DayBreaks for 4/27/18 – Kidy S Noy Pgg

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DayBreaks for 4/27/18: Kidy S Noy Pgg

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2008:     

How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s just a little white lie”, or “It’s not big deal” when they are talking about something they’ve done which was wrong?

To sin: from the Greek hamartia, meaning “to miss the mark.”  You’ve probably heard that before, I imagine.  And I know that I’ve written about it before in DayBreaks.  It’s an archery term, describing what happens when the archer, well, misses the mark, the target. 

Missing the target may not be too bad if you’re shooting at a bulls-eye ring of circles that’s backstopped by a bunch of hay bales or a dirt hillside.  But it takes on an entirely different color if you’re talking about William Tell shooting at the apple on the head of his son.  In that case, missing the target could be horrible or not so bad – depending on which direction you miss!

So, let’s agree that missing the mark can be a bad thing in arrows, bullets, throwing knives or bomb dropping.  But how about in our loving obedience to God?  Does a little missing of the mark here or there really make that much difference?  Is it that noticeable, especially considering the fact that God is engaged in cosmic warfare against evil, not to mention He must be pretty busy keeping the universe going according to schedule? 

Sin is missing the mark.  Did you wonder about the title of today’s DayBreak?  If you haven’t figured it out, it’s the words “Just a bit off” typed on the computer keyboard one letter off to the right.   Let me ask: how much difference did it make?  When you first looked at the title, could you tell what it was?  Did you notice it? 

God notices all we say, do, think, don’t say, don’t do or don’t think.  And when we miss even a little bit, it gets His attention.  But there’s a key difference: God knows what we were doing, whereas you probably had no clue what the title of this DayBreaks meant.   You probably just assumed Galen had gone wacko (not a bad assumption, by the way.) 

Missing the mark matters when it comes to God – always.  Sin matters – always.  Let’s stop pretending that it “won’t affect me and it doesn’t hurt anyone else.”  Those are Satan’s lies and have no place in our thinking.  And our missing the mark can make it very hard for anyone else to understand what being a Christian is all about.

PRAYER:  Lord, have mercy on us.  Help us to focus on the goal we’re shooting for – to become like You, to carry Your likeness engraved on our hearts and minds.  Help us to fly true and straight to the center of the target!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 11/11/12 – No Rear View Mirrors

DayBreaks for 11/11/12 – No Rear View Mirrors

Philippians 3:13-14 – “13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

It is easier said than done to forget what is past, isn’t it?  Some people – Christians are who I’m talking about – really struggle to be freed from their past.  Perhaps they feel that they failed in raising their children, they may have failed in their business, they may have failed in their devotion to Christ.  I don’t imagine that Peter found it easy to forget about his triple denial of Christ.  And now in Philippians, we see Paul was somehow able to put behind him his own past – the past where he persecuted the church of Jesus, where he imprisoned men and women, broke up families, and even put to death one of the first deacons of the church, Stephen.  That’s quite a bit to put behind you.  But that’s exactly what Paul says he’d managed to do.

I like what Warren Wiersbe had to say (I’m going to paraphrase him): You can’t move ahead by constantly looking in the rear view mirror.  The past is a rudder to guide you, not an anchor to drag you down.

I like that.  Think about it: if you are driving your car and you spend all your time looking in the rear view mirror, what will happen?  You’ll not go very far forward before you get into a serious wreck.  Why?  Because you’re focusing on what is behind you instead of looking forward to where your attention should be focused.  It works that way in life, too.

Getting us to focus on our past to the point that we become discouraged and want to give up is one of Satan’s most successful and persistent strategies.  I like what someone else said: “Satan reminded me of my past.  I reminded him of his future!

Wow!  That’s rich.  Don’t let Satan pull your vision away from Christ who LEADS us.  Follow him and his leading – not Satan’s taunting.

PRAYER: Jesus, we want to hear Your calling today, not the taunts of our enemy, Satan.  Tune our ears to hear Your voice!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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