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Topic: BROKENNESS,BROKENNESS,
From:  Joy

BROKENNESS: The Key to Spiritual Revival

Our dear Lord Jesus Christ, once we invite Him to our hearts, ardently
desires to fill us with His presence through the Holy Spirit. But He
cannot do this unless we are broken first.

What does being broken mean?

Brokenness is our humble response to God's conviction of our sins. Once
broken, we find ourselves responding in humility and complete
repentance. We are actually agreeing with God and saying, "Yes, Lord,
You're right-I have sinned. All of my heart is Yours and I'll keep
nothing from you."

Being broken also means the walls of sin protecting the parts of our
hearts we refuse to surrender to God are torn apart and destroyed. When
we choose to yield to the Lover of our souls, He gives us a promise.
Isiah 57:15 declares: "For this is what the high and lofty One says--he
who lives forever, whose name is holy: 'I live in a high and holy place,
but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the
spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.'"

God often uses people to convict us. When Samuel rebuked Saul because of
his disobedience against God, Saul tried to justify his actions and
remained unbroken (1 Sam. 15:19-21). In contrast, David, when Nathan
confronted him concerning his sin, responded humbly with brokeness and
repentant, and made no excuses for himself (2 Sam. 12:9-13).

Brokenness also involves giving-up our personal rights and selfish
interests to God. We actually make God the custodian of our rights. In
Galatians 2:20, we find: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no
longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
Friends, being broken means, we are to DIE TO SELF. to live by faith in
Jesus, not to live by sight. The following chart may help our hearts see
better.

 SELF    CHRIST
 Irritable    Patient
 Touchy (Sensitive)  Understanding
 Proud    Humble
 Critical    Forgiving
 Jealous    Happy when others succeed
 Prone to anger   Forbearing
 Focused on rights  Sacrificial (Yields rights)
 Self-seeking   Servant attitude
 Self-centered   GOD-centered

God also uses day-to-day situations to rebuke us. to humble us. Once
broken, God wants to use us (we are not only His children- as Master of
our hearts, we are called upon to be His servants, as well) and He
cannot do so if we are full of ourselves.

Brokenness is painful, costly and difficult. It is no surprise that most
people resist being broken. The ONLY MOTIVE that can compel us to die to
self is the CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST. In Philippians 2:5-8 Paul states:

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
     Who, being in very nature God,
     did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
     but made himself nothing,
     taking the very nature of a servant,
     being made in human likeness.
     And being found in appearance as a man,
     he humbled himself
     and became obedient to death-
     even death on a cross!"

In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see a crushed and broken Jesus, yet
steadfastly obedient to the Father's will. Let us also realize that God,
our Father, broke His own heart when He ignored His only Beloved Son's
appeal for relief, if possible, from the cup of wrath that He was about
to drink. As we meditate on Christ's death and its eternal significance
for us; the process of brokenness is hastened.

To die to self is to be prepared to give-up one's life for Christ, to
carry one's cross. God allows others to "crucify" us, for behind each
rebuke is God trying to humble us. Instead of becoming angry and
resentful, our hearts must ask: "What is it in me that you want me to
change, God?"
We can CHOOSE to be broken or remain unbroken. This choice determines
the extent of our lives' impact for God on earth. Either we are for GOD
or not for God. Our influence over others is in direct proportion to our
brokenness before God. We serve God most-once broken. The purpose being;
to draw men and women to Jesus Christ that they may have a saving
knowledge of Him and that God's kingdom may increase here on earth.

Let our prayer be for the Holy Spirit to have a monopoly over every
aspect of our lives and that no walls of sin or hard-heartedness remain
in our hearts.

Articles are courtesy of Christ's Commission Fellowship.



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