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Path to Brokenness

2 Cor. 12:6-10 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (KJV)  

Brokenness is required by God so we can be of maximum usefulness to Him. God the Father uses adversity (hardship) to breaks our self-will and transform us into people He can use for His Kingdom. Normally when people think about facing hardship, they focus only on the suffering and pain involved. But God has much more in mind for His TRUE people.

What is brokenness? It  is the condition of being completely obedient and humbled before the Lord. No pride, no arrogance, no me, me, me! 
What is its purpose? Can we avoid it and still be useful to God? Some answers follow.

The Principle of Brokenness
#1.     Brokenness is the Lord’s way of dealing with our self-reliance and self-confidence, meaning the desire for us to act on our own, thinking we do not need Him.
#2.     God wants every area of our lives to be submitted to His will. He uses our hardships and trials to lead us to a point of total surrender.

What Brokenness Is NOT

God wants to break our self-will, our stubbornness, so that we can be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. This means three things:

#1.     Brokenness is NOT chastisement or punishment. Any time God the Father chastens someone, He addresses a present, immediate sin, NOT a past one. For the TRUE believer, brokenness is NOT a penalty, but in reality, it is an act of mercy intended to bring the person to repentance. Repentance is not just being sincerely sorry for our sin, it is to turn and walk away from it. IF you truly repent, you cast that sin far away from you forever. The Lord does NOT punish TRUE Christians, He chastises them, He chastens them! He punishes only those who reject Him; for rejecting of Him or His Son brings on Hs Holy wrath. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV) Wrath of God: (Rom.1:18; 2:5,8; 5:6; Col.3:6).

#2.     Brokenness speaks of the future. The Father deals with our attitude for the purpose of conforming us to His will and making us effective witnesses to others (Eph. 2:8-10).

The Process of Brokenness
Through adversity, God targets the areas of self-will in our lives. He wants to break the attitudes that refuse to honor Him, such as self-righteousness, self-reliance, self-confidence, self-assurance and self-centeredness. Brokenness is the result, with which He fills our lives with spiritual fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).

Examples of Brokenness
#1.     Moses was broken in the desert. He spent 40 years learning to obey the Lord, before God used him to free Israel from Egyptian bondage (Ex.2:11-22).

#2.     The apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh kept him from exalting himself, even with his impressive credentials (2 Cor. 12:7).

#3.     Jesus corrected Peter’s pride many times (Mat. 14:24-31; 16:21-23; 26:33-35; Luke 22:54-62; John 13:5-10; John 18:1-11) so that the apostle could lead the church (Acts 2:14-47).

If we do not obey God, we are of no use to Him. Any time that He allows hardships in our family, finances or health, He does so out of love. His crucial purpose is that we become spiritually mature and active for His kingdom.

Why Do We Resist Brokenness?
There are many things that make people resist brokenness: fear, ignorance, pride, rebellion, strong hold of Satan on you, unhealthy relationships, worldly entanglements, etc.

Results of Resisting Brokenness 
#1.     We hamper our relationship with the Lord Jesus.
#2.     We put on hold the fulfillment of God’s will in our lives.
#3.     We cause grief to those who are closest to us.
#4.     We put a limit on what the Father can do through our gifts and talents.
#5.     We are set aside, unable to be used by the Lord, and not able to experience His blessings and future rewards.

Comment: Is there something in particular that God keeps targeting in your life? Is it pride? Self-reliance? Self-assurance? Self-confidence? Self-righteousness? Self-reliance? Self-centeredness? Is it me, me, me? Is it I can do it myself, I do not need anyone’s help?  If so, you would be very wise to submit to the process of brokenness, and allow Him to control every area of your life. Let the Lord determine what should remain and what must be cast out.

Yes, there is always some kind of suffering when you surrender to the Lord, because of your sin, which may include physical, emotional, spiritual, and even social pain. But the blessings on the other side of brokenness are worth it! Again I tell you, brokenness is NOT punishment. For the TRUE believer, brokenness is NOT a penalty, but is an act of mercy intended to bring the person to repentance. IF you truly repent, you cast that sin far, far away from you forever. The Lord does NOT punish TRUE Christians, He chastises them, He chastens them so He can bless them.

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