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Be Broken. Be Blessed.

  9/2/2014, devotion for week #36 
  Reference: Matthew 26:38-39, John 12:25-27

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

Jesus’ battered and bruised body hanging on a tree, redeemed the world of sin. His brokenness brings wholeness that can only be applied to our lives when we, too, are willing to be broken.  

In its reference to the Lord, Psalm 34:18 is an encouragement. However, in terms of individuals, a scripture such as this one will make a person cringe. A broken heart and a crushed spirit are often covered up by the façade of having everything together.

That’s why the Lord engages in a process that often meets us at a point of resistance and rebellion. That process is called brokenness. It is God’s strategy set in motion to free us from pride, stubbornness and the relentless tendency to have our own way. It is uplifting to know that God gives and makes good on His promises revealed in the scriptures. But nowhere in His word does God promise to bless rebellion.

It is His desire and in a sense His obligation, to bless obedience. “If you are willing and obedient,” God says, “you will eat the good of the land,” Isaiah 1:19.

Believe it or not, in order to get in a position to be blessed, there will be times when we must first be broken. And if you’ve ever been broken, then you know that our Heavenly Father has been known to arrange or allow circumstances to try us in areas He knows are blessing blockers.

Or, sometimes God will break us in preparation for ministry so that we become committed to fulfilling his purpose and not our own.

In principle, two blessings are guaranteed when we've been broken:
  • We discover or recommit ourselves to a God-given purpose
  • We’re able to sort and weed out feelings that keep us from properly viewing our struggles.

    Some believers will fight to the death, refusing to allow situations to break them, believing there’s too much at stake, too much to lose – pride being numero uno.

    But God resists the proud yet will not reject a broken and contrite heart. 

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