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The breaking process (1)

17 February 2024 ‘The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.’ Psalm 51:17 NLT

Brokenness is a process God can use to remove our pride and self-sufficiency so that Christ’s character can shine through in us. Brokenness doesn’t necessarily mean experiencing a tragedy. Lots of people suffer tragedy without drawing closer to God. The issue in brokenness is not so much our circumstances but our response. What’s God trying to teach us? Brokenness is when we’re stripped of self-sufficiency to the extent that we have no strength left to fix ourselves. When we’ve tried everything we can possibly do in our own strength, but every exit feels like it’s blocked, we come to see that only God is the answer. And then we make a life-changing discovery: When God is all you have, God is all you need! The truth is that God’s power is reserved for those who have given up trying to do it in their own strength or accomplish it for their own ends. Notice the words ‘the sacrifice you desire’ in Psalm 51:17. Sacrifice means something has to die on an altar. So, if you want to experience a new level of God’s grace and power in your life, you must be willing to sacrifice self-interest, ego, and independence. For a plant to rise from the soil, the seed must be broken. For a baby chick to experience life, the shell must be broken. For a thoroughbred horse to win, it must be ‘broken in’ and harnessed. After a breaking encounter with Christ on the Damascus road, Paul prayed, ‘Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?’ (Acts 9:6 KJV). Are you in the breaking process today? Here are your options: 1) resist, 2) run, or 3) respond and say, ‘Yes, Lord.’

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