 – Where Discontent Goes to Die

DayBreaks for 08/01/12 – Where Discontent Goes to Die

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”  (Ps. 23:1)

Come with me to the world’s most oppressive prison.  Just ask the inmates; they will tell you.  They are overworked and underfed…No prison is so populated, no prison so oppressive, and what’s more, no prison is so permanent.  Most inmates never leave.  They never get released…The name of the prison?  You’ll see it over the entrance.  Rainbowed over the gate are four cast-iron letters that spell out its name:  W-A-N-T.

“They don’t want much, mind you.  They want just one thing.  One new job.  One new car.  One new house.  One new spouse.  They don’t want much.  They just want one.” (Max Lucado, Traveling Light)

Max has pretty much hit it on the head.  We just want one thing, don’t we?  What I want is probably quite different than what you want.  And what you want is different than that for which your friend wishes.  And when I get that one thing – that very special thing that I’m wanting – am I happy?  Yes.  If truth be told, I am.  That is, until I find out that somewhere, someone has invented a better gizmo than I bought.  Or until the car no longer smells new, or until the new model year comes out and I like the looks of it even better.  Then I’m stuck.  And what I wanted is not as fun anymore – and it creates the beginnings of an ache in me to want again.  Max continued: “If your happiness comes from something you deposit, drive, drink or digest, then face it – you are in prison, the prison of want.  The good news is you have a visitor and your visitor has a message that can get you paroled…look across the table at the psalmist David.  He motions for you to lean forward.  ‘I have a secret to tell you,’ he whispers, ‘the secret of satisfaction.  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want’ (Ps. 23:1).

“David has found the pasture where discontent goes to die…as if he is saying, ‘What I have in God is greater than what I don’t have in life.

“Let me remind you of two biblical truths:

YOUR STUFF ISN’T YOURS: Ask any coroner.  Ask any embalmer.  Ask any funeral home director.  ‘Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, he departs.  He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.’  (Eccl. 5:15) 

IT’S NOT YOU.  Who you are has nothing to do with the clothes you wear or the car you drive.  Jesus said, ‘Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.’  (Lk. 12:15)

Are you a prisoner in this prison?  No?  That’s good, if that’s what you think.  But let me pose to you the two questions that will really put a clear vision in your mind, ones that Max posed in his book: “What is the one thing separating you from joy?  How do you fill in this blank: ‘I will be happy when ______________’?

Now, with your answer firmly in mind, answer this: if your ship never comes in, if your dream never comes true, if the situation never changes, could you be happy?  If not, then you are sleeping in the cold cell of discontent.  You are in prison.  And you need to know what you have in your Shepherd.”

It is interesting that David’s declaration of contentedness is not coupled with verses two or three of Psalm 23, but is the logical extension of the first phrase as if saying: “The Lord is my shepherd, therefore I shall not want.”  David’s lack of wanting had nothing to do with what he possessed, except for the shepherd himself.  If we have God, can anything else compare?

If we think that having something will make us happy, then we have a false god to whom we bow.

PRAYER: We are people of insatiable appetites, Lord.  Teach us to be content with “enough” and please kill our spirits of discontent!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/29/12 – Disappointed?

DayBreaks for 05/29/12 – Disappointed? 

When is the last time you were disappointed?  Chances are it wasn’t very long ago…maybe just minutes.  Sometimes our disappointments can be rather minor: going to the cupboard in the morning to discover that there’s no coffee.  Perhaps it was when you got to the office and learned that someone else took credit for something you did and you are disappointed in their lack of integrity and of the gullibility of the boss.

Some disappointments, however, are much more significant: hoping to hear the word “remission” but not, hoping to hear back from your spouse “I love you” but hearing instead, “I want a divorce.  I don’t love you anymore.”

Disappointments are common and they are all disheartening and painful.  We hope for the best, willing to settle for what is good, but wind up with something less and we hurt.  Disappointment is one of the worst things humans experience, I believe.  That’s why I find the words of the apostle Peter to be so wonderful: 1 Peter 2:5-6 (NASB) – …you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

The latter part of this verse describes a coming day when disappointment will be vaporized.  Is it “pie in the sky” or just hopeful thinking?  If it were just a human being who made that statement, we would do well to be skeptical.  But it is not a human who makes that statement – it is God Himself who promises that anyone who believes in Jesus WILL NOT be disappointed.  What we hope for, what we long for, that which we can only dream of in our strongest and deepest heart – we will receive.  No matter what we face in the meantime, God says we will not be disappointed, that we will know and experience even more than what we hope for.

Disappointment, like death, will die at the hands of the Father!

PRAYER: Father, thank you for your great and precious promises, the guarantee that we shall not be disappointed for anything we do in following Jesus, nor will we be disappointed in the end, for we shall know that it was all worth it!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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DayBreaks for 04/27/12 – What Makes Us Vulnerable

DayBreaks for 04/27/12 – What Makes Us Vulnerable

Psalm 90:14 (NLT) – Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

What is it that makes us so vulnerable to sin?  I know what James says about the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  Those things are undeniable.  I also know that we are led into sin when we are enticed by our own desires.  I’ve supplied plenty of evidence of that throughout my life.  It is the nature of the flesh to “fall.”

I read this from John Ortberg in Fighting the Good Fight, in the spring 2012 issue of Leadership Journal, and thought it worth contemplating.  He was talking about what makes us so prone and vulnerable to sin when he wrote:

“It is perhaps the inversion of one of the great observations of ancient Israel: the joy of the Lord is our strength. Those of us in church leadership read or hear with sad frequency of one of our sisters or brothers ending up in a moral ditch. A mentor of mine noted once that when that happens, as a general rule, the person has been living without a deep sense of soul satisfaction for a long time, which is what made them vulnerable. I asked him how often someone who does live with a deep sense of soul satisfaction in God and their life ends up in a moral ditch.

“Never, he said.  Always it is the unsatisfied soul that finds sin to look good.”

How is your soul satisfaction?

PRAYER: Satisfy us with Your good things that we don’t go looking for satisfaction elsewhere!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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