DayBreaks for 4/24/18 – They’ve Never Been There

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DayBreaks for 4/24/18: They’ve Never Been There   

The story is told of the explorer who some years ago had just returned to his country from the Amazon. The people at home were eager to learn all about the vast and mighty river and the country surrounding it. How he wondered, could he ever describe it to them – how could he ever put into words the feelings that flooded into his heart when he saw the exotic flowers and heard the night sounds of the jungle. How could he communicate to them the smells the filled the air and the sense of danger and excitement that would come whenever he and his fellows explorers encountered strange animals or paddled through treacherous rapids?

So the explorer did what all good explorers do – he said to the people, “go and find out for yourselves what it is like”, and to help them he drew a map of the river pointing out the various features of its course and describing some of the dangers and some of the routes that could be used to avoid those dangers.

The people took the map and they framed and hung it on the wall of the local science museum so that everyone could look at it. Some made copies of it. After a period of time many of those who made copies for themselves considered themselves experts on the river – and indeed they knew its every turn and bend, they knew how broad it was and how deep, where the rapids where and where the falls. They knew the river and they instructed others in what it was like whenever those people indicated an interest in it.

I think that many people today are in the same situation. We know the scriptures but we do not understand them. And we do not understand them because we have not been there. We must not simply look at the scriptures and their meaning, we must go there. We must experience what it means to repent of our sins and allow God to forgive us. Would you this morning take the map down from the wall and go to the river with me. See what is there. Allow Christ to open your mind, to breathe his Holy Spirit upon you, and make you a disciple from the heart.

PRAYER: Let us drink deeply from the sweet well of your word and Spirit that we may know you from experience and not just from printed page! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 9/11/17 – As Though It Were Not Serious

DayBreaks for 9/11/17: As Though It Were Not Serious

From the DayBreaks archive, 9/2007:

You know how it is when you receive bad news about someone you love.  It may have come as the result of some tests they were having run – is there a tumor or not?  If so, is it malignant?  Or, someone has been in an accident and you hear their voice through the phone, “I’ve been in a crash – and I’ve got some injuries – but nothing serious.”  Until you get that last little bit of information “It’s nothing serious,” you’re on pins and needles.  Until the lab report comes back clear, you contemplate the possible cessation of your life.  Those words, “It’s nothing serious,” can be some of the most comforting words we’ll hear. 

Sometimes, though, those words can be deceptive.  Consider the diagnosis that comes back and says all will be well, only to later discover that the diagnosis was wrong, that the test results were incorrect.  “It’s no big deal,” is another way of saying about the same thing.  Nothing to worry about…but while it may not be a big deal to that person, someone else who was affected by it may think it is a huge deal.

We have different ways of seeing things, and I understand that.  I suppose it is inevitable.  But it disturbs me deeply when Christians are divided on things that Scripture clearly calls sin.  We’ve heard the culture decrying religious thought and beliefs for so long that we’ve bought into a brain-washed mindset.  Somehow, in our arrogance, we’ve bought the lie that just because the laws of our land (or any other) say that something is legal that it means it must be okay and that it can’t therefore possibly be sin.  Even when the Bible is point-blank on the subject! 

We would do well to remember that God says judgment will begin not with the heathen, but with those of His own house (1 Peter 4:17).  When His own people have become indistinguishable with unbelievers there is great cause for fear.  When His own people cannot tell right from wrong, it is totally incorrect to say, “It’s not serious, it’s no big deal.”  Listen to these words, spoken by God, to His great prophet Jeremiah: (6:14-15) – They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.  Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD.  In context, God is talking to His own people, addressing them about what is about to happen because they have minimized the Word of the God and its authority.  Why was God so angry at his people?  We get a pretty good clue in verse 10: To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

It seems that the people of the Lord had chosen not to listen to God’s Word any longer.  Why?  Because they found it offensive.  What was offensive about it?  They didn’t like what it said – it called sin, sin – it pointed out their evil and the evil in the cultures that surrounded them.  And they didn’t like it because they loved the culture more than they loved the Word of the Lord.

How I fear for modern American Christians who can’t see the truth when it’s printed on the pages of the Bibles right in front of them.  And that includes me.

It is serious.

PRAYER: Father, we are so blinded by our human desires and selfishness that we don’t love Your Word and honor its truth.  We close our ears because your word offends us with it’s demands for holiness and righteousness and for turning away from the sins we love so much.  Help us once more to find pleasure in Your Word, to love truth more than convenience and even more than our own lives.  Pour Your Spirit of revelation out upon us that we can have our eyes opened and ears unclogged once more to perceive and practice truth.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 1/30/14 – Seeing Straight

DayBreaks for 1/30/14 – Seeing Straight

Matthew 6:23 (NLT) – But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

There are times when I am dumbfounded by what self-professed Christians believe in, what they say and what they do. If I am puzzled by it, I wonder what God things of it. Of course, I could be wrong in my beliefs of how Christians are to act and what we are to value, but many things are very clear in Scripture…and yet many act as if they don’t care what the Bible says while they pursue their own interests and act like unbelievers. Perhaps that’s why I found this interesting:

In 1897 vision scientist and psychologist George M. Stratton (1865-1957) created a pair of glasses that turned the world upside down. Actually, he turned the world right-side-up because our eyes project an image to our brains that is naturally upside down. Our brains take an image and invert it – giving us our “right side up” perception of the world. Stratton strapped on his goggles and proceeded to blunder into things for several days. In this new, now “upside-down” world, his brain was seeing liquids “poured up,” he saw himself walking on ceilings. Everything he viewed was completely inverted.

But only for a few days. Our eyes are our cameras, but the pictures we take with our eyes are developed by our brains. After a few days Stratton recorded that his most powerful visual organ, his brain, had figured out that something was amiss. After a few days his brain re-inverted the images it was receiving, and the world no longer looked upside down to the scientist. His brain completely flipped the images and presented him with a right-side up world once again. The process took about three days…

In this physical example, Dr. Stratton’s mind figured out that something was wrong and corrected the problem. How does that relate to Christianity and our behavior and beliefs? We have been given the Spirit that is to convict us of sin, right? So why aren’t “Christians” feeling convicted when they support causes and activities that are clearly (to me and many others) un-biblical?

I suspect the clue lies in the very last fraction of a sentence: “The process took about three days…” How does that relate? Simply this: it doesn’t take long for our vision, our understanding, our beliefs and actions, to find a new “normal” and to believe it is normal. Dr. Stratton was still wearing the glasses that switched the orientation of all he saw, but within just 3 days, his brain told him it was normal and he had adjusted to that new “normal.” So it is with our beliefs – it doesn’t take long to forget where the authority lies, to listen to the wisdom of mankind, and to come to see that as the “normal”, the “right” thing. When our view of morals and ethics become twisted, we are in danger of believing that lies are truth and truth is false.

Who is your authority? Who will you believe about right and wrong? And what will you do about it?

PRAYER: We want to believe what is more comfortable for us and when others tell us that it is okay, Lord, we are quick to believe them. Lead us back to the Truth of Your Word and give us wisdom to understand it and the ability to act on it! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 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!

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