Brokenness and Hope!

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”            I Thessalonians 5:23

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1. Subdued totally; humbled a broken spirit.

2. Weakened and infirm: broken health.

3. Crushed by grief:

In the body of Christ, there is a belief that “brokenness” is a necessity to knowing God more. There are not many scriptures to support the argument that brokenness is God’s only way to build character in us as believers. However, brokenness is a part of life that God uses to mold us. He makes us whole and the world tries to pull us apart. God takes what we go through and turn it into a work for his glory. He does build character our of our trials, but he can build that through reading his word and prayer also. For those who are not believers in Jesus Christ they still endure hardship and pain in life. What sets us apart as believers is that we have salvation.

“They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God’s power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time. Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:5-7

“Some times when your are faced with so much  pain and hurt, you need to sit still before God, pray, cry, and release your soul. It is the midst of the  of the  storm that we can find shelter. It is  the days of dark, that we hunger for  light. He is light and always there… “JMcGee

“But we belong to the day, and we should be sober. We must wear faith and love as a breastplate, and our hope of salvation as a helmet. God did not choose us to suffer his anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us in order that we might live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes. God did not choose us to suffer his anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,”1Thessonians 5:8-10

Psalm_34_18The words salvation means to be “rescued” from our circumstances. It means to have a place of refuges in Christ. So that when we experience brokenness that we have someone to turn to that helps us get through our problems. Life is full of trials and tribulations. As believers, we go through trials constantly. When you sign up for the Christian faith, you inherit a set of trials that cannot be denied.

I can recall many years ago when I witness to thousands in prisons, churches, and outreach, I would encourage many new believers that they would be tempted and go through trials. I encourage them that God would get them through it. It was hard to hear the testimonies of so new believers who were not warned that they would go through trials when they accepted Christ. They assume that they would exist in a fantasyland state of salvation exempt from trouble. They were thrown off by the attacks that hit their lives. They were also blessed by the baby-likefaith they had that, whatever they prayer for would, happen. Quickly!

When I first accepted Christ as an adult in 1981, I spent several years studying the bible on my own before getting to church. I studied the bible and prayed daily on my own. I experience a radical walk with God. I had many doors to sin blocked that I could no longer open. I had a quick lost of many friendships. Some people did not even know I was saved, but they knew something about me had changed.

I experience an unseen powerful protection over my life. I had great times of worship that came from just Jesus showing up in my life in unusual ways. It was strange, but probably common biblical experiences that many “unchurched” believers have had. I experience being broken/trials by the things in my life that would no longer fit with my Christian walks. Jesus desired a closer walk with me while I will still learning what that means. I was being formed by God’s hand in a way that changed my life and heart. It was a real encounter with Jesus.

Many things in the process of being broken will cause us to run to pray. In the definition of broken is means “something that is need of being put together that was once whole, but maybe not have been sturdy.” As an artist, I have created pottery that has air bubbles in the clay. Air in clay makes the pottery unstable. It may appear whole, but the minute it is fired in a kiln (life), it will break. When we come to Christ, we have air (the world) in us. We have pain, troubles, hurts, and tribulations that we have tried to solve ourselves. We are broken. Jesus puts us back to together. Jesus promises us wholeness and delivers as we grow and mature in him. The fires the test us before, continue to test us, but we have a living Savior. In the process of creating pottery is has to be fires to make it whole without air. Fire is also the fire of the Holy Spirit. There is a place in prayer we can experience that fire! Fire can consume fire!

imagesTherefore, brokenness is not a necessity in the Christian walk, but it is a dynamic in life that we all must deal with. The up and down of life can break your spirit. The longer we walk with Jesus the more we learn to endure the fire. It is mystery that God uses to makes us more him. A process is natural that turns supernatural. The beauty of brokenness is that you do not have to plan it, it will happen, but God will turn into his glory. How we get through it becomes our testimony unto the Lord and new character that is formed in us through the process. Being broken is a life process. It is not God’s desire to destroy you, but mold you.

Jesus is always there for us when we are tested in our faith. Temptation comes from Satan. In our faith, we are tested to stand on what we believe. It makes us stronger as believers. We go through brokenness we are tempted and tested. It is important to stand on your faith and pass the test. Whenever temptation appears, know that God does not tempt you to sin. Being tested mean standing on what Jesus has place in you by his spirit. Truly, God will never put more on you that you can bear. He is faithful in giving us what we need to pass the test of faith we endure. He is merciful in making sure we have his word to stand on. Many of the tests we endure really fall back on one simple principle … just believe. As believers, it is our mandate from God to believe. The tests we face require us to stand on our faith and just believe. As we believe, we have testimony of Jesus love for us that we can sure. We testify about how we believe and he brought us through. We testify of how of God moved on our behalf through the trials of brokenness. We testify that Jesus truly was Lord over our lives when we were faces with a trial. It is our faith in him to deliver that strengthens our testimony. It just takes is a little faith for God to move. We overcome the word by standing on our faith as believers, no matter what we are faced with. We are tested, but not tempted by God.

He loves us. He desires to mature us for his kingdom. He desire for us to have a good life. His grace gets us through it. He makes us whole through his word, his spirit his name, his power, and his faith. He brings us to a place of being fully equipped for all the trials we have in this life.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelations 12:1-11 KJV

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The Potter’s Hand

In brokenness, there are demonic attacks that can happen when your spirit is in transition. That is because you can appear to be most vulnerable when you are in transition. You can appear to be vulnerable when you are going through brokenness. You appear to be are frail pottery before the world. Again, Jesus makes us whole. It is not necessity in your wholenessto break you. You are already broken clay by the world. He is the potter that molds us into his image.

The Lord said to me, “Go down to the potter’s house, where I will give you my message.” So I went there and saw the potter working at his wheel. Whenever a piece of pottery turned out imperfect, he would take the clay and make it into something else. Then the Lord said to me, “Don’t I have the right to do with you people of Israel what the potter did with the clay? You are in my hands just like clay in the potter’s hands.” Jeremiah 18:1-6

 

I have been an artist for over 34 years. I have worked with clay. When the clay is wet, you can mold it. You are to be wet with the water of the Holy Spirit. When the potter is finished working with clay he has to place wet paper towels on it and secure it in airtight bag. That is so symbolic of staying wet with the word of God and being kept until God finished molding us. God will test us, but not tempt us. He will mold us, but not break us. At anytime  the bag covering the clay get a hole in it… it dries out the clay. The clay has to be broken, because it cannot be molded when it has been contaminated with air. It is placed in a wet bin of clay to set for a while so it can be reformed into flexible clay. It becomes wet again in the potter bin. Then the potter starts all over again. It s process we go through believer as we are being molded by God. We are set apart for his world and sculptured by the Master!

You still have battles in the world that will cause your spirit to cry out. He is our Savior. His power overcomes the brokenness caused by living in the world. The power in us and for is actually greater than the brokenness we experience as we learn to pray and believe in what Jesus did on the cross. I have many times in the word and heard the Lord speak to my spirit his hand in my life! The potter is busy making us more like him. He is making us his workmanship!

And I will turn my hand upon you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy:” Isaiah 1:25

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3 thoughts on “Brokenness and Hope!

  1. Walking thru the fire has been my walk with Jesus and it has made me strong. I am amazed at the magnitude of suffering, but to be one with him I found that suffering is a way of life. Joy cometh in the morning however and I have learned to walk with the belief that as I become more like him all things will reveal themselves to me. How cool is that? Great Easter reminder of the brokeness and the revival! Thanks for the share!

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