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Breaking Bad

May 20, 2011

We all think we’ve been broken. Or, maybe some feel they are broken. Like discipline, most of us believe brokeness is horrible and would avoid it, if we could, at every turn. But brokeness is one of God’s favorite tools to shape us and mold our character – to make us more like Jesus – his ultimate goal – Romans 8:29.

Sometimes the angle of your prayers is what makes the difference. You perceive things so differently when you’re on your knees or even your face. The very nature of your prayer changes when you are in the mist of brokeness.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

It “feels” like God is further away when we are broken, but it is when He is closest. When you get some distance on your brokeness you see Him there.

In the King James verson the word broken and heart are separate. they each mean: break into pieces, and the inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding. God breaks us on the inside into pieces because not everything in there should be there, so brokenness comes along and separates the parts not of God and not good for us.

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart,

O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:16-17

Sometimes we try to please God with everything BUT our brokeness. We are more apathetic than contrite, so apethetic we don’t even want to be contrite. That’s where brokeness starts.

Jackson Senyonga said on September TENTH, 2001: “God will bring desolation to create desperation for Him.” Sometimes the only way God can get you into a relationship with him is to allow hardships to break you, to create desperation in you. Think of a desperate, loving husband who is at his wits end trying to win his wife’s heart. God wants our hearts so desperately.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

If you let Him, he can and will heal the broken, wounded places. Sometimes, we’d rather stay bitter though.

But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the LORD will perish.

Isaiah 1:28

Sometimes we get tired of hearing about “sin” and we just rebel. But guess what? You will be broken either way; you can’t avoid it. God is trying to save you.

When you crush a seed and throw it onto broken ground you actually are releasing it. Seeds come out of fruit but they still actually have an outer shell of protection. If that shell isn’t broken open the inner workings of the seed will never sprout. If the seed isn’t dropped into broken soil, it will never find the nutrients it needs to grow. What we often perceive as storms are only the watering rains for our crushed, dropped, seeds of brokenness.

Don’t underestimate or despise too bitterly seasons of brokenness. They last only a season, but the harvest lasts you your lifetime.

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