Brokeness is costly; it happens in stages. Stage 1 is: Repentance. After his affair with Bathsheba David prayed, "The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit" (Psalm 51:17NLT). Stage 2 is: Discipline. "I discipline my body and bring it into subjecdtion, lest, when I have preachd to others, I myself should become disqualified" ( 1Corinthians 9:2-7 NKV). Stage 3 is: Intimacy. you love prayer and God's Word because you "connect" with Him through them. But you'll have to fight the distractions around you to get to the place of intimacy, and fight the carnality within you to stay ther. ( I know that's right)!
the real issue in brokenness is submitting to God's control. None of us want to drink the bitter cup of suffering and sorrow! But that is what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had to do. The Bible says: "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; he has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin. he shall see His seed. he shall prolong His days." ( Isaiah 53:10 NKV). When we partake of the Holy sacrament as a part of the Communion service, we remember Jesus' Broken Body and the Blood that was shed for the remission of our sins. It should be a reminder to us that we must go the way of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If he suffered, we too must suffer afflictions. The problem with us is that we want to reign with Him, but nobody wants to suffer with or for Him!
I thank God for brokenness, I probably could not have said that a year ago, when I was still in the thoroes of saddness and despair from the loss of my husband who pass in 2011 and a daughter who passed in 2010. David said, "It was good that I was afflicted." I could not see the benefit or fruit of that experience while going through it, But now I am only just beginning to see and understand partially, why I had to experience such pain. The result of brokenness yields the fruit of the spirit. It reveals who God truly is in our lives. Intimacy and fellowship with The Father draws us closer to Him. I began to depend upon Him for my next breath. The psalmist said, "I desire Him, more than my necessary food,"
I believe it was also David in( Psalm 63:!-5) who said: "My soul thirst for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the santuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindn
ess is better than life, Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips."
Only a man who had been broken as David was, could utter such words. He was unabashingly unashamed of his God. He was totally sold out to the God of his salvation. And he did not care what anyone felt about how he worshipped and praised his God. After you come out of the fire, after you come through the flood, you have a new outlook and appreciation; for the relationship you and the Lord have crafted as a result of your yielding to His will. You will never be the same again, but will forever be used as poured out wine and broken bread; totally equipped and fit for the kingdom of God.
I hope that today's blog will feed your spirit and help you to get through the remainder of your day. And as my custorm before signing off, I leave you with these words:
"Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!"