DayBreaks for 2/10/20 – The Battleground of the Gods

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DayBreaks for 2/10/20: The Battleground of the Gods

Matthew 15:19 (ESV) – For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Let there be no doubt, the heart is the battleground of the gods. It is in the heart that the battle rages and will be won or lost. 

In Gods at War, Kyle Idleman talks about a friend of his who is a cardiologist. The doctor was describing arteriograms – injecting dye into a patient’s bloodstream and then watching on an X-ray as the dye goes through the patient’s heart. The purpose is to look for blockages that could lead to a heart attack. The doctor could then treat the blockages.

But the catch is this: heart problems can go undetected and undiagnosed for years. Why? Because no arteriogram is done to test the heart’s circulation because the symptoms don’t seem relevant. Someone may not be able to sleep, have back pain, loss of appetite, anxiety, mild shortness of breath or other issues. The patient will describe the symptoms to the doctor and the doctor treats the symptoms. The patient, after all, is complaining of not being able to sleep or chalks the mild shortness of breath up to normal aging. In reality, the symptom may be caused by a heart issue. If it’s cardiovascular, the patient won’t get better until it is recognized for what it is and treated.

Here’s a spiritual arteriogram for you today. Ask yourself these questions and ponder your responses carefully. They could point to as serious heart issue:

What do you complain about the most: it reveals what really matters to us and whining shows what has power over us.

Where (and for what things) do you make financial sacrifices: where you money goes shows what god is ruling your heart.

What worries you: it could be a person, a job, reputation – anything that has enough power over you to wake you up at night could be a god.

Where is your sanctuary: when you’re really hurting, what do you turn to – is it alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, the great outdoors? The higher ground we seek at such times reveals the values that may be our gods.

What infuriates you: we all have hot buttons that cause us to “lose it”. Those things reveal what is really important to us. It could be winning, lack of comfort or respect, something that embarrasses you. Those things tend to indicate that the oldest idol of all has hold of me – the god of “me”.

What are your dreams: what we long for and dream of is as revealing as the things we fear. Where does your mind go when you choose to let it go freestyle? Aspirations are good – but the question is why do you aspire to those things. Is it so you can give God more glory or have glory, fame and maybe fortune for yourself?

PRAYER: Lord, don’t let us deceive ourselves as we take this spiritual arteriogram! May your Spirit reveal to us what You see in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 2/03/20 – The Deadliest War

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DayBreaks for 2/03/20: The Deadliest War

It has been said that the deadliest war is the one that most of us never realize is being fought. Why? Because by the time we wake up and realize what is happening the war is over and it has been lost.

My guess is that not one single person who reads this has ever crafted an image of wood, metal or some other material and then bowed down to worship it. We wouldn’t think of doing such a thing. But as Os Guinness said, “Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our mistaken estimations.” In other words – we read about it, it dominates our lives and we think it is irrelevant to us.

Kyle Idleman wrote in Gods at War, “Idolatry isn’t just one of many sins; rather it’s the one great sin that all others come from. So if you start scratching at whatever struggle you’re dealing with, eventually you’ll find that underneath it is a false god. Until that god is dethrones, and the Lord God takes his rightful place, you will not have victory.

“Idolatry isn’t an issue; it’s the issue. All roads lead to the dusty, overlooked concept of false gods.”

Let’s explore this issue more in future DayBreaks, but for today, let me pose this single question: What is your greatest temptation that causes you to sin most often and what god are you serving when you give in to it?

PRAYER: God, open our eyes to the truth about idolatry in our own lives and help us destroy those idols so you have your rightful place. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

 

DayBreaks for 6/18/14 – In the Line of Fire

DayBreaks for 6/18/14 – In the Line of Fire

Matthew 10:32-34 (NLT) – Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven. “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

In his book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman tells the story of an American soldier during the Vietnam war. His platoon was hunkered down in the rice paddies locked in a fierce firefight with the Vietcong.

The rice fields in Vietnam are often separated by an earthen beam, and on that day, a line of six Buddhist monks started walking along the elevated beam separating the field where the American soldiers lay hugging the ground and the field where the Vietcong were also crouched in battle.

The monks walked directly toward the line of fire, calmly and steadily. They did not look to the left or to the right, they just kept walking. The soldier reported, “It was really strange because nobody shot at ’em. And after they walked over the beam, suddenly all the fight was out of me. It just didn’t feel like I wanted to do this anymore, at least not that day. It must have been that way for everybody, because everybody quit. We just stopped fighting.”

I don’t know specifically what God is calling you to do right now.  I can only say that anyone who chooses to walk with God may well be completely out of step with the expectations of the office, the neighborhood, the culture or the family. Sometimes, it seems, God’s people are called to walk right through the field of fire, faithfully, sacrificially, loyally, doing what we have been called to do.

The times we live in are threatening.  Dark and ominous clouds are everywhere on the spiritual landscape.  Recently I spoke with some who live in very dangerous parts of the world where they serve God in spite of tremendous personal risk.  They are walking in the line of fire.  The battle lines are clearly arrayed in such places, but here in the U.S. it is much less obvious, but the battle lines have been drawn here, too.  Take for instance the high school valedictorian this year who had his speech censored because he wanted to mention his Christian faith and God.  Three times they told him to cease and desist.  When he didn’t get a response to his final draft (which the school required to be submitted to them for review), he proceeded to speak up at the graduation ceremony.  That young man walked in the line of fire.  But who would have thought in the US that the day would come when schools would censor out and redact any mention of God? 

Make no doubt about it: the battle is already afoot.  The question is whether or not we will walk in the line of fire or disappear into the woods.

PRAYER: Lord, the times we live in are perilous and threatening.  We pray that you will give us the courage You have already given us, Your children, the Spirit.  We pray that He will bend and shape us and that we will be yielded to His influence upon us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 11/12/13 – Reflections on Veterans Day

DayBreaks for 11/12/13 – Reflections on Veteran’s Day

Fading From ViewEphesians 6:12 (NLT)   For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

As I write this, it is still Veteran’s Day, 2013.  Facebook has been blanketed with displays of thanks and honor for those who have served our country throughout our nation’s wars and in regular military service.

In my photo blog on Sunday (http://twolfgcd.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/honor-them/), I shared some statistics of the number of soldiers (best estimates according to informed sources) who served in the times of our various wars who are still living today.  Did you know that the last American survivor of WWI died (Frank Buckles) in just 2011?  Out of the over 16 million who served during WW2, there are only about 1.5 million still living – and that number is declining at the rate of several hundred each day.  Heroes may live in memory for generations and centuries – but not so with the flesh.

I read a blog today that was written by a brother in Christ who is also a veteran of our recent wars.  He was, of course, calling for us to honor those who have and who are serving our country.  But he made another point that should be obvious to us all: we are surrounded by veterans of the spiritual warfare that rages 24 hours a day since the creation.  Like the soldiers who serve the United States of America, they won’t and don’t live forever here.  But how often do we stop to honor (or even thank) them for the price they and their families have paid for their selfless service?  As valuable as physical military service is and as much as they are to be honored and recognized for it, the spiritual war is no less real and certainly as deadly and vastly more important as any earthly war as the stakes in the arena of spiritual warfare are eternal.

Who do you know that is a spiritual veteran that you need to thank?  When is the last time you truly thanked your pastor, elders, deacons, teachers, the person who discipled you, your mentor for what they’ve fought for and how they’ve lived?  Is there a better day than today to do it?

Call them.  Tell them.  Thank them.  Because as with the soldiers of our armed forces, those spiritual heroes and veterans are passing, too.  Tomorrow may be too late to thank them for what they’ve done for you!  Remember that the martyrs didn’t die just for Christ, but for each of us to give us encouragement and an example to follow in their footsteps.

2 Timothy 2:3 (NIV)  – Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  

PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for fighting the greatest fight of all time, and winning it so we could have our freedom!  Thank you for those who have also fought for us throughout our lives.  Bless them for their service and help us to give them their due honor, too!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 08/07/13 – When Facing Mortal Danger

DayBreaks for 08/07/13 – When Facing Mortal Danger

imagesIt is hard to get people’s attention these days.  Why?  Because so many things are clamoring for our attention that we tend to just shut down the input and switch off all except that which is of most interest to us, or that which we cannot shut down for some reason or another.  Some things we shut down pose great dangers to us!

A U.S. Army officer told of the contrast in his pupils during two different eras of teaching at the artillery training school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma (Home of the Field Artillery). In 1958-60 the attitude was so lax that the instructors had a problem getting the men to stay awake to hear the lectures. During the 1965-67 classes, however, the men, hearing the same basic lectures, were alert and took copious notes. What made the difference in the class of 65? They knew that in less than six weeks they would be facing the enemy in Vietnam.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about spiritual warfare.  You know the verses: Ephesians 6:11-12 (NLT)- Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.  You see, the problem is that we apparently don’t think that those evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world are after ME.  They are very active, we’d say, in those who bomb, kill and maim innocent men, women and children.  They are active in those who pledge to wipe entire nations off the map.  They are active in the woman who straps her children into their car seats and lets the car roll into a lake, or who drowns them in a tub.  They are active in the man who abducts young girls and holds them prisoner in a cell in his home for years, abusing them in every way imaginable (and some unimaginable).

All those things are true.  It is equally true that those evil powers are interested in you and me.  It’s time we start to believe it and wake up, pay attention and take notes or before we know it, we’ll find ourselves locked in mortal combat unprepared and unable to respond.

If you knew that Satan was coming after you this very night, what would you change?  News flash: he is coming.  You’re not going to avoid it unless you die first.  Are you paying attention? 

PRAYER: I fear, Lord, that one of Satan’s greatest weapons against us is to lull us into a sense of safety and security that causes us to drift off and be spiritually and intellectually lazy!  Blast the trumpet and awaken us to the raging warfare in which we are engaged!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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