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.

I Am 2 has just launched another project: to put in a water system for what will be the only pediatric hospital in all of Rwanda!  If you are interested in learning more, go to our blog: http://iam2.org/blog to read about it and learn how you can help! We are trying to raise up a massive army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us deliver this water system through our partner, BeyondPoverty.org.  The budget for this water system is $8300.  Every gift matters…and every gift is appreciated!  They ALL make a difference!

Also, don’t forget our other project, Bright Future Children’s Home.  You can read the latest update about them at the blog, too, and can help us move forward with the feeding, clean water and protection these 37 kids in Kenya need to not just live, but grow!!!  We still need to raise a bit over $4000 to fulfill our mission.  Donations are tax deductible for 2012.  If you prefer to send a check rather than give through PayPal, write it and mail it to: I Am 2 Partners, Inc., c/o 3678 Creekstone Drive, Norcross, GA 30092.

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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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