Friday, November 02, 2007

Dial Daily Bread

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread":

They are all around us—young people who need help whom you and I can if we only know what to say.

It’s not a psychological injection they need; that soon wears off and they’re in worse need than they were. They need more powerful, more lasting help. They feel that they are “born losers,” and often a little inquiry discloses that their parents are often split-ups.

These alienated youth have deep needs; if you can save even one such life, you have not lived in vain.

But don’t turn around now and be a “born loser” yourself: “physician, heal thyself” is always thrown at us. We have an inward battle ourselves to wage, and neither you nor I have any merit to make ourselves be a success.

What these youth need is the plain, simple, Bible truth of the New Covenant to take the place of the Old Covenant that has been drilled into them in places where the Lord has wanted them to get the New—that is, in church and Bible classes. Know the joy of the New, and you are in that group Jesus says “believe in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37, 38); those “rivers” are simple New Covenant gospel truth. A thousand times better than a psychological injection, which Satan gleefully exploits because their prayer becomes “Thou hast lifted me up and cast me down” (Psalm 102:10). The higher they are temporarily “lifted up” the more painful is the “cast down” experience.

The New Covenant is (1) the seven promises God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2, 3. (2) You are Abraham’s “descendant” by faith because (3) your heart cries out to God as “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15, 16), which (4) proves that He has “adopted” you, stumbling and staggering and unworthy as you may feel yourself to be; (5) you’re in the “family,” and the Savior has promised and sworn that He will “in no wise cast [you] out” (John 6:37).

Now in this light, tell your young, perplexed friend that the 23rd Psalm becomes his/her daily song. Memorize it and repeat it each night just before you fall asleep (the “day” begins at sundown! That’s a lesson the Bible has been trying to teach us on its very first page, Gen. 1:5, etc.). We can’t say that one prayer is more important than another, but the good night prayer underlies the good morning prayer. Yes, drift off to sleep “in the Lord.” Best beginning for a happy new day.

Let that “river of living water” flow from your heart to your young friend. Guaranteed: it will refresh him/her.

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