DayBreaks for 12/11/12 – Everyone Means Everyone

DayBreaks for 12/11/12 – Everyone Means Everyone

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Luke 6:17-19 (NLT)When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and Jesus also cast out many evil spirits. 19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.

I think my favorite four words from this text are the last four: and he healed everyone.  He’s not in a rush.  He didn’t live by a wristwatch or smart phone alerting him to appointments, places he had to go, things he needed to do.  Jesus never seemed to be pressed for time, have you noticed?  He spent countless hours alone in prayer.  He fasted in the wilderness for 40 days, ignoring all the other things he could have been doing.   He waited 30 years to begin his ministry.  He lay in the tomb for 3 days when he could have risen up immediately.  But he didn’t.

The point is he came for us…to be Immanuel (God WITH us).  In ministry it is hard to find the time to be WITH those we are to minister to.  We find every other reason to be invested in the study, to go to the Christian supply store, to meet with other pastors, to go to conferences, to do everything except be present.  The same is true for every life – it is hard anymore to find time to BE with others.  Instead of talking, we text.  Instead of spending time with real people, we spend it with animated video games or staring at a television.  We find all sorts of ways to avoid being with others (perhaps as a self-defense mechanism).  Jesus didn’t.  He took the opposite approach.

But the best part of those last four words are this: he didn’t fail to heal a single person.  There is no one or nothing that Jesus can’t heal.  He can heal the pain of your divorce, of your sexual infidelity, of your addiction, of your rebellion.  He can render the disease of pride, anger, unforgiveness, lust, greed and envy null and void.  There is nothing that he cannot and will not do to bring us back into fullness as humans and into a personal relationship with him.  He proved that on the cross.

PRAYER: Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed!!!!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/27/12 – That Is What I Want

DayBreaks for 07/27/12 – That Is What I Want

Dwight L. Moody told this story: “A lady in Wales told me this story: An English friend of hers, a. mother, had a child that was sick. At first they considered there was no danger, until one day the doctor came in and said that the symptoms were very unfavourable. He took the mother out of the room, and told her that the child could not live. The news came like a thunderbolt. After the doctor had gone, the mother went into the room where the child lay and began to talk to the child, and tried to divert its mind.

“Darling, do you know you will soon hear the music of heaven? You will hear a sweeter song than you have ever heard on earth. You will hear them sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. You are very fond of music. Won’t it be sweet, darling?”

“And the little tired, sick child turned its head away, and said, “O mamma, I am so tired and so sick, that I think it would make me worse to hear all that music.”

“Well,” the mother said, “you will soon see Jesus. You will see the seraphim and cherubim, and the streets all paved with gold”; and she went on picturing heaven as it is described in Revelation.

“The little tired child again turned its head away, and said. “O mamma, I am so tired, that I think it would make me worse to see all those beautiful things!”

“At last the mother took the child up in her arms, and pressed her to her loving heart. And the little sick one whispered – “O mamma, that is what I want. If Jesus will only take me in His arms and let me rest!”

Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

PRAYER: Hold us, Lord, for we are weary and tired and weak.  We are sick with sin, feverish in our delusions, and we need you to hold us and give us that rest!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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