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Breaktime: The Who or What of Life

By Sabra Dyas | March 4, 2020 |

 The What or Who of Life 9 For what you have done I  will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name,  for your name is good. Psalm 52:9 The Psalmist now determines how he is going to do life −He is going to praise. He is going…

Breaktime: The Lie of Success

By Sabra Dyas | March 3, 2020 |

The Lie of Success 6 The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying,  “Here now is the man  who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”  Psalm 52:6,7 Imagine the man whose trust is in his wealth on the last day. It…

Breaktime: Flourishing

By Sabra Dyas | March 3, 2020 |

Flourishing 8 But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love  for ever and ever. Psalm 53:8 Flourishing is not a word we throw around describing our life or what brings us fulfillment.  So how would you describe your experience? Is it flourishing? Does your life offer…

Breaktime: Stay in the Spirit

By Sabra Dyas | February 26, 2020 |

3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Psalm 52:3 Loving evil begins deep in the heart. When a heart is bent on self, there isn’t anything the flesh won’t talk evil people into. When the ego is centered on self, the vices of evil get to speak, as the love of darkness lives…

Breaktime: Living with God

By Sabra Dyas | February 22, 2020 |

Living with God 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar. Psalm 51:19 The Psalmist ends knowing, after coming before God in brokenness, that God is pleased. He understands God’s way of doing life brings great joy and blessing. David now understands…

Breaktime: What Pleases God

By Sabra Dyas | February 21, 2020 |

What pleases God? 18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. Psalm 51:18 Many of us may try the opposite approach when it comes to pleasing God. We may decide to go through with our plans and then ask God to bless what we do. Simply because it prospers us…

Breaktime: Truest Self

By Sabra Dyas | February 20, 2020 |

Truest Self 17 My sacrifice, O God, is  a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17 We are at our truest self when our heart is before God. When our spirit is broken because of the weight of our sin, we have become real. We can walk in false identities even…

Breaktime: Checklist with God

By Sabra Dyas | February 19, 2020 |

Checklist before God 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. Psalm 51:16 David uncovered the mystery of what pleases God −an open and contrite heart.  David could go through the motions and offer his gift, but God could see right through the motive. God…

Breaktime: Teaching from Experience

By Sabra Dyas | February 13, 2020 |

Teaching from Experience 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:13 David knew once he experienced the forgiveness of God, he too could teach transgressors. Once David received in his heart that his transgressions were forgiven, he could walk with others to their victory with the Lord.…

Breaktime: Living in Joy

By Sabra Dyas | February 12, 2020 |

Living in Joy 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12 The sin which is now in David’s mind and heart has filled his life with unhappiness. He is experiencing the loss of joy because his sin suffocates it, and this state of mind leads…